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Friday, November 23, 2012

Interview & #Giveaway with Darynda Jones, author of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet!


I am thrilled to have author Darynda Jones here today for her Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet book tour! :)

Holly: Hi Darynda!   Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Darynda Jones: Absolute Fourth Grave Beneath My Feety! My name is Darynda Jones and I write the Charley Davidson series, a paranormal mystery/urban fantasy story about a female private investigator who was born the grim reaper, and like Charley, I live in New Mexico. I’ve been writing for many years and sold my debut book, First Grave on the Right in 2009. I’ve since sold a YA series as well. The first one, Death and the Girl Next Door, just came out in October.

Holly: Your life is an action/suspense novel; you’re stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?

Darynda Jones: I have no choice but to try to help get the people off the ship somehow. As I do so, I will curse my unwillingness to take Bomb Defusing 101 in college in lieu of taking Human Anatomy for Artists. I’d assumed there would be hot naked men. There were naked men, but…  I did, however, learn a little bit about human anatomy. I know where to place the makeshift knife I picked up on the deck to do the most harm. Still, disabling men with guns can be tricky. Maybe they’ll listen to reason. I mean, the ship is about to blow with them on it. How intelligent can they be?

Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

Darynda Jones: I’ve written in one form or another since I was a kid. Life, however, got in the way. After marriage, kids, then college (I like to do things backwards), I decided to write toward publication in 2002. It took me seven years and three manuscripts to sell. 

Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?

Darynda Jones: Right now I’m working on Fifth Grave Past the Light, the 5th in the Charley Davidson series. It’s due in about 5 minutes. Not really, but it seems like it.

Holly: Why this genre(s)?

Darynda Jones: I swear, EVERY genre appeals to me! I have manuscripts started in every genre under the sun. I just really like paranormal and always have, but I also write in science fiction, horror, young adult, historical romance, middle grade. I love it all. I even have a spy story and a couple of assassin stories in there somewhere.

Holly: If you could live in one of your books or series’ which would you choose and why?

Darynda Jones: I would probably choose the Charley Davidson series if I could know her and be friends. It’s set in Albuquerque, which I know and love, and I would adore watching Charley do her thang.

Holly: What made you decide to go the route you chose (eg. traditional, e-pub, indie)?


Darynda Jones: I’ve just always wanted to be published by one of the big six. That was the dream for me, and I am so fortunate to have attained that goal. When I started writing seriously toward publication in 2002, publishing was a very different world. Indie-pub was called self-publishing back then and was not thought highly of. The landscape has changed drastically and I’m thrilled that so many deserving authors are rising to the top through this medium. I love that indie-pubbing is no longer looked down upon, but for me the dream was to be traditionally published, so I stuck with that goal through the years. I’m not saying, however, that indie-publishing will not be in my future. There is a lot to be gained and learned from such an endeavor, but it’s a lot more work than I’m willing to put in right now. I’m doing good just to meet my deadlines.

Random Quickies!

Holly: When do you prefer to read? 

Darynda Jones: All day every day.

Holly: Witches or Zombies? 

Darynda Jones: Love both! Probably zombies for me though.

Holly: Favorite color? 

Darynda Jones: Today it’s red.

Holly: Cats or dogs? 

Darynda Jones: Again, love both, but I’m more of a dog person.

Holly: Night or day? Night. 

Darynda Jones: Way too much sun during the day. 



With renewed energy, I pulled back onto Academy— after hitting a drive- through for a mocha latte— and had just started for home when my phone rang.
“Yes?” I said, illegally talking on the phone while driving within the city limits. Scoping for cops, I waited for Uncle Bob to stop talking to whomever he was talking to and get back to me.
My uncle Bob, or Ubie as I most often referred to him, was a detective for APD, and I helped him on cases from time to time. He knew I could see the departed and used that to his advantage. Not that I could blame him.
“Get that to her, then call the ME ay- sap.”
“Okay,” I said, “but I’m not sure what calling the medical examiner ay- sap is going to accomplish. I’m pretty sure his name is George.”
“Oh, hey, Charley.”
“Hey, Uncle Bob. What’s up?”
“Are you driving?”
“No.”
“Have you heard anything?”
Our conversations often went like this. Uncle Bob with his random questions. Me with my trying to come up with answers just as random. Not that I had to try very hard. “I heard that Tiff any Gorham, a girl I knew in grade school, still stuff s her bra. But that’s just a rumor.”
“About the case,” he said through clenched teeth. I could tell his teeth were clenched because his words were suddenly forced. That meant he was frustrated. Too bad I had no idea what he was talking about.
“I wasn’t aware that we had a case.”
“Oh, didn’t Cookie call you?”
“She called me a doody- head once.”
“About the case.” His teeth were totally clenched again.
“We have a case?”
But I’d lost him. He was talking to another officer. Or a detective. Or a hooker, depending on his location and accessibility to cash. Though I doubted he would tell a hooker to check the status of the DOA’s autopsy report. Unless he was way kinkier than I’d ever given him credit for. I found his calling me only to talk to other people very challenging.
“I’ll call you right back,” he said. No idea to whom.
The call disconnected as I sat at a light, wondering what guacamole would look like if avocados were orange.
I finally shifted my attention to the dead kid in my backseat. He had shoulder- length blond hair and bright blue eyes and looked somewhere between fifteen and seventeen.
“You come here often?” I asked him, but my phone rang before he could say anything. That was okay. He had a vacant stare, so I doubted he would have answered me anyway.
“Sorry about that,” Uncle Bob said. “Do you want to discuss the case?”
“We have a case?” I said again, perking up.
“How are you?”
He asked me that every time he called now. “Peachy. Am I the case? If so, I can solve this puppy in about three seconds. I’m heading down San Mateo toward Central in a cherry red Jeep Wrangler with a questionable
exhaust system.”
“Charley.”
“Hurry, before I get away!”



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Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans. 




 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.


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