Feb 1, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Joey W. Hill plus giveaway

For my fifth Authors After Dark Spotlight, I give you the Mistress of Ceremony for this year’s event – Joey W Hill!!! *blows air horn*

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

This will be my third AAD, so no worries, Julie – we’ll take good care of you (with this crowd, that could be a threat OR a promise – wink). Seriously, you’ll have a blast. It’s one of the most guest-friendly cons I’ve ever attended. We authors are there for all of YOU.

You will be the Mistress of Ceremonies at this year’s AAD convention!  *throws confetti* Are you super excited or a little nervous?  It’s okay to tell us.  We won’t tell. 

LOL – yes, I’m sure you won’t tell a SOUL. Nervous as I can be. Public speaking utterly terrifies me, as does being in crowds, but I’ve learned to manage both. The good thing is, the more events I’ve done, the more familiar faces I see in the crowds, so it’s become much more comfortable, like talking to a group of friends. I still much prefer Q&A panels versus prepared workshops, because in the latter, I’m always sure that, if the audience is bored or hates my material, they’re going to strip me naked, chase me into the streets and throw rocks at me. In New Orleans, I guess I can hope they’d use not-so-stale beignets!

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

Wow, that’s a hard one to narrow down, because at the first two there were so many good surprises and fun moments. However, I understand at least two dozen members of the JWH fan forum are planning to attend, and we’re going to have an informal get-together Tuesday night in one of the suites. This will be the first time I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of them face to face, and I think that’s going to be a wonderful experience.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

So many are friends now, it’s like a reunion, so it would be hard to narrow that down. I do like meeting new authors, or those on the cusp of being published. Particularly the ones who are serious about it and willing to put in the work/time, because it’s interesting to hear their experiences, and come to subsequent cons and watch their career evolve, see how their attitudes change as they go along. And it’s nice to be able to offer them help and support, when they want or need it, because so many authors did (and continue to do!) the same for me.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

Felt a bit of a warm glow, and about 30 seconds later, my brain was kicking into contingencies and plans on the next in-process project. I’m pretty much an OCD workaholic when it comes to my writing, so my eye’s always on the next goal.  I follow the philosophy that an author is only as good as her next book. Fortunately, I have a husband who helps me step back and acknowledge the successes, enjoy them, so I don’t lose sight of the reason I do this. I love writing stories, and it’s freaking wonderful to be a fulltime author, as long as it lasts!

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

Tyler and Marguerite’s story, which was actually told in two books, Ice Queen/Mirror of My Soul. Marguerite was probably my most damaged contemporary heroine, yet she was a powerful Mistress and ran an elegant tea café. Everything in her life was very regimented, to handle the emotional chaos inside of her. She was the one heroine I wrote that didn’t let me in, that was as closed to me as she was to everyone else. It took a unique hero, Tyler Winterman, to open her up for both of us. The synergy of the two remarkable characters was what made this my favorite. They were a dream for an author, the type of couple that would make you stop after writing a particularly intense scene between them and think yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to be done (attended by a couple fist pumps –  laughter). I often revisit this story to loosen me up creatively, especially when I’m working on a difficult project.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Chuckle – no, but I have made one of my editors blush. However, I can’t ever be too smug about that, because though I’ve written very explicit scenes, if you try to get me to read them aloud, I will blush to the roots of my hair. My composure works only as long as it’s safely inside my head.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

Since I’m a character-driven writer, the “favorite book” and “favorite character” questions probably work out the same for me, but since my overall favorites are characters from my contemporary books, let me give you a close second in my paranormals. That would be a toss-up between Mina of A Witch’s Beauty or Gideon from Vampire Mistress/Vampire Trinity. Mina was a reclusive, angry sea witch with a wealth of dark power which made her a threat to the world. As such, most of the angelic legion thought she’d be better off dead. Except for David, a young angel assigned to be either her guardian or executioner, who finds the woman beneath the witch. She was a great amalgamation of light and dark, contemptuous of pretty much everyone, yet with a surprisingly inflexible moral code.

Gideon Green was a hardcore vampire hunter, immersed in blood. All he knew was killing, and surviving to kill another day. Through an extraordinary chain of events, he ends up being the servant of a female vampire, a Mistress who runs a BDSM club and is forcibly turned by a savage pack of rogue vampires. He was my favorite hero to write, because he was a “fuck off” bad boy type with a truly lost soul.  His many layers were uncovered, not just by Anwyn’s situation, but by the fact there’s another vampire involved – Daegan, a mysterious, much older vampire who was also Anwyn’s protector at the time of the attack. At the beginning of the book, before she’s turned, Anwyn muses that Gideon might just need the hand of a Mistress AND Master to help him find himself again, and she’s right. His dynamic with the both of them made every scene a roller coaster in the dark – unexpected twists, dips, etc. I love writing male/male erotic interaction anyway, and seeing how Daegan contributed to Gideon’s healing and evolution into their full servant…well, the more I found out about Gideon Green, the more I loved him. So much so, I wrote a free novella-length vignette about him for the JWH connection fan forum. I’m sure I’ll write more of those in the future, since I like revisiting him and his vampire Master and Mistress! (There’s also a free vignette revisiting David and Mina as well – wink.)

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

I’m going to go with Claire and Jamie of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, or Eve and Roarke of JD Robb’s In Death series. While I particularly liked the first three Outlander books, Eve and Roarke are my candy, my reward when I’ve finished up a grueling project and want to take the rare day to sit on the porch and spend time with a known quantity, familiar faces. I’m a few books behind, so this may have already happened, but what I really want is for Roarke to have one book where he gets truly hurt, not be so invincible, and see how Eve handles that, as well as how she goes and kicks the ass of who did it! I also think they need to get a dog to chase Galahad around and help him with his weight (laughter).

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I write dark, edgy and intense BDSM erotic romance and, because it is romance, I move between the lines of fantasy and reality, seeking the balance that will most absorb the readers. I want to keep them connected to the emotions of the characters, while taking them places we can’t always go in real life. Being in the heads of the characters when I write them, I don’t feel I’ve ever written a BDSM scene that wasn’t consensual, no matter how clouded by emotional issues that scene was. Therefore, it surprised me, the first time I received feedback – a multi-paged handwritten letter— reacting strongly to scenes that the reader felt was abusive and/or rape. I certainly respect that reader’s viewpoint, because I’m a firm believer that once a book is in a reader’s hands, the experience of that book is uniquely theirs; I’m not going to argue and say “No, that’s not correct,” because it’s their entirely valid opinion/reaction to the book. But it did take me by surprise. Since then, I’ve become used to online debate about certain scenes of my books, or personality traits of my characters, and take them in stride as part and parcel of a diverse readership.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

I was really fortunate in high school. I had an English teacher who took those seemingly boring books, peeled back the layers, and made the characters come alive.  I do wish I hadn’t had to read the “boy books”, aka Moby Dick and Huckleberry Finn, but I enjoyed a lot of the others (see next question for example). But I don’t think anything could have turned me off of reading. I was reading full length novels by the time I was in third grade, and it wasn’t until I became a full time author that my internal editor ruined reading for me. It’s like a busman’s holiday, so I have to “trick” my mind into pleasure reading – like wait for a vacation where the environment/schedule completely changes. It’s why I often resort to familiar terrain like the JD Robb books, if I want to pleasure read at home, because the internal editor is quiet for those books. I’m trying to work on that though, because pleasure reading is key to keeping a writer’s style/creativity fresh.

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The English teacher really brought that one to life for me. Hester’s journey toward self-actualization, defining herself on her own terms, so by the end the “A” belonged to her. It was no longer a symbol of condemnation, but validation. Doing that believably, in that time period (both the time period of the book and when NH wrote it) – wow, hat’s off to him. The line, “And still they lingered” has stayed in my mind for nearly thirty years. I clearly recall my English teacher’s romantic, wistful smile as she told us clueless teenagers, “We can only imagine what may have happened as they lingered there together…”

That book had a powerful impact on my own storyline choices, because I gravitate toward damaged yet incredibly strong heroines, who’ve remade themselves despite incredible emotional or physical hardship. By the time the hero arrives on the scene, that accomplishment is their own – his very vital role is to help her learn to love and trust again, so all that strength can be enhanced by faith in the love of another. Poor Hester didn’t get that chance, since John turned out to be such a sad, weak man.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

Armageddon, with Bruce Willis. I have to watch it a couple times a year, at a minimum.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Weight Watchers Chocolate Fudge Brownie on a normal day; fried ice cream from the local Mexican restaurant for special occasions.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Little of both – depends on the deadlines. Whatever’s needed, though I’ve reached that age where staying up late isn’t as easy as it used to be – not without a long nap the next day (laughter).

