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Dec 12, 2009

On the 4th Day of Blogmas, We have Stacey Voss, Author of  Thunder and Blood.
Lets give a warm welcome to Stacey !  * cheer.... haller.... yay.... clap, clap, clap * Thanks for being here today Stacey. And thank you for the Interview!!! I recently had to opportunity to follow Stacey through her entire virtual book tour, and let me tell you it was a blast!!!  I feel like I got to know Stacey, and she is Awesome!!! So head on down to the Interview and get to know Stacey Voss for yourself!
Stacey is going to stop by through out the day to chat and answer questions. So read Stacey's interview and chat away!!! Stacey has also generously given me the opportunity to give away a signed copy of Thunder and Blood to one lucky fan!!!
JJBC~Do you read any reviews of your books?
SV~I read all of the reviews about my book, whether they’re positive or negative.   The positive ones I read more than once.  :D

JJBC~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
SV~I don’t read them all the way through.  I know the story too well and it would just be weird.

JJBC~What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
SV~I think my favourite genres at the moment are science fiction and fantasy.  It changes from month to month and year to year.  I also like horror, thriller, crime, and others.

JJBC~Do you have a favorite book /series?
SV~At the moment, I’m re-reading the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series because I’m hoping to get the latest book for Christmas.  Favourites also change quite often.

JJBC~ How did you get into writing?
SV~I’ve been writing since I was about five years old.  I’m not sure how it started, I just always loved stories and liked to make up my own.

JJBC~Did you always want to be a writer?
SV~I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember.

JJBC~How old were you when you began to write?

JJBC~Is writing your full time job?
SV~Right now, marketing my book is my full-time job.  It’s been taking away from my writing time and I’m trying now to make a better schedule to include a solid chunk of writing into each day.

JJBC~What is a typical writing day for you like?
SV~When I’m writing it takes over pretty much everything.  Every moment I’m at the computer I’m throwing words down, and when I’m out visiting or doing “normal” things, I bring a notebook and keep writing in that. 

JJBC~Do you set a daily writing goal?
SV~I should – it would make me more productive – but I don’t.

JJBC~When and where do you like to write?
SV~I write everywhere and anywhere.

JJBC~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts?
SV~All of the above.  I’m a sticky note junkie and a notebook junkie, but any piece of paper will do in a pinch.

JJBC~Do you prefer to write on a computer, typewriter, or paper and pen?
SV~I prefer to write on the computer.  When I use paper and pen, I just have to retype it all in anyway.

JJBC~What is the hardest / easiest part of writing for you?
SV~The hardest part is starting.  Once the story starts flowing, it’s easy.  It’s just getting it going in the first place that’s a bit intimidating for me.

JJBC~What's the best thing about being an author?
SV~The best thing is doing something that I love and having other people actually like it.  It’s a weird feeling for me whenever someone mentions my book to me.  I love it, but it’s weird to have other people knowing about what I’ve written.

JJBC~How long did you write before you became a published author?
SV~About 29 years.  (Okay, now I feel old!)

JJBC~Who is your favorite hero/heroine?
SV~At the moment, Rand al’Thor from the Wheel of Time series.

JJBC~What are you reading at the moment?
SV~At the moment I’m reading The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan.

JJBC~Is there a questions you have always wanted to be asked in an interview? If so how would you answer it?
SV~I can’t think of anything at the moment.

JJBC~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
SV~Write as often as you can and practice reviewing and rewriting.

JJBC~Is there anything else you would like to share with your followers today?
SV~I’m expecting a baby at the end of May!  Writing the second book in the Thunder and Blood series has been really difficult while pregnant – sometimes I think the baby has eaten my creativity.
JJBC~ AWWWW Congrats hun !!!!!


JJBC~~Can you tell you tell us a little bit about the book?
SV~It’s about two women who go on a weekend getaway and drive through a mysterious fog that brings them into a parallel universe.  In the new world, vampires are real, blood is currency, and danger for the two women abounds.

JJBC~How did you come up with the idea for this book/series? From a dream, from watching tv, while reading another book?
SV~I first came up with the idea when I was about 16 or 17.  I was driving through the countryside at night, probably thinking about boys, when I hit an incredibly thick patch of fog.  It was exactly as I describe it in my book – so thick that I couldn’t see in front of the car, couldn’t see either side of the road, and the fog swept up over the windshield like sheets of silk.  It was a terrifying experience at the time, but when I got  home I couldn’t stop thinking about how it would be a great idea for a book.  Of course, I didn’t actually write it for more than a decade, but that should tell you what a strong experience it was.

JJBC~Did you have to do any type of research before writing this book?
SV~I did research into the fifteenth and sixteenth century and the amazing people who lived during that time in Europe.  Since the vampires took over the world during that time period, I wanted to make it as accurate as I could.  Luckily, I was living in Europe at the time, so that helped with my research. 

JJBC~Who is your favorite character and why?
SV~I think my favourite character in my book is Hillard.  He’s mysterious, strong, and handsome.  

