Josie Jaffrey

Biography

I have always written stories, but it wasn't until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it's amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I'm going to write!).

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through the website or via Twitter.

Thank you for reading!

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I recall was one I wrote in primary school, in crayon, about a dinosaur. Or maybe it was a dragon. I definitely recall illustrating it with a picture of a green, lizard-like thing. It may have been my best work, sadly now lost to history.

The first longer story I remember writing was when I was about fifteen. It was for a school project; a seedy little story set in an unrealistic ghetto in southern England where I imagined myself as some kind of painfully cool, kick-ass, mafia out-smarting, model-looking, gun-toting hero. I've scaled my ambitions down a little since then and am trying to learn to write realistically rather than aspirationally. Or perhaps my aspirations have simply changed.

Either way, I no longer even attempt to be cool. I live with two cats. Nothing on earth can make you feel less cool than the scathing apathy of a feline companion on whom you dote shamefully. I love my cats. And my pyjamas.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who loved books, and who surrounded me with them from a very early age. They read Winnie the Pooh with me, and Wind in the Willows, and Swallows and Amazons, and every wonderful children's story you can think of.

The biggest fixture in my bedroom when I was a child was a huge bookcase my dad had made in his youth. it's about six feet tall and six feet wide, massively oversized for the small room, that towered over my bed crammed as full as possible with books. When I was bored I would pull them out at random and read them: my dad's old medical textbooks, one about the lifecycle of ants, Gulliver's Travels, a beautiful old bible and scores of others.

I loved that bookcase, and the vast opportunities it seemed to hold, so my dad let me take it with me when I moved out. I still have it at home, now crammed full of my Ancient Greek and Latin textbooks and my husband's medieval English texts, with a select stack of my favourite books from my childhood piled precariously on top.

But my earliest story memories aren't actually from any of those books. They're of my dad, who used to make up a story for us every night he was home early enough to put us to bed, of the adventures of Bertie Beetle and his friends. Bertie lived in a log in our garden, and although I can't now remember any of the hundreds of storylines, the imagined scenes I can recall are almost more precious for that.
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Where to find Josie Jaffrey online


Series

Sovereign
The Sovereign series is set in future Europe, in a world in which the human population has been decimated by a blood-borne virus so that only one, small city remains. That city, the Blue, is controlled by a vampiric race called the Silver. Beyond its boundaries, the world is contaminated by a vaccine that was developed in order to combat the virus. The protagonists of the series are Julia, a human teenager, and Cameron, a Silver who is millennia old. The series follows them as they address the corruption of the Blue and stand against an ancient enemy who wants to take control of it for himself. Their endeavours bring them face to face with the zombies that the vaccine should have eradicated, and force Julia to reassess everything she thought she knew about the world. The series is targeted at young adults. The books contain horror, profanity, M/F and M/M romance, and some limited sexual content. The Sovereign series is a standalone sequel trilogy to the Solis Invicti series.

The Gilded King

Price: $2.99 USD.
Solis Invicti
The Solis Invicti series is set in London, in a world in which the human population has been decimated by a blood-borne virus. In the wake of the zombie apocalypse that follows, a vampiric race called the Silver seizes control. Without the protection of the Silver, humanity will soon cease to exist, and without uninfected human blood, the Silver will perish. A necessary symbiosis is the result, but the power of the two races could not be more unevenly balanced. The protagonist of the series is Emilia, a twenty-something barmaid with an insubordinate and reckless approach to the new order. In the first days following the collapse, she struggles to accept that her life has changed irrevocably and that she is powerless to reclaim it. That recalcitrance brings her face to face with the highest ranks of the Silver. The series is targeted at adults and mature young adults. The books contain horror, profanity and sexual content. This isn't erotica, but there are some steamy scenes (only one or two per book). There are love triangles, aggression and drama, but there is also an eventual HEA.

The Price of Silver

Price: $3.99 USD.

Bound in Silver

Price: $3.99 USD.

The Silver Bullet

Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

The Gilded King
Series: Sovereign. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,070. Language: British English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
The first book in the Sovereign series, a young adult fantasy trilogy set in future Europe. Humanity has been decimated by a blood-borne virus so that only one, small city remains. That city, the Blue, is controlled by a vampiric race called the Silver. The two protagonists of the series will have to uncover its secrets in order to survive the contaminated world beyond its walls.
The Silver Bullet
Series: Solis Invicti. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,570. Language: British English. Published: August 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Silver Bullet is the final book in Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.
Bound in Silver
Series: Solis Invicti. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,600. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
Bound in Silver is the penultimate book in Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.
The Price of Silver
Series: Solis Invicti. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,440. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Price of Silver is the second book in Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

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