Let’s Welcome Jo Davis

Jo, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us honey.  I know you’re very busy.

Thank you so much for inviting me to visit! It seems I’m always on deadline, and chatting with readers gives me a much-needed break.

Congrats on being a finalist in the ARRA 2009!

Thank you, it was a thrill to be nominated and an honor to see my name up there with all of those talented authors. I was truly surprised and humbled.

Can you tell us anymore about the motion picture development for WHEN ALEX WAS BAD?  Who would you cast in the various roles?

ALEX is in development with Mandalay Pictures (SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, DONNIE BRASCO, DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, etc) and the acquiring producer is Cathy Schulman (Best Picture, CRASH, 2006). It’s in the lineup to go into production, but there are never any guarantees. I can say that the experience of having a book opted for film with a major producer has been thrilling and mind-boggling. I got to speak with Cathy and David Zelon (CABLE GUY, THE NET, ENEMY AT THE GATES) on a conference call, and I thought I was going to pass out!

Hmm, for the role of Alex, I could definitely envision Mark Wahlberg or Jude Law! For Olivia, maybe Angelina Jolie? Or Megan Fox? A woman who has that dark, sultry look. For Jason, I’m not sure. But he’d have to be someone with the boy-next-door appeal, yet be able to play someone who is older than he appears, who harbors a couple of terrible secrets.

I haven’t yet read LINE OF FIRE so I may change my mind, the excerpt is very tantalizing, but my favorite is UNDER FIRE.  I adore Zack.  I can honestly say he’s the only contemporary hero possessing that special trait/attribute.  He’s only the second I’ve ever read period.  Why did you bless him in that way?

That’s just how Zack was when he introduced himself to me! <g>  Zack, who possesses a genius IQ, has a certain innocence that is unique among my heroes. As a young boy, add that he was overweight in addition to being brilliant, and he was hounded unmercifully. He had no friends. As kids do, he grew into a beautiful man, but inside he’s still that fat little boy who’s unsure of himself and shy around gorgeous women—thus, he’s still a virgin. And along comes Cori, an exotic dancer putting herself through nursing school, and his mind is blown! In a great way.

I do hope you try LINE OF FIRE, Tommy Skyler’s story! He’s the youngest firefighter on the team, and is seriously questioning his decision to become a firefighter. He’s dealing with painful issues, not to mention trying to survive an arsonist’s deadly plot. Captain Sean Tanner’s slide to rock bottom also plays a big part in this story as he makes a mistake that will change everyone’s lives.

Love this cover, good gravy!

I SPY A WICKED SIN is the first in the Shado series and I really enjoyed it.  I read that soon you’ll be working on I SPY A DARK OBSESSION, the LAST in the series?  Only two?  Why honey?  I love that whole concept….

Actually, the SHADO Agency series is a trilogy. I SPY A NAUGHTY GAME (Blaze Kelly’s story) will be released on September 7, and then I SPY A DARK OBESSION (Michael Ross’s story) comes out in March 2011. I’m working on DARK OBSESSION now and should have it turned in to my editor next week to finish the series.

Bummer, I missed that memo obviously….

and yet another yummy cover….

Who is in control of the story, you or the characters?  If the latter are you ever surprised?

I believe the characters let me *think* I’m in control, and then every once in a while they misbehave to remind me that I’m not! I’m just their secretary, writing down their stories. I’m always surprised when they want to do their own thing, though I know I shouldn’t be. Kind of like raising teenagers, you know?

I understand all too well honey…*huge sigh*

Do you feel the workshops you conduct make you a better writer?

Both teaching and attending workshops definitely help hone my skills and serve to remind me of things I’d forgotten. Refreshers are always good, and as a former public school teacher, I can attest to the fact that nobody is ever so good that they don’t need them. Including me!

What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Least favorite?

I’m an introvert at heart, so writing full-time is a dream job come true! There’s no boss popping in to my office, micromanaging and annoying me constantly. I can, and do, work in my pajamas. I can drink, scratch, and cuss, and there’s nobody around to know. Does a job get any better than that?

