Today we sit down for a chat with romance, science fiction, and paranormal author Janice Seagraves. Learn more about her and her books at her website.
When did you realize you wanted to write novels?
When I was twenty.
How long did it take you to realize your dream of publication?
I had to work for it starting at age forty. It took me eight years, so before I turned fifty.
Are you traditionally published, indie published, or a hybrid author?
I’m a hybrid author.
Where do you write?
In my bedroom I had a desk right up next to my bed. I literally roll out of bed and into my office chair and I start writing.
Is silence golden, or do you need music to write by? What kind?
I like it quiet so I can concentrate on the voices talking in my head.
How much of your plots and characters are drawn from real life? From your life in particular?
Sometimes something will happen that will trigger an idea.
Describe your process for naming your character?
I have the Character Naming Source Book that I use for my characters’ names.
Real settings or fictional towns?
It depends. In Windswept Shores my setting is a deserted island in the Bahamas. In the Matrix Crystal series, it’s the planet Zenevieva. In The Year of the Cat, the setting is a ski lodge and later a neighborhood in a small California town.
What’s the quirkiest quirk one of your characters has?
In Windswept Shores my hero was addicted to beer and ketchup.
What’s your quirkiest quirk?
I’m an old softie. I cry when people are hurt.
Everyone at some point wishes for a do-over. What’s yours?
I wish I could have finished college.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People not stopping at stop signs. Someone I know lost their son to someone barreling through a stop sign and right into his truck killing him instantly. So, if I see someone not stopping at a stop sign…in my head I’m telling them off.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are your three must-haves?
Knife, blanket, and a pot.
What was the worst job you’ve ever held?
Being a human inserting machine for our local newspaper.
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
God Stalk (Kencyrath, #1) by P.C. Hodgell
Ocean or mountains?
I like both.
City girl/guy or country girl/guy?
Country girl at heart since we moved back into town.
What’s on the horizon for you?
Working on the very first book length manuscript I ever wrote. It needs a lot of work and that’s what I’m working on currently. I have the cover already done by the wonderful Lex Valentine of Winterheart designs.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your books?
Only that I grew up with a deep love of science fiction and adventure stories. Always the consummate artist, I traded in my paintbrush for a desktop to write breathless life-affirming novels that celebrate enduring love.
Year of the Cat
Morgan isn’t expecting romance when she accompanies her friend for a week of skiing, but when she meets Jared, all bets are off.
Haunted by the loss of his parents, werecat Jared Catterick earns his keep working for the Catclaw Clan. Jared has secrets that he doesn’t mind sharing with a special lady, and he hopes Morgan is that special someone. When his past and present collide, it’s worse than he imagined, and he’s forced to fight for his life.