My March Author of the Month is fun, quirky, and can take real life, add her personal touch, and turn it into a great story. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 romances that we all know and love. Her “End of Book Shit” is the perfect ending and insight into every story. She is real, she is raw, and she tells it straight with no chaser! Here is an inside look at JA Huss![page_section pattern=’https://eroticbookreview.com/wp-content/themes/storied/images/patterns/rubber_grip.png’ textstyle=’light’ position=’default’]
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending. You can chat with her on Facebook, Twitter, and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction. If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list and get those details delivered right to your inbox.[/page_section]
When did you first know that you wanted to be an author?
“Well, I never actually wanted to be a writer. I thought about it every now and then because I always knew writing was something I could just “do”. But I wanted to be a scientist, so I went to school to be a scientist and realized I didn’t like it at all. So I used my science degrees to write non-fiction science textbooks for homeschool parents/kids. I like teaching and I love science, so that was a really good fit for me. And after I did that for a few years I decided to write a science fiction book. Indie publishing was just taking off (this was in 2011) so I felt I had a real chance of making it work. The rest is history.”
Have you ever written a book and then decided not to publish it?
“Yes, my very first fiction book for middle-graders back in like 2004. That was my first attempt to write and I was still going to school to be a scientist. But I didn’t publish it because I knew it was horrible! Lol. It was six years later that I actually tried again.”
Where do you draw inspiration from?
“Real life. Almost all my books are based off some news story I read online. I just twist them into a romance and go from there.”
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
You speak personally to your readers after the story ends and give us nuggets of insight from the story. What made you decide to do that?
“After I wrote my fourth book (Range in 2013) my favorite dog had to be put down suddenly. And it killed me. I was so sad at the end of that book (and it’s a sad book anyway – very angsty for science fiction) that I decided to turn the “Acknowledgements” part at the end into End of Book Shit and tell people about my dog. I never stopped after that. They started out very personal and then morphed into what I do now. Which is talk to readers about the story and why I wrote it.”
How long does it take you to write a book and have you ever struggled to finish a story?
“I take about 4-5 weeks on average. And yes, I have a spin-off of my first science fiction series that I have been trying to write for years. I finally gave up. I guess there is no story there after all. I don’t usually have issues with “writer’s block”. I have never not finished a romance book.”
Have you ever discovered something about yourself while writing a book?
“Oh, yes. I discover lots of things in each book. I don’t think I can put a name to it or describe them, but “The End” of each book brings a lot more self-awareness than I had before I started it.”
Which character, if any, do you feel drawn to or have a personal connection to from your books?
“Rook from Rook and Ronin. Her story is similar to mine, minus the model job! Lol. Veronica from Rook and Ronin as well. I’m her, minus the bombshell body. And Junco from the I am Just Junco science fiction series. Because she’s awesome in every way. She is who I’d like to be.”
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
“Richard K Morgan, Linda Nagata, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Aime Kaufman. I really only read science fiction and most of it is either first-person hard-core military or young adult science fiction/fantasy.”
Three, Two, One is by far, one of my favorite reads. It was intriguing and gripped me from the beginning. Was it difficult to take three different people, all with skeletons, and turn them into a very believable love story?
“No, 321 was very easy to write. I had been thinking about it for two years before I started writing so it all just came out very easily. I’m pretty good at the “tragic backstory” and I had written close to 20 books before this one came out. So I was ready. ?”
Are you working on a new project or are you finishing the Mister Series?
“Mister are done, except for a novella at the end of the year. This year I’m working on The Turning Series, which is a little like 321, but not. And a science fiction romance about supervillains. Because I love antiheroes.”
Finally, what do you want readers to take away from your books and what is your personal message to them?
“That life messy. There is not much black and white in this world.”
“Real friends are hard to find, so find a way to appreciate the flaws in the ones you have.”
“Loyalty trumps everything.”
“Thanks for having me here and for the really great original questions!”