Thursday, February 23, 2012

Friday Fun- Meet author J. E. Hopkins!

Please help me welcome the 
talented, J E Hopkins! J E 
has a treat for all you 
Paranormal fans! 1 lucky 
commentator will win a copy 
You can learn all about J E at
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visit with us. 
Grab a cup of coffee. I'm having 
hazelnut flavor today. ;)
J.E., thanks so much for being here today.
1- Was your road to publication a delightful stroll in the park or a tiring jog over hot coals? My feet are still charred from those hot coals.
2- Where is your favorite place to write? I love to write while on vacation. Being in a relaxing atmosphere helps me de-stress and unlock my imagination.
3- What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions? Emotions can be a struggle. It’s hard to convey it words what the heart feels.
4- Do you have critique partners? Not formally. I have people I trust that I discuss certain aspects of my writing with, but I don’t have a person I rely on to give me a chapter analysis.
5 - What music are you listening to lately? My musical taste is all over the place. I love all music. Recently, I have been hooked on Adele. Talk about emotional music. Every song takes you on a journey of her emotions.
6- Tell us about your real life romance. Unfortunately, not much to tell which is probably why I write romance novels. I get to imagine what’s not happening in real life.
7 - Classic Novel you would like to see turned into a movie? My favorite novel of all time is The Scarlet Letter. There have been attempts to turn it into a movie, but it hasn’t worked. I would love to see someone turn this classic work into a strong script.
8 -  If you were going to cast the hero of your book, what actor would get the part? As I was writing, We Shall Rise, I pictured a beefier version of Johnny Depp as my hero Kaden. The guy is just gorgeous. Kaden has similar facial qualities, but he is a little brawnier.
9- Do you believe in love at first sight? I definitely believe in lust at first sight. I think love at first sight is a rarity, but it does happen. Too often, people mistake love, lust and infatuation.
10 -  How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book? Everyone in my life inspires some aspect of what I write. It may not be a perfect match, but there are similarities. Certainly, just riding the subways of Manhattan you see some interesting people which provides a lot of great source material.
11 - If you could time travel would you go forward or backward? Backward definitely.  I am such a history geek. I would love to go back to almost any period of history just to experience life in those times.
12 - What was the best advice you were given leading you to getting published?  To not give up and stay true to myself.
13- If you could switch places with one of your characters would you? I would love to be my character Reysa. She kicks butt and gets to go home to a sexy vampire who looks like Johnny Depp. I would definitely love to be her.
14 - What did you do to celebrate when your first book was published? I just felt so content that I finally accomplished a dream. I didn’t do much to celebrate, but it was certainly one of the best moments of my life.
15- What is your favorite dessert/food? My mother makes a coconut cake that is simply divine. I also love banana pudding.
16- Tell us a little about your WIP. I am working on book #3 in my Misfits of the Lore paranormal romance series.
17- Favorite romance movie? The Thorn Birds.
18- Favorite actor/actress/both? My favorite actors are the late Laurence Olivier and Paul Newman. My favorite actress is probably Meryl Streep.  I also enjoy Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman.
19 - Favorite song/singer? Favorite band of all time is Queen.  I also love, love, love Otis Redding.
20- Do you believe in love at first sight or just lust at first sight? I think lust at first sight is much more common, but love at first sight can happen.
21 - What is your favorite writing conference to attend? I’ve attended a few RWA conferences, but I don’t really have a favorite.
22 - What is your favorite time of year? I’m a winter baby.
23- Tropical or European vacation? Both really. For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed European vacations so this year I am off to the Caribbean.
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  1. Great interview! Writing emotion is hard. I struggle with writing fear so the reader's heartrate kicks up. Wishing you luck in finishing your series.

  2. Yay, someone else who like(d) Queen!! As for your hero-a beefier version of Johnny Depp? Hummmm. Sounds very interesting. Good luck with your book,J.E.

  3. Interesting interview. I always thought that writing the characters and story would be the hardest, I never thought about how difficult it would be to describe their emotions. I like how you take aspects of people that you see in everday life and use them as characters. I love Queen and Johhny Depp too!

  4. My email is I forgot to add that. Thanks, Jackie