Interview with J.C. Daniels

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can't call this inspiration but...I'm all but forced out of bed! I've got one kid still living at home, not to mention several furry creatures who raise a ruckus if I'm not out of bed by a certain time. The real question should be be what inspires me to stay out of bed, because I do love sleep.

Some days, though...only coffee keeps me from diving back under the covers.
When did you first start writing?
It seems like at birth...but in reality, I wrote my first couple of stories in 3rd or 4th grade. I was always telling myself stories in my head, way before I started writing them down.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to play in worlds that aren't this one.

One thing about those worlds is that when bad things happen, I can find some sort of justice in the confines of the stories I tell. That doesn't always happen in real life.

In writing, the shy, less confident girl can find her inner strength. The victim can become the warrior. And writing stories like these hopefully touches people out there who've been in situations where they struggled to do just that...find their strength, find their warrior.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My JC Daniels' story are primarily UF. I'd initially attempted traditional publishing with them, but didn't have any success so I decided to self publish them on my own. They've done very well.

The first book I independently published was called BEG ME, and yes...I used Smashwords. It was several years ago, before indie writing took off the way it has. The book pushed boundaries with my epub, but I didn't want to soften the aspects of the story because it would change it too much. So I did it on my own. It did great.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world! I can write for myself, but if readers aren't there to read to my work? Well, something's missing...and I don't just mean a paycheck, although...we have to honest, paychecks are important. I want my stories to get to people, to matter...to entertain and the support from my readers is just...amazing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working a romantic suspense idea...an assassin who is asked to kill the sister of a cop, and instead saves her. I had the idea when giving a workshop, DRAW ME A STORY. The participants were asked to use a picture as inspiration to write a story and as an example, I picked a picture of a guy, dressed all in black, standing in the rain and holding on somebody, staring down at the somebody on the ground. I asked people if they saw a hero or a villain. I went with reluctant hero and spun a story from there. I've used the example five or six times and finally decided to write the story. I might do it with a writing partner or just solo. I'm not sure yet!
What are you working on next?
I've gone through a rough spate lately with depression following my brother's suicide, but I'm hoping to get to work on the next book in my Kit Colbana series soon.

After that, I've got a new world I want to explore.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is such a hard question... I love Nalini Singh, Jeanniene Frost, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, JD Robb, Mark Greaney & Gregg Hurwitz...for starters.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It varies. Sometimes, it's recommendations from friends. Other times, I'll see one being discussed on social media. And then from to time, it's just a cover that grabs me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, naturally, I love to read, because...well, who doesn't? I heard reports that some people don't like to read, but I can't fathom that concept.

I love photography, but haven't spent much time on it lately.

I've also recently developed a fascination with zombie movies and flicks on Netflix.
Published 2019-02-13.
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Books by This Author

Grimm Tidings
Series: Grimm's Circle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2019 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fairy tales
In his mortal life, the only thing Jacob liked better than money was a good brawl—until he stuck his fist into the wrong fight, and a demon sent him spinning into a new life as a Grimm. Now, a century later, he’s been called to protect someone too much like himself. A woman who could let the chains of her past drag her down unless she learns to let go. A woman who fights like there’s no tomorrow.
Locked In Silence
Series: Grimm's Circle. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,890. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2018 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Urban
Dying is hard enough. Coming back to life is brutal. Vanya has been hunting and killing demons ever since one of them scarred her face and killed her sister. Correction—since she was forced to kill the demon possessing her sister. Then some sort of angel offers her a deal she can’t refuse—that if she becomes one of them, she gets to kill even more demons. Tonight, she’s made that choice.
Tarnished Knight
Series: Grimm's Circle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,670. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The mind forgets, but the body remembers. Everything. Grimm’s Circle, Book 4 One look at Jack Wallace and Perci knows he’s going to be trouble. Even surrounded by soul stealers, he’s a one-man wrecking crew. What does he need Grimm training for? He’s already hell on earth, a warrior bent on destruction. And something…more.
Candy Houses
Series: Grimm's Circle. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,400. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Greta didn’t get her happy ending her first time around. And now that she’s a Grimm—special kind of guardian angel and official ass-kicker in the paranormal world—romance is hard to find. Besides, there’s only ever been one man who made her heart race...
Crazed Hearts
Series: Grimm's Circle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,720. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Aileas is on the run. She just isn’t certain if she’s running from something real or imagined. One thing is for sure, her brother is dead and she’s certain the book she found has something to do with his death. She really starts to doubt her sanity when she meets a hot but somewhat crazed man in the middle of nowhere.
No Prince Charming
Series: Grimm's Circle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,390. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Elle spent years trying to get over her so-called Prince Charming, and she’s finally getting the hang of it. A Grimm—a guardian angel with unique gifts—she spends her nights trolling for demons and kicking ass, and lately, her days have been spent with her on-and-off-again lover, Ren, a fellow Grimm. But fate has other plans in store for Elle, plans that include Michael, the prince from her youth
Grimm's Circle Books 1 - 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 181,040. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The first three books in the Grimm's Circle Series Think you know fairy tales? Guess again. Greta didn't get her happy ending her first time around. And now that she's a Grimm-special kind of guardian angel and official ass-kicker in the paranormal world-romance is hard to find. Besides, there's only ever been one man who made her heart race, and the fact that he did scared her right out of his ar
Blade Song Special Edition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,770. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Special Anniversary Edition Includes the short story DAMON and never-before-released deleted scenes and more. Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
Haunted Blade Colbana Files #6
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,480. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Haunted, Hunted…and harassed. Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two. Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her.
Final Protocol
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,020. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side. Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember. She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember. She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers.
Shadowed Blade
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,290. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Something wicked this way comes...the appearance of a very important person in East Orlando has brought Kit Colbana all sorts of new trouble. Both she and partner Justin nearly die on one case, then with barely any time to catch her breath, trouble comes knocking at her door. Justin has suddenly disappeared...and so has her best friend. Kit's going on a hunt...but she's not the only one.
The Colbana Files: Boxed Set Books 1-3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 278,140. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Contains the first three Colbana FIles stories and a prequel, Bladed Magic. Book 1: Blade Song Half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades. Kit has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. Book 2: Night Blade She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Book 3: Broken Blade Kit Colbana: Assassin. Thief. Now broken.
Edged Blade: The Colbana Files
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,960. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2015 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A year after her life was torn apart, Kit Colbana is slowly getting it back together. She's working things out with her lover, she's dealing with the nightmares. Then there's work. When her best friend Justin comes to her for help, there's no question about it--she's there. Drawn into a twisted web of lies, Kit finds herself struggling to uncover an ugly secret. Includes a bonus story!
Bladed Magic
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,840. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A Colbana Files Prequel The events of this short story take place between A STROKE OF DUMB LUCK and BLADE SONG. It can be read as a stand-alone. For the first time in her life, Kit Colbana’s life was going just fine...then she finds herself tangled up with a green-eyed witch by the name of Justin. He's looking for somebody and seems to think she can help.
Broken Blade
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,040. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kit Colbana: assassin, thief, investigator extraordinaire. Now broken. She always expected her past to catch up with her but never like this. Haunted by nightmares and stripped of her identity, she’s retreated to Wolf Haven, the no-man’s land where she found refuge years before. But while she might want to hide away from the rest of the world, the rest of the world isn’t taking the hint...
Night Blade
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 82,390. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.
Blade Song
Series: The Colbana Files. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,830. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012 by Shiloh Walker. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake...