Interview with Jodie Pierce

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was traditionally published and unhappy with their services. I looked into other ways to publish and found Smashwords and Amazon publishing so that's when I started publishing my own books (and charity books).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express myself in a way that serves my soul. There are also many times that I have great dreams of which I turn into my stories. I love to write so much, only second to loving my hubby. Writing is a creative outlet for me. I've always considered myself artistic ever since high school where I wrote for my school newspaper and yearbook. It's something that makes me feel good and makes me use my creative brain.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything! Without them, I wouldn't be able to sell books or get reviews.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a novella about a young woman who is kidnapped from the theater she's participated in all her life just after she makes a new love interest. I can't tell you the rest without giving away the book but let's just say it's interesting. It is also about a vampire which all my stories contain. I usually write about female vampire heroines but this time it's a man that's the vampire but he is a secondary character which is a challenge for me but I love it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice is my Author Idol and I actually got to meet her 2 days before Halloween 2014. She is amazingly humble and a nice person all around. I have to say, it was my first time meeting a celebrity and it was a great experience. My other favorite Authors are Indie Authors. They are: Ronald Edward Griffin, Mark Knight, Tara Fox Hall and Ann Snizek.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend all my time with my hubby. We both do not work so we are together all the time. We have different sleep schedules so some times I only get a few hours a day with him but we make the most of that time. We like to try new restaurants around town, go to the movies and watch television together. I also love to read but unfortunately I don't get much time to do that with my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called Triangular Time Bombs. It was a romance short story about a girl who loved two boys. It was very juvenile and unpublishable. I intend, one of these days, to modify it and publish it but it will take some serious rewriting to get it to that point. Plus, I have to finish what I'm currently working on first. I'm always working on at least two novellas at a time as my brain never shuts off and wakes me up at night. I then have to get up in the middle of the night and write a short outline of the dream that inspired my next story and then come back to it during the afternoon (I sleep late) and work it into a story. Most times, however, I just have an idea or hubby gives me an idea and I just run with it. He's also good for titles of my stories which I'm really bad at so he's a title genius as well. Don't know where I'd be without him!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a lot in school. My mother worked in a school library and my father read about a book a day so you can say reading was in my DNA. The first story I remember making a big impact on me was when I was in 7th grade, Down A Dark Hall by Lois Duncan was so creepy it gave me nightmares and I had to sleep with the light on. However, the most impactful and life-changing novel I read was The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. I had been writing juvenile romance stories but was unhappy and unfulfilled with my writing. After reading her vampire book I realized that I should be writing about vampires since I really loved them and had researched them since I was a kid. She changed my life and that's when she became my Author Idol. I started immediately after reading her book on my own first published novella that started out as a two part series but I was so inspired that I wrote two more in that series (so it's a four book series now starting with The Vampire Queen, a persona I've taken on in online life as well).
How do you approach cover design?
I've always made my own covers through Kindle or from a picture I found online. However, they've never been great except for my Vampire Queen trilogy and one short erotica book I did that were traditionally published. However, for my latest book, A Society's Intoxication with Vampires, I hired an excellent Cover Artist and friend named Donald Semora. He made me a cover like I'd never had...awesome! I plan on using him from now on for all my covers!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice is my all-time favorite book but then almost anything by Anne Rice I love. I also liked:
Blood Family by Mark Knight as the book just drew me in and I loved it! He's working on a second book in the series and I'm excited to read it. I keep hounding him for it. Poor guy! LOL!
Blood Stained Lives by Ronald Edward Griffin as he's a great friend and a very talented Author.
Ann Snizek's trilogy books as they are more YA and just fun to read!
Tara Fox Hall's vampire series books as they are amazing!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything about vampires and writing techniques. I usually keep within my own genre but every once in a while I stray if I get a book for free from an Author friend. I like reading their books and leaving reviews for them as we all know how valuable reviews are!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle except I've misplaced mine (ugh!) so I have to read it on my Kindle on my cell phone.
Describe your desk
My desk for writing is my laptop on my lap. My actual desk, with a desktop is full of my pen collection, coloring books and colored pencils, printouts of mandalas as I like to color one every now and then to center myself. I usually do that when I'm most stressed. The desk also contains the usual tape, scissors, file folders, envelopes and other clutter :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Like I said before, I grew up in a reading household so I was born to read. My mother read to me as a baby all the way until I could read for myself at a very young age. I could read and write before I ever went to preschool (before kindergarten). From there, I always had a book in hand. My parents always had control of the TV at night so I sat there and read instead as I never liked their choices of TV programs so reading became my outlet.
When did you first start writing?
