Please help me welcome a lovely author friend, Juanita Aydlette
Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?
I am from Shreveport, Louisiana, but I’m presently residing in Texas, with my husband and two little dogs.
Where did you get the idea for It’s in the Blood.
I gave the book a title after I finished it. It was kind of weird. The story was just coming to me as I was writing. Since I’m drawn to the idea of unusual romances, I think it flowed quite nicely.
Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)?
I think I may have answered part of that in the first question, but I like mystery, fantasy, suspense. I hope that It’s in the Blood delivered a little bit of all of it for some.
What is the most difficult thing about writing a book?
For me it was finding the time and also finding the right surroundings to keep me focused
What was the most difficult thing about this one in particular?
I had two different endings coming to mind at the same time and it was difficult to decide which to use.
Are there any tricks, habits or superstitions you have when creating a story?
No, not really, because I think the weirder the better. But I also want to write something where the reader might stop and say “Wow, what if that could really happen?”
What book have you read that you wish you had written?
I wish I had written Avatar. I was so caught up in the realm of the magical land and the love that developed between the two main characters.
Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it?
I work at an animal clinic. I love animals—more than people sometimes. I’m also a musician.
Do you collect anything?
Coffee mugs. Every time a friend travels, I have them bring back a coffee mug with the name of the city or state.
What was your first job?
My dad owned a business, so my first job was working in his dry cleaners. It was hard and very hot work.
What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?
I just want to hit the lottery so I can make time to write whenever and as long as I want.
What do you want readers to come away with after they read It’s in the Blood?
I want them to be totally engulfed in the idea that “fantasies come to life” and realize that the sequel is headed their way.
What actors would you like in the main roles if your book were made into a movie?
I think Zoe Saldana and Keith Longhorn would make the perfect main characters for the movie.
What celebrity would you most like to be stranded on an island with?
Can’t answer that one. I’ll just keep him in my dreams.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have started quite a few, and after I finish part three of It’s in the Blood, I’ll finish them.
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About the book:
Never stare at a green-eyed, shirtless hunk. Gabrielle Madsen is drawn in by such a pair of eyes that captures her soul and leaves her a prisoner of an addictive kind of love–not that she’s complaining. But her educational trip turns out to be more than just a fun-filled summer escapade.
She’s faced with a life-changing decision that could affect the world around her. Her discovery of this ancient, legend-come-to-life proves to be deadly, but her heart can’t break away. She and Josh Van Ness fall in love and must battle the forces that want to keep them apart.
Away from the open menagerie was a path surrounded by dense trees. It was across a narrow decorative bridge built into the landscape. The thick greenery provided a shady side to the open garden. A spotlight created by the sun beckoned to me from inside and I walked away from the others. My eyes were fixed on the pink and red groundcover that glimmered with a hypnotic seduction. I ventured toward the fragrant breeze, unaware of how far I had strayed.
After only a few yards inside the cover of the trees, my body was seized again by a rumble and a frightening snarl. A chill blanketed me and I couldn’t move. I didn’t dare look around, for the back of my blouse had already been saturated by the heated moisture from the breath of the beast. My first instinct was to scream, but fear had stolen my voice. So I took a deep breath and held it. The scent of horror filled my lungs. It was familiar. Was I being stalked by the animal that lurked outside my hotel grounds?
Help me please, rang inside my head. My eyes squeezed shut as its sharp fangs pinched my shoulder. Tears filled my eyes and my hands formed a fist. I waited to feel my bones snap when suddenly, it let go. The leaves crunched. The sound grew fainter by the second, then nothing. My eyes remained closed as I trembled and listened.
“Miss?” A woman’s voice severed my nightmare. “I saw you come out here. We’re getting ready to go to another area. You don’t want to be left behind.”
Without hesitation I ran past her, clutching my throat and sobbing. The other tourists were boarding the van and I made my way to the back. The woman I believed saved me from certain death, came and sat beside me.
“Hi. My name is Kara. Are you okay?” She placed her hand on my shoulder.
“Did you see anything?” I searched her eyes for a confirmation. “An animal? It was behind me.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t see anything,” she said and smiled.
“Was it a spider?” the little lady with the blinding yellow blouse asked.
“No. Never mind, Kara. I guess I’m just tired. Thank you for checking on me.”
“You’re welcome, you take care.” She quickly returned to her seat.
My body trembled as the bus came to stop. I ran from the tourist center to the hotel. Once inside the bathroom, I stripped and examined my shoulder. A painful bruise was both in front and in back. I cried out loud, shook convulsively, and then laughed hysterically. Was I going mad?
About the Author:
Juanita Aydlette is from Shreveport, Louisiana, and now lives in Texas. She’s the only girl in a family of four brothers. She love music, planting flowers and is a dog lover…that’s why she works at an animal clinic.
What started out as a childhood obsession with magical creatures in storybooks, became a passion in her later years. She created such magic in her first novel It’s in the Blood, and challenged her imagination to bring readers into her world of romance, suspense and fear of the unknown. Her upcoming novel Blood Ties continues this epic saga.
It’s in the Blood was voted among the Top Ten Young Adult novels of 2016 by Preditors & Editors Readers Choice awards.
Find out more about Juanita at:
Twitter: @Juanita Aydlette