We have an awesome guest today! I love her tagline: “Bad Girls Need Love Too.” Like alot of us, she hears voices. LOL Sometimes they whisper; sometimes they scream. Whatever the message, she writes it.
Welcome J.D. Faver! Please tell us a bit about yourself.
When Sister Anastasia, my second grade teacher, gave me a box of colored chalk and allowed me to draw my sets on three chalkboards, she kick started my writing career. I was able to write, direct, produce and star in my 3 act plays. I hope this recollection repaints the bleak image of Catholic education. I never stopped writing after this freeing experience. In college it was angsty poetry and later, short stories and novels.
Out of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite? What sparked the idea?
The first novel I’m proud of took 5 years to complete. I was working full time in health care management and caring for my mother in my home. My writing time was my mental health outlet. I couldn’t decide what the genre was so I entered it in contests and it did quite well. It got first place in 6 Mainstream and 6 Mystery/Suspense categories and a second place in the SW Writer’s. It’s not published but I hope to get it in shape later this year. The next novel I finished resulted from my first NaNoWriMo. I wrote a 56k word novel in 18 days. It evolved into 93k words upon revision, but it was great to just write the story in such an intense word flow. I do write every day and have a 100 word challenge on my Facebook page.
Have you always written suspense?
Most of my novels are Mystery/Suspense. Badlands is a Romantic Suspense set in the Texas panhandle. The heroine is a young doctor who inherits a vast cattle ranch after the murder of her great aunt. It continues to be my best seller. Bad Habit is also a Romantic Suspense set inSan Antonio,Texas but there are no cowboys, horses or Stetsons. Strangely enough they both wound up on the Amazon “Hot New Releases in Western Romance” list. Go figure…
I always take part in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and crank out at least 50,000 words of a new novel during November. A few years ago, I was writing a NaNo book. I got to page 100 and no one was dead. No body parts had been discovered. No sinister plots…I thought, “OMG! I’m writing a romance.” My contemporary romances tend to have complicated plots with humor and a generous dose of snark. Painted Lady was loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The mistaken identity theme was fun to play with. A second contemporary romance, A Twist of Fate, was released in July. The hero and heroine are the most opposite characters I could create but they have major attraction in this sexy little romp.
Can you give us a brief look into what your writing schedule is like?
I always have more than one project in the works. I think this prevents writer’s block. If one project doesn’t excite me on any given day, something else will. I generally start writing a new project without plotting first, but I reach a point where I stop and develop a brief skeleton of a plot, making sure there are plenty of twists and a character arc for the main characters.
Do you have a secret writing quirk? Like favorite bunny slippers, or a special music that helps spark your creativity?
My secret quirk is that I listen to sexy music when I’m writing. B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn , Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse. The music definitely puts me in the mood. Words flow with the music. Sometimes, I jump up and dance and then sit back down to write more words. I’ll bust loose with some belly dance moves or a zydeco step and feel much more energized when I return to the story.
Thanks for joining us today, J.D! Best of luck with your books! Looks like there is something for everyone! 🙂
J.D. Faver lives near Houston, Texas with two spoiled, rotten cats, Emily and Daisy, and a rescue dog, affectionately called Heart of Darkness, Horrible/Adorable, or Minx for short. She writes humorous contemporary romance and romantic suspense, both seasoned with plenty of steamy passion. Even the darkest murder/suspense is riddled with numerous snarky sentiments. She is actively involved in several writer’s organizations, including National RWA and three of its local chapters, West Houston RWA, Houston Bay Area RWA and Northwest Houston RWA. She also belongs to Bay Area Writer’s League and Houston Writer’s Guild. She loves to spend time with family and friends. She writes daily but has time for other interests including painting, cooking and gardening.
BADLANDS-Mystery/Suspense-Steamy Romance; 70k
The murder of her only relative forces Camryn Carmichael, a lonely young doctor to choose between her dream career in a Houston research hospital and a rural practice close to rancher, Breckenridge T. Ryan the man of her dreams. (The T stands for Trouble) When her suspicions about her great-aunt’s death prove to be true, she decides to stay and uncover the villain herself. Breck tries to convince her that the community needs her just as much as he does but when she uncovers a decades-old crime, she puts her own life is in danger.