Jory Strong

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 16, 2012

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Current Release: Inked Magic

Describe your current release in two sentences:

Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI brother, magic and gift have put tattoo artist Etaín on the path of two compelling men. Cathal Dunne, the son of an Irish mob boss, needs Etaín's help finding the rapists who left his cousin for dead, while Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.

Describe your writing environment.

I'm lucky enough to live out in the country and write fulltime there. I have two work areas. The first is an office upstairs which I absolutely love. When I'm up there, usually in the morning, two of my cats keep me company. In the afternoon I tend to gravitate to the living/TV room where I have a roll top desk in one corner. I write there with my German Shepherd lying on my feet and several other dogs camped out on beds or the recliners.

What are you working on now?

The sequel to Inked Magic. My working title for it is Inked Destiny though that's not set in stone.

What was your childhood ambition?

To become a veterinarian. I've always been crazy about animals. In my adult life it led to my owning a pet sitting business, being involved in animal rescue and placement activities (all breeds of dogs though ultimately mostly Dobermans), then later, after I started riding horses, to my becoming a farrier (horseshoer), though I actually graduated from Virginia Tech with an accounting degree, passed the CPA exam and worked for several years in public accounting, then private, until I realized neither was how I wanted to spend my working life.

What is your favorite TV show?

Justified. Hands down it's my favorite. Fantastic casting. Fantastic dialog. Amazing, dynamic characters. Everything about it is a study in creative mastery (no shocker considering it's based on Elmore Leonard's work and he's involved in the production of it). Persons of Interest and Sons of Anarchy are also favorites.

What are you plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?

I'll be going to RomCon, June 22-24 in Denver. The emphasis is on reader-author games. Last year was my first time attending and I had an absolute blast! Beyond that, my focus is going to be on riding my horses and taking one of them to endurance and competitive trail events.

I've always got a list of books I'm looking forward to and have pre-ordered if possible. The ones I'm most anxiously awaiting are: Celebrity in Death (JD Robb); The Kingdom (Amanda Stevens); Elfhome (Wen Spencer); Gunmetal Magic (Ilona Andrews).

How was your road to publication? Have you ever had to deal with rejection letters?

My road to publication, in a word: LONG. And yes filled with rejections. I could wallpaper a couple of rooms with the form letters alone, including plenty from the agent who now represents me. That's the thing about this business, and what I always stress to aspiring authors, REJECTION IS NOT PERSONAL. You just have to get over it and move forward. Perseverance and belief in yourself are essential.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which books/world would you jump into?

This is a tough, tough question because there are so many story worlds out there I'd jump into in a heartbeat! But if I had to choose just one, and I'm assuming here that I get to be the heroine and end up with one of the hunky males who haven't yet been claimed--Illium comes to mind (eyes closed, fantasy ensuing here :)--then my choice is Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

Not very romantic, but my computer (with internet access) since I write fulltime. Sadly, if too much time passes, I can't actually read my own handwriting. The thought of using pen and paper to capture a story is too depressing to contemplate.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Angelina Jolie. There was a 60 Minutes segment on her awhile back. She struck me as someone who'd be interesting to hang out with, someone who marches to the beat of her own drum and isn't afraid of either failure or what other people might think. I suspect she'd also have some great stories that would be “food for the muse.”

What is the best thing about being an author?

Being so totally immersed in the world of books. It's the full integration of what I love to do: read, write, connect with others who have the same interests, plus it comes with the never ending challenge of self-improvement. Even when I'm out riding one of my horses, I'm often thinking about new stories, old stories, or how someone else writes their stories.

Thanks for the opportunity to be here!

Jory Strong

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