Friday, May 20, 2011

J. A. Kazimer - Book Review, Author Interview, Book Giveaway

PhotobucketIn a world divided by genetics and a concrete wall, Indeara Adair, a mutant enforcer survives by kicking the occasional gnome ass. A job her half-human, half-mutant cells make her terrifyingly skilled at. 

Life is good with a few exceptions, namely, an elite force of cops who have Indeara in their sights, not to mention the reappearance of Quinn Daniels, a man who betrayed her three years ago to dwell among the human race. A man she must now protect in order to save the mutant population. Yet these are the least of Indeara’s concerns, for somewhere, a plague destined to destroy the mutants is scheduled for release. A plague developed by Indeara’s own grandfather. 

With the help of a ragtag group of mutants led by the mysterious head of the rebel cause, Jake McClain, Indeara slips beyond the wall and into the human world to ! aid those she loves, and to learn the truth behind her own genetic code.

The Review:

The Body Dwellers
j.a. kazimer

Great read. This book did not let up. I loved it. The characters were well developed. The plot and storyline kept me well “into” the book. The pace never let me out. This book was such a joy to read, with it complex originality. I would love to see what happens next! I total recommend!

5 stars!!

Author Interview:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a writer living in Denver Colorado, who loves books, kayaking, and writing (when it’s going well). I have a master’s degree in forensic psychology, and I’ve worked as a bartender, a private investigator, and now part-time as a writer.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I always loved reading, but I never tried writing, and in fact hated it until 2001 when the events of 9/11 were so unspeakable I could only express my grief through written word. I picked up a pen and I haven’t stopped writing since.

What surprised you the most about the writing/publishing process?

How hard it all is. When I wrote my first novel I assumed it would be picked up and published within 6 months. I had no clue about the industry. 1100 rejections and five years later I sold my first book.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

I wish could say that I have a plan when I write, but in truth, I sit down at my computer with a kernel of a character’s voice in my head and start writing one word at a time. I don’t plot or outline. I just write. It’s probably the hard way, but I’ve tried plotting and outlining, and it doesn’t work for me.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Voice. I know it’s that one indistinguishable and subjective thing about writing, but it is what attracts us to a writer and a story. A writer can be excellent in a technical sense, know all the craft and what not to do, but bore the hell out of the reader. You need to be able to connect with the reader. Make him or her laugh, cry, and feel your words.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m currently working on the second book in the F**ked Up Fairytale series from Kensington, which tells the tale of the Frog Prince, who ‘accidently’ hires a killer to murder the one princess who can save him from a much greener fate. The first book in the series, CURSES! A F**ked Up Fairytale is due out in March 2012.

In Twitter Fashion use 140 characters or less, sum The Body Dwellers for us.

In a world divided by genetics and a large concrete wall, Indeara Adair survives by kicking the occasional gnome ass. A job her half-human, half-mutant cells make her terrifyingly good at until the day she learns that in order to save those she loves she must protect the one man she now hates, a former lover who betrayed her to dwell among the human race.

How did you come up with a story that was such a whirl wind of events?

I wish I had an answer to that. The story formed in my head during the disputes over immigration and the talk of building a fence along the border.

How long did it take you to write it, and did you have any writer’s block along the way?

The Body Dwellers took about nine months to write. And yes, I suffered from weeks of writer’s block. I always do. Eventually it goes away and I start writing again. I just have to wait it out.

Will we be seeing a following book to this story?

I’d like to write a follow-up featuring Nobody, Indeara’s best friend in The Body Dwellers.

How did you come up with the character Indeara Adair?

I love kick-ass female leads, as well as pink combat boots. Add those two things together and you have Indeara.

I always must ask, If you could pick one actress to portray Indeara Adair on the big screen who would it be and why?

Hmmm…this is a really hard one. Emma Stone I guess. She’s like Indeara in a lot of ways.

Was there anything you find particularly challenging when writing this book?

This was my first foray into real urban fantasy, meaning mutants and other science fiction related stuff. I’m really a mystery girl at heart, but I love mixing mystery into a fantasy world. So the challenge for me was to learn how to play in the genre. There are different rules and creatures, yet society remains close to ours. I get to make even more stuff up! Which is what I love about the genre.

What were your feelings when you first saw the cover of your finished book?

Good question. I love pink, and even more I adore pink combat boots, so the boots on the cover pleased me greatly. Even more, seeing a cover on a book I worked for over three years on (from writing to eventually getting published) was a feeling I cannot describe. There was plenty of excitement, some terror, and no small amount of disbelief.

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Epub copy of The Body Dwellers



ArtemisG said...

Book has very interesting story and great trailer.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

This book sounds really cool. Thanks for the giveaway.

Toni said...

I agree kick butt ladies are the best. Now I also have to add the other series you are working on. Nothing like reading messed up fairytales. Congrats on new book!

tears_of_fire said...

Sounds different. I will have to give it a try. :) I think the boots are neat, they remind me of a pair of boots that a girl in my highschool had.

Jolene and Family said...

I love kick butt heroines, this sounds like a great read!

Jen B. said...

Really, Emma Stone? She is so quirky. What a neat casting idea for a quirky, kick ass girl. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

I love the sound of this book. It seems like it would suit me LOL! I like the idea of having Emma Stone being Indeara, love her and her personality. Lots of spunk. Love your response about the important elements in a book. A voice truly is important. Helps to bring some sort of reaction from you readers and not just putting words on a page. Thank you guys so much for the great post, really great read. Can't wait to check this out :)

Highland Hussy said...

cool trailer :)

I agree that Voice is such an important aspect, and this sounds awesome

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