JJBC~Are any of your characters based on people in your life?
SV~Sarah is based on a version of me when I was about 24 and my first marriage had just broken up (but not for the same reasons as Sarah’s).  I hope to see her start to evolve in the second book to be a stronger person, more confident in herself and sure of her own decisions. 
Adelaide is based physically on one of my best friends.  I wanted to create a spunky, strong redhead and she’s a fantastic model.

JJBC~Did the overall book turn out like your original idea of the story?
SV~Not really.  It took on a life of its own around the fourth or fifth chapter.  By the end, I had no idea how it was going to turn out.  I love it when stories surprise me like that!

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?
SV~Sarah and Christine are sisters who have a really strong bond because of the rough childhood that they weathered together.  Sarah is more insecure than her sister, but both can be tough under pressure.
Hillard is a mysterious man that Sarah meets right after being separated from her sister.  He takes care of Sarah, but has a secret that shocks, and initially horrifies, her.
Radek is an insane vampire that rules the village of Donner.  He drinks from his subjects indiscriminately, wanting only to increase his own power.
Adelaide is a strong loner who holds a serious grudge against Radek.  She and Hillard have a bond of some sort.

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about when and where the story takes place?
SV~The story takes place in and around the area of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.  Lake Superior (and the Sleeping Giant) make a fantastic setting.  When the girls pass through the fog, they end up in a world where Thunder Bay has been renamed Donner (Thunder in German) and where technology hasn’t developed much past that of the Renaissance period.

JJBC~Do you have any idea how many book are going to be in this series?
SV~Right now I have at least four books planned for the series.  We’ll see after that if more develop. 

JJBC~Do you have a favorite scene?
SV~Not really. 

My Bonus Question:

JJBC~If you could be trapped in any series/book which would it be and why?
SV~Hmmmm.  I think I’d like to be in the Harry Potter series.  I think having magic would be cool!  Other than that, I read a lot of darker fiction and I don’t think I’d want to be trapped in any of them.  :P

Thank you so much for the interview Stacey!!! It was great getting to know a little more about you and Thunder and Blood.

You can also find Stacey at:

Official Thunder and Blood Website 
Cafe of Dreams  
Bitten by Books  
Book Obsessed (Stacey's Guest Blog Post)

*** Don't Leave everyone, Stacey is going to stop by throughout the day to chat and answer questions. She is letting me give one lucky fan a signed copy of Thunder and Blood. So go ahead ask Stacey a questions, chat away!!!

***All contests are open till Dec 23rd , you can find their individual interview links at the top under my header

How to Enter the Giveaway: (This giveaway is open to the US & Canada Only) 

1~ Answer one or both of the following questions: 
~Have you read Thunder and Blood, if so can you tell us your thought on it?
~What is your favorite series right now?
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~Follow Stacey on Twitter
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
5~ Become a Fan of Thunder and Blood on Facebook* 

*If you do not have a Facebook account, please specify in your comment that you don't.*
** Please confirm you have completed at least 4 of the 5 things to enter.**

26 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

JoJo December 12, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

Thank you Stacey for taking the time to let me interview you, and for stopping by today to Chat!
And a Special thanks to Heather (aka: BookObsessedGrl) for helping me today with this post. If it wasn't for you, it wouldn't have been possible! *huggies*

Minna December 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

My favorite series at the moment is in Death series by J.D. Robb.

No Facebook.

ErotRomReader (Janna) December 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM  

Sounds interesting this book! And the interview was fun to read, thanks! Too bad the contest is only open for US and Canada and not us Europeans :(

vslavetopassionv December 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

Hi. I do follow this blog but I do not have a facebook or twitter account.

I'm looking for a new series to read and I have not read any of Stacey's books. I hope I am able to enter the contest for this book.



throuthehaze December 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

My favorite series is the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter.

following this blog

follow Stacey on twitter @throuthehaze

following JoJo on twitter @throuthehaze

JoJo December 12, 2009 at 4:45 PM  

Stacey can you tell us a little bit about your writing process for thunder and blood. Did you know the whole story before you started writing,or. Did you know your characters before you started writing?

tetewa December 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

I'm always looking for new authors and series about vampires, yours sounds good! My favorite series right now is Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series!

elaing8 December 12, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

Great interview.
I have not read Thunder and Blood.
my favorite series is The Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur

I Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog

I Follow Stacey on Twitter @elaing8

I Follow JoJo on Twitter @elaing8

I do not have a facebook account


jacabur1 December 12, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

Have not read Thunder And Blood, can tell you think it sounds like one of the more interesting debut novel premises out there to read right now. Sounds spooky too and I love to be "spooked"..

My favorite series that I am reading these day is "The Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning and have quite a wait for the next book to come out....

#2 Follow JJBCBlog(jacabur)
#3 Follow Stacey on Twitter now (jacabur1)
#4 Follow JJ on Twitter(jacabur1)
#5 Fan on Facebook today (FYI the link does not work unless you go do a Facebook search)

Thanks JoJo for having Stacey in today for an interview and thanks Stacey for writing such an interesting take on the vamp world, hope to read it soon if can ever get my TBR pile under control and buy it.....

