Monday, September 21, 2015

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Pippa Jay

HEIDI'S PICK SIX

PIPPA JAY

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Don’t tell the others, but my time hopping heroine Quin is my favourite. Mostly because she’s been with me the longest, and was the person my teenage self wanted to be. Also because she’s a redhead like me.


2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
I had to write the death of a character’s mother, and my beta reader made me re-write it twice because she didn’t feel there was enough emotion and she knew I could do better. Since it was based on losing my own mum when I was nineteen, it brought a lot of those bad memories back up and left me in tears. But since it was important to the story and I’d committed myself to writing it, I couldn’t just cut it out and no do it. That scene was one that sparked my hero’s transformation, so couldn’t be skipped over.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I’m not a sports junkie, hate to watch any kind of sport, but I love to dance and I used to do a lot of aerobics. Long walks are good too. Otherwise I tend to be a bit of a couch potato, though I try hard to get up and move about regularly because that’s just not healthy on a day to day basis.

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I love alternative rock. I’m not too keen on the really shouty stuff, although if I’m feeling rage-y or writing something violent or dangerous, that’s a good fit as background. In general I prefer the loud but lyrical stuff, mixed with the odd ballad. Current muses are Linkin Park, Starset, and Red.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Totally taken for a ride! I cannot outline. I’ve tried, and it just kills my creativity and enthusiasm for a story, and usually means me abandoning it unfinished. My process is non-linear and chaotic, but it works for me so I don’t see any reason to change it.

13. Celebrity crush.
Don’t get me wrong, but right now my crush is Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. She’s seriously awesome! I don’t normally fall for women, but I just adore her in Avengers and wish she’d get her own film.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, Broad Universe, and EPIC, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

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