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Interview With Author J.M. Davies

It was my pleasure to interview J.M. Davies!

Keep your eye on this author! Her book, The Witches Heart was a pleasure to read and a real page-turner. I can’t wait to read more from her.

Read on to find out how she crafts her stories.

What draws you to the Paranormal Romance genre as a writer? 

I was born in Wales, which is rich with Celtic lore and legend, plus; I was surrounded by magical woodlands, and castles full of history. I think therefore, I have an inherent flare for all things paranormal. I’m also a day dreamer who loves authors such as Diana Gabaldon, Cassandra Clare, Deborah Harkness, Amelia Hutchins, Pitticus Lore, Claudy Conn, Christine Feehan as well as authors such as Dan Brown and many more. Mix all that together and hey presto, one wild imagination for all possibilities.   

Can you describe The Witch’s Heart  in one or two sentences for our readers? 

The Witch’s Heart is a paranormal romance, the second book in The Rise of Orion series. It’s about love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
A pregnant soul-shifter alias ”The Witch” loves her husband, but when the professor snatches her baby will she be betrayed once again by the love of her life?

How did you come up with the mythology of the Elusti? 

Research! You only have to look back in history and read about dictators and cults to find rich pieces to use when writing fiction. When you create a group such as Orion, who are gifted individuals with an agenda to keep the peace, you have to balance it out with an evil force they have to fight. In this case, the Elusti headed by the billionaire Mr. Larry Stein who outwardly is a successful business man, but his goal is to use the magic in the world to reign in and take control of mankind.   

I found Ella to be a multifaceted character equipped to handle many of the complicated situations she forced to deal with. Where do think her strength comes from?

The character Ella Masters is a particular favorite of mine because despite all that she has faced in each of her lives, she remains a loving and caring individual. In Capturing the Last Welsh Witch, you saw how love was always out of reach and how when she thought at last she had found true love she was let down. She gives up looking. That is the point that love finds her in the most unexpected way in the form of Marcus Drayton. I also believe Ella is a survivor, and despite what happens, she picks herself up to face whatever comes her way as she does in The Witch’s Heart. I love to write about characters who are multi-layered with strengths and weaknesses. Ella has both!

Give us insight into Marcus. He’s clearly obsessed and in love with Ella but I sense a dark struggle in him. Can you elaborate?

Marcus Drayton is a sexy, stubborn, alpha-male who is a trained killer. He’s ex-navy SEAL and worked for the FBI in the past, but now is the second in command in Orion. He was a bad boy with a love em and leave em take on life, but when he meets the feisty Ella Masters feels an instant draw that catches him by surprise. However, his past haunts him. His mother was committed to a psychiatric hospital due to paranoid delusions, and was locked away for most of his life. His father was murdered, thus he grew up quickly with little love or attention shown to him. He doesn’t believe in love or anything other than hard cold fact. In book one, he struggles with his feelings and the realization that all he knew about his life was a lie to protect him. He discovers the real reason his mother was locked away, why his father was murdered and how he is connected to Ella. In the second book, there is a shift in the relationship with Ella and the darkness resurfaces. He is a tormented soul!    

I loved the dark suspense elements in the book. The tone kept me turning the page. Do you conceive your stories like this as a writer or are they romantic first then layered with suspense?

As a writer, I’m always learning and stretching myself when creating stories.  I believe a good story has many elements to it! Strong characters that have flaws as well as redeeming sides which even in a paranormal story make them realistic which I believe is important. I try to make the plots layered as I enjoy stories that are written that way. I love a good mystery and suspense story, but I also love the romance and love that develops between characters which is never straight forward.

Are there other writers in your genre that you love and would recommend?

My reading taste is varied, but in paranormal romance, my go to author at the moment would be the delightful Amelia Hutchins. Her series, The Fae Chronicles is addictive. I bought the first book Fighting Destiny and devoured it. I loved it so much I bought the entire series. I also love Cassandra Clare and The Mortal Instruments series. 

EXCERPT FROM THE PROLOGUE- The Witch’s Heart (The Rise of Orion Book 2)

“It’s time to go, Ella. Come on.”

The carton of milk slipped through her fingers and crashed to the floor with a heavy thud. Milk gushed forth like a burst water main. She stared at the mess spreading over the linoleum and snapped her gaze up. The narrow and cold gray glare of Aidan O’Connor, the professor, met hers. A man she once considered a friend. A man she was accused of murdering. Now she wished she had. Terrified, she backed away. But a sharp pinprick in her arm made her twist around with her fists raised ready to fight. There stood a sumo wrestler of a man she didn’t recognize, but in his hand, he held a syringe. Cold, fixed determination faced her from pitch-black eyes and a wide mouth that smiled with confidence. Anger fizzed inside, and she growled. She darted her gaze around, looking for Jake, but she couldn’t see him.

Ella twisted back to face the reptile of a man whom she loathed. The desire to kill him rose like bile in the back of her throat, and she dove at him. She raised her energy levels, determined to fight. He wanted her baby. Briefly, she stared down at her bump as her blood pulsed through her veins and pounded loud in her ears. The two voices around her grew distant. Ella slammed her fist toward his chest, but Aidan blocked it with his ready hand. A suffocating weakness climbed through her body, leaving her boneless and about to collapse. She staggered against Aidan’s reedy frame, and he snaked his arm around her waist to hold her tight against him.

