Friday 10 February 2017

Interview with J. A. Belfield & Review

I am joined on the blog today by J. A. Belfield, a fellow indie author who writes paranormal urban fantasy and erotic romance. I have been lucky enough to review one of her books and that'll be included in the post! Here's a little blurb about her:

J.A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of back-chatting but pretty cool kids, two pooches she treats likes the babies of the house, and a scrawny cat that likes to vomit in unnecessary places.

Now onto the interview:

1 - What made you want to be a writer?

My honest answer is: I was a bored housewife who daydreamed a lot, so I decided to turn my daydreams into something readable, as a way to pass the time, to stop myself going crazy with all the swirling thoughts in my head. Two years later, I was published. ☺

2 - What kind of books do you read for pleasure?

Whatever takes me fancy at any given time. I've read thrillers and crime (Val McDermid, Jeffrey Deaver, Martina Cole, etc), and PNR (Keri Lake, Rachel Vincent, Aimee Laine, etc), some 'adult titles', and a whole, whole lotta YA (favourites are Brigid Kemmerer, Victoria Scott, M. Anjelais, David Arnold, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan as a team .... There are too many to list).

3 - How does your average writing time go?

I have a very limited creative span. Some guys can write for an entire day and put down thousands of words. I'm on the opposite end of the scale. I can only write in the morning, pre-breakfast (before any distractions kick in), and my word count is usually from 500 words (on a not so good day) to 1500 (on a decent day). Occasionally, I'll shock the heck out of myself and go over that higher limit, but not often. And I'm very strict about family time, so I NEVER work weekends for my writing. ☺

4 - What attracted you to your chosen genre?

The stories in my head. ;)

5 - Do you have any hobbies?

I love drawing, when I get the chance, but I mostly turn the pictures I create into colouring books (which I publish under the name Jenna Lyn Field), and I love colouring (hence the creation of the colouring books ;)), and reading (OBVIOUSLY!). And when I'm not doing any of those, I generally just love chilling with Mr B and my pooches, either in the house or heading out for strolls because those moments are where most of my smiles come from. ☺

6 - What's your favourite kind of scene to write?

Action or romance scene. The romance scenes often come to me the strongest before I begin writing a book, mostly because they help me with defining a character. I see them more clearly when they're stripped back to their rawest.

7 - What does your writing space look like?

Chaos! LOL

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.
Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn't met — at least, not in this lifetime.
Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.
Together, they'll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.
When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.
Can Jem accept her destiny before it's too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?
My review: 5 stars
Paranormal Romance isn't my usual genre, but the blurb of this book drew me in and I picked it up. I was floored by how much I enjoyed it! Jem faced with dreams and a husband who is borderline OCD and abusive, suddenly starts to get fixated on the name 'Sean'. As the book moves between the dreams she has and her everyday life, it starts to become apparent that Sean is more than a figment of her dream life. The story will have you turning the pages, desperate to find out if Jem will find Sean, and if true love will prevail despite the obstacles in their way. I very much enjoyed it and would recommend it to all paranormal romance lovers, and even those who don't usually read the genre!

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