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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Interview: C.A. Jonelle

If you regularly visit my blog, you’ll know that yesterday I reviewed Zaryk - book one in the Twisted Epiphany series - by C.A. Jonelle. (If you missed it, you can read the review here). Today, again as part of Zaryk’s blog tour, I’m interviewing the lovely C.A. Jonelle herself!

Firstly, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m currently working on my bachelor’s degree in accounting and I’m employed full-time as a bank teller. I live in a small town in Ohio with my husband, daughter, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 6 fish. I started off writing poetry in high school and didn’t start writing stories until my late twenties when a good friend of mine, Mel, brought up the idea of doing writing prompts. It was then that I found my love of writing again (I had given up on it shortly after high school).

How did you first become interesting in writing?

In high school it was a therapy session when I wrote. My poems helped me release what I felt deep down inside. When I started writing the prompts with Mel, it released my desire to write even more. I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to dive into a new world.

How do you get inspiration for your books?

I love rock music and I love rock band romance novels. I love the drama, harshness, sex, and the way these rock stars sweep the love of their life off their feet. I tapped into my crazy imagination and set forth into that world.

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What draws you to writing romance?

The drama. I really like the drama. I like making up new lives and watching them develop on the pages. The sex is a nice perk as well ;) 

How did the Twisted Epiphany series come about?

To be honest, it just popped into my head one day. I started writing and let the words flow. It was originally going to be a standalone novel, but then I decided I wanted each guy to have a story of their own.

What’s your writing process?

My writing process is an extremely messy one! I tap out notes into my phone all the time and random snippets are all over the place. It’s not organised very well at all! But it works for me somehow. I can never sit still and my environment is noisy.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

The writer’s block. There are times when I’ll write every day for a week. Then all of a sudden I won’t have anything for days or even a month!

What do you love most about writing?

I love coming up with the stories. I love getting lost in the writing and forgetting about reality for a bit. Creating the characters and places and plotting is an amazing feeling and almost freeing.

Which authors inspire you?

My awesome friend, Mel. If it wasn’t for her I would have never even gotten this far. She’s the reason I made my dream come true.
Kylie Scott and Michelle A. Valentine. Their rock band series made me realize my love for rock band romance novels.
Edgar Allan Poe. His writing helps keep my mind and imagination sharp.

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Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Take your time. Don’t rush. Keep organised (I never will be lol) and make a budget for your work. Don’t let any discouragement get you down. Just keep on writing.

What’s your all-time favourite book?

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is my all-time favourite book because it teaches you to put yourself in someone else’s skin and walk around in their shoes. It’s emotional and powerful.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I just want to put out great stories that touch my readers somehow. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear someone tell me they loved the book. I also love the reaction I get when they read the shocking parts of the story and ask me “Why?!” or “No! You can’t do that to him or her!” I just want to enjoy writing and publishing and keep having fun with it.

What are you currently working on?

At the moment I’m working on book two, and that’s Zayne’s story. After that, I will tackle Kreed’s, Zayden’s, and then Deklan’s books. I also have notes stashed away for two standalone novels. One is about a woman who battles depression and comes to some realisations about life. The other one is about three individuals of different ages who are bullied and find a way to get through it together. After those, I would like to publish a poetry book and another series involving a female rock band.

Do you prefer e-books or traditional books?

I love both, but prefer e-books because I can have them all on my Kindle and take them with me. Nothing will ever beat the feel of the pages of a real book on my fingers though. I like e-books more because of the convenience of them.

You can find C.A. Jonelle on all the usual social media channels: Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest & Wattpad.

Are you a fan of C.A. Jonelle? Let me know in the comments below!

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