I’m pleased to be chatting with author J.A. Saare today.
FV: Tell me about J.A. Saare.
JAS: That question is so hard, because I so want to be the “cool” person everyone wants to talk to. Unfortunately, I’m just me – a stay at home mom with four growing rugrats and a constant stream of madness consuming her household.
When I have me time I love to read, write, listen to music, shoot pool, eat Girl Scout Cookies, drink imported apple cider, and watch horror movies. 😉
FV: You also write under the pen name Aline Hunter. Tell me about that.
JAS: The Aline Hunter pen was something that occurred over confusion in regard to my stories. When I started out, I wrote what was supposed to be a YA romance (Crimson Moon is now a paranormal romance, which will release in June). At the time, I was a wimp and refused to write any kind of sex. Then, after I wrote Dead, I started exploring sexier themes and wrote Eternity and a Day (the first in an erotic paranormal series). However, even then, the sex was pretty tame.
One day, I decided it was time to get over my fear of writing sex. The result is a batch of short stories and novellas at Amira Press (A Kiss Before Dying, Moon Kissed, Soft As Moonlight, and Lick Of Frost). For the first time, I wrote with sex being a focal point versus a component. The reaction was good, so I took Eternity and a Day, rewrote all of the steamy scenes with Runa and Eric, and created my first full-length erotic paranormal romance.
The trouble was people were attaching the J.A. Saare name to erotica, not urban fantasy, which created a problem when I started trying to promote and get some kind of networking started. People saw the cover for Dead and immediately asked, “What kind of story is this, exactly?” A few explanations later, and the decisions to create an alias was all but cemented. Since the stories at Amira were the only ones I’d written so far (and only rate as spicy, not hot), I decided to keep them under my original name and create a new pen for my “naughtier” side.
FV: Now that you’ve ventured into the world of Erotic Romance will Urban Fantasy remain your main focus or will you balance between the two genres.
JAS: I’ll rotate, definitely. There is something positive to be said for both.
Believe it or not, writing erotica challenges me in a ways UF never does. For some reason my brain was always comfortable writing about gore, death, and the depravity of humanity. Yet, when I tried to write a sexy scene, there was something “wrong” about it.
It’s really perverse, when you think about it. Violence is a socially accepted norm. But don’t discuss people making love or their “kinks”. It’s time to kick the taboo!
FV: What character from Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between, would you most like to spend an afternoon with and what would you like to do.
JAS: I’d want me some Disco time, although my CP, Cari, would probably fight me over it (she’s informed me he is hers). 😉 I’d ask him to take me to the park and share a few of the stories he’s collected in his lifetime. He’s the one character I misunderstood when I started writing Dead, but forced me to truly “see” him for the gentleman he is and cut him some slack.
FV: Where do you tend to find inspiration for the books you write?
JAS: Anywhere and everywhere. It can be a glimpse of an image I see in my head, a scene in a movie, the stanza of a song, a catchy baseline… The muse strikes anywhere and everywhere. The tiny composition pads I carry in my purse are a testament to it!
FV: Tell me about your current work in progress.
JAS: Aside from the second story in Rhiannon’s series, The Renfield Syndrome? *grin* I have several projects on my plate, but I’m focusing on one in particular.
Omega Mine is a shifter story of a different kind. It’s about Diskant Black, the Omega of all the shifters in New York City. Blessed with the ability to shift to any form, he also protects the races by pooling their strength and bringing them together during times of crisis.
One night after meeting with the Alpha of a local pard, he comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress – who just so happens to be his mate.
It’s going to be penned under the Aline Hunter moniker, so you can expect some super-smut to take place. 😉
FV: What are you reading right now?
JAS: March Misfit by Barbara Stremikis. A YA story about life, death, and second chances (available at The Wild Rose Press).
Since I started writing in the e-pub industry, I’ve made it a point to purchase from them as well. There are so many outstanding authors who, due to the congestion in the market, have ventured into smaller press publication to see their dream come to life. If you’ve not checked out books from some of the smaller presses, I highly recommend them. There is some great material to be found, and there are a multitude of voices you’re sure to love. <—I agree!
FV: I understand you are a Nine Inch Nails fan. Tell me your favorite NIN lyric and what it does for you.
JAS: Again, so many! Let’s see…
From Something I can Never Have: I still recall the taste of your tears…
Gives me goose bumps, every single time! There is something so powerful in that, tasting someone’s grief. It can be taken literally or figuratively, which I love.
FV: Does music inspire you when you write? Do you use play lists?
JAS: I have several playlists, and depending on what I’m doing, one is always on. I have a constant loop of all my M83 for editing, romance scenes, or revisions. (It’s truly fantastic for those) I also have my heavy metal music, my musical scores and soundtracks, and just about any other thing you can imagine.
Normally, the iTunes goes on random. I love getting a variety of music when I work. But sometimes I’ll get a hankering for something specific and I’ll adjust accordingly. 😉
FV: Quickfire: Don’t think, just answer!
Prep or Punk? Punk
French toast or Pancakes? French Toast
My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy? My Chemical Romance
Emo or Goth? Goth
Jacob Black or Edward Cullen? Jacob
Shaken or Stirred? Shaken
MTV or VH1? MTV
City or Country? Country
FV: Thanks so much stopping by FictionVixen.com today.
JAS: Thanks for having me on the blog! 😉 And for allowing me to share! It’s great to meet everyone and to get to know new people!
Ms. Saare has generously offered a signed copy of her book, Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between.
To enter, leave a comment here, and tell Ms. Saare why you’d like to read Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between. (pssst…her birthday was yesterday so if you want to wish her a happy birthday that’d be cool too)
You have until March 20 to enter, I will announce the winner the following day. Thanks to Ms. Saare the giveaway is open to all!