Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Q&A with Jillian David, author of Legacy Lost

Now available from Crimson Romance is Legacy Lost, book two in the Hell's Valley series, by author Jillian David.

The author has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule for a Q&A about her newest novel.

Thank you for having me on your blog! I’m happy to be hanging out at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer today.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

Forever. I’ve written since I was a little kid, won contests in middle school and high school, and even majored in English writing. However, life took me in a very different direction (medicine) for many years. Until I could return to the writing again…which is why I’m here today!

What was your first book/story published?

I believe it was a short story in The Stokeley Review, an anthology of young writers in east Tennessee. Might have published something before then, but I can’t recall.

What inspired you to write the Hell’s Valley series?

Hell’s Valley is my current paranormal western series. I don’t think there really is a paranormal western genre, so it’s possible that I made this genre up. The series has the rough-and-ready wild sense of ranchers and cowboys, but also the otherworldly forces and psychic powers integrated into the plot.

What inspired me to write this series was a brief mention in book #3 of my prior paranormal Hell to Pay series where characters wonder if the subtle powers seen in that book could be passed along to other generations. Then I started thinking of a family of siblings with odd powers and where they might live. And then I linked in the … well, you’ll have to read the series. If I explain the connections too much, it’ll spoil the story!

What character in Hell’s Valley series is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

In book #2 Legacy of Lies, I do like Shelby Taggart a lot. She’s feisty, tough, and tormented by the irony of her power to detect people’s emotions. When her brothers give her hell, she serves it right back up … with interest!

What is your favorite part in Legacy of Lies?

Usually I love an adventurous or scary part of each story, but in this book, the scene where Shelby and Eric finally open up to each other, physically and emotionally, is both beautiful and terrible at the same time.

What was the hardest part to write?

The scene described above. And the aftermath. Taken together, that section of the book wrecked me.

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Probably what I do for a day job, and that’s practicing rural medicine.

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

They say you’re not supposed to read reviews, but I generally do look at them. Just like in life, there’s no way I can make everyone happy. Same goes for anyone writing a book – and that’s perfectly fine. What’s good is concrete feedback of what people responded to in the book. If it’s constructive, then I can learn from it and build on it for upcoming books.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

My favorites are J.R. Ward, Anne Bishop, Rebecca Zanetti, and frequent biographies…and lots more!

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I have books #3 and #4 in the Hell’s Valley series completed and being revised. With luck, I hope to have #3 published late this summer and #4 by fall/winter of this year.

Also in the works is a romantic suspense series … details to come!

About the Author: Jillian David lives near the end of the Earth with her nut of a husband and two bossy cats. To escape the sometimes-stressful world of the rural physician, she writes while on call and in her free time. She enjoys taking realistic settings and adding a twist of “what if.” Running or hiking on local trails often promotes plot development.

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