“Now, I wouldn’t fight, Ella. The drug Ketalar is in your system and it works fast. It’s going to render you incapable of screaming or talking at all soon. All your strength will slip away and you will not be able to stand. You have no choice but to come willingly or your baby will die. Come now, sweet Ella. It’ll be all right.”

Interview with Bestselling Author Betsy Anne


Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 7.06.06 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre?

Mine, Not Hers (Book 1-True Love Series) is romantic erotica. I think most authors tend to write what they would like to read themselves, and I definitely fall into that category. I’m a big fan of E.L. James, Christina Lauren and Sylvia Day.

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

It’s the story of a true, deep love between two people that is tested when a suspected betrayal hits their marriage. Plenty of heat and suspense that keeps the reader guessing.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

Every time I finished reading a book, I’d think to myself, ‘I really want to write!’  I allowed the story to develop on it’s own as I was writing. Once I began, it took a little over a year.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

Of course! I won’t dare say which parts, but they do sneak in. I think it’s unavoidable. I think some of their characteristics begin to rub off on me, as well.

If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?

I’ve used Pinterest a lot to help with this one. Of course, we always have a clear image when we write (or read) of who we think our characters should be. For the leads, I can see Jason played by model Justice Joslin (look him up, he’s gorgeous), Katie played by Gabriella Wilde and Cynthia played by Megan Fox.

Do you have a favorite book or art that inspires you?

I draw on so many different things to inspire me creatively. I generally take the unbeaten path and gravitate to things just a little outside the norm. I get inspiration from reading auto-biographies. I’m so drawn to individuals back stories, no matter who it is. The nuttier, the better. Fiction has nothing on real life for making you stop and think. I appreciate all forms of creative expression, as well. Music, paintings, sculpture, poetry. It’s all a small piece of the artist’s soul, and for that reason alone, is enough to inspire.

Do you have a message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?

It seems that I do, even a little unintentionally. True love exists, strong, loving men are really out there and we should never settle for anything less than finding the person who brings out the best in us.

When did you decide to become a writer?

When I was about five, and that’s the truth. I was a very early reader, and loved writing my own little stories on my mother’s typewriter. I hated writing required papers in school, if I couldn’t make it up from my imagination, I was miserable. Fast-forward to adult life, I waited until my oldest went off to college so that I could dedicate more time with my laptop. The desire was always there, but life and responsibilities have a way of distracting you from your dreams. I held strong and waited.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write. Every single day. Every famous writer who has ever been asked that question always gives that same response. I’ve heard it and read it dozens of times, but that’s because it’s true. Writing takes commitment and practice, like anything else you aspire to be better at. An hour a day, minimum, to really see the effort pay off. Even if you don’t know what to write about, just put words down on paper (or screen).

How do you find the time to write?

I force myself to make it a priority. I’ve learned that the hard way over the last few years. The first book took a year to complete, because the discipline of making time wasn’t quite there. I’ve gotten much better, and considerably more productive, when I put it on my calendar as priority #1.

What are you working on right now?

I’m making my notes for a new series. Brothers, careers and a ranch are involved. It’ll be hot!

How can readers find you online?

My website is the best place to begin.

I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Amazon Author Central and Google+ under Betsy Anne Books

Excerpt from Mine, Not Hers

Jason calls me promptly at two the next day. I’m sitting in the living room with my mom and dad, and I excuse myself to talk to him in private. I keep checking the shadow under the door, because I know my mother’s fondness for snooping. I should mention on the phone that I’m pregnant just to hear her cough up her lunch. That image puts a smile on my face, and Jason must hear it in my voice.

“Hi! I’m so glad you called. My mom’s been driving me crazy asking questions about you today. I realized I don’t know anything about you,” I say as quietly as possible without whispering.

“Well, I kept my promise and thought of you all night. I wouldn’t call it dreaming, because I couldn’t sleep. What have you done to me, Katie?”

That last line was barely audible, but I heard it. My stomach does a little flip knowing that he is still feeling as strongly as he proclaimed last night. We talk on the phone for two and a half hours. I tell him all about me, not that there’s that much to tell. Only child, private school I hated, and not many friends or boyfriends to speak of. My life story is over in about five minutes. I find out from questioning him that he loves sports, all sports. He plays football, basketball, and runs track. He wants to go into some type of sports medicine, so he keeps his grades first priority. He has an older sister, Megan, in her second year of college down in Arizona, and a younger brother, Johnny who is friends with Colleen’s brother, Luke. His parents, Walter and Mary, own a bakery together. Two, actually: the local one by the grocery store, and one they just opened downtown. They’ve been really busy, and Jason has to help out a lot with the house and his brother. That explains no time for girls.

He asks if he can meet Colleen and me in the morning so he can walk with us. He has noticed that I walk with her every morning. When we finally say our strung out goodbyes, I feel like I’m on the moon. Are my feet even touching the ground? Both of my parents notice when I float into the kitchen for dinner.

“Wow, look at her!” my dad, Bob, says with a chuckle.

“She’s on cloud nine, dear, I can tell. A mother knows.”

Of course, my mom knows everything. That’s what happens when you keep your ear to the ground, or against the door, or have eyeballs looking through a window. I love my parents very much, but it’s hard being an only child sometimes.

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