Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Interview with Author NJ Walters

1) Briefly, who are you as an author and what do you write?

Who am I as an author? That’s a loaded question. I’ve been a published author for five years (Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Pocket Books) and have been writing full time for about 4 ½ years. I write romance, primarily erotic or hot and spicy romance of all genres: contemporary, ménage a trois, fantasy, paranormal, vampire, werewolf… I like to keep things interesting.

My newest book, from Samhain Publishing, is Alexandra’s Legacy, my first werewolf book. I had so much fun with this book, I’m looking forward to writing the next one in the series.

2) What do you do (voluntarily) when you're not writing?

Like most writers, my favorite hobby is reading. Other than that, I like to go to movies or hang out with my hubby and family.

3) What's your favorite deadline snack?

I really don’t have a deadline snack. Although, you can never have enough dark chocolate.

4) What is it about paranormal romance? How do you feel paranormal elements enhance the romance and vice versa?

I think both readers and writers love paranormal romance because there are no boundaries. Whether you write about vampires, ghosts, werewolves, ancient curses, or whatever, you can tailor your characters and their world to be whatever you want it to be. There are no limitations.

Plus, these kinds of characters deal with the dark side of life and human nature, which is always intriguing. They live by their own rules and their elemental natures. There is a life and death aspect to the storyline, which always adds spice and urgency to any romantic situation. The tortured hero/heroine is also a favorite in the paranormal genre. Perfect for raising the tension. Plus, the paranormal always allows you to have a really bad villain, which ups the danger factor for the hero and heroine.

5) Authors also tend to be devoted readers. What authors do you read for inspiration and/or enjoyment?

I read a lot, but not as much as I did before I started writing myself. Less time now. I read a lot of favorite authors like: Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lori Foster, Sharon Sala, Christine Feehan… The list is endless. I’m always checking out new (or at least new to me) authors. Jennifer Lyon, Alexis Morgan, Shannon K. Butcher and Gena Showalter are new favs for me.

6) What is your biggest "collection" (besides books)?

That would be beach glass. I love walking on the beach, and especially love beaches where I can find beach glass. I’ve got a great tea light holder that is the base of an old Coca Cola bottle. Very cool. I have several glass vases filled with beach glass that I display. It’s free artwork!

7) What were your favorite childhood (as in pre-teen, even) books or movies? Can you spy the seeds of paranormal romance budding even then?

As a kid, I read the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books. My dad read westerns and I read a bunch of his Louie L’amour books. I was also a huge S.E. Hinton fan. Loved the Outsider. Not much paranormal there. But I’ve always been interested in ghosts and the paranormal. When I discovered romance (not until my mid-twenties), I discovered paranormal romance and just fell in love with it!

8) What paranormal book or movie would you like to be dropped into the middle of, to experience the world if not the entire plot?

That’s a tough question. I wouldn’t mind meeting Acheron and some of the Dark Hunters from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series. Then there are those brooding Carpathians from Christine Feehan and the deadly Black Dagger Brotherhood from J.R. Ward. Any of those would do just fine.

9) If you had to have a lifesize standee of a character in a paranormal tv series, movie or book in your bedroom at all times, who would it be and how would other residents of your household probably feel about it?

LOL That’s not something I would really want in my house or my bedroom. And I’m sure my husband would be glad to hear that. *g* BUT…if I had to pick one character, it would probably be Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron. He’s the ultimate tortured hero, but he has so much honor and compassion in him, he’s irresistable.

10) What is some of the most unusual research you've done for your fiction?

I don’t know that any of the research I’ve done could be considered unusual. The Internet is a great source of info of all kinds. I did a lot of research on knives for my book Beyond Shadows. I’ve researched mastabas—ancient Egyptian burial chambers, which predate the pyramids (for Amethyst Moon and Amethyst Dreams). I’ve delved into the occult and the paranormal for my Dalakis series, Shadows series, and my new Legacy series.

Each book is different. I find I always learn something new with each book, whether it’s the setting or some skill a character needs.

11) If you were deprived of your computer for a year and had no looming deadline, would you write your next book in longhand anyway or keep notes and wait until you had a computer again to finish it?

Now that’s a tough question. I’d probably start out saying I’d just make notes and end up writing the darn thing. It would drive me crazy though. I can think a lot faster than I can write longhand. That’s what I love about my computer. I can almost keep up with my thoughts. Almost *g* That allows me to keep my train of thought going when I’m on a roll.

12) If you could have a little-known superpower, what one would you pick and why? What one would your friends and loved ones pick FOR you?

It would be very cool and extremely scary to have a superpower. As the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” I think it would be amazing to be immortal. There would be time to learn and do anything you ever wanted to. The drawback, of course, would be loneliness. Watching your friends and family die.

What my friends and loved ones would pick for me…I asked hubby and he replied, “You mean one you don’t already have?” LOL He thinks I can already read minds. He thought about it and said he’d give me the ability to make the world slow down and be a little kinder to one another. I often wish I could do that. The world is moving way too fast for me most days.

13) Anything else you'd like to share with visitors to the Diner?

Thank you for inviting me to the Diner. It’s been a blast!

Visitors to the Diner can check out any and all of my books on my website at http://www.njwalters.com/ . They can also check out my blog at http://www.njwalters.blogspot.com/ .


Jody W.
http://www.jodywallace.com/ * http://www.meankitty.com/


  1. Great Interview!!

    We have some similar tastes in authors...among my favs are Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon also.

    Being dropped in the middle of the Dark Hunters or Carpathians would be a dream come true. I also like her Feehan's Fever series too...

    Good luck with your first werewolf book...it is on my To Buy list when I go shopping this weekend!!

  2. Great interview, NJ! Love your husband's comment about your superpowers! *cackle*

    And I loved Trixie Belden books when I was a kid! Thanks for a flashback to the past!

  3. Thanks, Kara. I love all Feehan books. I think her "Game" series is my fav. Along with the Drake sisters.

  4. *g* Hubby's comment made me smile too, Shayla. I used to borrow all my sister's Trixie Beldon books. I loved them!

  5. What an interesting personality comes out in this interview, NJ. It was a pleasure to read. And, I'm with you about Acheron, although Zarek in Alaska makes a close second. OTOH, there's JD Robb's Roarke....

    Cris Anson

  6. You can't go wrong with Roarke, Cris. Or Zarek. Or the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward either.

  7. Cool to meet you! Welcome to the diner.

  8. Thanks, Annie. It's my pleasure to be here. :-)

  9. Great interview.

    Yep, I'd definitely like to meet Ash. Jamie Fraser too, from Outlander.