Let’s celebrate all of the lovely writers out there working hard to provide you with wonderful stories to read! It’s not easy work in the slightest, and each Wednesday we’ll take some time to get to know the person behind the pen.
Today let’s welcome Pippa Jay!
It’s not really a writing quote as such but more a personal motto (and by coincidence the motto for a multi-author blog I belong to). Never give up – never surrender! Commander Quincy Taggart from Galaxy Quest.
I love Galaxy Quest! Now when you’re working on a story or coming up with something new, where do you get your inspiration from?
Pretty much everything. I mean, I’ve had inspiration for a space battle from a piece of paper hitting the windscreen of my car or funny dialogue from my kids. Mostly my inspiration comes from dreams, music, image sites like deviantart or stock image sites, books, TV and films, but really anything can spark it off. A complete YA dystopia story popped into my head while taking my daughter to her first music concert, sparked off by me watching the crowd file into the stadium and wondering what would be the best escape route in case of a zombie invasion. So yeah, literally anything.
When you’re working with characters for so long, it’s easy to get attached–just like real people! Do you have any you feel like you could write forever?
Ooo, I don’t like to pick favourites! Don’t tell the others, but I guess it would be Quin from Keir. She’s been with me the longest, starting out as a new companion in a Doctor Who story I wrote in 1990. She’s the character most like me, or the me I wanted to be as a teenager, and I have so many adventures with her in my head that I’ve yet to write down that sometimes I think I might explode! I certainly have enough that I could write about her probably for the rest of my life.
Coming up with all these different settings, you must have a place in mind you’d love to travel. Where would you go?
Right now hubs and I have been talking about a trip to Louisiana. He’s been reading a lot of books set there, and I wrote one I set in a made up Louisiana town, relying heavily on research and knowledgeable friends, since I’ve never actually been there. So now we both have a hankering to visit.
What’s the next big project in the works?
After Keir‘s release I’ll be working on the sequel – Keir’s Fall – and a side story set between the two. I’m hoping to have Keir’s Fall out by the end of the year, and the side story soon after. I’ve been promising the sequel forever – since Keir first released in May 2012 – but so many things happened to get in the way. My publisher rejected it, then another that took it on had to close before it was published. So it’s taken over three years to finally be able to deliver it to readers, so I’m really excited about that.
Any favorite shows on air?
Doctor Who. Without question.
Us Whovians are all around : ). What about on the book front? Any recommendations?
I’ve been really struggling to get in reading time in the past year, but five of my recent favourites have been Spark Rising by Kate Corcino (post apocalyptic), Inherit the Stars by Laurie A Green (SciFi romance), My Name is A’yen by Rachel Leigh Smith (SFR with quite a paranormal feel), Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau (f/f SFR), and Angel’s Keeping by Brantwijn Serrah (f/f angel erotica).
Now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?
I’m a Leo, though I always say I’m more like the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz than a typical Leo.
When you’re reading a book, are there any huge pet peeves that’ll cause you to put it down?
I cannot stand heroes portrayed as jerks unless they are redeemed or given a huge shake up really quickly. But the biggest thing that will get me dropping a book is repeated typos/grammar issues.
Where can readers find you and your books?
Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk
Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com
Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/
SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/
Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay
Amazon page – http://author.to/PippaJay
All Romance eBooks – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Pippa+Jay
Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/IKX7b
A demon waiting to die…
An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.
A woman determined to save him.
Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?
Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. A science fiction romance novel previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012, Keir is a Readers Favorite Contest Awards Finalist 2012, HOD RWA Aspen Gold finalist (3rd place), The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards semi-finalist, and a 2012 SFR Galaxy Award Best May to December Romance winner.
As always, thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new writer!