RtB: Today we are pleased to welcome J.L. McCoy to Romancing the Book. J.L., will you share a short bio with us?
J.L. McCoy: My name is Jennifer and I live in the suburbs just outside of Austin, Texas with my opinionated Pekiweenie Isabel and handsome husband Kenny. I’m a total music and book nerd and I can always be found in my office crunching on ice, jamming to a wide variety of 70s, 80s, and 90s music, and working my tail off on my next book. When I’m not working, I like to travel, watch movies, sing karaoke, go to concerts, and read (of course). You can find me on Facebook and my personal web site.
RtB: Please tell us about Legacy of Blood and where the idea came from.
J.L. McCoy: My latest book is the 4th installment of the Skye Morrison Vampire Series. Skye finds that her world has changed forever and she struggles to cope with all the crazy things that come with it. My idea for the series came to me in early 2011. I was actually lying in bed, having just woken up, when I suddenly had the idea. I started writing Blood of the Son (SMVS, #1) the next day.
Skye Morrison begged for death. Fortunately, someone didn’t listen. Skye awakens to discover she has been irrevocably changed and the unprecedented circumstances of her rebirth have now created a new threat to her very existence. Sired by both the monster Amun and the vampire Archer Rhys, Skye must prove to the army of An Dilis (The Faithful) whose essence is most dominant within her and that she is not a danger to them or society. The Faithful soon discover that she is unlike any vampire ever created before as she struggles to adjust to her new life and the changes that come with it. Her recent brush with death has made Skye realize that life is precious and she wastes no time telling the one she loves how she feels about him. But, Amun finds out that someone interfered with Skye’s transformation and the intrusion makes him livid. He gives Skye 7 days to come to him or he threatens to begin killing the ones she loves most. Will Skye be able to survive long enough to enjoy her new life now that Amun is hunting her and everyone she loves?
RtB: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
J.L. McCoy: I think my favorite character in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series is Trey. He is so fun to write for and I absolutely love his sassy, sweet personality. I’d have to say that he is the easiest character to write for, too. He’s just sort of always there, always ready to support the main character or add his two cents when he doesn’t agree with her. I hear from a lot of readers that they wish they had a best friend like Trey.
RtB: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
J.L. McCoy: Someone left a review on Amazon for The Original Sin (SMVS, #3) that had me and my Facebook admins in stitches. It said “You evil, evil author! You know what you did and you should be spanked!” It became this kind of joke because it really fit how everyone was feeling at the end of TOS. (I’ve been called the Queen of Cliffhangers, incidentally.) For my birthday this year, my admins had a t-shirt made up for me that said Evil, Evil Author. I absolutely loved it!
RtB: Are you a plotter or pantser?
J.L. McCoy: I’m a little bit of both actually. I plot out the big events in my books but tend to just go with the flow with the rest. It hasn’t let me down so far.
RtB: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
J.L. McCoy: I love Charlaine Harris, Richelle Mead, Katie Salidas, Dicey Grenor, Emma Edwards, and Kristen Ashley…but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m a huge book nerd. At the moment I’m between books, but I just finished Knight by Kristen Ashley and it was amazing!
RtB: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
J.L. McCoy: I always have my iPhone by my side and whenever something hits me, I pick it up and add it to my list of notes. Whenever I start a book, I add a new note with the title and put all my random thoughts in there. It ends up a jumbled mess by the time the book is finished, but at least I never forget anything. I’ve literally woken up in the middle of the night and grabbed my phone to write something down. Odd times for me are pretty much all the time. I can’t go a few hours without jotting something down in my phone.
RtB: What’s next for you?
J.L. McCoy: I’m currently working on book 5 in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series. After this book is finished, I’m going to take a few months off from SMVS to expand my writing to Romance and I’d like to maybe dabble with Dystopian. I’m really excited about writing other genres.