Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author Carly Jordynn about her upcoming new release, Sasha Bishop: Shifter.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing back in 1994 following a failed marriage. That first book was written in long hand because I didn’t own a computer at the time. I wasn’t really serious about writing until 2009 when the idea for the Forest of the Mist series came to me. I’ve been writing ever since.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: The road to publication is full of potholes! LOL! I had so many “almost” moments. I had agents and publishers both requesting full manuscripts, telling me they loved the story, and even offering some editing tips. In the end, they either couldn’t take on another YA project or it had too many sub-genre’s. I submitted to Soul Mate Publishing and had another “almost” moment. They didn’t represent YA at the time. Debbie and I stayed in contact for about a year when she told me they were representing time-travel. She remembered my book so I resubmitted it. She offered a contract and the rest is history. I now have three books with Soul Mate and a fourth coming out this summer.
Q: What advise would you give an aspiring author?
A: Keep trying. You have to pull on your big girl panties and take the criticism and rejection. Once the initial sting is over, really take a look at what they are telling you. Especially if more than one source is telling you the same thing. You then have to make the decision to either take the advice and make the desired changes or keep your MS as is and hope somebody else likes it.
Q: Tell us about your latest release.
A: I have the second book in the Sasha Bishop series coming out in June. Sasha is the vampire slayer. Her boyfriend is a 168 year old vampire. The problem occurs when Sasha’s classmates go missing. A few days later, they are back as vampires. They all accuse Sasha of being their Sire. Unfortunately, Hutch sides with the newborns. Hurt over his betrayal, Sasha finds comfort with handsome Rhydian McDavid, a vampire with an alarming connection to Sasha’s distant past.
Sasha Bishop is the Slayer. With her Halfling and Vampire allies by her side, she had fought and won a vampire war. Now some of her classmates are missing. When they resurface as vampires; they accuse Sasha as being their Sire. The trouble begins when Sasha’s 168-year old, vampire boyfriend, Hutch, sides with the newborns. It takes the war to a whole new level.
Angry and hurt, Sasha finds comfort with handsome vampire, Rhydian McDavid, who has an alarming connection to her Slayer past. Now, she must pair up with some unlikely allies to stop a vampire massacre at the Prom, all while being crowned the Prom Queen.
The battle doesn’t stop there. The Vamps of Craig’s Creek are back with a vengeance and plan on making Graduation a buffet. A storm, tornado, and some surprising revelations, guarantee Sasha’s life will never be the same.
Alarm bells went off in my head. “1848? Where have you been?” I then slapped my hand over my mouth as realization came over me. Rhydian laughed, shaking me up and down where I sat on his stomach.
“It’s all becoming clear isn’t it, Slayer?”
I put my hand on his chest. “You know Hutch, don’t you?”
He laughed again. “Yes, I knew Andrew when he first came to Villa Mirage.”
“Did you know Joseph and Molly?” I asked. Joseph and Molly were my great-great-grandparents. Joseph had been Hutch’s best friend and Molly had been the Slayer. She was killed two weeks shy of her seventeenth birthday.
He sat up so I was now on his lap. We were nose to nose again. My lips parted of their own accord. His head came closer to mine and then he laughed. “I won’t be your rebound Vamp, Sasha.”
I felt heat rise into my cheeks. What was I doing? I loved Hutch.
Rhydian’s words were like a splash of cold water to my senses. Anger coursed over me. I stood and yanked him up with me. I reached for my stake in my boot and came up empty handed.
Rhydian held my stake up and grinned. “I’m disappointed. I thought the Slayer would have known I was stealing her weapons.”
I grabbed for the stake. He held it over his head, just out of my reach. I jumped for it and grabbed the stake triumphantly. That is when he grabbed me. He drew me close against his body. My heart thumped into overdrive. He grabbed the back of my head and crushed his lips into mine. It wasn’t a gentle kiss. This was a full out assault. He pulled me tighter against him, almost like pulling me into himself. My hands wrapped around his neck of their own accord. My stake dropped harmlessly to the ground. When he finally lowered me, I was unsteady, my lips throbbing. I looked into his eyes, almost afraid of what I would see there. His eyes were troubled, like he didn’t expect to feel anything from what we just did. What started out as a joke on his part to make me angry had backfired.
I bent to retrieve my stake and came up empty handed again. I knew I had dropped it somewhere. I felt Rhydian stiffen next to me. I turned slowly, knowing who I would see.
“Looking for this?” Hutch held my stake out to me.
I stared at him wordlessly. No noise would come out. What had I done?
Hutch glanced at Rhydian. “What are you doing back in Villa Mirage?”
Rhydian slipped his arm around me. I flinched from his touch. “Oh come on, Sasha. Don’t be that way. You know you liked that kiss.”
Anger, shame, horror, and dread washed over me. “Did you know? Did you know Hutch was out there?”
He laughed. “Of course, and if you had been paying attention, you would have known too.”
I turned to Hutch. “I’m sorry.”
“Save it, Sasha,” he barked. “I have eyes. I don’t need a play-by-play of the details.”
Sasha Bishop: Shifter – coming this June!!!
About the Author
Carly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.
Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.
Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.