Interview: Darynda Jones

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Jen: Today we welcome Darynda Jones to Romancing the Book.  Darynda will you share a short bio with us?
Darynda: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Darynda: The Dirt on Ninth Grave came about because I wanted Charley, my female PI heroine who just happens to be the grim reaper, to fall in love with Reyes, our dark and brooding love interest, all over again. To do this, I gave her amnesia. It was well warranted. I put her through heck in Eight Grave After Dark. She had good reason to acquire amnesia.

I thought it would be fun to start over, in a sense. But I found it even more fun to have Charley start with a blank slate and yet be saddled with all this baggage and all these abilities she doesn’t understand. It puts her in some pretty precarious situations, and I do love to torture my characters.

Here is a quick blurb:

Charley Davidson is living as Janey Doerr, because Jane Doe was so last week. She has no memory of who she is or where she came from. But she is sure there’s something out there that wants to cause her harm, and she has no idea who to trust. The more lies swirl around her, the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her…sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead.


Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Darynda: I try to. Doesn’t always work, but I do try to be up by around 5 am, showered, dressed, and caffeinated soon after, and writing by 7. My new-ish schedule is to write 7-3 everyday. So far, so good!

Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Darynda: I waffle on this so often because there are so many great actors out there. For Charley I can see Danielle Fishel or Emmy Rossum among a plethora of others. For Reyes I can see Theo James or Anson Mount. Such talent!

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Darynda: Ninety-nine percent of my email is positive and gracious and just plain wonderful, but there is that one percent. I have one reader who loves the books and gives me a 4.5 stars for each one, stating, “If they weren’t so sacrilegious, this would be a 5.” LOL. Oh well, that’s better than the guy who bought my first book then wrote me a scathing email letting me know he had a choice: buy my book or take his kid to the movie. He told me under no uncertain terms that he made the wrong decision.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Darynda: I’m working on the tenth in the Charley Davidson series right now and a couple of side projects I’m hoping to have ready to sell in 2016.

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