Friday, 25 October 2013

Author Interview: Pippa Jay

Hi all! Please welcome fellow Brit, Pippa, to my blog today. She's talking about her latest release, an awesome Sci-fi romance anthology. Oh and best of all... it's FREE! Links at the bottom.


Author Interview
What is your name (or pen name) and where do you live now?
My pen name is Pippa Jay, and I live in the historical market town of Colchester in the UK.
First off, how has your week been?
I’ve had a fabulous week, thanks! Just finished my first ever holiday-themed short story (a paranormal, not something I’ve ever written before), and set up a bunch of blog posts right up until the end of the year.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it what would you say?
Tales from the SFR Brigade is an out-of-this-world anthology of love and adventure among the stars.
Please tell us about your current release.
My latest book is actually an anthology that I’m part of, with seven other authors. It’s the first anthology I’ve been in. Tales from the SFR Brigade is a FREE 75K science fiction romance collection, with stories to suite all taste, and written by authors ranging from first timers up to multi-award winning veterans.
Are your books available as eBooks? Were you involved in that process at all? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
All of them are available in digital form – at the moment, only one is available in print. I have a couple of titles I self published so I was very involved in that, but had no involvement with my two small press published novels. I do still love my print books, but digital is so tempting. My Kindle is stacked with books, which at least aren’t taking up vast amounts of physical space as they would if they were print.
Did you have any say in the title / cover of your book?
Not a huge amount. The anthology editorial team chose two covers from various entries for consideration. Then the two were put up for vote among the members of our community (the Science Fiction Romance Brigade). I didn’t vote for the cover that won, but I’m quite pleased with it – the woman on the front actually looks a lot like my main female character in my story.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
The story I put into the anthology (Imprint) was originally a one-off unrelated to anything else I’d written. But I fell in love with the characters so much that I’m now working on a full length novel with them.
What does your protagonist think about you? Would they want to hang out with you, their author and creator?
I can’t believe that any character would want to hang out with their creator. After all the things we put them through?!
What genre would you place your books into?
Science fiction romance generally. But I’ve just written a paranormal short, so I guess I’ll have to expand that to speculative fiction.
Do you have to do much research?
That really depends on the story. For the anthology, I did some research on nerve induction and electroshock weapons, but that was it. I either used things I’d researched previously, or the author’s standby – make it up.

A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 20 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the SFR Brigade, a community of science fiction romance authors and publishing professionals committed to writing and promoting the very best in the genre.
Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.

• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.
• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
• A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.
• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.
• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.
• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.
• A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard, Erica Hayes, Liana Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.
Free download links

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