Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jude Mason Interview

Interview with Jude Mason

1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write?

-This changes. Sometimes I’ll find myself writing like a maniac in the early hours. Other times, I’ll draw a blank until the evening or be dragged out of bed at some outrageous hour because muse has deemed it time to write. I’ve been writing for years, so I’ve learned to go with the flow. Deadlines are met and I seem to work best when I don’t try to set a specific time of day to be creative.

2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?

-I do all of my work on the computer. I may print things out occasionally, just to have the hard copy, but I that’s about it.

3: What do you draw inspiration from?

-This is one of those questions that I really have difficulty answering. Everywhere. Nowhere. My mind. A truck full of dirt. A man standing on a corner reading the paper. A woman looking in a shop window. A TV show. The news. Honestly, I get ideas from anywhere at any time. I think that’s what makes me different from someone who doesn’t write. It’s not a talent, I didn’t work for it. It just happens.

4: Do you set yourself goals when you sit down to write such as word count?

-I have done and if I’ve got a deadline, yes, I’ll have a goal. When I’m just writing, I do try to hit 2K a day. 3K is a good day, anything over that, I’ll celebrate

5: Being a self published author how do you come up with your cover art?

-I’ve created my own cover art. I’ve also had my husband, who is an amateur photographer help me with a couple and I’ve also been a friend of a woman who does covers for a few of the publishers online. She’s extremely good and I’m extremely lucky to have her give me a helping hand when I need one. Thank you Michelle Lee

6: What drives you to chose the career of being a writer?

-Honestly, I didn’t choose this. I’ve always been a writer. I remember creating stories when I was 4 and 5 years old. It’s not a matter of choice. I am a writer. It’s part of who I am. I wasn’t given a choice, I just hang on and try to enjoy the ride.

7: Do you own an ebook reading devise?

-No, I read ebooks on my computer. Price’s are still a little steep for my blood. Contrary to what a great many people seem to think, an author doesn’t make a lot.

8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now?

Jenna Byrnes, M. Christian, Spider Robinson, Anne McCaffrey, Heinlein, there are more. Mostly science fiction authors. If I find one who adds a little sex into the mix, I’m a happy girl. Right now, I’m working on a book, so I’m not reading anything.

9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?

-I think they’re a great tool for helping sell books. I’ve made two or three, and would like to make more. I’m not very good at it. Check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/JudeMason

10: What are you working on now that you can talk about?

-Two things actually. Jenna Byrnes and I work together quite a bit and are working on the 4th book in the Kindred Spirits Series called Quinn’s Blessing. Here’s the blurb for the series, which can be found at Total E-Bound Publishing:

Kindred Spirits Series

"Welcome to Whiskers’ Seaside Inn. Do you have a reservation?"

Whiskers' Seaside Inn doesn't sound like the most exotic location for a weekend getaway, but it's certainly intriguing. Ethan Roberts is smitten the moment he sees the weathered clapboard inn and finds out it’s for sale. He’s even more taken with the establishment's hunky handyman, Cade Wyatt.

The inn has two paying guests, but Ethan discovers another cast of characters who come and go as they please. Cade might be nonchalant about the ghosts, but Ethan's not sure he feels the same. He wants Cade more than anything, but Cade won't leave the inn. Somehow, Ethan must find a way to live with the spirits as well as the man he's come to love.

Can I ever make this place my home? He knows he could, in a heartbeat, if the inn was truly as serene as the face it presents to the world. Deep inside, something’s festering. He’s tried to ignore it—or not to believe in it—but he’s past that, now. There are ghosts or spirits at Whiskers’, plus one batty old woman, and he needs to know more about all of them.

"Annie, Laura and Ben," Ethan repeated dully. "The ghosts."

Chuckling, Cade faced him. "Actually, they’re spirits. You really don’t want to believe in them, do you?"

"Ghosts—spirits—aren’t real," Ethan insisted. "I believe that."

"Well, Mr. Roberts, I have a feeling your beliefs are about to be tested."

Also, I’m beginning a series of my own that’s called Daybreak 2525, about an apocalyptical type band of people led by a man called Doc. Doc is predominantly gay, but will take on a woman if he’s attracted, so it promises to be an interesting series. I’m about halfway through the first book and hopefully will have it off to my editor soon. This series is also going to Total E-Bound.

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  1. Great interview Jude!!!! I'm trying to decide If I've learned anything new lol.

  2. Waves at Hales~~ Hey chickie! New? Me? Uh, nothin new here. Just me and muse struggling to get something sensible on the page. He's a very frustrating brute, but I love him anyways.


  3. Hey Jude,
    Very nice interview. Love the bit about inspiration, it will hit you anywhere: walking the street, wiping your ass, brushing your teeth, better make sure you have that paper at hand so you can jot it down. You'll never know how important that is until you start losing that contact with your subconscious trying to have a little connection with you. Pay attention! is all I can say. ;)


    Lambda Awards Finalist 2010/Bisexual Fiction for Holy Communion

    also Dee Dee Day, an e-book from eXtasy Books

  4. Great interview Jude. I enjoyed reading it. Good luck with your new ventures.

  5. Hey Mick!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Memory? What's that? Ugh! I took to packing notepads around with me a few years ago. More so recently. Seems I have a really grand memory, it's just really short.

    Paying attention is huge. I've learned never to doubt that little voice cause it gets me in trouble if I do. Who knew?

    Have an awesome day!


  6. Brita,

    Jenna and I are down to the read through before we submit this thing. It's a tad longer than we'd planned, but I'm surprised we managed to get it done at all. We've both had some interesting things happening in our day to day lives. But, we're both stubborn. LOL I guess that might be why we get along so well.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!


  7. Wonderful interview. I enjoyed reading it.



  8. I've loved reading Jude's work for years now.

    I'm eagerly anticipating Daybreak 2525. You've piqued my interest.

    Carpe Noctem,

    Author Desirée Lee
    Putting the Romance Back in Necromancy

  9. Hi, Jude!

    So is Quinn's Blessing kind of a prequel to the other Kindred Spirits books?

    I found your description of the Whiskers Inn in Hunter's Light very evocative... my sort of place.

    Also, I don't think I knew you were a scifi fan. I've been kicking around an idea for a scifi erotic romance set in a post-plague future but haven't had the guts to pursue it.

    Nice interview...



  10. Hi Jude, great interview. You are such a prolific writer and a darn good one too!

    Much success to you in all future writing endeavors,

    Hugs, Keta

  11. Great answers Jude! (Don't you have a book to be finishing up?) *G*