Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Lately organized chaos would describe my life well. I used to be very organized, always on top of things. Then my daughter was born two years ago. She wasn't a sleeper as a baby and still isn't as a toddler. She also seems to have a serious loathing for my laptop. It makes getting my work accomplished very interesting to say the least.
When I am not trying to fit in time to write, I work a day job as a marketing specialist/technical writer for an engineering firm. The grown-up interaction time is definitely a nice change of pace, as it getting to use a different part of my brain.
First and foremost, I am mother, wife, daughter, etc. Family has always been and will always be number one in my life. Without my family, and those friends who are like my family, the rest of the stuff would just never be the same.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I honestly don't know. Each of my character tends to have a part of me in them, but each one is also very different than the next. The characters most like me would be Danica from Body Moves, a Kensington Aphrodisia release, and Kelsey from One Wild Weekend, an Ellora's Cave release. Both of these ladies are a little insecure in some ways yet very strong and independent in others. They also have a fierce love for family and roots.
What's your favorite genre to read?
It varies by day, but I still tend to read contemporaries more than any other. If I want an escape, I am most apt to pick up a historical, preferably set in the Scottish Highlands. If I want a complete escape, I go with paranormal. With paranormals though I find a deeper connection is needed to really hold my interest. If the story, author's style, or both don't stand out, I probably am not going to finish the book. I just don't have very much reading time, so I want to read a book that really draws me in and enables me to relate to it, be it B.C. or some far off time in the future.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Too much. :) Get up to the sound of my little girl shouting, "Get up, Mommy!" about twenty times. Get ready for the day job. Go to the day job, sneak in some author time there if at all possible, and then head to the grocery store and back on home. Do a few chores around the house so my husband doesn't disown me. Play with the kids. Get the kids ready for bed. Do some author promotional type stuff. Then usually around 11:00 or so I finally get to set down and write. Not an ideal schedule, but for now it's the one I am running on and, for better or worse, it eventually gets the job done.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I don't really get writer's block. I get to a point in each of my books where it's the point that the story has to begin. Meaning where the hero and heroine both begin to understand the others goals or conflicts, and that they are going to have to learn to work around them or deal with them. At this point I always fall into a quandary that can last from a day to two weeks. Usually during this time, I hate the book, I hate the characters, I hate myself for writing the book and the characters. And then I get over it, figure out what they know that I don't, and get back to writing the book.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Next up for me is a Spice Brief called Hot For It. This short story will release on April 1st and is actually a prequel to my story in the What Happens In Vegas. Spice Trade Paperback due out May 1st. Both stories are stand-alone, but could be fun to read in succession as well. Of course, both stories are also packed with heat. In Hot For It, the reader is introduced to Carinna and Jack, best friends who live and work in Las Vegas, and who both secretly want to be more than just friends. Carinna is only up for the kind of more that involves the physical, while Jack wants a commitment-something Carinna is hugely against. There are serious moments to both stories, but at heart of each is a good deal of humor and plenty of passion.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
Hopefully with more time on my hands. I also would like to think I will be able to write full-time at that point if I so wish it. Currently, I have several mainstream proposals making the publisher rounds, and I would like be writing for both the erotic romance houses I am now and one or two others imprints which carry books with plenty of heat, but also more of a focus on the storyline over the sensual aspects. As for my home life, I would like to have one more child in the next year or two. So by that time hopefully with all of my kids out of diapers and into preschool at the very least. :)
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
It varies by book and genre. Obviously historicals require a great deal more research if I want to get the various aspects of the time period accurate. For contemporaries, if I am writing about an area or procedure I am not familiar with, I will use the web to conduct research on the topic and then often will seek out someone who lives in the area, or has been through the procedure to ensure the information I have found is accurate. Then, too, I often rely on quick web searches to help clothe and name my characters. It's amazing how hard it can be to come up with a simple name. I do love researching. I am history buff, so it's especially enjoyable when I am researching an older time period.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
A little of both. I have a hard time turning off my internal editor while writing on deadline, as I know every word will be read by countless others. I also tend to stress a lot regardless if a deadline is two months or two weeks. At the same time, my muse often comes to life when I am getting down to wire, writing scene after scene in the amount of time it often takes me to put down just one. All in all, the verdict is still out.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The best way to get a fast response is through my email account. Readers can reach me at Readers@jodilynncopeland.com I also maintain a blog on the homepage of my website (www.jodilynncopeland.com), at MySpace (www.myspace.com/jodilcopeland), and am part on two author group blogs (www.thebradfordbunch.com and http://theaphrodisiaauthors.blogspot.com/). In addition, I maintain a newsletter, which goes out once a month with new release information, selected reviews, updates on my writing and personal life, excerpts, special contests, and more. You can join Passion Press by sending a blank email to: PassionPress-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Thank you for taking the time to interview me! ~ jodi
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King