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

Over the past ten years, I’ve done so many interviews, guest blogs, etc, I’m trying to think of anything readers don’t know about me (lol). They probably know me better than anyone other than my husband.  Hmmm…okay, I can’t stand computer/video games. Within ten minutes I feel itchy/antsy. I completely understand why they exacerbate ADD – you’d have to have the attention span of a hyped-up cocker spaniel to excel at them. Grin – and yes, my husband is a World of Warcraft/Star Wars addict. Thank goodness we love each other despite our differences!

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Something About Witches, the first book in your brand spanking new Arcane Shot series, is releasing on Tuesday February 7th!  Woot!  Can you tell us about the series and the book?

Thanks for the woot! The series was born when my agent asked me to pitch a sensual (less erotic) paranormal series to Berkley so we could tap into mass market format. She threw in “maybe make it something about witches”. And no, the title didn’t come from that – just a happy coincidence.

I’ve been told the way I write sensual qualifies as erotic to other people (grin), so not sure how well I did on the “less erotic”, but the series pursues a more traditional fantasy storyline than my vampires or mermaid/angel books. In this first book, I have Ruby, a bitter, secretive witch heroine who runs a gun shop, and Derek, a sorcerer hero who wears a cowboy hat and dragonskin boots. Ruby gets to instruct a coven on magical practice to protect fault lines, and Derek gets to figure out why the hell Ruby ran from him three years ago—and why it is she seems to be carrying an unsettling amount of Dark Power now. Derek is a great hero – he’s a man’s man, a cross between Wyatt Earp and Gandalf. He loves Ruby to distraction, while Ruby knows no man has ever understood her heart like Derek. They’ll figure things out while fighting against a badass demon, of course. Nothing like adding to the stress!

In the Company of Witches, book two in the series, is releasing on May 1st 2012.  Tell us about the couple we will be reading about in this book.

Occasionally, two characters pop into your head and, with just a one-line description of each, you know their relationship is going to be fireworks. Raina is a half-succubus/all witch who runs a modern-day bordello staffed by sex demons. Mikhael is a Dark Guardian, an Underworld cop on the tail of a fugitive incubus who takes refuge at Raina’s place. How could that not be fun to write? There’s a free Chapter One excerpt on my website under the Arcane Shot series link. Actually there are free excerpts for all my books on the website, so readers can browse to your heart’s content (wink). They’ll also get a brief introduction to Raina and Mikhael in Something About Witches.

How many books can we look forward to in your Arcane Shot series?

I’ve planned for at least three, since the original story premise circles around three witches – Ruby, Raina and Ramona, but there are enough side characters that it could go further if the publisher would like to take it beyond a trilogy. We’ll see. Since this is my first mass market series, the plan is to open my work to a wider audience (and hopefully draw them in to the “dark side” – my backlist! :>). How they do sales-wise will determine whether we’ll have more of them.

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your insane writing schedule for answering these questions Joey.  Looking forward to meeting you in NOLA!

It was great to be here. Thanks for having me. Looking forward to seeing you at AAD as well – it’s going to be so much fun. Hope to meet/see some of your readers there as well!

GIVEAWAY: I always like to offer readers something for putting up with me (wink), so if you leave a comment or question, you’ll be eligible for a random drawing to win the book of your choice from my available titles. I’ll post the winner in the comments here on February 8, but if you include your email address with your comment I can contact you directly as well. (No worries, I can also contact Julie for the winner’s email address if you’d prefer to keep that private!)  Giveaway open internationally.

Here’s where you can find Joey –

  1. Hi,

    thanks you a lot for this interview and generosity. I would like to know if you think ( or if it’s already the case) that your book will be translated in French ( and published)

    thanks you a lot


  2. What a great interview, I really enjoyed it. The fact that you and your husband are so different is fun.

    I have to admit I don’t read your books, because you are “too” erotic for my tastes, and having read Julie’s review first, I don’t think I will be liking this new book. Which is a shame, as it has everything I love in a paranormal book. Do you think, the lovescenes are skippable if they become “too hot” for me, or do they talk alot what is necessary for the storyline during those moments?

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  3. Great interview. Is the muse thinking about any other mass-market series/books other than the withches?

  4. LadyVampire says:

    Great post and congratulations on your upcoming release! My question for you is “Have you ever worked on writing more then one book at a time simply because inspiration struck you?”

