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Friday, November 4, 2011

Interview with Jodi Redford

At the ripe age of seven, Jodi Redford penned her first epic, complete with stick figure illustrations. Sadly, her drawing skills haven't improved much, but her love of fantasy worlds never went away. These days she writes about fairies, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures, only with considerably more heat.

She has won numerous contests, including The Golden Pen and Launching a Star.

When not writing or working the day job, she enjoys gardening and way too many reality television shows.

Currently residing in Michigan with her husband and overgrown lapdog, she is a member of RWA national and Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America.

She loves to hear from readers. You can email her at jodiredford@jodiredford.com and visit her online at www.jodiredford.com.




My Q&A with Jodi Redford :

Jess : Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Jodi : Sure, I'd love to. I write fun and sexy paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and contemporary romances for Samhain Publishing. My books are full of humor and quirk--kind of like me. *wink* When I'm not writing or working the day job, I enjoy reading and watching cheesy movies with bad special effects on the SyFy Channel. Really, is there any movie more deserving of an Academy Award than Sharktopus? I think not.

Jess : What books did you enjoy reading while growing up?

Jodi : As a pre-teen, I loved Nancy Drew. Once I hit high school, I fell in love with historical romances. Rosemary Rogers, Jude Deveraux and Bertrice Small were my all time favorites.

Jess : Do you have a specific writing style?

Jodi : My "voice" always tends to stay on the humorous and offbeat side, so I'd say yes. Definitely.

Jess : What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

Jodi : Probably an archeologist, so I could travel and play in a lot of dirt. Or even better, a paranormal researcher who seeks out creatures like the Yeti and chupacabras. Basically, I want Josh Gates job from Destination Truth. But only if I don't have to walk around in a jungle with anacondas on the loose. I'm not a snake person!

Jess : Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Jodi : Hm, the character I'd most like to invite to dinner would be Max, the shape-shifter shark from Maximum Witch. Not only is he hunky and sexy, he's also a gourmet cook, so win win for me! The one I'd least like to invite would be either Seven from The Seven Year Witch (Those multiple personalities are so hard to please when it comes to putting together a menu) or Antoinette Delacroix, the evil voodoo queen from That Voodoo You Do. I can almost guarantee she'd bring her zombie pets, and I'd end up being the main course. Talk about the worse dinner guests ever.

Jess : If you had to describe Lacey, Ryan, & Bram (from The Naughty List) in one word, what would it be?

Jodi : Lacey--Cautious

Ryan--Loyal

Bram--Funny

Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

Jodi : You know, I was thinking about this very thing earlier today. It's funny, but I used to think of myself as a "concept" writer, meaning that the plot or story idea always came to me first. But the more I think about it, it's really the characters who grab my attention in the beginning. Even in the cases where it seemed like it was the concept first, it really sprang out of a character. For instance, with Maximum Witch I knew I wanted to write a shark shifter, which in some ways is based around a concept, but it was really the core character of Max that ultimately shaped his "skin" as a shark shifter, if that makes any sense.

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Jodi : I've written quite a few books, but I've published and contracted eleven. It's really hard to say which is my favorite, because I fall in love with all of my books while I'm writing them, and I love them for different reasons. Besides, if I picked a favorite, the other books would get jealous. Trust me, you don't want to see a jealous book.

Jess : What is your latest published book? And if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Jodi : My latest published (available now) book is Maximum Witch. And at the end of November, The Naughty List will be releasing, so I'll count that one as "almost" published. I'm one of those writers who can always find something to change in my books, even if it doesn't need it. That's why I try to resist the urge to re-read them.

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Jodi : Well, lets see. In February, Getting Familiar With Your Demon, book 4 in the That Old Black Magic series, releases. Then in April I have a very sexy werewolf and cat-shifter book called Cat Scratch Fever coming out. Last but not least, in May I'll be part of Samhain's superhero anthology with my novella, Breaking Bad. Anyone wanting blurbs can check them out on my website. Except Breaking Bad--still waiting to get that one back from the blurb editor.

Jess : Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Jodi : Hard question! I have several favorite authors, and I enjoy their books for varying reasons. My favorite paranormal/fantasy author is Shana Abe. She has a way with description and detail that plops me into the middle of her worlds and makes them feel so real. My two favorite "sexy" authors are RG Alexander and Kate Pearce. They're both so good at bringing emotion and sizzling heat into their books.

Jess : What book are you reading now? How do you like it so far?

Jodi : I'm in the middle of book deadlines right now, so I haven't had much time for reading, but not too long ago, I finished Provoke Me, by Cari Quinn. It was the first book of Cari's I've read, and I highly recommend it. Hot and funny, and the hero and heroine really sizzle together. Yowza!

Jess : Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?? =0)

Jodi : Ha! Since I love to gab and ramble on, there is no such thing as an interview question I'm sick of. ;)


-- Thank You Jodi!!! Be sure to check out The Naughty List & Getting Familiar With Your Demon which are both coming out soon!! --



My Previous Review(s) for this Author : That Voodoo You Do | The Naughty List

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1 comment :

  1. I award you the crown of "most awesome" for including the movie poster from Sharktopus in our interview. LOL. <3

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