Thursday, June 5, 2014

Meet the author J.C. Valentine

Best selling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Author Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance inspired her to branch out and create her own.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream to become an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

Get to know J.C.

     What does your writing process look like?
I’m up at 5 a.m. and off with a cup of coffee in hand. I do my best writing before the sun rises. I have a file I keep open that contains my notes and really rough outline, which I may or may not refer to depending on the mood of my characters. We struggle, my characters and I, in a battle of wills, for an hour minimum, until one of us (usually me) is too exhausted to continue. We part ways, and agree to try to get along tomorrow.

 Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
While writing in the shower sounds like a fun and interesting challenge, I’m quite boring. My only requirement is a snack and drink to be on hand at all times.

What book do you wish you could have written?
Pfft. Every book I read. Right now, though, anything by Katie McGarry.

 Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Just about every author I read inspires me to write, but the main ones have always been Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward, and Gena Showalter. More recently, I have added Emily Minton, Colleen Hoover, and Abbi Glines. There are more, but we’d be here all day :)

 If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Editing. I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty!

 Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Half and half. I always enter into a project a pantster, but I try to finish it a plotter.

 Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I know many advise against it, but I do read my reviews. It’s a compulsion, really, but as scarring as some of them can be, I use them as a learning experience. What do the readers want from me? What works and what doesn’t? Those are invaluable guides in my writing process. I NEVER respond to a reviewer. It’s their opinion, and they’re entitled to it. As for how writer’s should deal with a bad review: ice cream (or any other manner of junk food). Just stuff your face until your emotions balance out, then get back to writing. It’s just an opinion, after all.

 What is your best marketing tip? One word: persistence.

Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? Weird, but true… considering what I write, but I have a really hard time writing a racy scene. Sometimes, it can take me a couple days to get to it, and get past it.

Do you write naked? Anytime I get the opportunity! Granted, I have kids, so the opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet, but when I do, watch out!
What is your biggest failure? If I have one, it’s doubting myself. I try very hard to succeed in everything I do. As long as I try my best and don’t give up, I don’t consider anything a failure. 
What is the biggest lie you've ever told? That the Tooth Fairy exists. Oh, the lies I have told to keep that myth alive.
Have you ever been in trouble with the police? Possibly, but I’ve never been convicted of my crimes, so we’ll never know.

What is your biggest fear? Failure, which is why I push myself so hard to succeed.

What do you want your tombstone to say? Respawn in 3…2…1…

 Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before? I really want to visit Rome someday.

 If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose? Scottish

 Do you have any scars? What are they from? One on my lip. I got it while drag racing my two wheeler on my elementary school blacktop when I was six. But I won, and really, isn’t that what matters?

Here's a taste of her latest book!

From the wrong side of the tracks...

Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.

The one person she can’t forget...

Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.

Two paths collide…

After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.

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