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Now, without further ado, let me introduce the fascinating and incredibly talented, Jillian Stone.
Jillian is an RWA Golden Heart winner for her historical romantic suspense, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (previously titled The Yard Man.) It netted her a contract with Pocket Books. That same year, she won the Erotica category in the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest for The Seduction of Phaeton Black. Kensington Brava offered a 3-book contract.
This lady can write – and if you haven’t read any of her books – start now. If you have enjoyed one or more of Ms. Stone’s titles, then don’t miss her new release (and the second book in the Phaeton Black series), The Moonstone and Miss Jones.
Jillian, you’ve managed to write books in two genres, Historical and Paranormal Steampunk, and do both quite well. Which genre do you prefer, and why?
Thanks for having me on your blog site, Deb, and thanks so much for your kind mention about both series!
I have two favorite genres to write in, both of which crossover several romance subgenres. One is Historical Romantic Suspense and the other is Historical Paranormal. I love them both for different reasons, but I think it is safe to say that I enjoy having two plots to work with. I like to see the hero and heroine work together in ways that don’t involve obviously contrived obstacles. Also, I think that as much as I love romance, a hero and heroine who only have eyes for each other…need to get a life.
Romantic Times said The Seduction of Phaeton Black “almost defies categorization, combining elements of steampunk, erotica, paranormal romance, and mystery.” What do you think is the most appealing aspect of your Phaeton Black series for readers?
The Seduction of Phaeton Black has been growing a kind of cult following over these last six months. I consider the book to be historical paranormal with elements of steampunk and erotica.
Phaeton Black really drives the story in book one. He is one of those characters who is closer to an antihero. In fact, RT Book Reviews editors ran an article on Phaeton asking the question: Phaeton Black, Hero or Antihero?
I actually wrote Phaeton in the fine tradition of the Byronic hero, described by Lord Macaulay as “a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection.”
FYI: Wikipedia has a checklist of Byronic hero traits:
- Cunning and able to adapt
- Disrespectful of rank and privilege
- Emotionally conflicted, bipolar or moody
- Having a troubled past or suffering from an unnamed crime
- Intelligent and perceptive
- Jaded, world-weary
- Mysterious, magnetic and charismatic
- Seductive and sexually attractive
- Self-critical and introspective
- Socially and sexually dominant
- Sophisticated and educated
- Struggling with integrity
- Treated as an exile, outcast or outlaw
By the way, Phaeton Black exhibits just about all of the above.
You have an award winning background in creative advertising. How have you used that experience with the development and/or marketing of your own books?
I think it has helped in some ways. I am able to steer my brand as an author with perhaps a little less angst than say an author who is new to promotion. On the other hand, I am overly critical of cover design or any advertising by my publishers do.
I think with the advent of indie publishing, the market is saturated with books, many of them selling for $.99 through $3.99. Even FREE! I think it is particularly difficult for a debut author to get enough discoverability (trendy marketing term) unless their publishers are willing to compete on cover pricing or stick with them for at least three or four years to help them build a following of readers.
When you’re in the mood to curl up with a good book, what genre do you choose? Please share a few titles that you’ve enjoyed.
Since I am on deadline for book three in the Phaeton Black series, I am not reading right now, but I will list some of my favorite reads: Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice, Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase, The Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas, The Dark Prince, Christine Feehan.
The Phaeton Black series is set in the late 1800′s. If you could go back in time, what country and era would you visit, and why?
It would be so fascinating to explore London in the late 1880’s, all the strange places, and interesting characters I’ve discovered through research––actually get to experience them in person! But I’d want someone like Oscar Wilde to be my guide, so I could get a sense of every strata of society––from the beau monde to brothels!
I love that Phaeton Black is a paranormal investigator. How do you research for his line of work? Have you personally experienced paranormal activity?
The idea behind Phaeton’s gift is he is able to communicate with all manor or demons, trolls, vampires, succubae. But he deals with these otherworldly creatures using his charm and wits, and not with any special “slayer” skills, though he does partner with Doctor Exeter, and an odd being named Mr. Ping, who instructs him in the use of potent energy, or Ping’s term: “relic dust and champagne.”
I do some research into creatures and strange events. But I also like to handle traditional paranormal creatures in new and refreshing ways, so much of the paranormal aspects of the story come from inside my writer’s brain!
The third book in the series is tentatively scheduled for Summer, 2013. Can you tell us a little about The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter?
Doctor Exeter and his lovely, recently grown up charge, Mia, who are hero and heroine of the third novel. Exeter and Mia, along with a few of the Nightshades do battle with the mega powerful Prospero, a tech wizard who has abducted both Phaeton and America.
Exeter and Mia have their own set of issues to deal with, including their growing attraction to one another and the fact that Mia has unexpectedly becoming a shapeshifter.
What is the one thing about being an author you enjoy? And one thing you don’t?
I love the creative process––thinking up plots and characters, writing the stories, meeting with readers. I hate deadlines the most, because it never feels like I have enough time!
Some people relax with a walk in nature. Others prefer a trip to the spa. What do you do to de-stress and find your “Zen” moment?
I try to go to the gym and workout at least four days a week, this keeps the endorphins circulating and feeds oxygen to the brain. It is also my hour and a half of peace most days.
The Moonstone and Miss Jones
Book Two in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator Series
By Jillian Stone
Genre: Paranormal romance with steampunk and erotic elements
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Date of Publication: September 26, 2012
Number of pages: 300
The Moonstone and Miss Jones is the dark and sexy sequel to The Seduction of Phaeton Black. Phaeton returns to England in time to help Doctor Exeter and the mysterious deadly Nightshades rescue London once again––this time from Professor Lovecraft’s destructive tinkering.
As the threads of existence begin to unravel, the eccentric scientist attempts to save his son’s deteriorating condition by replacing body parts with mechanical apparatus. Ah, but how to power them? The near mad professor believes he has found a way to unleash the arcane energy inside the Moonstone and he needs Phaeton Black to help him do it.
When Phaeton is shanghaied in Shanghai, America Jones assumes the worst––that he has abandoned her in the Orient. An angry Miss Jones returns to London, where their spirited partnership takes an unexpected turn––a new business venture MOONSTONE INVESTIGATIONS. No uncommon psychical disturbance refused.
Well, why not mix business with pleasure?
In 2010, Jillian won the RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and went from no agent or publisher to signing with Richard Curtis and being offered a three book contract by Pocket Books. That summer, she also won the erotica category of the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest f
or The Seduction of Phaeton Black and was offered a three book contract by Kensington Brava. Needless to say, she has been busy writing book
Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc) s this past year and a half! Jillian lives in Southern California and is currently working on the third book in the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series, The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter.