Interview with AE Jones, author of Shifter Wars

Publisher: Gabby Reads Publishing LLC

Publication Date: November 17, 2014

Synopsis: Why did the demon cross the road? Apparently to escape from Kyle McKinley. Which is more than fine with her. 

The last thing she wants is to be dragged into another supernatural crisis, but the Fates have something more interesting in store for her. Since the tricky wenches love to mess with people, Kyle isn’t really surprised. And once she learns Trina, the young shifter girl whose memory she erased, is being stalked again, Kyle will do whatever it takes to protect her.

Normally a secretive group, the shifters reluctantly agree to allow Kyle and her vampire and demon teammates to investigate. Are the poachers who kidnapped Trina back for revenge?  But when other shifters are also targeted, Kyle becomes convinced there is more to the attacks than vengeance. And when the violence escalates and Griffin, the enigmatic leader of the shifters, ends up in the crosshairs, the team braces for a bloodbath.

Scrambling to identify the mysterious group bent on destroying the shifters, and why, Kyle is also haunted by dreams and painful flashes from the prophesied Key of Knowledge which has taken up residence in her brain. In typical Kyle fashion, she decides to ignore it, but the more she ignores it, the more it digs its claws into her consciousness. If she can’t learn to embrace the Key and ask for help from those closest to her, she could lose her sanity before she’s able to prevent a shifter civil war.

Buy Link: Amazon

Interview: How did writing this book affect you? 

Wow, nothing like starting off with a hard question! First, before I answer, I want to thank you for inviting me here today. Now on to the questions!

Writing this book, this series, really has been an amazing adventure for me. I have created a world and characters who have become my friends. I have laughed and cried along with them (really). And this series has shown me that I can be a serious writer.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part is having the patience to write. What I mean by that is that when ideas come to me for the story I write them down. Sometimes this means that I will be writing chapter 3 and an idea comes to me for something later in the book. If that happens, I have to write that scene or I’ll go crazy. That means skipping around a lot in my writing.

Do you plan any subsequent books?

Shifter Wars is the third book in my Mind Sweeper Series and is releasing on Monday, November 17th. I released Mind Sweeper (book 1) in September and The Fledgling (book 2) in October. I have books 4 and 5 planned for release in 2015 as well.

What are you currently reading?

The question should probably be, what am I NOT reading? I have all kinds of writer friends which means I have many, many good books to read.  Right now, I am reading Between Heaven and Hell which is an American historical by Jacqui Nelson and Channel 20 Something, a New Adult by Amy Patrick. And there is a stack of books still waiting on my kindle!

Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I already let it slip above, but my third book in my series is releasing November 17th. I am also working on a new series for 2015.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I usually write in the quiet. If I do decide to turn on music, it can’t have lyrics, or if it does have lyrics, I have to know the songs well enough that the words don’t distract me as I write.

Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I am a Halloween and costume fanatic. Have been for years. I have two Halloween parties each year and dress up at work even if no one else dresses up with me!

Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

I have so many ideas that flood my brain all the time that I have to make a list of potential stories for the future. I love to twist ‘normal’ ideas and make them paranormal.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to draw and paint.

What gives you the most joy in life?

In all honesty writing does. But not ‘everyday writing’. It has to be when I am writing that really good scene. The one that gives me tingles as words flow from my fingertips onto my computer screen. For writers that is not an everyday occurrence.

Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

Another hard question! I guess the pat answer would be to say Kyle, my heroine, because she says and does things I would not have the guts to. But if I really think about it, I would like to be a shifter. I mean, how cool would it be to change into an animal and run wild, seeing the world though their eyes? So I would pick Beatrix the sister of Griffin, the fearless shifter leader. She can turn into a really COOL animal. And no, I can’t tell you what it is, or it would ruin the surprise!

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I love to read. It’s why I became a writer in the first place. There is something so magical about escaping into a world inside you head.

How did you come up with the title?

My first title, Mind Sweeper, was a breeze to come up with since that is what my heroine’s ability is. She can erase memories which comes in handy when supernatural slip up in front of humans. She can step in and clean up the mess. My second book title, The Fledgling, was actually harder to come up with. That book is a novella about a secondary character in my series who is a new vampire. One of my friends who is a poet actually helped me fine tune that title. For Shifter Wars, it took me a while to decide on a title, too. But I knew since the book is centered around shifters that they would be in the title, and since there is some major fighting going on, ‘Wars’ just made sense.

When did you know you would be a writer?

I knew I wanted to be a writer in my early twenties, but it has (ahem) taken me a while to get serious about it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to tell my readers thanks so much for taking a chance on me and my stories. There is much more to come in this series, so buckle up for the ride!

Author Bio: Growing up a TV junkie, award winning author AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.

AE lives in Ohio with her eclectic family and friends who in no way resembles any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.

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  1. Nice interview, Amy! Your series for next year wouldn't happen to center around a wedding planning business, would it?

    1. Thanks Becky for stopping by...and I plead the fifth on the next series :)

  2. Fun interview, AE. Looking forward to November 17th!!!

    1. Thanks Sandra! I am very excited too!!

  3. Great interview! I'm looking forward to you next book. That's great news that you're working on a new series for 2015!

    1. Thanks Sheridan. Yes, I can't wait to start the new series too, but there are only so many hours in the day!!

  4. The new book sounds great! And lots of fun facts about the author. Enjoyed and tweeted to my followers. :)

  5. Thanks Amy for stopping by. Your Channel 20 Something book is great too. Can't wait to finish and move on to the other books in your series!

  6. Great interview, AE
    I cannot wait for November 17 and to catch up with the friends from Mind Sweeper and The Fledgling!

    1. Hello Di - thanks for the support! Your friends will be in this new book...

  7. Girly, you are on Mind Sweeping fire--congrats! SHIFTER WARS sounds epic! Of course, now I'm dying to know: A) what uber COOL creature Beatrix can turn into? And B) what YOU turned into for Halloween??? (you can answer ONE of those, right?)

    1. Darcy - thanks for the epic support! In answer to your questions:
      a) you'll have to read to find out ;)
      b) I turned myself into Velma from the Scooby Gang. Had a blast with it. Thought it was appropriate since my books are about the mystery too!

  8. I enjoyed your interview and getting to know a little bit more about you, AE!

    1. Thanks Vicki for stopping by! We are meeting each other all over the web ;)


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