Friday, December 14, 2012

Flight by JA Huss: Interview :Innovative Book Tours


Welcome!!  It's so nice of you to visit my blog today and thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions so we can get the chance to find out a little about you.  Let's start with, how did you come up with the title for your latest book?

The avians (aliens) in the series are winged humanoids, so the titles reflect a connection to birds in some way in that the entire story arc is about Junco’s journey into adulthood. All the titles in the I Am Just Junco series come from descriptions of a bird’s life cycle and can be viewed in more than one way.  For example, Clutch can mean to hold on to something tightly or it can refer to baby birds in a nest.  Both of these apply as Junco is clutching onto her past, yet at the same time she’s about to be changed from a human into an avian being.  

Fledge can refer to a young bird acquiring the feathers necessary to fly or the act of leaving the nest.  Flight, obviously means the bird is able to fly, but it can also mean to run away from something.


The fourth book will be titled Range, referring to Junco being out on her own, doing new things and moving forward.  Range can also mean the extent of one’s influence, which also applies to this book.  The final book will be titled Return.  Something is coming home, built that’s still a secret! 


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message in the Junco series is that no one is perfect, even those who have a destiny as important as Junco’s.  She’s so flawed but she knows this, she tries to do her best, but she fails a lot.  The take home message might be that it’s OK to fail today because tomorrow you have another chance to do better. You might get knocked down but you can always choose to get back up and try again. 


Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Book one, Clutch, has several scenes in a huge series of expansive underground tunnels under the Eastern Plains of Colorado.  For the last ten years they’ve been decommissioning military bases all over Colorado and a friend of mine said he was contracted to do some work on one of these bases.  This is where I got the tunnels under Colorado idea.  He described them to me one night in very vivid detail, of course he was a little inebriated, :) but I was fascinated by his stories and knew they’d be part of the series in some way.  I’ve always wondered if what he said was true. It’s not that hard to believe when you consider Cheyenne Mountain is not that far away.


Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

My next series will absolutely be paranormal romance.  It might have more SF elements to it than most PNR’s, but it will definitely be a romance. 


If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

The fourth book is called Range.  The third book, Flight, was very sad and Range started to be that way too.  In fact, there was too much sadness going on so I decided to change things recently and give Junco a break.  I think readers will love this little change because it’s a romantic one.  One they’ve probably been waiting for since the first book. :)


What book are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading a new-adult book Fall From Grace (Mad World #1) by Christine Zolendz.  I’m loving it so far.  And The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks.  This is a total space opera, he’s got an almost cult-like following and I started drinking the Kool-aid years ago!


Who designed the cover of your latest book?

James Ledger of out of the UK did all the original digital illustration for Fledge and Flight.  He’s a fantastic science fiction illustrator and is working on the fourth cover now.  This next one will be a noir cyberpunk throwback with a sexy new Junco on the cover. 


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write scenes that make you feel something.  Chances are if you feel it, the reader will too.




J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.


She went on to write science curriculum for homeschoolers and now runs a successful home business that creates and offers online science unit studies. When she’s not writing science curriculum or fiction, she works as a farm inspector, traveling the Eastern Plains of Colorado in variety of environmentally friendly vehicles that never have four-wheel drive, so when she gets stuck in the mud in said vehicles, she has to beg for assistance from anyone who will help her. She is not bitter about that at all.


She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.


YouTube Trailer - FLEDGE:


Lies and Luck, they’ll both get you in the end.

There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice – human or avian? Only one race will survive.

Lucan has secrets and the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.

The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too – secrets that change everything.

Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid.

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