Jackie B Central Texas

jacabur1 December 12, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

I have to make one more comment to Stacey and then will quit since have already entered the drawing.
Upon re-reading slowly found something missed the first "skim", than goodness found another Rand Al Thor fan. I have been reading all the Wheel Of Time series books now since discovered them years back and was so sad to find out that Robert Jordan had died. At the same time am now excited to find out the "last" part of the series is slated for 3 books that are what was found in his last writings and it was too big to put in one book.
I am always excited in the day of the Vampire Fan Generation to find someone into pure Fantasy and Adventure books like I still read in my "old age" (almost 50)
Jackie B Central Texas

Stacey Voss December 12, 2009 at 8:04 PM  

Hi JoJo,

Sorry I didn't get to this sooner, but it was a busy busy Christmas Shopping (with a short nap squeezed in) day.

I only really knew what was going to happen in the first 6 or 7 chapters - the rest was a total surprise to me. Since I wrote Thunder and Blood for Nanowrimo, I just went at it and wrote like mad, not worrying too much if it made sense. Surprisingly, it turned out pretty interesting and exciting (at least I think so).

I knew some of the characters (Sarah and Christine, mostly)and the rest just evolved from the story. Hillard was a vague idea in my head at the beginning and he come out nicely.

If there are any more questions, I will check back later tonight and tomorrow too.



FrankSandy December 12, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

I haven't read Thunder and Blood so I can't share my thoughts.

Amanda Leigh December 12, 2009 at 10:36 PM  

#1 I haven't read Thunder and Blood, but I have heard of it before and it is on my to buy list.
I think that my favorite series right now is the Fever series, but it changes constantly!

#2 follow JojosBookCorner Blog &I'm from the US (Amanda Leigh)

#3&4 don't have twitter account

#5 became fan of Thunder and Blood on Facebook

Amanda Leigh December 12, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

sorry, forgot email in case you need it...

skyla11377 December 12, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

1. Have you read Thunder and Blood, if so can you tell us your thought on it?
I Have Not Read Thunder And Blood yet.
2. What is your favorite series right now?
My Favorite Series Right Now Is The Midnight Breed Series By Lara Adrian.
3. I Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog.
4. I Follow Stacey On Twitter.
5. I Follow JoJo On Twitter.
6. I Am A Fan Of Thunder And Blood On Facebook.


Jason December 13, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

I have not read Thunder and Blood, but it sounds very cool.

Following the blog and JoJo on twitter (@radlilim)

Have become a fan on FB, do you need a link for that? (aslo, your link to face book is broken)

joder December 13, 2009 at 1:51 PM  

1. I haven't read your book, but hope to change that soon. My favorite series is JR Ward's BDB. I'm totally addicted to it!
2. I follow the blog
3. I follow her on twitter (@jone402)
4. I follow you on twitter
5. Tried to become a fan, but the link is broken

I'm from the US

Misty December 13, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

Great interview. I haven't read Thunder and Blood yet but, it sounds like a great read.

My favorite series right now is JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I just started reading this series and am really enjoying it so far.

Im a follower and Im from Florida

misty_labean yahoo com

donnas December 13, 2009 at 10:58 PM  

Great interview. Thunder and Blood sounds really good I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

1. I have not read it yet but hope to soon. My current favorite series is the In Death series by JD Robb.
2. I follow the blog
3. Twitter follower (@donnas1)
4. Twitter follower (@donnas1)
5. I am a fan on Facebook

I am in the US

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Linda Henderson December 14, 2009 at 9:42 PM  

I have not read the book yet. I enjoy J.D.Robb's In Death series.
Blog follower
Follow blog on twitter as BookOwner
Follow Stacey on twitter as BookOwner

I am from the USA

seriousreader at live dot com

justpeachy36 December 17, 2009 at 10:51 AM

My favorite series right now is The Dark Hunter Series.

I am from the US.
I follow the blog
I follow Stacy on Twitter
I follow jojo on Twitter
Couldn't get the facebook link to work for Thunder and Blood... might wanna check it.

April December 18, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

I'm way behind, but wanted to pop in and say what an awesome interview! I love your questions, JoJo!! Stacey is so awesome!! Such a talented author and wonderful person. I read Thunder and Blood a while back and absolutely LOVED it!! It is still with me and I can't wait for the next in the series!! One of my favorite reads of 2009 by far!

I follow both you and Stacey everywhere - you both rock!!!


Rex Robot Reviews December 19, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

~Have you read Thunder and Blood, if so can you tell us your thought on it? No- but I love the cover art! Im adding it to my TBR list!
~What is your favorite series right now? Geesh, Sookie Stackhouse, maybe? THere are so many!
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog- Done
3~Follow Stacey on Twitter- Done
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter- Done
5~ Become a Fan of Thunder and Blood on Facebook* (can't!)

booklover0226 December 23, 2009 at 5:13 PM  
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booklover0226 December 23, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

My favorite series, right now, is The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series by Greg Keyes.
I follow the blog (booklover0226)
I follow Stacey on Twitter (as bl0226)
I follow JoJo on Twitter (as bl0226)

I’m in the USA

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

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