Jocelyn Adams — How did she come up with her fae world?

A hearty welcome to my guest today, Ms. Jocelyn Adams!

For those of you who have read The Glass Man, Jocelyn’s first book in the Lila Gray series, I’m sure you already know book two, Shadowborn was officially released on October 1st and probably already grabbed your copy. For those of you who are not yet familiar with Jocelyn…well, I highly recommend you get there. Jocelyn is one of my Pen sisters so I knew her “way back when”. What a thrilling journey she has had so far!

Let’s find out a little bit about Jocelyn’s book and Jocelyn herself now.

Jocelyn, your series involves seelie and unseelie fae. Were you a fan of these types of stories prior to writing Shadowborn and The Glass Man, and did you do research or did you chuck the tropes and make up your own stuff? I loved the living houses in The Glass Man, for example, but admit I’m not fae-savvy.

Ah, thanks.  I’d read a couple of books with fae, but they didn’t really stick with me.  I chose fae for Lila’s heritage only because the legends were loose and diverse enough the powers I’d imagined for her might just work.  I did a little research, where I learned about the Sluagh and the different kinds of fae, but the culture in Lila Gray’s world is mostly made up and doesn’t follow usual fae traditions.

The whole for the living houses came from one thought … wouldn’t it be neat if, while Lila was playing terrified tourist in the fae city, the houses stared back at her?  I like a bit of creep factor in my stories, and that added just the right touch.

Is Lila Gray based on anyone you know? What about Liam Kane?

Uh … Lila Gray is … kinda … me.  *cough*  Okay, so I’m not QUITE as neurotic as she is, but I am blunt, often tasting my size nine.  Her voice is my voice, which is why it was so easy for me to write her story.

As for Liam, he just sort of fell out of my head.  If I based him on anyone, I’m not aware of it.  From a steamy dream, maybe?  🙂

What’s the anticipated release date for the final book of the trilogy?

The final chapter of Lila’s story will be out in June 2013.  Jeez, that’s not far away, is it?

It really isn’t. Any more fae books planned? If not, any more series planned and can you tell us a little bit about them?

Not right away, but I’m planning, at some point, to write Brígh & Cas’ story set in the same world as the Lila Gray novels.

For now I’m working on book two of a series opener that’s just been accepted for publication—Stone Chameleon, Ironhill Jinn #1.  Lou, the last of the Jinn, is a preternatural pest exterminator who survived when the rest of the Jinn fell victim to genocide.  Her secrets are all that keep her alive.  Add in a temperamental, gorgeous vampire who may or may not want to kill her, a dashing but vain man who likes to play sexy games with her, a murder-frame-up job, and you have the first installment of the Ironhill Jinn.

Wow! That sounds great!

Are you naturally shy or naturally outgoing?  Has this changed any since you published your first book?

I’m a complete and total introvert.  Don’t like crowds.  Or talking to people I don’t know.  Yeah, I’d be a total hermit if I could.  When my book came out, and I realized I actually had to do signings and readings and such, I admit I freaked out just a little bit.  I just write the dang things, you mean I have to talk about it, too?  Gah!

Thankfully I have a local writing group that welcomed me into their numbers, where I practiced reading aloud.  The more I did it, the easier it became, and now it doesn’t bother me much.  And I made some great friends as a bonus.  🙂

Finish this sentence for me, please. You know you’re a writer when…

… You bawl your eyes out because you did something mean to a fictional character.  Yes, I admit doing this just recently.

It wasn’t so bad with the first book, but by book three I loved them all to pieces.  My heart hurt as if I’d stabbed my best friends in the back.  O.o

Whose works do you read and then think, “I am nothing but a hack?” if you think that at all?  And if you don’t have those thoughts, how do you build that sort of self-confidence in yourself?

Oh yeah, there are lots.  The top two on my list at the moment are Karen Marie Moning and Nalini Singh.  Man, how do they create such rich, engaging characters?

When I’m done feeling inadequate, I read the books again, but not simply for my enjoyment, but to dissect what made it so damned enticing.  Not specific style or anything like that, but the elements and in what order they’ve used to build the story.  I take that to my own work and try to apply what I’ve learned.  Already my writing has improved.  Well, I think it has, anyway.  🙂  When you’re not the best, learn from the best.  I’ll continue to learn and grow until the day I lay my pen down when I’m old and grey.

If you became an overnight writing sensation (not that far-fetched for Jocelyn), would you embrace your celebrity and milk as much as you could out of your fifteen minutes of fame or would you withdraw, keep your head down working and protect your privacy?

I have absolutely no interest in fame or fortune.  I live in a quiet little house in the woods with my family in a small town, and no matter my status or wealth, you’ll still find me right here where I am right now.

OK, now for some random silly stuff. Please describe what’s in your purse. No, you can’t clean it up first.

Eeek!  Really?  Okay, let’s see here … *roots around in the cavernous space* My embroidered and well-loved wallet overflowing with receipts and business cards.  Should probably clean that out soon.  My beloved prescription Oakley sunglasses, and most importantly, my epi-pen.  Bees and I don’t get along so well.  🙂  As for the rest of what’s in there … there could be dragons at the bottom for all I know, but I don’t have the nerve to look.

Thanks so much for joining me today Jocelyn and for giving us a peek into your latest book, its author and what other wonderment we can expect from you in the very near future. Best wishes for many sales and high reader praise.

About Jocelyn Adams

Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

 Shadowborn Back of the Book:

Why me?

