I am so happy to have author Jess Macallan here with me today. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in her Set in Stone trilogy, Stone Cold Seduction (review here), and am excited to ask her some questions about the book and about Jess herself. Onto the interview!
A Bookworm’s Haven (ABWH): Can you start out by telling us a little bit about Stone Cold Seduction for those who might not have read it yet?
Jess Macallan (JM): Thanks for having me at A Bookworm’s Haven today! I’m so glad I get the chance to chat with you about the release of Stone Cold Seduction. It’s the first book in my Set in Stone trilogy, from Entangled Publishing. The series features Elle Fredricks, who is unexpectedly thrown into a paranormal world she wants nothing to do with. To make matters interesting, a sexy gargoyle and hot phoenix both claim to be her mate. In order to make sense of everything, including her growing abilities, she has to find her fate. Her father will do anything to prevent that from happening.
(ABWH): Do you have a favorite scene from Stone Cold Seduction?
(JM): My favorite scene was also the hardest one to write, and it’s when she confronts her father. Without giving too much away, I’ll say it’s my favorite because she’s able to grow as a character, despite her heartbreak. It’s a pivotal moment for the entire series.
If you could describe Elle in just three words, what would they be?
(JM): Creative, brave, and honest.
(ABWH): You also have quite a few enticing men running around protecting Elle. In my review I have made my sentiments about who I like clear *coughs* Jax rules *coughs* but MacLean and Teryl have great qualities as well. If Stone Cold Seduction became a movie who would your dream cast for the three of them be?
(JM): Oh, that’s the best question I’ve had to date. *grins* And the most difficult. I didn’t have anyone specific in mind when I wrote these guys, but I’d have to say Ryan Reynolds for MacLean, Johnny Depp for Teryl, and for Jax, it’s a toss-up between Hugh Jackman and Patrick Dempsey. Hugh Jackman has the intensity down, but I think Patrick Dempsey could pull it off, too. But I’d love to know who readers envision in the roles.
(ABWH): Elle has no idea she is anything but human until her true identity is revealed to her by Jax and Teryl. If you could discover that you were something other than human what kind of paranormal being would you like to be and why?
(JM): I’d be a phoenix or gargoyle. The phoenix would be cool because going up in flames and emerging from the ashes good as new sounds like the best anti-aging process out there. No expensive creams or needles involved. *winks* I’d love to be a gargoyle for two reasons—1) I could throw my scale out the window because I’d weigh a ton, but I could kick butt, and 2) I’d have wings. Really cool wings.
(ABWH): You have taken quite a few myths and mythological creatures we as readers are familiar with, but put a new fascinating spin on them. What was your inspiration behind these characters and the world you painted in Stone Cold Seduction?
(JM): I love mythology and the paranormal. And I love taking creatures we’ve seen before, as well as some we haven’t, and plugging them into a life we can relate to. Even though their abilities aren’t things we can necessarily relate to, their issues are. I haven’t seen many books with gargoyles, and I am fascinated by them. The rest of the cast is a blend of creatures I’m also fascinated by. I was able to have fun with what and how I thought they should all be. That’s why I love writing in this genre.
(ABWH): On your blog when asked about your writing formula you put together some recipes for writing, editing and characters. If someone looked up the recipe for a “Jess Macallan” what would it say?
(JM): One part chocolate, two parts creativity, a dash of music, a pinch of chaos, and a generous spoonful of curiosity. Mix until just blended, then enjoy. Pair with your favorite beverage (coffee or cocoa recommended).
(ABWH): What types of books do you like to read in your free time? Are there any authors/series that you must have when they come out?
(JM): I read urban fantasy/paranormal, nutrition, brain books, mystery, middle grade—pretty much everything I can get my hands on. The authors I will buy as soon as they are released are Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Rick Riordan, Jim Butcher, and Janet Evanovich.
(JM): I’m the worst pantser ever. I’ve tried to plot and outline and do story boards, but my best creative process is sitting down and writing whatever comes to mind. I might scratch notes on index cards, but that’s about it. I sometimes start in the middle of the book or even the end, and work backwards. It just depends on the day. Although I’m an organization geek, and I have spreadsheets and notebooks to keep track of characters, details and word count.
(ABWH): Can you share what you are working on right now?
(JM): I’m finishing Stone Cold Destiny (the third book in the series) and then I’ll be working on a middle grade book about a girl who becomes a pirate—sort of a Ramona meets Captain Jack Sparrow (minus the drinking).
(ABWH): Do you have anything you would like to add?
Thank you again Jess for being here today! I am looking forward to the next book in this trilogy! I hoped you readers enjoyed the interview and learning more about this fascinating world. Come back on Friday when I will have an excerpt from the book and a contest, thanks to the awesome publishers, to give away a copy of the book!