Hi Crystal! Thanks for doing an interview with us today. Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?
I love tall, dark, and handsome men, so they show up as my heroes way too often. Then again, true love should never be wasted. It should be shared. With all my readers! Let’s see…what else? I’m a librarian in real life, so researching my books can be something of an obsession for me. Even then, I’m sure I still get some of the details wrong. Ah, well!
How long have you been writing?
A little over four years (though it doesn’t feel like very long at all!). I sold my first short story to an e-publisher about a year later and then to my first print publisher a year after that.
What is your writing process like?
Chaos! Madness! Insanity! No, really. I finished a deadline last night, so I’m just coming out of having more caffeine flowing through my veins than a triple shot of espresso.
For *process*, process though. I typical get my editor’s approval on a book concept, either through emails or a formal synopsis. Then I use the syno as a road map to write the book, because I write all my scenes out of order and then fit them all together like a puzzle at the end.
Can you tell us about your newest release, Believe In Me?
Believe In Me is the sequel to If You Believe, which came out last year, and it’s the second of my three part Unbelievable series. Believe In Me is Jericho’s story, the guardian angel I introduced in the first book. I’d intended for his story to be last in the series, but he’s a very insistent character, as his heroine, Tori, learns.
Here are the official details about the book:
Love might need a little push…or a good, swift kick.
Tori Chambers. Old biddy, gossip, busybody and meddler. Except in reality she’s none of those things—she’s a guardian angel who specializes in helping people find their soul mates. Her latest assignment has had her tearing her hair out for over a year. She’s holding up her end for the fireman who’s her current client, but his soul mate’s guardian angel is dropping the ball big time. And when a replacement steps in, it’s enough to curl what’s left of Tori’s hair.
Jericho. The one man who broke her heart—and made her determined to never fail her clients like her own guardian angel failed her.
A hundred years ago, while fighting for Texas independence, Jericho made a mistake that accidentally cost her life. Now that she’s forced to make nice and work with him, he’s determined not to lose her again. Even if he has to tie her to the bed and make love to her until she’s willing to see reason.
Because unknown to Tori, she is his assignment. And if he can’t find a way to convince her they’re soul mates, they face an eternity of consequences…
Some of the blog readers may have noticed that I have a OMG-give-me-the-book-now *slight* weakness for ménage romances. Do you plan to write more books like It’s Raining Men? And if the answer is no, will begging change your mind?
Oh, honey. I have *several* other menage books. Try “Carnal Desires” and “Untamed” if you like boy on boy action with your menages. “On the Prowl” has a naughty set of twin brothers, if you like all the love focused on the heroine. There are a few other menages coming down the pipelines, but nothing solid enough to mention right now.
Do you have other books releasing this year?
Oh, yes! I’m part of a series with a bunch of authors who blog together at Smutketeers.com, and we’re doing this Road Warrior meets naughtiness series called The Wasteland. My story is first in the line up and it’s called The Wanderer (which *might* features a scene or two of the menage fun. Okay, maybe there’s one or two more people than a menage strictly requires. Group love!). That book comes out in May or June, and then in September, I have a new shapeshifter novella called Between Lovers in the “Sexy Beast IX” anthology. In November, I have a different shapeshifter book called “Primal Heat” where ancient alien shifters who originally settled the earth come to claim what’s theirs…in the sexiest possible way. The last installment in the Unbelievable series should also be out later this year, but I’m not sure when yet. Stay tuned!
What are you currently working on?
I just finished a book last night, as I said, but I’m about to hop in to the Wasteland story tomorrow morning. Should be fun!
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Everywhere! I got the idea for my novella “Black Opals” because I locked my keys in my car at a gas station and this very nice SWAT officer happened to be there and slim jimmed my door for me. Poof! Insta-book. My best friend and I were having a conversation about her love of pirate time travels and then she mentioned a few days later that there just weren’t any heroines who were like her: brown haired, brown eyed, history graduate students. Thus, the heroine, Rebecca, from my story “Treasured” was born.
As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?
When I’m writing, I try to avoid reading books in the same genre I’m writing in. So, I’ll pick up fantasy or women’s fiction or young adult novels. After the book is in though? I am all over my romance people. I love Gena Showalter, Linda Howard, Kate Pearce, Robin D. Owens, Emma Holly, PC Cast, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Lucienne Diver, the list could go on forever.
What books are on your keeper shelf?
Kate Pearce’s Simply series, Robin D. Owens’s Celta series, Gail Carriger’s Soulless, pretty much everything I’ve ever bought of Linda Howard’s and Gena Showalter’s. I also *love* Judith McNaught’s old historicals. I wish she’d written more of them.
What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?
My first romance was “The Gamble” by LaVyrle Spencer. I stole it from my mom and still think it’s a stellar story. I was hooked then and I never looked back.
If your book was made into a movie, which actors would like to see as the lead characters?
Well, my hero Kesuk from In Ice in the “Sexy Beast V” anthology would have to be a blond Vin Diesel. Same big build and rumbly voice. Outside of that, I’ve never really cast my characters before. They sort of come to me as their own people, no extra visuals required.
If you could switch lives with one of your characters, who would it be & why?
I think I’d go for Pixie from “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” She’s smart, sassy, successful, a powerful Fae, and has the werewolf Alpha giving her orgasms on tap. No, really. It’s in the book.
When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?
Right now I’m redecorating my apartment, so reading home renovation and decorating magazines for tips is a new thing for me. I also love to hang out with my friends, spend way too much time on the phone, watch movies, and try out new restaurants. I just found a new cupcake bakery in my area that is so good I’ll have to avoid it in the future or risk my girlish figure.
If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?
Hmm… Maybe they could help me plan for future books. So… If you could have any of my secondary characters get their own book, which would it be and why?
Where can readers find you on the internet?
My website: http://www.crystaljordan.com
My blog: http://www.crystaljordan.com/blog
My group blog: http://www.smutketeers.com
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