Interview with author J. Hali Steele!

I would like to take a moment to welcome J. Hali Steele to Liena Ferror’s blog. I’m so happy you’ve taken time to join me today.

Please tell us about yourself.

Liena, thanks for having me here. I hate to talk about myself but I’m getting better at it. Let me see, I was born and raised in SE Pennsylvania, I lived in California for many years and now I’m back in PA. I have one child, a son, and four feisty cats. All of which were strays except one. I love to travel and have a few places on my list I’d like to visit when I can pull myself away from writing *grins*

 

When did you first start writing?

I’ve been writing a long time. I know everybody says since they were 10 or 15. I’m the same. I can remember writing my first poem when I was in 6th grade. Then that morphed to greeting cards for my parents and then short stories for my mom. She’d have a book in her hands whenever she had free time and I’d love to ask her what they were about and couldn’t wait until she passed it to me.

Who or what inspires your writing?

Ayn Rand, I loved her male characters. They were always strong, knew what they wanted. Christine Feehan, Kerrilyn Sparks, Lynsay Sands. That’s just a few. I could go on and on. They’ve all built such worlds around their paranormal characters. I hope my characters suck people in as much as theirs have pulled me in.

Can you tell us about your latest release?

HARD CASE from Ellora’s Cave. It’s another of my Kind novels about Case Tangara, a white lion who is infected with vampyre blood, and he owns a string of voyeur clubs. LOL It’s a pretty exciting story and it can be purchased at: www.ellorascave.com

Here’s the blurb:

hardcase_msr[1]Case couldn’t believe his security expert hired the tantalizing female cat to manage his newest voyeur club. When he finds her, hand in her pants, in a voyeur’s room, he makes his move—a move with bigger repercussions than he can imagine. A white lion from the Kind species, big cats with vampyre blood, Case has honed his blood-sucking ancestor’s magic to a fine art. One taste of her and her sexual delights, and he comes undone.

 Tres has her own plan—use the lion to forget her mysterious vampyre lover. She’s drawn to both creatures for different reasons. The vampyre enjoys watching while the cat brings out a new side of her—performing for watchers.

 Forced to choose one, can she live without both?

 

Are you currently working on anything new? And can you tell us a little about it?

I’m currently working on an erotic story about archangels. Michael, the angel general, and the Father have come to the conclusion angels need to spend more time with men to better understand them and help clean up man’s mess here on earth. The first I’m tackling is the angel of hope. What no one counted on is the angels falling in love with women and the consequences it could have when they’re not allowed to have their love interest. My research into angels for this story has been eye opening. I’d never realized how many angels there were thought to be and each of their positions in the religious hierarchy.

When you aren’t writing, what might you be doing?

Hanging out with my sisters. I catch up with a few girlfriends. I enjoy having dinner out now and then and love to catch a good movie. Usually though I’ll just curl up on the sofa and try to whittle down my TBR pile. It’s gotten ridiculously high lately. And my eBooks are bursting from their computer. LOL

Lastly, do you have any advice to offer aspiring authors?

Here’s where you get my critter song and dance routine and I’m not talking about animal critters. *smile* Seriously, I’m a big believer in participating in an excellent critique group. One that offers good, constructive crits. Not where someone reads your story and says great job, unless it’s warranted of course. I’m talking about a group who can tell you truthfully that they found a plot hole, or the story didn’t move fast enough, or even that your characters didn’t grab them and they might have a comment that will help you think it through better. My group even has a few ladies who are the bomb with punctuation. None of this means change your voice, change your story – it only means take another look. Be open to new ideas and suggestions. It goes a long way if you’re new. And always ask questions, ask them until you understand.

Can you share the links to your web or blog site so readers know how to contact you?

Sure, Liena. I can be found at www.jhalisteele.com, www.sovereignkind.com , I have a blog, www.sovereignkind.blogspot.com and I recently joined a group of 4 other very talented authors on a blog at www.paranormalromantics.blogspot.com. We each do a day of the week and readers can find me there every Friday.

Thank you J. for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to interview you on my blog.

Liena, thanks so much for having me. I really enjoyed it.

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19 Responses to “Interview with author J. Hali Steele!”

  1. Awesome interview Joann! Can’t wait to get my copy of your book. The Kind stories rock! 🙂 Here’s hoping for many sales!

  2. Thanks, Sandi. Hope those Kind cats will be around for a bit. Glad you like them. *grins*

  3. Great interview! I’m a huge Ayn Rand fan myself. Read both Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged dozens of times.

    Your book sounds very hot! Congrats on your latest release!!

    Smiles,
    Chiron O’Keefe
    The Write Soul: http://www.chironokeefe.blogspot.com

  4. I’m never going to get sick of that cover. Tempted to put it on my desktop but DH may get jealous.

  5. LOL, Annie. I can understand that-he’s just hot. I’m sure DH knows he’s safe. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Liena, you did a great job interviewing Joann.

    I loved your answers, Joann.

  7. Liena was a blast to work with, Sandy. Thanks for coming by

  8. Really enjoyed the interview! can’t wait to get a copy of the book! Best Wishes!

  9. Thank you from one Joann to another… I hope you enjoy Case and Tres’ story.

  10. what a cover! hard case sounds so good.
    i’ll have to pick up a copy.

  11. Char, I hope you like it. I enjoy writing about the Kind cats. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. I’d like to thank Liena for having me over. For all who stopped by, I hope you found out a little about me. You can visit my website for more information and to stay up-to-date with what I’m doing.

  13. Love that cover and the book sounds very interesting. I am loving me some Ellora’s Cave books. I can sneak pdf’s in the house by downlooading them to my Kindle and don’t have to worry abut hubs.

    I will definitely have to add this series to my want list at Ellora’s Cave.

  14. Lol, the cover would make a great desktop background! Great work on the interview setup, Liena, and wtg to J for the release and the fab answers!

    Hugs

    Z(Aasiyah/Nolwynn)

  15. Heather – good for you! Keep the hubby off guard with a little secret here and there! I hope you enjoy the Kind cats. There will be a few more of them creeping around in the months to come.

    Z, that cover is my background *grins* and didn’t Liena do a fabulous job hosting – she’s the best.

    Thanks again Liena for letting me crash at your place. I felt right at home.

  16. lienaferror Says:

    Thanks all for the comments about the interview.

    J.’s cover is rather impressive *grin*

    I had a blast hosting this interview and J., your welcome to crash at my place anytime you choose!

    Liena~

  17. Be careful, you may have a regular visitor! Thanks, Liena.

  18. I’m a huge fan of Ayn Rand’s work, and the objectivist philosophy. Free markets, and free will lead to growth and prosperity. More government and regulation leads to less growth and prosperity.

  19. Only yesterday I was trying to convince my sister to read this book! You are so right. Ayn Rand was far ahead of her time.

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