Thursday, December 27, 2012
Janette Rallison has five children who keep her well supplied with plot ideas, sometimes even making cameo appearances in her novels. She likes to write romantic comedy because there is enough angst in real life, but theres a drastic shortage on both humor and romance.Who Is Janette?
Janette has so many books I've decided to spotlight one of my favorites and leave it up to you to go show interest in her others. :D And she has some awesome ones so make sure you do!Janette's Books!
Slayers by C. J. HillCheck out her other books as Janette HERE!
Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it—these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world. The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?
Check out her books as C.J. Hill HERE!
The Story Fairy. She comes if you lay out enough Almond Joys for her. (Okay, not really, but the Almond Joys are good anyway.) Story ideas come from all over the place. News stories, personal experiences, dreams, songs—you name it. Usually a novel is the combination of many ideas. For example, in Slayers, I got the idea for dragon eggs that hibernate from cicadas. Cicadas have a thirteen year underground hibernation cycle. When I learned about that as a kid, I immediately began to worry that dinosaurs weren’t really gone, they just had a really, really long hibernation cycle and would be hatching any moment. It was only a short leap from dinosaurs to dragons.
You have a really interesting premise behind Erasing Time. Anything that triggered it for you?
One of the things that triggered the story idea for Erasing Time was listening to the song Can’t Touch This, by MC Hammer. I understood all of the words and had no idea what the guys was talking about. It made me realize how much slang we use and how hard it can be to understand it. In Erasing Time, twin sisters are taken four hundred years into the future. When they don’t want people to know what they’re saying, they talk in slang.
What is your favorite thing about seeing a new book get published?
It’s an awesome feeling to hold a new book in your hands. It’s really wonderful to know that you can share your story with thousands and thousands of people—when before it was just a story that was going on in your mind.
What is your favorite memory from the writing process from Draft One to your finished novel?
I love it when I write something that’s funny—a line of dialogue or an event that makes me laugh. In some ways, I write to amuse myself.
What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever gotten?
Read a lot. You learn so much about writing by reading. Plus it’s fun.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Proud mom, busy writer, chocolate.
(I had to throw chocolate in there because—mmm, chocolate.)
You've written in a few different genres, so you've got a pretty good grasp at them. What's your favorite genre to write in?
Romantic comedy. I love writing witty banter. Writing actions scenes is harder for me. In Slayers 2 there’s an action scene that I’ve rewritten five times. It gets tiring. Plus, how many different ways can you make a shoot out or a car chase creative? Haven’t we seen every single shoot out and car chase scenario already?
If Chrysanthemum in MFG had to be renamed what would her name be?
My son has a friend named Dangel. To me, this name seems to be a combination of danger and angel. It would probably be a good fit for Chryanthemum.
Do your write by free-hand or by typing on the computer?
You're stranded on a desert island with one book. What is it?
An empty notebook so I can write a story
What is your favorite kind of scene to write?
I would have to say the climax is my favorite. It’s full of tension and I already know how it turns out. I love the romance scenes too, but after writing over 20 books it’s hard to come up with a kissing scene that doesn’t sound like the 20 before it. I mean, how many different ways are there to describe kissing?
What is one of the first things you do to get your know your characters a little more?
I think about their problems and how they deal with those problems. Different personality types handle stress differently so this always tells me a something about my character.
You're in the middle of 3 ongoing series at the moment, is there anything you can tell us about your upcoming books?
In the third Fairy Godmother book, Chrissy is stuck with Clover again. The heroine wants to be a famous singer and goes on an America’s Got Talent sort of show. You can probably guess that it doesn’t turn out well.
In the second book of Slayers, Ryker is found, the dragon lord’s son is outed, and Tori flies around DC. I still haven’t decided whether she’ll end up with Dirk or Jesse in book three.
[Hannah: Please be Jesse, please be Jesse......]
In the second book of Erasing Time the characters go back to Traventon to destroy Reilly’s QGPs and inadvertently change time in ways they hadn’t expected.
What's your ideal place to read a book?
Bed. It’s so cozy.
Candy Corn or Candy Canes?
M&Ms or Skittles?
Root Beer Floats or Ice Cream Sundaes?
Thor or Captain America?
(He was my favorite. I watched the Avengers with the sole hope that Captain America would punch Tony Stark.)
Cocoa or Cider?
Blonde or Brunette?
Someone once pointed out to me that the majority of my heroes have brown hair. So apparently Brunette.
Plaid or Polka Dots?
Fairies or Dragons? Yes!
Thanks so much to Janette for stopping by! As one epic author that she is, she has offered to giveaway a copy (signed, I presume) of My Fair Godmother, her witty, hilarious fairy-tale mash-up to one look reader Extraordinaire! But hurry! It ends in just over a week! So enter away!
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