That’s the question Lila Gray asks every time yet another bad guy tries to destroy the earth, and she learns she’s the only one who can stop it. Once again, something’s on the prowl, leaving hundreds of comatose, soulless victims in its wake.

Couldn’t the deadliest assassins of the Otherworld go after someone else instead of the brand new Queen of the Seelie? One who still hasn’t adapted to her new role.

Lila would ask Liam Kane, King of the Unseelie, for advice, but something’s off with him, too. He’s holding back. In some way. About some thing. In fact, he refuses to tell her what’s going on.

The truth holds Lila back from the greatness of her role—the people she was born to lead—the man who she desperately loves—and the solution to the latest war raging around her.

To find the answers, she’ll need to fight through her own darkness and embark on a journey through her psyche.

If she doesn’t succeed, the Shadowborn will claim not only her world, but her soul.

Purchase Links:

You can find Jocelyn’s Lila Gray books here:

ShadowbornAmazon, Barnes & Noble

The Glass ManAmazon, Barnes & Noble

Jocelyn Adams: The Eye of the Beholder

Happy Leap Day!!  It’s a rare day and a rare privilege I have to introduce you to my guest today, Jocelyn Adams, author of The Glass Man, Into the Unknown and Touch of Frost.  She’ll also be headlining an anthology containing a story by yours truly called Tidal Whispers, coming in June.  Shadowborn, the sequel to The Glass Man will release in October 2012.

I’ve been hanging around Jocelyn Adams (hoping her gifts would rub off) since her earlier days of celebrating successes in placing short stories, all the while working diligently on novels and novellas in the background.  Enviably prolific, Jocelyn is foremost a lovely, artistic storyteller with an amazing imagination.  Read The Glass Man and you’ll see even her houses aren’t just structures, but something vivid and awe-inspiring.

I am honored to turn over my blog to her capable hands today as she shares her observations about the similarities between artists and authors.

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Thanks for letting me invade your blog today, Claire!  Nice place you’ve got here.  😉

I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m smoking, comparing artists and author.

Different medium.  Yep.

Different personalities.  Probably.

We both create, though, and put our work out there for interpretation.

Let me explain.

My husband and I took a trip to Paris back in 2001, and although I’m not an art connoisseur, I quite enjoyed touring the Louvre museum.  Even the building itself is spectacular, but most of all I enjoyed the paintings.

It always strikes my funny bone to listen to others fawning over the paintings that, to me, appear to be nothing other than a few blobs of paint on the canvas with a scribbled signature in the corner.

“Oh, Mable,” the man says to the blue-haired woman beside him as he points to a streak through the center, “look how the artist used the striking shades of blue and rough texture here to symbolize the continued struggles of minorities in modern society.”

Say what?

© Ronnie Landfield, The Deluge, acrylic on canvas, 1999. This painting is in a private collection.

No amount of squinting lets me see beyond the blobs.  Here’s my logical thought process.  Isn’t it possible the artist just liked how the blue smear looked against the red and yellow?  Couldn’t it represent water and not minorities?  How did race come into the picture at all?  ::shrugs::  What the hell do I know?  And really, does it matter?  We both gained enjoyment out of looking at the art and that’s the point, right?

Which brings me to similar scenarios I’ve experienced as an author.

I love hearing from readers, be it for writing or publishing questions, or to tell me personally what they thought of my book.  I recently had someone gushing over one of my stories, about how they were deeply touched by the philosophical issues I’d blended almost imperceptibly into the background of the words and how they agreed with the underlying political statements I’d made in the piece.

Um … again, say what?

I quickly snatched up the story and read it through, looking for what the reader could have been talking about.  Honestly, I’m not a deep thinker, nor do I plan anything when writing, where I weave philosophical or political anything into it on purpose, but it thrills me that through someone else’s eyes and mind, they can dig under the surface and find it for themselves.

Another reader will, most likely, take something completely different from it.  So what if I just liked how that sentence flowed and the imagery it created in my head.  Who cares if I chose that word because I like the way it rolls off my tongue?  If someone else gets a deeper meaning out of it, that’s amazing.  So whenever that happens to me, I smile and nod to myself, and say, of course that’s what I meant!  I’m happy you picked up on that.

As a reader, do you just read on the surface, take the story at face-value?  Or do you discover hidden gems woven into the words as you read?

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, Jocelyn! A very thought-provoking analogy you shared.  Just a note to the readers, the abstract art above I added so it’s not necessarily what Jocelyn saw or was describing in her essay, just my interpretation.

If you wish to behold Jocelyn’s latest piece of art, may I recommend that you grab a copy of Touch of Frost.

Even the simplest of touches between Will Frost and Lauren McLean are forbidden.

To share love will surely mean death.

Since her granddad’s passing, Lauren has existed a few steps out of sync with the world. Desperate to feel the love only he offered her as a child, Lauren returns to the haven they once shared — a snow-covered cabin at the foothills of the Rockies.

It’s not the memory of her granddad that warms her ice-cold, frost-bitten body after being caught in a blizzard, though. It’s the man in whose bed she wakes.

Along with bringing life to her soul, Will stirs deep-rooted memories in Lauren and brings out the love she seeks.

What Will knows about himself — the secrets of his kind — he keeps hidden, forcing Lauren to search for answers, to question and ultimately put her life, and his own existence, in danger.

In love, though, there is always a way.

Can Will get around the rules? Or will Lauren give up her life simply to have one last touch from Will Frost?

Touch of Frost available now at:

Amazon / B & N

You can find Jocelyn at:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter