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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway with Jordan Castillo Price, author of the PsyCop Series!


Please help me welcome one of my all time favorite m/m authors to Full Moon Bites, Jordan Castillo Price! :)

Jordan Castillo Price is author of over forty titles, to name a few; the PsyCop series, the Channeling Morpheus series, Hemovore, the Mnevermind Trilogy, Zero Hour, The Starving Years, and her newest books, the Turbulence series.

Holly: Hi Jordan! :) Thank you for coming back to visit Full Moon Bites! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Jordan Castillo Price: It’s so awesome of you to have me back, Holly! I’ve been busy lately with lots of new stuff to show for it. Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about it all.

A little history--I’ve been writing in m/m since the genre’s infancy. My first ebook, in fact, was released on disc! Nowadays I work for myself with my own publishing company, JCP Books LLC.

A lot has changed in the past ten years. Different ereaders have come into common use, and file formats continue to evolve. It’s thrilling to be an epublisher at this point in history, and even though it’s maddening that the technology keeps changing, it’s also exciting.

I have an MFA in studio art and a background in graphic design, and I find the construction of the ebook (cover art, typography, and interior book design) to be an integral part of the overall experience of the story. I absolutely love that I get to do it all.

Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
 
Jordan Castillo Price: When I bought my first computer in 1999 the first thing I did was bang out a really bad (and really long) fantasy novel on it. I couldn’t imagine writing anything longer than a short story on a typewriter. The difficulty in editing the work would just be too discouraging.

After that I discovered fan fiction and NaNoWriMo, both of which helped me write approximately a million more “practice” words. And eventually I sold a few short stories, and then a few novellas and novels.

Realizing that I wanted to publish my own stuff came later, after I’d worked with a few epublishers. I saw I had all the skills necessary to put out an ebook, and that my work would be much closer to the way I intended it if I had full control over the cover art, editorial decisions, and interior design.

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your new novel, Magic Mansion?
Jordan Castillo Price: Magic Mansion is about twelve stage magicians competing in a reality show where the audience can vote them out of the mansion—literally. I ran the novel as a serial in my newsletter and allowed the readers to vote characters in or out at several key points during the story. Writing the story really kept me on my toes because I couldn’t plan terribly far ahead, since I didn’t know which characters I’d be working with. It seemed like readers always picked characters I didn’t expect, so I needed to learn early on to go with the flow. Readers can sample the first five chapters of Magic Mansion free at my website, www.jordancastilloprice.com/magic

Holly: Which comes first for you when writing, the characters, setting or the plot?
Jordan Castillo Price: For a new series or a standalone novel, the plot comes first. I will usually begin with a what-if question, like what if food were plentiful and practically free? Or what happened to all the crafts that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle? And then I will think about what types of characters I need to populate those situations, like a food scientist, or a pilot. And then a personality to make them interesting, like an anti-establishment food scientist or an excruciatingly detail oriented pilot.

In an existing series, though, the approach flip-flops. You already know your characters’ strengths and weaknesses, and it makes more sense to use that as a starting point to begin putting them in situations where they will need to stretch and grow.

Holly: Why male/male romance?
Jordan Castillo Price: The characters in a same-sex relationship aren’t hampered by traditional gender roles, so the relationship is more appealing to me to explore.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?
Jordan Castillo Price: I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at writing mainstream paranormal thrillers. I’ve always wanted to be Stephen King. I think the key would be in figuring out how to build intensity in non-romantic relationships, like family relationships, best friends, rivals, colleagues, etc. I read a post-apocalyptic novel where I was so invested in the relationship of two neighbors, I cared more about them than I do most romantic couples. So if I could get a handle on building that depth in different types of relationships, I think I could have fun writing in more expanded genres.

Holly: You just published your new series this year called the Turbulence series. So far it consists of two works, do you think their may be a third added to this series?
Jordan Castillo Price: Turbulence is a series of novelettes in which each installment reads like an episode of a TV show. A new episode is published each month when my newsletter comes out. I’m planning this one pretty loosely to give myself a lot of flexibility, but I imagine there will probably be 10-12 episodes by the time the story is told. Turbulence is free at JCPbooks.com, so anyone interested in trying them out should definitely come and grab the ebooks, and subscribe to JCP News to get the new episodes right away. http://www.psycop.com/newsletter

Holly: You probably get asked his question all the time so I will try to rephrase it. Do you have any plans for the next PsyCop novel coming out this year?
Jordan Castillo Price: That’s true, it’s the #1 question I get. I don’t have a release date yet for PsyCop 7; it’s in progress.

Readers who want a PsyCop fix might be interested in the Victor Bayne Q&A I recently ran on the Facebook PsyCop fan page. There were some very provocative questions posed of poor ol’ Vic. http://www.facebook.com/JCP.PsyCop

Holly: Do you have an over all plan for your series’ or do you just take it one book at a time, so-to-speak?
Jordan Castillo Price: Lately I plan the series, even if it’s just a single-sentence plan for each book, like “In the second book they meet that guy who explains that thing.” The PsyCop series was intended to be a one-off, so there was no series planning, and I think the organic development of the books is definitely not their strong point. Probably around the fifth book I started to seriously plan what would need to happen to wrap up all the threads I’d been laying out as I went, but the series would have felt more consistent had I known to make a better plan from the start. The first PsyCop book in 2006 was a really early work for me and I really didn’t know anything about anything back then, so it was all baby steps. And even with my plan in place, a plot development in book 6 made me decide to slip an additional novel into my planned lineup.

Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?
Jordan Castillo Price: Tons, I’m sure. But it’s not usually all one person. I think it’s more apparent early on when a character is new, he or she might talk like one of my friends. But as the series goes on they usually become more real in my mind and take on their own histories, and become more their own “person.” Reality TV is a good way to get a handle on how real people talk, unscripted. Yes, it’s highly manipulated, but the way people speak naturally is very different from the way most writers write them speaking.

Little isolated incidents or anecdotes my friends tell me do tend to make it into my books. I find the stuff they don’t realize is good is the stuff I fixate on. Workplace aggravation makes for some fertile conflict!

Holly: Can you tell us some of your latest news? What are your plans for 2012/2013?

Jordan Castillo Price: My big news for this year is that I’ve been invited to be the keynote speaker at the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet this September. Since I’ve never been overseas, it should be a real treat for me!
If you’re interested in coming to hang out with us in Brighton mid-September 2012, check out the website here: http://ukglbtfictionmeet.co.uk/

If you’d like to support the meetup by purchasing the anthology, it’s coming next week to: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34&products_id=543&zenid=0j32st5vks52ohajfscb814b05

You can read an excerpt from my story Post Mortem on the book’s page! It’s the first piece I’ve set in the UK :D

This year I also did something when I was researching the Turbulence series I never imagined I would do: I flew a plane! I had figured the instructor would handle most of the stuff since it was only a single flying lesson, and maybe he’d hand me the wheel (which is called a YOKE) while we were aloft for a minute or two. BUT NO. he basically made me do everything except the landing itself. I did find myself thinking, “You realize I’m just a writer, right? Why are you making me do everything?” It’s funny, though, having that intense of an experience colors everything else. Whenever I feel intimidated by something now, I just tell myself, “You flew a plane. What do you mean you’re afraid to do that other dumb thing?”

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Jordan Castillo Price: Thank you so much to all of you who’ve left reviews for my work at Amazon or Goodreads, or recommended it to your friends. Word of mouth is absolutely critical for a self-published author, and your support allows me to keep writing!

Holly: Have you ever read a book that made you so mad, sad, happy, and excited and so many other emotions that even though you loved it your might not ever read it again? If so, what book?
Jordan Castillo Price: Absolutely. The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my all-time favorite books. The romance is touching, the paranormal elements are strange and complicated, and the Chicago setting is exquisitely done. (I used to do research at the library where the protagonist works, so I could totally see everything in my mind’s eye.) But the ending is so poignant that I just never find myself feeling strong enough to re-read it.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Night or day?
Jordan Castillo Price: Day – I’m a morning person

Holly: Favorite genre to read?
Jordan Castillo Price: Thrillers, sci fi, horror

Holly: Supernatural or Psych? (TV Shows)

Jordan Castillo Price: Supernatural (two hotties in a cool car!) The guy on Psych always seemed too smug to me.

Holly: Yes! *happy-dance* I totally agree! Though I do admit I like Dean more than Sam… ;)

Jordan Castillo Price: It was such a treat to visit with you again, Holly, thank you so much for having me back! Readers can find me in the following places:

LiveJournal - http://jordan-c-price.livejournal.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/jordancprice
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/jordancastilloprice






Jordan Castillo Price spent her formative drinking years in inner city Chicago, and is now writing paranormal thrillers from her home in small-town rural Wisconsin.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations.





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7 comments:

  1. Great interview Holly! And Jordan, of course! I love everything Jordan writes.. She has given me some of my absolute fave characters .. Vic, Jacoc, Crash, Wild Bill, Chance <3 and Magic Mansion is excellent! I loved having an older than normal protag!

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  2. Excellent interview!

    I love Magic Mansion! Well, all Jordan's stories.

    -Andy

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  3. Love the interview! Never read JCP book but I do look forward to checking them out.

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  4. I've been "saving" Magic Mansion for a while now. It was hard when the newsletter showed up in my inbox each month, but I'll finally have several days in August to myself. Magic Mansion is my treat!!

    My will power ran out though...I've been devouring Turbulence...reading, re-reading, speculating!

    Thank you, FMB, for the interview, and Thank you, JCP, for the wonderful stories!

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  5. Would love to read Magic Mansion

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  7. Oops, edited to read: please don't enter me in the giveaway. I have the book already, thanks.

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