So let's see what Stephanie had to say to all my blogger questions!
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Home is a beautiful, small town in southern Louisiana named New Iberia. An antebellum plantation home called The Shadows sits smack in the middle of downtown New Iberia alongside a lovely bayou.
How long have you been a blogger?
I started my blog in the summer of 2011, but I was truant for most of last year. I started back up last Spring and have been active ever since.
What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about?
Well, that would be the book launch for my second book, RESISTANCE, with a week-long series of character interviews on Character Quest: 7 Layers Deep. This was the first time I featured one of my books. Typically, I introduce new and upcoming authors in a venue I call “Tantalizing Talks” which is a unique Q&A with quirky, odd questions like, “If your villain could be any flavor of ice cream, what flavor would he/she be?”
Did you like the cover? Rate it on a scale of 1 stars to 5 stars, 5 being the best?
I’m in love with my cover artist, James Robichaux (his artwork, that is).
If you could ask the author 3 questions about this book, what would they be?
When do your characters speak to you the most and what kinds of things do they say?
Which character would you most like to meet in person?
Which character is most like yourself?
Can you name a favorite scene from the book?
One of my favorite scenes is when Jeremy’s band pumps up his anxiety-ridden friends with a surprise rock concert. This also leads to the most passionate scene between Clara and Michael, which then leads to a heartbreaking confrontation with her boyfriend, Gabe.
What character did you like the most? The least? Why?
My favorite character in this book is Gabe, because he never sways in his loyalty and determination to do what’s right. My least favorite is the new villain—the shadow scout, Svegja—stalking Clara. Why? He’s creepy, on so many levels.
Was this a series or stand alone? If it is a series, will you read the rest of the books?
This is the second book in the Saga of the Setti series. I have to read them, multiple times, since I’m writing them.
Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
Ummmm….see above. I’m also working on a new novel of the demon-hunter variety. This one has a kick-ass heroine and is set in modern-day New Orleans. I’m having a blast writing it.
What genre is your favorite and why?
Paranormal Romance, because I love when my imagination stretches beyond the possible, and I’m just a pitiful sucker for romance. I’m just wired that way, I suppose.
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you and why?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, because it has everything I love most in a novel—beautiful prose, unlikely heroine, Gothic setting, and turbulent romance. Besides, I would never tire of reading the saucy quips by the dark and brooding Mr. Rochester.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, because it is an inspiring story of a journey and a group of unlikely heroes (see a pattern here) who save the world from great evil. I’m a sucker for stories where the underdog wins.
Son of Shadows by Juliet Marillier. I’ve reread this book several times. Marillier has such a beautiful way of storytelling. Her way of weaving danger, romance, and Celtic mythology into the perfect story is why I read ALL of her books.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? Is there an author that you really wanted to meet and had the pleasure of doing so?
I’d love to meet Juliet Marillier and pick her brain a bit.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I’m such a traditionalist, but ebooks are SO easy to read in bed. Ebooks.
Where do you buy your books?
Mostly through Kindle.
Have you ever read a book more than once? Which one and why?
Ummmm… See above. I’ve also reread the Harry Potter books (6 and 7) and many of Nalini Singh’s books in the Psy-Changeling and Guildhunter series. They’re just amazing in action and romance.
Do you prefer movies over books ever?
Yes. Typically on Saturday nights when it’s time for some wine and relaxation with the hubby. Also, anytime Masterpiece Theatre has something new for me to watch.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m currently reading an ARC in digital format titled Living in the Dark, and I’m loving it. This is the debut novel for Rebekah Campbell.
What book are you about to start reading?
I will be reading Julie Reece’s novel Crux.
What book do you know that you will never read? Why?
War and Peace. No offense, but I don’t have the time to force myself through it.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Collette Saucier, author of Pulse and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy is a dark, brooding vampire. It’s wonderfully Gothic and sexy. I’m dying for the sequel Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth to be released next year. Dying!
Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. That was the biggest anti-climactic ending of a series that I ever read. Terrible disappointment.
Do you like book trailers? Why or why not?
I like the high-end production trailers with video footage. The low-budget ones with clipart and bad music are just annoying.
Name your three favorite book covers:
1. Fallen by Lauren Kate
2. Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
3. Resistance (I know it’s my own, but I truly love the cover.)
Where do you usually blog?
On my site, A Writer’s Rest Stop.
Do you have any pet peeves?
1. Littering—Seriously! Do you drop trash in your living room, dude? What’s wrong with you?
2. Talking in movie theaters.—I paid for this movie. SHUT. UP.
3. I apologize. My internal monologue comes spewing out when I think of my pet peeves.
How often do you blog?
Once a week.
How many books do you read in a month?
Not as many as I would like. On average, 3. I teach novels, too, but that’s more literary, not my usual escapist novels that I like to read.
Do you have a reading log for your books? Do you have a goal for the year?
No logs. I have to budget writing time along with my reading. I’d have to get on Prozac or something if I started putting demands on myself with reading goals as well as publishing deadlines.
How do you organize your books?
Eeeek. Stacked on shelves, an old piano and next to my nightstand. Not very good at the organizing.
What is your favorite color?
What are 5 items you never leave home without:
3. Lipstick (I’m a southern girl—it’s a requirement drilled in by my southern mother.)
4. Kindle (when I leave town)
5. Laptop (when I leave town)
What is your most favorite electronic gadget?
iPhone—I’m a little obsessed with checking my email, FB, and Goodreads apps.
Name your three book crushes:
1. Barrons!!! From Moning’s Fae Fever series. (Terrified, mesmerized, and ‘please, may I have some more.’)
2. Mr. Darcy from Collette Saucier’s adaptation Pulse and Prejudice and the upcoming Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth (Darcy as a brooding vampire is beyond yummy.)
3. Hawke from Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series (Oh, man. *Fanning self.*)
Is there a character you love to hate?
Hmmmm….I’d have to go literary literature for this one and say Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello. He’s filled with hatred and malice, yet he smiles at his prey while plotting against them.
Coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Coffee (Frappuccino when I’m feeling fancy.)
What is your favorite food to eat? Italian—anything Italian.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate
What is your favorite TV show? The Office and Survivor (Yes, I know, old school.) Movie? The Lord of the Rings—all three!
What are you most fearful of? Something happening to my children.
What are you most fearful of? Something happening to my children.
Where can we STALK you? Oh, please stalk me! Links below.
My blog: http://stephaniejudice.blogspot.com/
My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5031409.Stephanie_Judice
Goodreads Setti fan site: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/77113-stephanie-judice-s-fan-site
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your blogging world.
Thank you for sharing and thank you for blogging.