Questions about CJ's
When will the next
Peacekeeper book come out? How about the next in the Mylari
series? Bondmate? Don't?
Right now, CJ has several
series going at once. She has decided to restructure herself a
little and focus on one series at a time. As far as specific
books are concerned, the next Peacekeeper book should be out in 2016
as will the follow up to the Bestselling Mylari book, Eyes of Fire.
The Don't series will follow next then the other series that have
In the Peacekeeper
books, Lucas never seems to get the girl. When will he find
his own sweetheart?
Lucas, the handsome
hard-headed werewolf will eventually get his lady, but when is up to
the Peacekeeper characters. Readers seem to enjoy Lucas'
trials and tribulations but like all CJ's stories, he will get his
How do you choose the
names for your characters? What about the interesting worlds
CJ says the characters
choose their own names. As she dreams the book, the characters
introduce themselves and then evolve as the story continues.
The same goes for the worlds she builds. An idea is started in
a dream and then the world building continues as the tale is told.
As a seat-of-her-pantser, CJ rarely knows how the book will end
until she writes it. It's as much of a surprise to her as it
is to her readers.
How long was the
longest time for researching for a book you have done?
CJ spends a great deal of
time on research on each and every book. Once an idea has been
dreamed, she will take as long as necessary to gather any
information that might enrich the story as a whole. As she
gathers the facts together, she adds them to the dream and soon a
fuller, more elaborate story is born. Each book is very
different, but the Peacekeeper series has so many legends, history,
and obscure fables it is the one that she has probably has spent the
most time on, research wise.
How do you keep all
your stories straight? Do you ever mix up the characters?
CJ jokes that she keeps her
stories straight as well as she keeps her kids straight. She
doesn't mix up characters in different stories, but she might call
the story by the wrong name sometimes.
does it take you to write a book?
That depends on a lot of things. While this is a career for
CJ, she tries to keep her life balanced so her marriage and family
are always first in her mind. Each book is treated
differently, so a novel can take two months or two years to write.
What is CJ working on
As of this writing, CJ is
working on her new Wandering Star series. Stories which takes place
in each of the countries CJ has visited during her wanderings. The
first one will come out in summer of 2015.
Who is your favorite
author(s) to read?
CJ enjoys many romance
authors and quite a few have influenced her work. Several
of her very favorites are Jayne Ann Krentx, Elizabeth Lowell,
Linda Howard and Julie Garwood. Her all time favorite
author is Nora Roberts, and she believes it was Nora's book,
Irish Thoroughbred that set her on the road to being an author.
What genre is your
favorite to read?
CJ says she writes what
she really loves to read, which is of course, romance. But
she enjoys other genres as well. Mystery, fantasy, sci-fi
and specific Christian authors. If she tries a story and
enjoys the way it is written, then she will add that to her
Can CJ critique my
CJ cannot critique
or review another's
work. Unfortunately, if she tried, it would take too much
time away from her own writing.
What advice would CJ
give to new authors?
First and foremost, always
write what you love to read. If you don't get caught up in
your story, how will you expect anyone else to?
Second, don't let anyone tell you what to write. Choose
your own ideas. ..your own dreams. Allow your voice to
grow and mature. Be yourself in every word you put down.
That will keep your stories filled with the emotional truth that
you and you alone can pen.
Can I meet CJ?
Will she come to my city?
CJ does go to conferences,
book signings and special appearances, but is very selective in
those she does. And right now she is traveling the world
with Cirque du Soleil. Sign up for her newsletter above to get
monthly updates on where you might see her.
Inspiration? Take a Walk on the Sexy Side.
Dawn is so focused on
making a name for herself in the art world, her personal
life has fallen into a rut. She spends far more time with
her hands in clay than on a man. Then her friends liven
things up by taking her to a toy shop for her birthday. A
very different kind of toy shop for special sexual games.
And there’s more than sexy entertainment on the shelves—a
fortune teller says Dawn’s destiny awaits if only she will
reach out and take it.
Aidan is a vampire who has
existed for over a century searching for his one true soulmate, his
twin-flame. One look at Dawn takes Aidan’s breath away. One kiss
later, he knows she is the one woman who will sustain him forever—if
he can convince her to walk with him on the wild side.
Dawn responds to his
inspiration better than he could have hoped. Then she goes one toy