Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Ringmaster by @TrudiJaye

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: May 28, 2014

Roll up! Roll up! Join us for the greatest show on Earth! 

The magical Jolly Carnival is the only life Rilla Jolly knows—and it’s all falling apart around her. Just as she’s thrust into the role of Ringmaster after her father’s unexpected death, an old family friend turns up to challenge her birthright.

Her rival's sexy son Jack isn’t helping either. Despite being a greenhorn and an outsider, he’s intent on charming everyone, convincing them that Rilla isn’t up to the task. It’s not going to be easy to persuade the Carnival folk she’s still the best choice to lead them all.
But Rilla must also contend with another threat—the ongoing sabotage that has been disturbing their delicate magical balance and threatening to destroy the Carnival. All signs point to an insider, making it impossible to know who to trust.
To save her beloved Carnival, Rilla must do everything in her power to find the saboteur before they attack again—but if she takes her eye off the battle for Ringmaster for even a second, she risks losing the one thing she’s trained for her entire life.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Yes. I’m actually a non-fiction writer in my day job. I write articles for a magazine that covers the many research projects going on at a tertiary education institution in New Zealand. Basically, I get to talk to a range of really interesting people about their favorite topic, and then turn that into an article that showcases to the rest of the world how interesting and cool that project is. It’s a great way to earn a living, and I really enjoy not only meeting the people I interview, but also the ideas and knowledge their research projects put into my head! In the evenings I come home and delve into the strange and wonderful worlds I have created in my books. It’s a completely different style of writing, but one that I plan to make my full time career in the not-too-distant-future.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

I actually find the first draft the hardest part of writing a novel. I have a three-year-old daughter, and I work a day job as well, so I write in the evenings and other snatches of time whenever possible. I firmly believe you need to write every day to keep the story flowing at that early stage, so I do my best to make time despite the pressures of life around me. I feel you have to be determined to see a book through to the end (for me at least), and that, more than anything, is what will make you successful. Luckily I love my characters, so I’m happy to be in their world, fighting their battles alongside them.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

No single other person, but I have a fantastic writing group, who’ve supported and helped me over the last three years with finishing the novel, and then the process of editing, rewriting, and publishing it. Without them, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’m working on book three of the Carnival Series, which I’m really excited about. I have the first five or so books plotted out in my head, and I don’t plan to come up for air until they’re finished.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

I love reading, have done since I was very young. I’m currently reading book five in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I think Mercy is a fantastic character who gets herself into some insane situations, but I just love the way Patricia works the storyline, and makes sure everything fits back together by the end of the book, and not just in a simplistic way, she’s really good at pulling it all together in a way that makes sense, but that you might not always have seen coming. She’s also not afraid to tackle the tough stuff, including death, murder and rape. I suppose you have to if you’re writing about vampires and werewolves…?!

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

A magical carnival where inhabitants use their powers to create the greatest show on Earth! Just watch out for the person who’s trying to destroy it all.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?
iPad (I love my iPad mini!)

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate (hmmm, chocolate)

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
French Fries (or preferably kumara chips – it’s a New Zealand thing)

#4 – Comedy or Drama?
Comedy (Even better… RomCom)

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Neither: (Fantasy/SciFi options please…?)

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?
Fantasy (who wants boring old reality??)

#7 – Call or Text?
Text (mainly cause I’m lazy)

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Public School (I like people too much to stay at home too long)

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate
Neither: Herbal Tea

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Used to be paperback, but in the last two months… eBook

I’ve always loved books, and the stories they bring to life in my head. I’ve always had an overactive imagination as well, and distinctly remember sitting at the base of the big oak tree at school when I was a kid, building houses for the fairies, telling their stories as I went.
Born and raised in New Zealand, I have also lived in the UK, US, and Denmark. I love to meet new people; it’s a fantastic way to gain exposure to new ideas and cultures and, of course, to get story ideas. 
For the last ten years I’ve been a magazine writer, and currently I get to write about innovative and cutting-edge research for a tertiary institution in New Zealand. It’s an inspiring job, talking to people about their passion, and I try to tell their stories in the best possible way. 
I live in a secluded haven amongst the trees in Auckland with my lovely husband and cheeky three-year-old daughter. I enjoy yoga, although I’m not very bendy, and karate, although I don’t like the idea of hitting anyone. It’s about pushing my boundaries, and both those activities are physical, in a way that my work as a writer isn’t.  
I’ve worked as a camp counsellor, a waitress, a checkout girl, a citizenship officer and an editor. But none of those jobs compares to being able to call myself a writer. 

May 28 - Sweet and Spicy Reads - Excerpt
May 29 - Indie Authors You Want to Read - Excerpt
May 30 - Pure Jonel - Guest Post
June 1 - Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
June 2 -  Books, Authors, Blogs - Excerpt
June 3 - Lov Liv Life Reviews - Guest Post
June 5 - Coffee Break - Review
June 6 - Things That Make People Go Aww - Review
June 7 - Andi's Book Reviews - Guest Post
June 7 - Toots Book Reviews - Interview
June 8 - Clutter Your Kindle - Review
June 9 - Simplistic Reviews - Excerpt
June 10 - Extraordinary Reads - Review
June 11 - Pages of Comfort - Excerpt
June 12 - Chosen By You Book Club - Interview
June 13 - The Bookish Owl - Interview
June 14 - Book Sniffer Book Reviews - Review
June 15 - The Pen Muse - Interview
June 16 - Book Suburbia - Excerpt
June 17 - The Book Faery Reviews - Guest Post
June 18 - Must Read Faster - Review
June 19 - Life's Unfiltered Ramblings - Excerpt
June 20 - Rythem Poets - Review
June 21 - Kennedy Castielle - Review
June 22 -  RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

No comments:

Post a Comment