I’m hosting an interview today with J.K. Hogan, the author of paranormal romance “The Serpent’s Fate”. Welcome, J.K. and thanks for answering my questions.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
There’s not too much interesting about me. I am a stay at home mom of an almost 15 month old, so I squeeze in my writing during naps and after bedtime. My husband is extremely supportive and helps me carve out some time when I can. We pretty much live the quiet suburban life, with the exception of our dogs competing in the sport of agility, which is super fun. Currently I write m/f paranormal and m/m contemporary, and my goal is to someday be considered an author who has something for everyone.
2) Tell us about your book.
TSF is the third installment in my Vigilati series about an ancient race of witches that has almost died out in the modern world. The series follows three different women who are discovering their heritage amongst these witches, and their chosen mates. TSF is a bit different because the story focuses quite a bit more on the male lead than the previous books. Fate follows my tradition of strong, resilient, independent women, and Matthieu is a tortured, wounded hero.
3) What inspired you to write Serpent’s Fate?
That’s a complicated one…A lot of the inspiration for the plot and the setting came from the previous books in the series. Music is always a big driving factor in my writing. Fate, the female lead is a single mother, and I got the inspiration for that because I started writing this manuscript while I was pregnant with my first child. Matthieu, the hero, is a war vet and suffers from PTSD. I took inspiration from soldiers in general, but having a combat veteran as a father probably gave it more realism.
Since it’s a series, was really no grand inspiration for that single book. I usually start getting ideas for the next book (and even the one after that) while I’m writing the one that I’m on.
4) How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?
Oh dear, there’s really no rhyme or reason to it. As I said above, I’m a stay at home mom to a toddler, so I basically write/edit whenever he lets me!
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
I’ve had the privilege to meet a lot of authors I admire in my lifetime. Unfortunately, many of the authors I would love to meet have passed, such as Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Congo, et al.) and Peter Benchley (Jaws, The Beast, et al.). Currently, I’d say Nora Roberts, Larissa Ione, and Anne Rice.
6) What are you working on at the moment?
I mentioned above that I also write LGBT romance. I am currently writing the sequel to my m/m contemporary, I Survived Seattle. And of course, I have at least 2 stories plotted in my head at all times! 😉
The Serpent’s Fate
Title: The Serpent’s Fate (Vigilati, Book 3)
Author: J.K. Hogan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Can a traumatized veteran-turned-mercenary who is tormented by voices in his head be saved by the love of a wayward single mother with demons of her own? Afflicted by PTSD from serving in Afghanistan, and tormented by a childhood trauma, transient veteran Matthieu Rousseau struggles with the choices he’s made in his life. Estranged from his family, Matthieu drifts from one mercenary job to the next, until one thing stops him. Fate.
In hiding from her abusive ex-husband, musician Fate Callahan lives in New Orleans with her seven-year-old daughter. She remains in constant fear of being found, and her worst nightmare comes alive when a dark, dangerous stranger tells her he’s been hired to locate and kill her—but wants to save her instead.
Fate and Matthieu find themselves on the run together, fleeing from the hitmen and an unseen evil worse than anything else they’ll face. While just trying to stay alive, they become entangled in the battle between the Vigilati and the Lochrim; an archaic sect of witches and the evil creatures they are bred to fight. Unbeknownst to Fate and Matthieu, they are more deeply connected to the Vigilati than either of them could ever imagine.
They must join family and allies of the Vigilati to help save the human world, possibly saving each other along the way. Matthieu teaches Fate how to trust in love again, while she gives him back the one thing he never thought he deserved—family.
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit http://www.jkhogan.com.