  5. Miki, you asked if the book will be translated into French, or if it has been already. My understanding is, in order for that to happen, a French publisher has to buy the translation rights to the books, and we don’t get too many offers for that from countries where a large amount of the population already knows English as well as the native language. In short, if a French reader wants the book, they’ve already bought it in English, so the French publisher perceives that they can’t make much money on the translation. However, if a French publisher wants it for translation, I know we’d be happy for that to happen! In the meantime, Berkley does have worldwide English rights on my books, so they can distribute it in other countries, at least in English format.

    Where the translation rights to my past books have been picked up have included Russia and Thailand. There’s also a Spanish translation of Natural Law available.

    Thanks for coming out!

  6. Aurian, I posted a response to your comment under the Something About Witches review, suggesting a different paranormal book of mine I thought you might like more (A Mermaid’s Kiss), but to answer your question here, I regret to say I think it would be tough to do that (skim over the erotic scenes without missing important story info). A lot of emotional stuff/insights get shared during the physical scenes, and some plot information. I hate to say that, but what I’d hate more is to steer you wrong and make you feel like you wasted your money to get half a story feeling from reading it. But definitely see my comment response under the SAW review. A Mermaid’s Kiss may be more to your liking!

  7. Moira, I have been mulling over some thoughts about kelpies, since they were introduced in both the Arcane Shot series (you’ll meet one in In the Company of Witches) and the Vampire Queen series (in Bound by the Vampire Queen), but nothing definite yet. The publisher is going to see how this series flies before deciding whether to expand my mass market offerings. However, even if they feel I do better in trade offerings, I can still write the kelpies for that format.

  8. LadyVampire, thanks for the question! I’ve worked on two books at once, but usually at different stages of the writing process. I don’t do first drafts at the same time, because that’s the most intense creative period, and my preference is to give that stage my dedicated attention. However, I have been writing a first draft on one book at the same time I’ve been working in an edit round on another book, and brainstorming/outlining an upcoming project because inspiration strikes and I just have to get the story details down before I lose them (smile). So in that respect, I guess my answer is both yes and no. Inspiration can strike for a second book, such that I need to at least get a framework for it, but I typically don’t tackle both projects at once.

    Though it doesn’t connect to the “inspiration” question, I will add that when you work under contract it can become even crazier – I can be doing all that, AND get in a final print galley for review from either or both of my two publishers. That’s when I pull out my hair! (lol)

  9. Bought Hostile Takeover this week and will dive in when I won’t be interrupted! I so look forward to your new releases:-) Although I re-read the Mermaid books a couple time a year, actually, I’m due to spend some time with Anna and Jonah, sigh, such a happy thought,looking forward to Angels! Hope your doing well, off to read and pedal my butt off! Great interview, see ya later!

  10. Hi Joey, thank you for answering my questions. It’s just that I love everything witchy 🙂 But I will try your Mermaid book one day 🙂

  11. Cindy Holub says:

    Do all you books have BDSM in them? Just wondering…….. Great Interview! I’d love to win!
    cholub1968 at aol dot com

  12. Dotty, have a great bike ride! And I hope you enjoy Ben and Marcie’s story. I’m of course always pleased to hear you’re going to revisit Jonah and Anna. I need to revisit the Prime Legion Commander and his brave mermaid sometime soon as well. One of my 2012 goals is to have a series bible in place for all of my books to ensure I don’t make consistency errors as I move forward. It will be nice to enjoy them again. :>

    Aurian, I should have guessed witches were your primary interest from your avatar (smile). I do have a free short story on my site that’s about a witch, “Thou Shalt Not Suffer”. The sex in it is very mainstream, low heat level. It’s a good story, though one of my older “newbie writer” ones. Miriam has been imprisoned for witchcraft. Her jailer, a gentle bear of a man, offers her an unexpected light of hope one night, and magic results. If you’d like to check it out, the direct link is http://www.storywitch.com/Stories/ShaltNotSuffer.htm.

  13. Tracy V. Nickels says:

    Fried ice cream? I do LOVE the Vampire Misteres series.
    I do want more of the Gideon and etc. Your stuff ROCKS!!!

  14. Cindy, most of my books do have BDSM in them, though different levels of it. As I noted to Aurian, The Daughters of Arianne series (mermaids/angel) have much lighter, more subtle elements of it. Something About Witches has it, but again, a lighter treatment than my Vampire Queen or Nature of Desire series.

