Featured Author: J.K. Coi July 18, 2011Posted by Jaidis in Books, Featured Authors.
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Today I am happy to welcome award-winning author J.K. Coi to Juniper Grove! Ms. Coi has generously agreed to post about the ups and downs of writing. Check out what she has to say below!
I sometimes get asked what it’s like to be an author, and I suppose the answer varies depending on the day.
Honestly, sometimes being a writer is so horrible that I wonder why I keep at it. Rejection is a part of almost everything that we do, but there’s something about having someone (be it a reader, reviewer, agent, or editor) tell you that your work isn’t good enough that really gets you deep down where you live. Mostly because writers create from the heart. Whether they’re expressing their fears, desires, or life experiences on that page, when someone rejects something that you’ve worked so hard to bring to life, it feels very personal, and can be very disheartening.
So why do I keep at it?
Because the flipside of rejection is that amazing high which comes not only from creating something out of nothing, but in knowing that your creation has the potential to really touch people and maybe even change their lives. I get so happy when I hear someone has read and loved my books. It’s one of the things that keeps me writing, even when it’s so hard that I could tear out my hair.
My new release from Carina Press, FALLING HARD, is like my child. And this is the moment when it will be sent out into the world on its own. All the blood, sweat and tears I’ve shed to make sure it is the best it can be is over now and I can only wait. Wait and see if it will resonate with people like it did with me. But it leaves a bit of a hole to realize this book doesn’t need me any more. I feel the need to reclaim that feeling of wonder and the joy of creating something special, and so I’ll keep at it and move onto the next book.
It’s what being an author is all about.
Is there anything that you really love to do, but sometimes seems so hard you come close to quitting?
After a life filled with tragedy, rocker Gabriel Gunn thinks he’s finally getting the better of his personal demons. Then he’s attacked after a concert—and rescued by a warrior goddess brandishing a sword and white wings. As hard as it is to believe in an angelic bodyguard, Gabriel must face an even more impossible truth: he carries the devil’s soul within him.
Amelia has been watching over Gabriel for years, using her angelic powers to prevent Lucifer’s return. Now she must also protect him from warring angel factions with their own agendas. Amelia would do anything to avert another angelic war, even sacrifice her own emotions to avoid temptation. Yet with Gabriel she feels things she no longer wants to deny, and pleasure she never imagined.
But the closer Gabriel and Amelia get, the stronger Lucifer becomes. Will Amelia be forced to kill the man she’s come to love to stop the war she’s always feared?
J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.
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Falling Hard book cover courtesy of the author and Harlequin Enterprises Limited