Jody Wallace Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Jody Wallace. Thanks for being here today Jody.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I've been writing fiction with the intent to publish for about ten years, which is also the amount of time I've been married with children. I don't know if there's any connection, like perhaps the birth of children inspired me to create a dreamworld where only Mommy is allowed to go...

One Thousand Kisses, the sequel to Survival of the Fairest is available from Samhain Publishing. Can you tell us a little about it?
One Thousand Kisses is a story of revenge, sex, political machinations, drugs (of the legal fairy variety), rock and roll (not really), hot sunny beaches and cold Alaskan tundra. The main character is a tricksy black cat...according to the cat. According to my publisher the story goes a little something more like:)

Embor Fiertag, Primary of the Fey Realm, and Anisette Serendipity, Court intern, are foretold bondmates, but only Embor knows it. He hasn't informed her of the prophecy because she doesn't seem to like him. At the same time, she assumes he disapproves of her. After all, her sister almost got him killed once.

An unsavory political strategy turns the Court against Embor, forcing Embor and Ani to flee to humanspace. With the aid of a scheming feline, they'll have to share their hearts if they're to have any hope of keeping the fabric separating the Fey and human realms intact.

Can you tell us what you're currently working on?
I'm working on a couple of super-secret projects that are secret because I rarely talk about details until I get something contracted. I'm superstitious and hoardy that way. Boring, right?

Oh, one thing I can talk about since I doubt a contract will ever be in the offing -- some friends and I have been working on a Steampunk Superhero round robin where an intrepid research librarian ends up getting the scoop of the decade about the masked silver superhero who's been flitting around Earth for the past five years. It has robots, laser guns, dirigibles, treasure maps, underground civilizations, vortexes, kissing, derring do, and no end in sight. We're getting together this week-end to work on the future plot some more. It's very old-style comic booky, only without the illustrations. Pow! Bif! Bam!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In high school. I wrote a novel! It had zero vampires in it, but it did have a talking teddy bear. With an attitude.

If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
My ten bazillion dollar cat sanctuary. I should get to work on establishing that, shouldn't I? Starting with locating some funders.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Balancing writing with parenting and keeping my stories succinct enough to retain a reader's interest.

If you could mentor a new writer, what would be your first piece of advice to them?
You'll need some way to get trustworthy, impartial feedback. You'll also need to actually listen to it.

Do you prefer to watch a sunrise or sunset?
Sunset, hands down. If I ever see the sun rise, it's because I've got wicked insomnia or I've been up all night with a sick kid.

If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be?
How about I get my husband to describe me in 5 words instead? (you:) Sure, Jody, go ahead, we'll wait. (me:) Here's what he said. (Mr. Jody:) Describe you in 5 words? *laughs rather uncomfortably* Diligent *laughs a little louder*, obsessive, funny, animated (What can I say? The man loves cartoons), and cranky. But I'm only cranky because it took him 10 minutes to come up with 5 words! Jeez.

Since everybody needs a break, even when doing something they love, how do you like to spend your time away from writing?
I love to crochet, read, collect vintage clothing, visit to junk & thrift stores, pester my husband to answer interview questions on my behalf, and eat at restaurants I've never been to before. As long as they're not beer joints.

What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
The print release for One Thousand Kisses will probably come out about 10 months after February 8. Other than that, I am sad to say I don't have anything contracted. But you never know. My friends and I may make enough headway on our superhero story we start posting it somewhere.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
Watch out for gnomes. The apocalypse is coming.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Jody! Readers can learn more about Jody and her books on her website and here.

Interviewed by: Tammy