Hello lovely followers :D! You all know how much I LOVE the Rook and Ronin Series by J.A. Huss. This is one of my favorite New Adult Series, and it's a complete series! Yes, Panic (Rook & Ronin #3) was released last week. I know I'm going to be re-reading this series soon. So guess what happened last week? J.A. Huss accepted to do an interview for my blog :D! I was so excited when she accepted to do the interview, and let me tell you that she is so nice.
Are you all ready for my interview with J.A. Huss?!?!?!?
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself :). Who is J.A. Huss?
I hate talking
about myself! I’m just a mom from Colorado, really. I grew up in Ohio
and moved to Southern California when I was a teen, had my first kid
when I was really young, messed around with way too many bad boys, and
then decided to go back to school to be a scientist. I was going to get a
PhD, and when I say that – I mean I was in grad school actually doing
all that laboratory crap for like fifteen hours a day for more than a
year when I decided that life sucks. So I quit the PhD program, got a
Master’s Degree instead, then went into business for myself writing
science workbooks for kids. I ran out of ideas for topics so about two
years ago I started writing fiction.
2. Who are some of your favorite authors? Did some of these authors inspire you to become a writer?
Rickard k Morgan
is the author of my all-time favorite SF series, so he is my official
favorite. That series is brilliant. But I also like Laini Taylor, Katja
Millay, JA Redmerski, CD Reiss… I have a lot of favorites actually.
3. How do you get started with writing a story? Do you brainstorm a lot or do you just go for it without planning too much?
Oh, I plan all
of it. I always know the ending. Sometimes, like with the Junco
series, I know the exact words of the very last sentence. I had those
words in my head from book one and I just got to write them a couple
weeks ago in book five. It was pretty cool.
4. Do you plan to always write NA books, or is there and adult book in the future?
Ford is not
really NA, he’s more adult. And I have another NA series I’m gonna write
at least two books for in the spring, then a dark more adult series in
5. What is your favorite genre to write?
Because you have so much more to work with in terms of plot devices.
You can make your characters do anything if you set your world up
right. Contemporary books are very limiting, but I try to add in the
unexpected whenever I can.
Now let's get into some questions from my favorite series!
1. How did you
come up with the idea to write about a girl who has experienced a tragic
life from a very young age, and finds her luck in erotic modeling?
It started with a
book cover. I was looking for a sexy picture for a title I actually
never released, and I started wondering if those models were faking it. I
figured the good pictures, the ones all us authors wanted on the
covers, those models were not faking it, it looked real. So that’s how
Ronin’s job was created. He’s supposed to make the girls look that way,
like they are turned on so the people who look at the covers just
automatically think they are lovers.
Rook is a little
bit of me and a lot of “every girl”. I think people like Rook because
she’s real. She’s not perfect and even though she’s pretty, life’s not
easy. She’s had a lot of challenges and even though she makes a lot of
mistakes, she keeps going and tries to learn from them.
2. When I was
reading the synopsis for Tragic, Rook's name caught my attention,
because it is a very unique name. I haven't read a book with character's
named Rook and Ronin. How did you come up with their names?
I love birds.
Junco, the main character in my SF series, is also named after a bird.
So Rook came off that. And then I just added in the fact that a rook is a
blackbird, and made that Spencer’s “thing”. Ronin is a play on the
Irish version of the name (Ronan) and the word used for what they call a
rogue samurai Japanese warrior. I thought it was cool.
3. I just need
to put this out there, because I know I'm not the only girl who
experienced this while reading your series. How in the world did you
create three equally desirable men? Most of the time I just fall for one
of the guys in a book, but you had me falling for all three, especially
Ford in Panic!
I love secondary
characters, they make and break books in my opinion. If the secondary
characters are boring, then your main characters have to be together the
whole time. I didn’t want Rook and Ronin to be the only story. I wanted
everyone to have a past. Plus, they are a team. Each one had to
contribute something to that team, so they all had to be very unique.
days loves a biker, so it was easy to make Spencer the biker. But I gave
him a twist with the body painting stuff. No one likes a geek, but
what if he’s a hot geek with so much weird sexual chemistry you can’t
help but fall for him? So that’s Ford. And Ronin was just the player
who wants to settle down. Girls like the thought if a loyal hot guy.
4. What comes
after Panic? I know that Ford is getting his own story. But are other
characters in the book getting their own spin-off series or novellas?
surprised more people haven’t asked about the “trials”. There will be
trials and everyone will be involved because in order to put people in
jail, someone has to testify. It won’t be pretty. That’s part of what
Spencer’s book is about. I’m also writing a Valentine ’s Day novella
about Elise, Antoine ,and the baby. Lots of people have asked about
them. I also like Veronica a lot, and she’s gonna have a little
disagreement with her brothers about her job in the very near future.
That will probably be a novella series next summer.
5. I know you're
going to hate me for asking this question, but I just have to do it :).
Who would you have chosen if you were Rook?
Ford. :) But Rook is much better at picking men than I am.
6. How do you feel now that the Rook & Ronin series is over?
I’m glad the
third book turned out so well and I’m looking forward to the stories of
the secondary characters and then new projects when that’s over. I’m
not sad at all. I think R&R’s story is mostly told, so time to move
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview :D!