    While my work is not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s perfectly okay, if you’re not normally a BDSM reader, you might still want to check out some of the free excerpts on my website. I have a good percentage of readers who are NOT BDSM readers, interestingly enough. The comments I have heard from them generally go: “I don’t read BDSM, but I like how you write it.” In part, I believe their reaction is because I build on the not-so-subtly disguised Dominant traits of our traditional male romance heroes, and emotional intensity is my primary emphasis in the sexual interaction. Anyhow, see what you think. And thanks for the question!

  15. Tracey, hey girl! You’ve never heard of fried ice cream? Technically, it’s not fried. It’s vanilla ice cream with corn flakes in it, topped with hot fudge and put in a fried tortilla shell bowl, usually all of it frosted with cinnamon and brown sugar. Make you sick as a dog to eat all of one alone, but it’s wonderful! Thanks for the compliment – hope to give you more of Gideon in the coming year, if I can work in another free vignette about him and Daegan. I know you guys have been clamoring for that one (lol). However, a lot of the Vampire Queen characters will likely show up in the book about Evan, Niall and Alanna which will be the next in the series.

  16. Hello Joey!
    Congrats on the release of Something About Witches. I think it is so cool it will be a mass market paperback. That will reach such a huge audience. I’m looking forward to this series. I’ve read some early reviews and the bloggers just loved it. Since Ice Queen and Mirror of My Soul are your favorite books I just downloaded their samples to my Kindle. Good luck with the new series!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  17. Stacie, thanks! I know the intent of the mass market series is to get my work out to a larger audience, so I hope I acquire the same wonderful kinds of readers from that which I’ve experienced with my trade and ebooks. You all are so very supportive. And thank you for giving Tyler and Marguerite a try! If you do end up enjoying the books, be sure to go to the jwhconnection.com fan forum later on and download the free novella revisiting them, “Tyler Tied Up”. It’s under the vignette section. You can do that now if you wish – you may just run into some spoilers!

  18. Hi Joey,

    I just finished reading Hostile Takeover and it’s become another favorite. Are there more Knights of the Boardroom books coming out? Would love to get updates, especially when all the couples start having babies. Nothing like a strong, dominant man trying to control the whole child birth experience, lol.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  19. Joey, this is an odd question, but I just thought of it so I have to ask. Are you ever planning on writing a series that focuses more exclusively on one person (or couple), like your two books about Anwyn, Daegan and Gideon did? I hate letting go of characters when a book ends, so I love series like this! Thanks for answering all these questions!

    *curiousity strikes again!*

  20. Hey Joey…as you know, I’ve read everything you’ve written…several times in many cases…ahem…Trinity & Mistress *wink wink*
    Cant wait for the Arcane Shot series to take off…which of course, it will…cos you totally rock it, lady!!!
    Going to have to re-read HT very soon…I got FAR too interrupted during that reading episode!!
    I’m loving the news of a bit more Gideon too…..can’t have too much of him..LOL!!!

  21. Looking forward to SAW on Feb 7 and so excited to hear we will be seeing more DAG this year through the vignettes and hopefully the as support characters in the next VQ book (love that series) !

    Wish I xxcould have managed AAD this year but maybe some other time.

  22. Cathy M, Ben’s book finishes up the Knights, because the series always surrounded the stories of the five men, and he’s the fifth. However, don’t worry – you’ll still see the Knights. Max and Leland, secondary characters introduced during these books, will both get their own books, and of course that means the Knights will play a key role – plus we’ll get to see what’s been happening in their lives. Right now, there’s also a free serial vignette about Ben–“before Marcie”–happening on the fan forum, and I’m sure I’ll write more vignettes about them in the future. Max and Leland’s stories will probably be dovetailed into the Nature of Desire series, if the publisher agrees.

