About The Author:
J. A. Belfield, author of The Holloway Pack Stories, lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.
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An author can get asked a lot of questions by readers. Amongst the most popular are:
where does your inspiration come from/where do your ideas come from/why werewolves (in my case, anyway)/what made you decide to start writing/did you always want to be a writer (<<this last one, if said by someone I know, is often accompanied with a slightly wide-eyed expression as though they’ve suddenly discovered something quite eerie about a woman they once considered normal) …
Today, I’m going to (kinda) concentrate on the most common question thrown at me:
Where does your inspiration come from?
People who have read my interviews/guest posts before are probably a little tired of seeing me say ‘my head’—but I simply cannot think of a truer answer.
Some authors find inspiration from people watching, or seeing an event, and their imagination suddenly spirals out of control with a simple question of ‘what if …’ Other authors—Stephen King amongst them—have admitted to finding inspiration from the tiniest of things prompting their thoughts into a whirlwind of chaotic imagery.
The closest I seem to get to a prompt is a song—but even songs aren’t my biggest form of inspiration, despite how many times they’ve pumped my creative juices.
[WARNING: CORNINESS ALERT!]
Nope, my biggest inspiration has to come from dreams.
Whether they be nightdreams or daydreams or nightmares—whichever—this is, without doubt, where most of my ideas for new storylines come from.
I’m a very lucid dreamer. I also dream totally weird and random stuff. I shan’t divulge exactly what occurs within my dreams. So far, I’ve managed to elude the straightjackets folk keep trying to slip on me. I’d quite like to keep it that way.
But more often than not, what occurs within my head stays with me.
Sean Holloway most certainly did. Not with his tale told in Instinct to begin, though—with his tale told in Darkness & Light.
I knew he was a werewolf.
I knew he had a connection with a female—Jem Stonehouse—from a previous existence and why.
I knew I had to get them together somehow.
Thankfully, from the second I began writing his story, each line and every scene appeared clearly to me—despite me writing it from Jem’s POV instead of Sean’s. Before I knew it, the entire novel had been written.
And from the telling of Darkness & Light came the revelations I now share through Instinct. All those little details of where Sean & Jem’s love began. Sean’s attraction to a human female that will lead to some life—even eternity—changing decisions.
The details for Instinct were just as strong in my mind as those for Darkness & Light. And when those whispers of ideas turn into yells impossible to ignore? I pretty much know I’ve stumbled across a story that just has to be told—because my heart leaves me no choice. ;o)
Instinct: A Holloway Pack Prequel:
Title: Instinct: A Holloway Pack Prequel
Author: J. Taylor Publishing
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her.
When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.
The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.
That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.
In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.
Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?
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Happy reading until next time!