Interview with Jillian Verne

Will there be another novel in The Masters of The Order Series?
Oh yes! I fell in love with Jacques while writing Masterpiece (Masters of The Order #1) and you can meet him soon in Paradise. Here's a quick bit to get you started.

Destiny awaits…

Doms are not princes and Jacques Meszaros certainly isn’t. Or is he? A business tycoon, philanthropist and sexual Dominant, Jacques makes the rules, but doesn’t always abide them. On a whim, he offers Isabella Rey a soiree in paradise. What he finds when they arrive is a paradise uniquely his own: a destiny foretold long ago in the words of a gypsy.

Two women live inside Isabella. Her angel goes to church every Sunday, helps the sick and is fiercely loyal to family. Her devil is relegated to living in the shadows. Isabella is not looking for love, but a life-threatening twist of fate spurs her to pursue a fantasy. She allows her devil a moment in the sun.

Jacques wants forever. Forever is the one thing Isabella believes she cannot give, but paradise, once tasted, is not easily foregone.

…will theirs be a paradise lost or found?
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Although my stories are fictitious, there is one truth in each of them that comes straight from my heart: Becoming the glorious person we are meant to be (and we are all meant to be glorious) requires the courage to celebrate what makes us unique, the imagination to create the person we aspire to become and the freedom to re-create that person over and over and over again. Oh, and those horrid little buggers that say "don't" or "can't" or "shouldn't," let them talk to the hand!
Writing makes us glorious.
Where did you get your idea for Masterpiece?
Someone told me Twilight was inappropriate, so of course, I read it. Got to hate the haters. It was my first romance novel and I was in my forties! What was I thinking? Anyway, Twilight led me to J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I fell in love with Vishous, a seriously sexy Vampire Dom. About 45 romance novels later, I had to write my own. I love character driven stories with a lot of heat so I created The Order, an elite and secret society of powerful brothers bound by social status and sexual tastes. Very hot. Very, very naughty. For me, the heart doesn't beat fast until the reader falls in love, so I set about creating flawed characters who find themselves through their relationships. I also like recurring characters and The Order gave me a vehicle to introduce and re-introduce my sexy boys to my readers. I hope you fall in love with them like I did. My novels are for adults only and have a sexual content of approximately 25% of the total book.
What are you currently working on?
My third novel, Godsend, coming in 2015. The protagonist, Sabin Timonen,is a sexy cocktail of southern grace, Texas cowboy and good old fashioned honor. He's out to save the planet and nearly every lost soul on it. Somebody has to fight the good fight. Somebody has to stand up. And his mama raised him to be one of those somebodies. But behind the swagger lies a solitary man who lusts for revenge.

Alessandra Girardi is a tough girl from South Philadelphia, a hot shot NYC attorney and repressed with a capital “R.” That combination spells “challenge” for our playboy, but when Alessandra gets caught in the crossfire with Sabin’s nemesis, Sabin’s intentions turn deathly serious.

Sabin wants to save Alessandra, become her godsend, but will the headstrong Alessandra let him? Will Sabin’s powerful enemies take them both down or will the man who fashions himself everybody’s savior let Alessandra save him?
What inspired you to write?
I have had several careers, the most recent being in finance, and I needed a more creative outlet. Music is my muse and many scenes are inspired by a song. My first novel, Masterpiece, began with a vision of a woman on her knees in front of a man in a suit who lifts her from the floor. There is a song by Linkin Park called The Catalyst, "Lift me up, let me go." Voila, meet Julianne and Nicolai. Wait until you see what happens when Nico lifts Julianne up.
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
My advice comes from my second novel, Paradise (coming soon).Isabella, the protagonist, faces what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle and gets some advice from Sabin, the protagonist of Godsend (Masters of The Order #3). If you try to go too far down a scary road before you even begin, you’ll never begin. All you have to do is begin. Isabelle tells Sabin, “I can and I will.”
Admiration lights his baby blues as he answers, “You can and you will, darlin’.”
Well, Darlings, you can and you will!
How do you deal with writer's block?
Just write something. Anything. As you do, your characters will lead you where they want you to go.
And don't worry about being perfect. No one is, but we are all meant to try.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Small steps make up a long journey. I queried A LOT of agents and actually got positive feedback from a few, all of whom said "but an unpublished author..." For those who have been there, you know what that means. Had it not been for Mark Coker and his nifty guides, I wouldn't have known how to go forward from there. I took his advice, followed his instructions, gave myself a hug, got one from my husband and voila, here I am. Thank you, Mark.
Published 2014-10-13.
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