    It’s a great coincidence that you asked about children, however. They’re actually talking about that issue over on the forum under the Hostile Takeover Spoiler Alert group. The general theory is that, except for Matt and Savannah, it’s likely the others won’t have children because of their different circumstances, though the muse isn’t completely decided on Peter/Dana yet. We’ll see! Glad you enjoyed HT. :>

  23. Ashley, you asked if I would ever write a series that focuses on the same set of characters in each book – sort of a multiple sequel situation (grin). Until Bound by the Vampire Queen, all of my characters who were in “two-book” stories were actually one long story that had to be broken into two separate books due to publisher length requirements, versus my intention to write two separate books about them. Bound by the Vampire Queen, which was Book VIII of the Vampire Queen series, revisited Jacob and Lyssa, who started off the series in Books I & II. As a result, BBtVQ was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever written, which is why I’m hesitant to say I’ll ever write a whole series about the same set of protagonists. What I love most about writing love stories IS the love story – the bringing together of the main characters, letting them struggle through the emotional baggage and obstacles, and make that forever commitment to one another. Going back after they’ve made that commitment necessarily means a larger percentage of the story has to be about something other than the relationship. Ugh. Not my thing (grin).

    I think that’s why I offer the free vignettes, kind of as a way to re-visit favorite characters in slice of life ways, where the emphasis is still on romantic turning points, etc, rather than having to build a whole plot backdrop against the current status of their relationship. And of course, ironically, some of those vignettes turn into novella-sized downloads, like the one I did about Gideon and Daegan on the fan forum (still there, for anyone who’d like to take a peek!).

    But again, I never say never. It could happen, but no immediate plans for it on the horizon. :>

  24. Musette and Pat, as noted above with Ashley’s question, I swear I could create a fan club for Daegan and Gideon alone. Those boys are popular (grin). Oh, and Ashley, I forgot to add – I appreciate you all asking the questions – it’s never a chore to answer them. You guys make my day!

    Musette/Pat, I hope you all enjoy SAW and that the new series is as popular as the old ones. I’ll be waiting with bated breath, as usual, to get reader reaction!

    Pat, I wish you could be at AAD as well – hopefully we’ll get to see you another year, because it is such a fun con. You’ll never want to go home (lol). It’s all about laughter, reading, and just having a great time with others who love the paranormal/romance genres.

  25. Great interview ladies.
    What other genre would you like to tackle someday 🙂


  26. Elaine, oddly, I can’t really think of one. I enjoy writing paranormal and contemporary romances, whether erotic or sensual, and can’t think of another genre that really draws my interest. I’ve wanted to write romance since the very beginning, back in grade school, so I have a feeling love stories will always be the stories I want to tell! (smile)

  27. What a great giveaway. I’m a big Ellora’s Cave fan and have actually read one of Joey’s books years ago. Would love another chance to start reading her work again. Thank you.


  28. Thanks so much for the great interview. I have not had the opportunity to read but one of your books but I loved it and will definitely be getting more. Congrats on the release!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  29. I was able to attend AAD 2011 but I can’t go in 2012. I am so sad 🙁 My favorite movie is Die Hard so I get your yearly Bruce Willis fix!

  30. I look forward to this one. Enjoyed both the mermaid and the vampire books!

  31. Lynn and June – hope you enjoy future reads of my books. Thanks for the congrats on the release, June!

    Jen, I love Die Hard! I even liked the 2nd one pretty well, but they went downhill after that. He’s such a rugged guy’s guy – also loved him the recent Red with Karl Urban, Morgan Freeman, etc. I wish you were able to come to AAD 2012, but hopefully we’ll get to see you in 2013.

    Ruthie, I’m hoping the new series will meet the expectations of my current readers, like yourself, as well as win over new ones. We’ll see how it goes! :>

  32. I read (and loved) Mermaid’s Kiss a long time ago. So THAT is why your name was familiar to me. Something about Witches has gone into my TBR list, love the sound of it!!!

    Joey glad you will be there to help out the AAD virgin Julie =) Both of you have an awesome time!!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. I enjoyed the interview. Your books sound amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.


  34. great interview! Really looking forward to Something About Witches being released next week! Hope you all have a great time @ AAD in NOLA. I’ll be there in spirit.

    terry1420 @ gmail com 🙂

  35. Is there a genre that you’ve thought about writing that is different from what readers associate with you?


  36. Hi Joey,

    My work hasn’t been impressed with my excuse for being late 2 different mornings lately. The first morning was in Dec. and I was late because I stayed up until 3:30am reading Bound by the Vampire Queen. Just last week I was late because I stayed up until 4:30am reading Hostile Takeover, lol.

    I have trouble not gulping down a book by you in one sitting when I first get it, and then I reread it a little bit slower a couple of weeks later. I love rereading your books because I enjoy them as much each time I reread them as I did the first.

