Jolie Pethtel was born in
, but raised in Ohio , where she met her husband Jim. Jolie has since moved to Arizona where she lives with her husband and their six rambunctious children. Jolie is a Domestic Goddess by day and Writer by night. Indianapolis, Indiana
Could you tell me a little about yourself?
Could you tell me a little about yourself?
I'm a married mother of six kids ranging from ages 4 to 14. I love to read and write both mystery and paranormal, adult and young adult. My best inspiration comes from thunderstorms and I used to love dancing in the warm
rain (when we were lucky enough to get some). Now that I live in Arizona , I don't do it anymore. It's too cold, but I still enjoy the view. Indiana
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
In second grade, when I wrote my first story. I'm one of the lucky ones who have always known what they wanted to be.
What genres do you write and why?
My upcoming release is a romantic mystery/comedy. I think everyone loves a good twist. Mostly though, I write paranormals. I've been fascinated with the supernatural for as long as I remember. I write both adult and YA.
What's a typical writing day like for you?
Absolute chaos, particularly during the summer. Kids screaming and running around, neighbors wanting to come over and play. I really do my best writing late at night while they're sleeping and usually don't stop until the sun comes up.
Do you outline before you write?
If not, what's your initial process? I'm mostly a pantser. I get a basic story idea in my mind and usually the story writes itself. I do keep some notes, especially if there some research involved, but there are times when the characters over rule my plans and alter the story to suit themselves. While I don't always actively plot, I do try to be thorough with my research. I recently killed a watermelon with a set of kitchen knives to see if a particular murder scene would be realistic. After I removed the knives, the kids ate the entire thing. Sometimes writing can be fun for the whole family :)
What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
I love my kids dearly, but all the interruptions are a distraction. I keep vampire hours to get some quiet time to write. It's definitely not a job.
What are your top three favorite books and why?
That's a tough one. I love to read. I'm reading the Hunger Games trilogy right now and it's really good. I also love Mary Janice Davidson's undead series and I read a lot of young adult paranormals.
What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
Besides reading, I love digital photography, especially taking pictures of my kids and altering them with special effects.
If you could have coffee with anyone (living or dead, real or fictional), who would it be and why?
It's an intriguing question, but I couldn't choose just one. It's just as well. I don't like coffee lol.
Do you set daily, weekly, or yearly goals for yourself?
If so, what are some of your goals? I don't usually put a date on it, but I do have a list of goals. My first goal was to get published, which I've finally done. Painted Jezebel is coming out as an e-book in September. I'd like to see it in print also. My next goal is to finish and submit the sequel Poison Pens to my publisher. Then there are also a few other projects on hold I'd like to get back to and get published, including a paranormal YA series. All at once it's overwhelming, but taking one thing at a time makes it possible.
Do you have any unique ways to market your book that's different from how other authors are marketing their books?
My kids already talk up every adult they see about their mom the author. I imagine when the book comes out they won't rest until every teacher owns a copy.
What are you currently working on that readers will have to look forward to in the future?
Poison Pens is the second Jezebel Jinx Mystery. I'm hoping to have it in to my publisher before Painted Jezebel comes out if possible, so maybe a blurb about the new book could be added.
Do you have any final thoughts to share?
Don't be afraid of rejection. If you want to write, then write and submit. I waited too long because I was afraid no one would like my work. I know I could have been published much sooner if I had more faith in myself. As for rejection, if it happens, learn from it and try again. Fix what's wrong and resubmit. Don't ever give up on your dreams.
A Romantic Comedy/Mystery
Set for release September 2011
Publicist Finn Mackenzie has always been lucky, until an ill-fated affair with a vindictive writer leaves him one chance for redemption, a spectacular public appearance by the elusive best-selling romance author, Jezebel Jinx.
Unfortunately, the cute but kooky writer refuses to cooperate. Jezebel believes she’s cursed with bad luck. Riddled with anxieties, she never leaves her home— until the gorgeous, albeit desperate Finn whisks her away to a writer’s conference, against her will.
After the initial shock wears off, Jezebel’s dormant hormones kick into high gear around the hunky Finn—who’s recently sworn off the horizontal tango with writers.When his ex turns up murdered and Jezebel is the prime suspect, ill-planned sexcapades are the least of their worries.
Today's giveaway is provided by Jolie Pethtel. It is (1) Peridot butterfly necklace and earring set.
This will be available to U.S., Canada and International