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Author Interview|| Josie Jaffrey

Hii Guys! Today we have with us the amazing Josie Jaffrey, author of the Solis Invicti series and the Sovereign series. Josie is an indie author and a book blogger at The Gin Book Club. She recently published The Blood Prince, the last part in the Sovereign series. Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions!


What is the first book that made you cry?

I wasn’t much of a crier as a child or a teenager. It’s only recently that I’ve started crying at ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING (including TV adverts). I do remember crying copiously while reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, but I challenge anyone to get to the end of that book with dry eyes.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

One of them is calling yourself an ‘aspiring’ writer. Either you write, in which case you’re a writer, or you don’t, in which case you’re not. I think a lot of new writers feel they have to earn their stripes, and that if they’ve not finished a manuscript yet then they don’t deserve to call themselves writers. I disagree: if you write, then you’re a writer. Own it! It can be a very motivating label.

What kind of research went into writing this book?

Mostly geographical. I wanted to write a series set in a future Europe in which sea levels have risen and inundated most of the continent. To do that, I had to work out to what level seas are predicted to rise in the next few hundred years (then I added a bit, by way of artistic licence!). I also researched how far horses can be ridden in a day, the customs and languages of the various countries the story passes through, and what the degradation rates are for various different materials (so I could predict what materials would have decomposed, and what would not). The research for this series was a lot of fun.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

A bit of both! Honestly it depends what I’m writing, and what stage of the manuscript I’m at. For example, the first third of a manuscript tends to flow quite easily, as does the last section, but I often hit a lull in the middle that can be a slog. There are scenes that are really energising, particularly dialogue, which is great fun to write. Strangely, it’s the fast-paced scenes that tend to exhaust me, particularly fight scenes. I find them really challenging because you have to get them just right.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

Definitely a cat. I’m all about pyjamas, cake and a warm spot on the sofa.

Which was the last book which made you happy while reading it?

I’m reading Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet at the moment, and they’re making me really happy. Wonderful fantasy, with a strong female lead, that is compulsively readable. They’re perfect.

Which writers inspire you?

I’m hugely inspired by Terry Pratchett. I love his books, particularly the Discworld series. It’s such a wonderfully realised and human world, with sufficient depth for its longevity. It’s a real legacy.

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Favourite song?

At the moment, Jonathan Coulton’s Skullcrusher Mountain. I find it hilarious.

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Once again thank you so much Josie for agreeing to answer these questions! You can find my review for her latest release, The Blood Prince on the blog now! You can also find Josie Jaffrey on: Twitter|| Youtube|| Facebook|| Goodreads|| Instagram|| Website


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