Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?Hello! Well, right now I’m working on a scifi romance to release in May, two short stories for two separate anthologies (one an alien romance, the other an angel story), a superhero romance and two YA dystopian shorts. *takes a deep breath* and that’s only the main projects.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer? I’ve always been writing for as long as I can remember. But the moment I decided I wanted to be published? Yeah, I remember that. End of September, 2009 when I finished the first draft of a 100K scifi romance.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Not advice exactly. My dad told me I couldn’t write when I was eighteen. Well, being of a rather stubborn nature, I decided to prove him wrong.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you? All the heroes in my book are my idea of perfect, though all are generally far from being so. I prefer beta to alpha, although I wouldn’t describe Zander in Tethered as beta especially. They are strong, quiet, but dedicated to their cause and/or to their soulmates. Most are often wounded in some way, be it physically, mentally or emotionally – sometimes all three. They would lay their heart and life on the line for their partner, but they are also wise enough to stand aside if the heroine wants to do it herself. They believe in partnerships, not in domination.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections? I love to dance for fitness, love to sew (especially cosplay), and I’m a huge scifi fan. I have a few collectables like a teleport bracelet from the cult TV series Blake’s Seven, a SFX Lightsaber, a couple of original Star Wars space craft, and a picture of me with Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor) taken at a signing when I was just eighteen. I’ve also just spent three months converting a fairly standard doll into one of the characters from my book, and I’m rather proud of the result.
What has been your biggest adventure to date? Aside from becoming an author? Lol. My husband and I took a trip to Taiwan in 2000 after a friend went out there to work. It was a huge culture shock, but also incredibly exciting.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why? I want to go to Louisiana. I set a book there and did a ton of research and pestered friends I knew lived there to get the details right. Would love to see it for real.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes? I will try most things, unless it’s raw and/or has tentacles. I just can’t bear the thought of putting tentacles in my mouth, even if cooked.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”? To be able to curl up on the sofa with my husband without the kids, and maybe watch a film together. Quiet time together, just to cuddle even is just so precious.
What is your favorite comfort food? Pasta in a tomato and cheese sauce – the more cheese, the better.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it? I love autumn. It’s not as hot as summer, but comfortably warm with enough hours of daylight to go out in the evening but that doesn’t wake you at stupid o’clock for sunrise. I love the colours, all the reds, browns, and golds. People start burning fires indoors of an evening, or you get more bonfires outside, and I love that smell of burning wood.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without? My smartphone. OMG. I love my phone, and it pretty much does everything for me work and social media wise. It’s my contacts list, appointment diary, notepad, and social media mainstay. I do most of my internet stuff on it, use it for email and Twitter more than my computer, and I’ve even written a 17K novella on it while away on holiday.
What project are you working on next? I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo next month to write part two of a YA dystopian romance, the first part of which is releasing in April.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next? I’ll be touring in a month’s time with part one of my YA dystopian Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened, and next month I’m taking part in a huge science fiction romance blog hop based at the SFR Station http://sfrstation.com
She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war? For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless. For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way. Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?
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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk
Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
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Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/
SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/
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