I have another new author visiting with us today! Jody A. Kessler’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, just came out through Crescent Moon Press. Check out the cover and blurb below…
Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.
Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.
In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.
Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?
Sounds cool, huh? Jumping into the interview…
Me: What was the first book you read that grabbed you? What genre? Who is the author?
JAK: It has to be Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. It’s been so long ago that I don’t remember exactly how young I was – early teens? To this day, I still love the book.
Me: Is there an author that you get fan-girl crazy over? Have you ever met him/her? Do you want to?
JAK: It would be so fun to meet Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series. I’m a huge fan of her writing. She is active on on-line social sites and I follow her posts. I can’t help myself. I’m mildly obsessed with many of her characters.
- Favorite color? Purple – and the darker the better.
- Favorite season? Spring – New life after the freezing winter — I love it. The bright green of new leaves and the unpredictable weather! Spring has always been my favorite.
- Favorite Hero – movie or book? Eric Draven from the comic book, The Crow. Resurrected and being guided by a crow to avenge his girlfriend’s brutal death. This has been a long time favorite of mine.
- Snack weakness (food or drink)? I have too many to list, but right now, really good coffee is at the top of the list. And I am very particular about the flavor and how it is prepared.
- What’s your Astrological sign? Pisces — absolutely a water girl.
Me: What’s on your desk when you write?
JAK: A huge mess, including, notebooks full of my notes and other writings. A pile of pens — we don’t get along well. They’re always drying up, or stop working as soon as I need one, and usually my Ereader and other books. A raven finger puppet also keeps me company as does a picture of the ocean.
Me: Do you write to music or quiet? If you do write with music, can you share one song that’s significantly impacted this story?
JAK: Music is one thing I have been passionate about for my entire life. Sometimes I listen while I write, but sometimes the music is too distracting. I have a bunch of playlists in my computer, so I can’t narrow down one song. I can tell you that over the last couple of years, I’ve been listening to a lot of The National, The Twilight Sad, and Beach House while I work on my An Angel Falls series. All three bands are indie alternative and atmospheric, and my favorite.
Me: What’s your favorite line from your most recent release? Why?
JAK: “Since I’ve met her, I feel as if I am spinning on an endless carnival ride going around and around with Juliana as the center hub.”
I think this line captures my main character, Nathaniel’s, difficulty controlling his actions when Juliana is around. But everything he does centers around his love for her, and her safety.
Me: What’s next? You don’t have to get specifics – but feel free to leave a tantalizing snippet or cryptic hook.
JAK: Keeping my fingers crossed that I will be offered a contract for book two in the An Angel Falls series. It’s a continuation from where Death Lies Between Us leaves off. My main character’s relationship is still sweet and fresh, but they quickly become entangled in a supernatural mess of possession, demons, and warlocks. My shaman character, Chris, has an awesome roll doing what he does best… I don’t want to give anything away at this point. But I will tell you, the second book is packed with action, heartbreak, and, of course, Angels.
Me: Who is your favorite character from Greek Mythology OR which Olympian would you want to be? And why?
JAK: Definitely Athena. She is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, justice, mathematics, strength, the arts (like writing), crafts, and skill. And she has an owl. I relate to Athena well.
Jody A. Kessler enjoys writing paranormal novels and is a member of Pikes Peak Writers. She is a yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and a graduate from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. When she took an extended leave from her massage practice to stay at home with her newborn she returned to her first true passion —writing. She spends most of her time being a mother, writing, and teaching yoga, but also likes going to concerts, hiking, practicing herbal medicine, and reading anything that catches her interest. Jody lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family.
She welcomes visitors to her website www.jodyakessler.com
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