BookZone welcomes Janiera Eldridge, Author of Dark Expectations a paranormal fiction title. Dark Expectations is the second book in Janiera’s Vampire Trilogy. Janiera has graciously answered some questions for us about herself and her writing. Grab yourself a cuppa whatever relaxes you then make yourself comfortable as you as I present to you Ms. Janiera Eldridge:
BookZone: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was ill with mononucleosis and had to stop going to college for a semester. The pain, fatigue and other strange symptoms seemed to stay the same long after the mono was gone. I couldn’t go back to school and was seeing many different doctors to try and figure out what was going on. It was such a dark period for me and writing was so therapeutic. Even after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia it was still a dark time and writing Soul Sisters made me feel better. So I guess my inspiration was Fibromyalgia, weird but true!
BookZone: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I promise its plot is something you’ve never read before in the vampire genre!
BookZone: I believe that every author infuses his or her book with a piece of himself or herself. What piece of you would you say resides within the pages of your book?
Since the book is about twins who love each other unconditionally but are totally different people, I have to say each twin is a different side of my personality. Ani is definitely my alter-ego. She’s a sassy, shoot first ask questions later kind of girl. Where Dana is laid back, loves alone time and is more reserved. They’re both equal pieces of me and it was fun to write that.
BookZone: What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
That I clearly have multiple personalities, but really, what author doesn’t?
BookZone: Lol. So true. How did you come up with the title?
It would be a spoiler to tell that. However, the key to the title is the story.
BookZone: Who designed the cover?
My amazing friend who owns Strong Image Editing. The cover is everything I wanted and more!
BookZone: What would equate success for you, with regards to the release of this title?
- Kudos on your writing skills
- Message received by intended audience
- All of the above?
Actually none of the above. I define success as putting out a product you’re proud of. Everyone is not going to like your book so if just one person says I love it–you’re successful in my opinion.
BookZone: Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Before working on the ending of the Soul Sisters Trilogy, I’m releasing a ghost novella called Good Ghost Gone Bad. It is very adult and more gritty than the Soul Sister series. The novella follows a ghost who died as a result of a brutal murder and she out to get violent revenge against her killer. I’m really hoping people will like it as it is my favorite piece of work so far.
BookZone: What piece of advice would you give to first time authors?
Write from your soul without fears, make sure your work is edited and you have great beta readers, NEVER let negative reviews make you doubt yourself but always continue to grow!
BookZone: Fabulous advice! If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My laptop, kindle and Dr. Pepper. I like my alone time so a cell phone would not be necessary. Wow, that sounded anti-social. LOL.
BookZone: That’s ok. I soooo, know what you mean. Favorite Candy?
BookZone: Favorite smell?
Hot Coffee first thing in the morning!
BookZone: Pet peeve?
People who assume that because they don’t like a book no one else will.
BookZone: Coke or Pepsi?
Coke all the way. I love the extra bite it has.
BookZone: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
Merry Christmas, I will give you the stink eye if you don’t. lol
BookZone: How do you react to a bad review?
I don’t read reviews anymore. They’re important but I don’t use them to influence my writing so I don’t really read them anymore.
BookZone: Spoken like a confident person. If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Nacho Cheese, I love it so much!
BookZone: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I’m currently writing full time as I’m working on making my writing my career.
BookZone: Niceee. What do you do in your free time?
Read or watch something good on Netflix but mostly read!
BookZone: Do you have anything specific that you wish to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for supporting my work. Without you, my writing would be nothing!
BookZone: Thanks so much for talking with us Janiera!
About the Books:
Author: Janiera Eldridge
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Synopsis: With Ani taking her place as queen, there are some enemies lurking she could never imagine! There’s a secret compound in California that wants to know the secrets to making a vampire or werewolf. When they kidnap Ani during a trip back to California they might actually get what they want. Her sister Dana, her lover Diego and other vampires do everything they can to get her back. If they don’t succeed, they face being controlled completely by the human race forever! Dark Expectations is the exciting sequel to Soul Sisters that’s full of adventure, danger and what it means to be queen!
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Author: Janiera Eldridge
Release Date: October 18, 2012
Synopsis: Soul Sisters is an urban fantasy novel about African-American twin sisters Ani and Dana who have a rather unique secret: one sister is human while the other is a vampire. While the sisters have lived peacefully with each other for many years one fateful night will change both their lives forever. When a drunken man tries to attack Dana (the human sister) Ani (the vampire sister) protects her sister with all of her ferocious power. However, when the vampire’s leader Donovan finds out about the public display he calls for the sisters to be assassinated for disobedience. Ani and Dana now are in for the fight of their lives to protect each other as well as the lives of their dedicated friends who have joined them on their mission for survival. If Dana and Ani can make it through this time of uncertainty, Ani can take her new place as vampire queen. Soul Sisters is expected to be a trilogy; The book also features a multicultural cast of characters that brings a new edge of chic to the vampire world!
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