Today on Chatting with Authors, I have the pleasure welcoming J.A Belfield author of Instinct ~a paranormal werewolf romance~to Tinasbookreviews.
Hi J.A welcome to the blog, to start please tell us about yourself.
Um … Hi, I’m J.A. Belfield and I hear voices in my head …. Just kidding. Though I am J.A. Belfield, and I seem to be best known as the author of The Holloway Pack Stories. At my little table in my kitchen in Solihull, England, I weave my tales of love and werewolves. I live with my family: Mr B & the Mini-Me’s, a handful of cats and a dog who’s a little confused about her origins thanks to said cats. When I’m not writing, I’m walking, and blogging, and reading … and we shan’t mention the looming big 4 0 that’s ‘supposed’ to be happening for me this year. ;o)
Ok we will not talk about the big 4-0 if we can talk about your new book instead!
What inspired you to write Instinct?
It was either Darkness & Light: A Holloway Pack Story #1, or Sean & Jem: the main characters of Darkness & Light. The inspiration for The Holloway Pack Stories certainly began with Darkness & Light due to Sean’s nagging insistence inside my head for his story to be told.
In Instinct, readers will get a chance to discover Sean & Jem’s history. Instinct wasn’t written—as some prequels are—to fill in backstory required for readers to understand the story of Jem & Sean in its entirety; Instinct was written simply because I believed it would be a lot of fun to do so—it was total self-indulgence for me to spend a little time inside the mind of Sean Holloway. My editor liking it was simply a bonus.
Have you always been interested in the paranormal world?
As far as reading/writing is concerned? Or in general?
In general, I've always had a fascination with werewolves. And my dreams/daydreams have always involved acts being performed that are beyond human capabilities.
But reading-wise, nope: I used to read primarily horrors, thrillers and mysteries, from authors such as James Herbert, James Patterson, Val McDermid, Sidney Sheldon … but now my reading habits have slowly changed and it feels weird if I read a non-paranormal book.
I never got into paranormal stuff when I was younger, I mean unless you count Stephen King......and after seeing Silver Bullet at the age of 10, I think I was left with scars on my brain for life!!!! Preachers who are werewolves= scary as you know what! SERIOUSLY dad what were you thinking letting me watch that??????
And now that were talking movies.....
If Instinct were a movie, who would play your main character and why?
Cripes! This is possibly the biggest stumper of a question you could ask, hehehe.
I do get asked this a fair bit, though … and my answer is always that I don’t know. Because when I write—when I read, too—I connect far less with the physical aspects of a character than I do with their ‘presence’. It’s them in their entirety that captures me, that I see moving about within the virtual movie in my mind. Very often, when reading, I can reach the end of a book and if asked for a character description, I’d possibly not be able to tell you.
I have, however, had one or two suggestions for actors from readers for Sean Holloway. David Boreanaz is one of them. I’m not so sure about him—but it goes without saying that every reader will see the same character differently. Another one I've had suggested is Josh Hartnett. Now him, I could go for … as Sean, that is ::cough::
LOL- I wont tell anyone your totally crushing on Josh Hartnett!! Ill take David any day thank you very much! I think Ive been in love with him since he was Angel on Buffy.....I remember when I was 21 I framed a picture of him and had it on my desk at work.........ROFL, that's so something a 21 year old would do...right? RIGHT?
Can you recommend two of your favorite Werewolf books?
Due to the fact that I’m actually not that widely read in werewolf books, I’m going to chicken out of this question and twist it around. Instead, I’ll let you in on my favorite werewolf characters.
Top of my list: Clayton Danvers from Kelley Armstrong’s books. Number two is Samuel from the Mercy Thompson series.
Its pretty bad that Im not familiar with these characters.....as far as wolves go off the top of my head I can think of Sam from Shiver and Jacob from Twilight....(someone slap me)
What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Um … I don’t have one. O_o Did I mention I’m a complete technophobe? Even my mobile phone looks like something dug out of a time capsule from a century ago. I do have a playlist on my laptop, though. I’ll let you in on the first three tracks on there: Kings of Leon’s Closer; The Kooks’ Naïve; and Adele’s Make You Feel My Love.
No iPod!? What!? Well at least your an Adele fan, that's all that matters......
What’s on the horizon for J.A. Belfield?
Well, more Holloway Pack Stories, of course. ;o)
Eternal (sequel to Instinct) will be available July 2nd 2012; the long-awaited Blue Moon: A Holloway Pack Story #2 is finally coming December 3rd 2012; Caged: A Holloway Pack Story #3 is already written and awaiting a round of edits & beta-reading before I ship it off to my editor … then I intend to write another three full length novels in the series to follow on from that one. On top of those, I’m currently writing a short story for an anthology, I've started a Holloway Pack YA short story, I’d quite like to try my hand this year at my very first YA novel and … who knows what else will attack my subconscious and catch my attention? Just know I have a lot of plans to fulfill.......Thank you so much to Tina for having me here today. It’s been an absolute pleasure.
And thank you J.A for stopping by, having a chat with me and giving us a look at your new book! I know I cant wait to check it out!!
~INSTINCT by J.A Belfield~
Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entr e of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse's unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack's rules, Sean wants her.When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.
The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean's heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean's love-across-the-centuries relationship.Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?
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