    Thank you for the hours of enjoyment and escape you’ve provided me with your wonderful heros and heroines! 🙂


    bonbons 977 (at) yahoo . com

  37. jeanette8042 says:

    Great interview and I love all your books! Can’t wait for your next release!

    lilazncutie1215 at yahoo dot com

  38. Best wishes with the new book. I’ve been wanting to try your books and Julie’s review of the newest one has definitely moved it up on my wishlist.

  39. Lexi, I’m glad you had the opportunity to enjoy Jonah and Anna’s story, and hope you’ll have a similar experience with Something About Witches! Don’t worry, we’ll send Julie back safe and sound, and with lots of good stories to tell (wink).

    Terri, wish you could join us, and thanks to you and BN100 both for the good wishes on the release of SAW.

    Leni, you and Elaine were on the same wavelength! :> She asked that question as well. My response was “I enjoy writing paranormal and contemporary romances, whether erotic or sensual, and can’t think of another genre that really draws my interest. I’ve wanted to write romance since the very beginning, back in grade school, so I have a feeling love stories will always be the stories I want to tell! (smile)”

  40. Whoops, Terry, sorry about that. Don’t know where the “i” came from – must still be half asleep!

    Jen, I’m glad I’m on your TBR list, and hope I meet expectations! Let me know if not, because I always welcome reader feedback.

    Jeanette, thanks! I’ll keep writing them as fast as I can, promise! (grin)

    Bobbi, it sounds like your boss just doesn’t have his/her priorities straight. A good read should always come before anything else, right? (grin) Seriously, thank you for that fantastic compliment. Knowing that a reader likes to re-visit the book time and again is the highest praise.

  41. Stephanie says:

    I love all of Joey’s books! I can’t wait to meet her at AAD! I am a forum member but I will miss the Tuesday night get together Tuesday….quite sad about that! I promote all of Joey’s work to all of my friends! No questions just encouragement to keep up the great work, Joey!

  42. Stephanie, I’m hearing from the organizers that the date for that forum get-together at AAD MAY change to later in the week, but I won’t say for sure until I get a definite confirmation. But hopefully that will mesh with your schedule better! Thanks for stopping by, and for the wonderfully kind words about my work!

  43. Fried ice cream? I didn’t think that was still around! My favorite place to get that was when Chi Chi’s had it but after the salmonella incident closed them down no more ice cream for me. 🙁

    Great interview ladies!! I can’t wait for Something About Witches to come out and it will no doubt be a huge success! And one you entirely deserve Joey. You will have a whole new audience who will love you as much as we all do on your forum. And although I can’t wait to fully experience Derek nobody will ever beat out Daegan, EVER!

  44. Kristen, oh girl, definitely. If you have a local independent Mexican restaurant, I’ll bet it will be on their dessert menu. I’ve never been to a family-run Mexican restaurant that doesn’t have it.

    Thanks for that great vote of support for the new series. I hope you all will love Derek and Ruby. We’ll see if he can give Daegan a run for his money. Actually, seeing the two of them fight together toward a common enemy…wooh, cool me off!

  45. Great interview!! I can’t wait to get the chance to meet you in person this August at the AAD convention!! Woot! Woot!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your amazing books!

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  46. I love reading these interviews, once again Julie is introducing me to authors I’d not heard of before but now can’t wait to read!

  47. Sariah, I’m looking forward to it as well! :> And Allison, thanks for being willing to take the plunge. Julie asks good questions, doesn’t she?

  48. Wow! I’ve not had the chance to read any of your work before, but hearing you describe how you think about and wrestle with your characters makes me want to dig in! I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to romance and such, but you may have just made a convert out of me. I’d love to read Something About Witches when it comes out – I love the premise of it and the next one in the series. Thanks for sharing with us in blog form. I always love to hear from authors and get their perspective on things!


  49. Katrina T. says:

    Nice interview! I’ve actually never read any of Joey Hill’s books, but I’ve had A Mermaid’s Kiss in my to-read list for a while now. I am now going to move it up on my to-read list. I am also going to try some of JD Robb’s works. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway and interview!


  50. Jordan, if you’re more of a traditionalist, Something About Witches would be a great one to start with, since it’s what one of my readers coined a “Joey-lite” (lol). Hope you enjoy it, and glad you liked the interview.

    Katrina, definitely start at the beginning of the In Death series. Naked in Death is the first one, if I remember correctly – you definitely want to see Detective Eve Dallas’s relationship build with the mysterious and gorgeous Roarke from the very beginning!

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