Thursday, 26 September 2013

An Interview with Jamie Quaid + Giveaway

Today I'm interviewing Jamie Quaid, author of the Saturn’s Daughter series.

Welcome to Pearls Cast Before A McPig, Jamie.
Could you tell a bit about yourself for those people who don’t know you yet?

I’m the nerd who watched the popular kids pair up for proms, then brought the college guys as my date because the high school dorks were obviously too stupid to see past my braces. I got a BS degree (love that acronym), married, had two kids, and now watch flowers grow for fun. Just kidding. The squirrels and deer eat the flowers too fast to see them grow. So I write for a living. I like my frustration to be profitable.

How would you describe the Saturn’s Daughter series?

Humorous urban fantasy? Insanity on a stick? Or...ahem...a literary allegory for our current justice system. Take your pick.

How many books will there be?

Oh no, that’s going too far! Plan? Plot? Nah, ain’t happening. Have your readers tell me when the story should end—when Tina chooses a love interest? Or owns the world?

Have you ever used people you know as characters in your books?

Not per se. I’ve always been a people watcher (see nerd above). People fascinate me. So their foibles and quirks inevitably appear in my characters, but in a piece meal fashion because my characters are seriously insane. Or chemically addled.

Are there any other projects you’re working on or thinking about starting in the near future?

Wellll, since you ask… I do have a project simmering in my computer about a cop who can smell evil. How does that work for you?

Oh, sounds cool.
Where can you be found when you’re not at your desk writing?

Right at this moment—packing boxes. We’re moving to the west coast! Ocean, here we come!!!! Then I’ll get out my bike and we’ll decide what’s next.

What did you do to celebrate the release of your first book?

Write another. Honestly, the writing process just doesn’t end. By the time this book hits the shelf, I’ll be in the middle of revisions on the third and plotting the promotion. The best I can do is say “I’m going to Hawaii this year” and make it happen.

What is the best thing about being a published author?

Oh, that’s easy—not have to commute any further than the next bedroom. Just think about that—I get up, fix my tea, shuffle to the computer in my slippers, check my e-mail, sip my tea, and I’m at work. Want to ask what the worst thing is? My characters are worse to tangle with than rush hour traffic.

What authors have been an influence to you? And have you read any books lately that you want to share with us or have you been too busy with writing to read?

I am ALWAYS reading. But I read all genres and go back and re-read old favorites and there’s no organizing what I’m reading at any given time because I have a book for every mood. In urban fantasy, I worship Patricia Briggs and adore Darynda Jones, to show the extremes of my admiration in just one genre. I just finished reading Carl Hiaasen and Grace Burrows and Adriana Trigiani. I love good writing, period.

Are there zombies or pigs in any of your books or will there be any in future books?

Zombies and pigs? Pig zombies perhaps? Actually, I have zombies in that book sitting in my computer, and there may even be a pig. Have you been hacking my cloud? But DAMN HIM TO HELL is restrained and dignified and limits itself to murderous chimps, a blueberry doughboy, and confused frogs.
And no, I haven’t been drinking.

Thank you for having me by and I hope I didn’t mess up your keyboard with that tea!

Thanks for dropping by and I'm sure we'll get the keyboard working again...

About Damn Him to Hell:

Justice is blind. Justine isn’t. Book two in the Saturn's Daughter series, in which Tina Clancy is gifted with the power to dispense justice...for good or evil.

Tina Clancy is adapting to her new life as one of Saturn’s Daughters while living in the toxic part of Baltimore known as The Zone, and occasionally acting as a champion of the downtrodden, the weird, the innocent...and the sometimes not-so-innocent.

Just when she finally lands a real law job, the Zone is blasted by poisonous gas and her sometimes-boyfriend starts receiving visitors from Hell. He’s none too pleased about that, or in Tina having sent his granny to Hell in his place. For that matter, neither is granny…



Jamie kindly offered a copy of Damn Him to Hell, book 2 in the Saturn's Daughter series for two readers of my blog.

The winners are Mel S. and Stephanie F.

2 winners will be picked at random on October 17th.
Open internationally to everyone who lives somewhere the bookdepository ships to and who's legally allowed to enter this giveaway.


Don't forget to leave a comment:
I decided to have an event wide giveaway on my blog for commenters.

At the end of this event I'll pick one commenter on any author post of this event at random and that person will win a book of his/her choice as long as bookdepository ships to where you live, you're legally allowed to enter, and the book costs no more than 10$

And drop by Between Dreams and Reality as well for more great author posts.


Mel said...

Oh, I'd give anything to give up the early morning commute...and just shuffle to the next room! Still, I do get plenty of reading done! :-)
Thanks for sharing - I will have to check out this series!

Barbara E. said...

Loved the interview, those were great questions. And wow, murderous chimps, a blueberry doughboy and confused frogs coming up in Damn Him to Hell, sounds great to me. :D

miki said...

Humourous urban fantasy?! i have to try!!! i know i have book 1 on my list but i completely missed teh fact that book 2 had been released already so need to go add it on teh list too!
thank you for teh opportunity to win

( a pig zombie? really? it could be teh butcher nightmarre)

Steph F. said...
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Mary Preston said...

What a fun interview. I love hearing the voice behind the writing.

Aurian said...

Great interview, I really need to start reading this series. I like Justine already.