In high school. My freshman year in English class, I submitted a short article to a magazine my teacher told me about and they actually published it. This gave me the encouragement I need to start writing all the time. My excellent Teacher, Mrs. Barbara Israel, took an interest in me and I would actually show her my work for editing. She was the first person to ever see my writing. I didn't even share it with my parents or friends. It wasn't until college that I found my life's writing direction that I started sharing my work with my friends (still never my parents-that came after I was published). My mother doesn't like vampire stories so she started my first book but stopped reading it after a few chapters and gave it back. My father one day commented that 'nobody ever gave ME one of her books to read' while I was there visiting. I gave him my vampire crime/suspense novella that was written in my hometown so it gave many references from there which he really liked. My parents, typically, have not been very supportive of my writing career as I'm not on the Best-sellers List and making a fortune from my books. All my support has come from my hubby who is a saint and I love with all my heart.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I LOVE Smashwords. They've enabled me to get my book out there to readers. They've allowed me to give my books away as gifts, (something Amazon doesn't do) which has been very helpful. I always tell new Indie Authors to not only publish with Amazon but to publish with Smashwords!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually they are from Author's I've connected with on Facebook. They's either put out a call for ARC or put their book online for free and I download it if it sounds interesting. Otherwise, I stick to my Anne Rice books.
What is your writing process?
Many times my stories come from a dream I had or from hubby's suggestions. Sometimes I write an outline of ideas for the story if it's a dream and then start the story later. However, most often I just get an idea in my head and can't stop writing it in my head so I sit down and just bang it out.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I like to host blog and Facebook parties where I give away books either from my collection or from other Authors who have volunteered their books for the party-goers. Goodreads is also a great place to connect with Authors and get your books reviewed after publishing them to their site.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Without giving too much away, the story follows a young woman who's been in the theater all her life and just makes a love interest before being kidnapped by a vampire. The rest of the story follows the young girl in captivity and her interactions with the vampire. The love interest may come back into the story but I'm not sure yet as I'd like her to fall in love with her captor but we'll see how it plays out in the end.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My hubby and my writing. I also host a blog for new Indie Authors to help them get their names out there which I do for free through Bewitching Blogs and Xpresso Tours.
Published 2015-04-05.
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Books by This Author

Immortal Desires
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,400. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dragon Larissa and Vampire Lance have run away from their responsibilities together but barely know each other, No doubt, each of their people are hunting them down for their crimes. Will they get caught or can they find love in danger?
Immortal Heirs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,760. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Larissa, a dragon shifter and prophet to her people, has been trained all her life to fight the vampires. Lance, the vampire heir falls for Larissa and saves her, alienating himself from his coven. Together but on the run, will their love keep them safe or will their own people capture them? Will their immortality save them in the end?
Inside My Head: My Bipolar Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,560. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
This book is the in depth look at my life as a person living with a Bipolar diagnosis as well as Borderline Personality Disorder, Manic Depression and Anxiety. This book is a true story and also deals with things like abandonment issues, rape, physical/emotional abuse, being a sole-caregiver for a parent, etc. It's a wild ride from Ohio to Nevada so let's get going.
Vampire of Brazil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,540. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A young woman from Rio de Janiero, Brazil wakes up in a mausoleum to find herself all alone with no memory. When the vampire Thomas rescues her, he treats her like the child he never had. However, when Ranato comes into Christiane’s life, she knows she’s in love and leaves Thomas. Is Ranato all that he seems to be or does he have a more sinister plan for her?
A Society Intoxicated with Vampires
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,550. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
Why is our society intoxicated with vampires? Is it because the male vampire characters have been romanticized by movies and book covers? The vampire was actually a vial and foul creature, preying on the weak humans and animal race. This book covers the truths, myths, my take and fun surrounding the vampire. Be prepared to learn something you never knew about the vampire.
Dawning of the Vampire Queen: A Prequel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,060. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Learn the history of the famous Vampire Queen Trilogy. Follow her through her change from a Dhampyr to a Vampire, reluctant though it was, her conviction, escape and the new life she creates for herself. Also learn about the people she chooses to surround herself with. Learn why she is who she is and why she's become the bratty Queen she has become. Learn the back story on the Queen.
Wild Cards
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,130. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology
Wild Cards is a book dedicated to Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers with a Supernatural/Paranormal flare. You will find a variety of stories so it won’t be hard to find something you and your children will like. From stories about the Grim Reaper, a dragon rider, three wishes, a witch, a man without a face, a house on a haunted street, the making of a villain and much more.
Once Sanguist, Twice Bi
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,850. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
A young Broadway vampire is confronted by an unsuspected vampire and opts to protect her mortal lover by making her as a vampire. This does not placate him so the two lovers go on the run. Trials and tribulations keep them moving around the globe in order to elude him though his pockets run deep. The two women often not only enjoy themselves in their sexual escapades but also by feeding as well.
In Vein
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,570. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
“In Vein” is a vampire charity anthology book where 100% of the proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! With over 18 Authors, you’re bound to find a few vampire stories you’ll love.
Crime Bites and So Do I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,930. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
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In this police paranormal thriller, people start turning up dead all over town completely drained of blood. Are the murders random or whom/what is the common link? Does a vampire have civil rights in a human court of law? When the lead Detective is placed under surveillance, how close will she get to the new man? How much does she even know about her own life? What twists & turns will it reveal?
Tales of the Vampire: From A-Z
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,890. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
An anthology of vampire stories that I have accumulated over the years. Each one has it's own name and theme but all are paranormal.
The Reluctant Vampire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,030. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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A young woman is made into a vampire against her will. She is constantly haunted by her maker throughout her ordeals as she fights against her very being at first. She meets a fellow vampire who shows her how fun being a vampire can really be but her maker constantly haunts her. She goes on her own for awhile meeting a new friend and finding her place in her horror of a world. Finally, she finds t