Genre: Adult Paranormal
Publisher: World Castle Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: October 1, 2014
Number of pages: 211 Kindle
Word Count: 71,417
Cover Artist: Kip Ayers
Amber Stone, once a child prodigy, has just become curator of a special collection of Macedonian artifacts for the Seattle Museum of Natural History. Chloe, a prodigy of a different sort, holds a position at the museum focusing on tribal art. The two become fast friends, united by Amber's unsettling dreams and Chloe's unorthodox ways of dealing with them. Two strangers arrive in town, bringing with them a prophecy recorded more than three-thousand years ago, a prophecy that places Amber directly in the midst of a battle that has spanned a millennia.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/79ydZ0W26tk
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Actually, I always wanted to be an astronaut. I have this love and admiration for space and the universe.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I think a lot of writers need to cross a threshold to consider themselves a writer. For me, I was 9 and in the fourth grade (in Hawaii). I had to write a Haiku poem, a story and my teacher told me that these were the most beautiful things she ever read. She told me that if I believed in myself and didn’t stop writing, I could be a writer that day. From that point on, nothing stopped me from writing.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I started out as an indie author and it took some time between writing it and publishing it. Two years after Queen’s Destiny was published (as an indie), I took a chance and submitted it to World Castle Publishing. It was accepted and my dream is coming true.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Yes, I work in the Information Technology industry. I work for a software company. I enjoy what I do and love working in the automotive sector.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Queen’s Destiny, is the first book of the Blood Prophecy series. I would say that this is about four strangers that have been predestined to be part of a prophecy that changes the supernatural world.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
My publisher is World Castle Publishing. I love the company and the amazing team it has. It feels like “family” and that means a lot to me.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I think it all depends on the genre and audience. It took me 6 months to a year to write Queen’s Destiny but for children’s books, probably a lot less.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Blood Prophecy is a series and so my fans can expect the series to be completed as well as novellas on the characters. I am also in the process of other series – for young adults and I write children’s books. You could say that I will span across many genres.
What genre would you place your books into?
Blood Prophecy is an adult paranormal. There is caution for those under eighteen due to some content.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve always loved the paranormal. I can’t get enough of the supernatural elements.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I like all my main characters from Queen’s Destiny. I don’t necessarily have a single favorite but I do like Amber. She’s the Queen in the series but she is human first, before becoming a vampire. As the series will expand, readers will learn that she is more than just a human and vampire.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I would like to say all my life, but I reality, since I was 9 – that’s when it all started. I didn’t realize that I had a talent for it until my fourth grade teacher encouraged me.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
No, I write whenever the mood strikes. In fact, there is no routine for me when it comes to writing. I even wrote in the middle of a dinner date once because an idea hit me!
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do. I’m not sure if I should but I love to know what people think – good or bad. I know there is an etiquette about responding to reviews and I wish to thank those that took the time to read and write the review, regardless of whether they liked it or not. I think it is important to thank them, no matter what.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I write the book and as I write, the title comes to mind.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Let’s see…character names. I try to find names that would fit the way I imagine the character to be and if the name needs to be “ancient”, I do a lot of research on that. As far as places go, the Blood Prophecy series will all take place in the Northwest. Seattle to be exact. That’s where I lived when we moved from Hawaii. And I just love Seattle (and yes, go Seahawks!)
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I would have to say the names and places are decided after I create them.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Everything about my characters is decided as I go along in the book. I am more of what they call a “pantster”. I don’t know how my series will end nor what turns it will take.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
There could be, it depends on the reader. I’ve had some fans respond that they think this is going to be a series about good vs evil, others about love and hope, while some just like it. I didn’t plan on any hidden messages or anything but once you get to know Amber and see how strong she becomes, you could say that the message is not to let anything hold you back and not to be afraid.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I will always love the feel of a book. But today’s technology is changing that and the eBooks are the way to go. But at the end of the day, I care more about reading a book than the format.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Favorite book? That’s tough. I’m such an avid reader and I will read just about anything. I would have to say that my all time favorite series, though, is not paranormal at all. It’s the Payne and Jones series by Chris Kuzneski.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think they do, but again, it might depend on the book itself. Not every book is made to become a movie. I love the book series Dune and loved the movie. That’s probably my favorite. The worst would have to be Water for Elephants.
Your favorite food is?
Wow! I’m such a foodie that it’s hard to choose. I guess I have to go back to my roots on this one. I’m part Hawaiian. My favorite food, well dessert, is kulolo. It is like a fudge pudding that is chewy but lumpy like tapioca pudding. But I do love a great steak, especially Teriayaki and rice.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I love all kinds of music but I would have to say that the one I listen to the most is Blake Shelton, Country.
Your favorite color is?
Purple is by far my favorite color and has been since I was a child.
Your favorite Author is?
Chris Kuzneski is my all time favorite! Now if only I could meet him in person….and he lives in Tampa, an hour away from me too!
Barb Jones is a multi-genre author with a very vivid imagination. She writes with an uncanny ability to draw you into the supernatural world. She also carries the talent to write for children and allows them to feel as if they belong to the magical world of King Arthur. Barb is also a successful IT director in addition to being a mother. Her world is filled with imagination, creativity and passion. She made her debut in the paranormal genre with the start of an amazing series called Blood Prophecy for adults and The Adventures of Little Arthur and Merlin the Magnificent for children.
Currently residing in Sarasota, Florida, she enjoys the beaches and sunshine.