I’m thrilled to introduce you to PIPPA JAY, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest. She’s another writer I met through Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, thanks to SFF author Heidi Ruby Miller. Pippa’s snippets are too good to miss, so take a peek! I’m looking forward to reading KEIR.
Pippa’s a stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, She bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her various characters, Pippa spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 19 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Don’t miss the rest of her interview at:
- Part 2 @ Em – Friday, Nov. 2
PART 1: ABOUT YOU
BRoP: How long have you been writing?
Pippa: For as long as I can remember. My earliest memory is of me badgering my dad to show me how to write out my full name (it was a long one) and practising it endlessly. You’d either find me with a book or a pen in my hand back then.
BRoP: When and why did you begin writing?
Pippa: As a child. I had a hard time understanding the world, and I was painfully shy. So writing was my way of escaping and trying to make sense of things by disappearing into worlds I’d created for myself. I was also a voracious reader, but stories didn’t always go the way I wanted, so I’d rewrite them as I thought they should be.
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Pippa: When I signed my first contract and got all the paperwork and edits for it. Then it hit home that this was serious, and I wasn’t playing at being an author any more – I actually was one!
BRoP: What books have most influenced your life?
Pippa: Hmmm, I have to say once I’d moved away from things like Enid Blyton, it was The Lord of the Rings, and books by Arthur C Clarke and Robert Heinlein. Then I discovered Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey and I got hooked on her work.
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Pippa: Science fiction, with or without romance, but I love to blend in elements of fantasy too. I once jokingly referred to myself as the Queen of Angst when trying to write a bio, and got told by my BFF “yes, you are!”. Tormented souls are my favourite type of characters to explore.
BRoP: What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
Pippa: Keir is available in all digital formats and print. The Bones of the Sea is available in digital formats only via Smashwords.com
BRoP: Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keir-Beyond-Redemption/114058821953752?ref=hl
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay
For Keirlan de Corizi–the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien–death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the start with a wave of her hands.
But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through time and space with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?