J Taylor Publishing’s Jocelyn Adams
There’s a special part in my heart when I’m fortunate to see an author go from the first draft to the final product. Jocelyn Adams is one of those on my short list. She has passion, drive, and vision to achieve her dream of getting published. She’s reached that in spades.
So without further ado, I present my interview with the lovely Ms. Adams.
First I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. A writer’s life can be a rollercoaster sometimes. While I know you writer other genres and have different pen names, I want to concentrate on your series (I think we can safely call it that now) of Lila Gray novels. Specifically, The Glass Man. You’ve placed a fantasy-like world in an urban environment. What was your inspiration for creating an almost post-apocalyptic world for Lila to grow up in?
Thanks for having me, Pam. Nice place you’ve got here. I’ve always loved a post-apocalyptic setting. One of my favorite books is The Stand by Stephen King, which is set after most of the world’s population dies off because of a man-made flu virus. Another is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. When society breaks down for whatever reason, a person’s true colors appear. They’ll either fight to survive, or they’ll crawl in a hole and die. I wanted Lila to be a flawed character in book one so I had room to make her grow across the trilogy. It only made sense to me to give her the harshest environment I could think of so her attitude and tendency toward solitude were believable.
I’ll get to the love interest a little later. A key for me in a book is a believable villain and/or adversary. Parthalan (The Glass Man) lives up to the evil factor. The arrogance you weaved into him just made the emotional ride that much more intense. IN creating him, did you set any ground rules on what you would not let this character do or did you let your muse lead the way?
Honestly, I never think that far in advance. I step onto the path and let the story develop naturally. The whole idea for this book came from Parthalan and his eyes. I wanted to show a creature descending into madness with very little humanity left in him, so nothing was really off limits for him. He did some pretty nasty things in The Glass Man. I have to say I really enjoyed his self absorption and little primping routines.
Another aspect of your writing I enjoy is the visualization. I have no trouble setting the scene in my head. From the landscapes to the living houses (which were way cool, BTW), you did a wonderful job in creating the imagery. Would you say this is your strong suit when it comes to writing, as in, the easier part of weaving the story?
Until readers started telling me they enjoyed that aspect of my writing, I would have said you’re nuts. One of my pet peeves in reading is having to suffer through three pages of description every time the author takes me some place new. I always said I wouldn’t be that author, so I tend to keep my descriptions sparse and concise, giving just enough to plant the basics into the readers mind and allow their imagination to do the rest. When I’m writing the first draft, I include no descriptions. They come in the rough editing phase. As for easy? I’m not sure I’d say that. It’s really hard to come up with new and inventive ways to describe everyday things, but I suppose it is one of the strongest parts of my writing now.
I like that about readers. I think they’re opinions really matter to the writer. Now onto the love interest in The Glass Man. The fae, as a whole, are sexual beings it seems. When Lila is close to Parthalan, she has a hard time controlling the impulses which grosses her out. That made for some clever one liners in the book. Then Liam comes along and the Goddess joins them. Again, I applaud how you handled this in the book. It was a great learning curve for Lila. Some of Liam’s choices make me want to reach in the book and strangle him. However, the tension between him and Lila brings a special sparkle to it all. It’s a nice touch, really. I was hoping that I’d get a little more naughty from the two but I’m a bit pervy at times. Did you set a certain standard for this series to keep it ‘clean’?
Aw, thanks! I really didn’t know how the story would unfold, so I had no preconceived limits as far as time between the sheets for these two. I thought I might like to add a little more naughtiness, but there just wasn’t room in the book, nor a place where it wouldn’t have felt like sex for the sake of sex, which I don’t like so much. I added the love scenes where they felt natural and hoped it would be enough.
Oh I’ll agree with you there. I don’t like it when the passionate scenes seem forced. It’s a killer. Now the second in this series, Shadowborn, is going to be published by J Taylor Publishing as well. I’ve had a sneak peek of it but why don’t you tease the readers on what’s in store for Lila and Liam.
Hmm, teasers, huh? Let’s see. Well, everyone who’s read anything of mine knows I don’t go easy on my characters, and I can tell you I put them both through hell in this one. I actually felt really bad as I’m reading through. Yeah, yeah, I know they’re not real people, but inside my head they are. Lila’s dealing with something worse than madmen in this one, she’s dealing with her own darkness.
I’m a big fan of tearing a character down and having them rise through the muck. I’m intrigued and saddened at the same time. The wait is going to be too long for the second book of the series. I’m a big fan of remembering where you came from so I have one final question for you: In your trials in becoming a published author, what keeps you grounded from getting a swelled head in your success?
Honestly I’m entirely shocked anyone likes the stuff I write, so I’m a long way from that swelled head you’re referring to. Um … I think, anyway. Every time I get an acceptance, I still feel stunned. Every time my editor tells me she loved a piece, it makes me fly just like the first time. I guess what keeps me grounded is that I set such a high standard for myself I’ll never reach it even if I live to be 100. It keeps me reaching, striving to be better, bolder, to improve myself every time, and I’m not afraid to fail. Some of the greatest successes are born from the worst failures.
And that’s what makes what you do so special. Thank you so much for your time.
Aw, thanks! You’re too sweet. Thanks so much for the great chat.