Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Number of pages: 274
Word Count: 79,034
Party girl Meg Highbury wakes up the morning of her twenty-first birthday with one hell of a hangover – and a walking corpse in her apartment. Meg turns to her straight-laced neighbor Armando for help and together they discover that Meg is a Valkyrie.
What’s more, her first duty is to trade places with the corpse. But Meg is being sent to her Death Duty too soon. In a race against time, Meg frantically tries to find a loophole to her gruesome fate, but while Meg is determined to live whatever the cost, Armando's strict moral principles keep getting in the way of her plans for escape.
Can Meg walk the 'right' and narrow path, possibly sacrificing her mortal life, for love? And if she can, will Armando have the stomach to love a rotting corpse of a girl who is falling apart in more ways than one?
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Absolutely! I travelled a lot growing up and I know that exploring dungeons and ivy-covered graveyards, castles and concentration camps, cathedrals and ancient cities left me with an irresistible desire to write about the people who might have lived, worked and died there.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Well, right now I dream of traveling to northern
specifically the Munsterland. I’m doing research on a new book set in a water
castle and I’d love to go take some pictures and explore as many castles as
possible. There’s a great bike tour that I’d love to do in that part of the
world, if my old legs will hold out! Germany
Where do you research for your books?
Depends on the book. For The Corpse Goddess, I did a lot of research about Nordic myths and legends online and at the library. I also did a lot of research about body farms and forensics, which was gross and fascinating all at once! I wanted to visit a body farm, but they wouldn’t let me.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
Valkyries, for starters! The Corpse Goddess is just the first installment of the Valkyrie Legacy.
I like a big canvas and a series lets you really dive into the characters, so if someone doesn’t stop me, I’m apt to turn every idea into a series. I’m finishing up book one of a YA series right now, about a girl who has the genetic ability to travel back in time.
What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?
I like to spend time with my husband and kids. We all love to travel together. I take my long-haired dachshund on walks, go to museums and plays, hang out with my friends. You know, the usual stuff. I also love movies! And I can’t sleep at night, no matter how late it is, if I don’t read something.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
So far, I haven’t had one! That’s not to say I don’t expect one. Zombies aren’t for everyone. I have had mediocre reviews. As a reader, I know that everyone has different tastes. Something that I love might not appeal to another reader. And then there are plenty of best-sellers that I just can’t stomach. It’s all relative, so I try to stay philosophical. Criticism and rejection are part of the process, so I think the best thing you can do is just roll with it.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Hard. Divine. Dreamy.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That ideas won’t stop coming. That the more I write, the more ideas I have! My list of pending projects grows every month and I think I’ll need to live to be about 120 years old to complete them all!
Kristi Jones spent her childhood exploring European castles, crumbling manor houses and ornate cathedrals, always looking for secret passages and hidden rooms. She holds a degree in European history and loves to throw ‘ordinary’ characters into extraordinary circumstances.
She currently lives in south
with her husband
and two children, who inspire her daily.
She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and Romance Writers of
America. She loves old movies, being a
Mom, the feel of paper in her hands and things that go bump in the night. Texas
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