I’d have to say no…though w/ the exception of the jammies & scratching I do that at work anyway!  *G*

However, since I write full-time and it’s a sedentary job, I have to make an effort to exercise—an activity I loathe with a passion. I can look at a carrot stick and gain five pounds. Not fun. If I was meant to exercise I would’ve been born Richard Simmons.

Why romantic suspense and erotica vs another genre?

Romantic suspense was my first love as a writer because I enjoy writing action scenes and putting my heroes in danger. With Erotica, I enjoyed reading it first, and then when I discovered I could write it as well I had the best of both worlds!

Recently, however, I sold a new paranormal romance series to my publisher, NAL, which will debut next year under a different pen name. We’re very excited about the new series, and I’ll be able to say more about it in the coming months.

Well hang, talk about teasing..  I’m looking forward to that…

Is there a book or character you’ve written that’s a particular favorite?  If so, why?

My first love is Howard “Six-Pack” Paxton from TRIAL BY FIRE, the first book in my Station Five series. He’s strong, handsome, dependable, and fiercely protective of those he loves.

Do you have a favorite series that you follow as a reader?

I am wild about Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series! Harry Dresden is a handsome, sometimes bumbling, PI who is also a master wizard. He gets himself into all sorts of paranormal scrapes, and he’s just to die for.

I love the Dresden Files too…found it quite by accident and have done my part to spread the word. I know of at least 2 people I’ve gotten hooked on it.

What would you like to accomplish this year professionally? Personally?

Professionally, I’d love to make a major bestseller list. Who wouldn’t? Personally, I’d love to lose fifty pounds and morph into Paris Hilton’s physical clone, with all the money and none of the baggage. Anyone want to take bets over which one is likely to happen first? Right. LOL.

Jo I’ve really enjoyed talking and learning more about you and what’s in the future for those of us who love your books.  Thanks so much for being with us!

Thank you for having me here! It’s been my pleasure.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Good Morning everyone! Thanks for having me here today! I’m enjoying my coffee and would live to chat or answer questions you might have about current or upcoming releases… 🙂

    Fire away!

  2. Jo:

    So glad to see you visiting today! I absolutely love this series and thought Tommy’s book was awesome.

    Of course…I, like everyone else, can not WAIT for Sean Tanner’s story. Any hints you can share?!??!?! 🙂


  3. Hi Addison!
    I’m so happy you enjoyed Tommy’s story! Thanks so much. As for Sean’s story, I can say that readers are going to need a box of tissue! Sean has been through rehab and is fighting his way back to his life, and is falling in love. But his past is about to catch up with him, and it has to do with the villian who was pulling the strings off-camera in Tommy’s book… 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by, girlfriend!

  4. Jo,
    I love every bit of fabulous news that comes your way! *Hugs* Me, I’m betting you bypass the moon and reach the stars. My sincere best to you always!11 *Hugs*


  5. Um . . . that was supposed to be always!!! No ’11’ *G* Have a great weekend! *Hugs*


  6. Hey Jo,
    I did get to read Tommy’s book & he & Zack are tied for my favorite…gracious…I read the excerpt of Sean’s story & it was chilling where the end tied in w/ Tommy’s…I said a mental oh ****..now I’m on pins & needles!

  7. Thanks, Diana! I’m wishing you all the best, too! Have a fabulous weekend. 🙂

  8. Hi Ivy! I’m so glad you liked Tommy’s book! You know, I didn’t even see it coming myself when I wrote that last scene where Jesse Rose makes the phone call… My editor said it gave her the chills, too! I can’t wait to find out what readers think about Sean’s story. 🙂

    Thanks for having me here today!

  9. Hi Jo! You know I love every one of your firefighters, but I’m out there stumping for everyone to read Tommy’s story, LINE OF FIRE! For those who do, consider this your tissue alert. It’ll take at least two, I swear, but it’s absolutely worth it.

  10. You’re so welcome, I thank you for being here hon..It’s been fun getting to know a bit about you & get a little insight to those firefighters & what goodies you have in store for us..I think that’s so neat that the phone call scene came outta nowhere. I guess truly great moments just can’t be planned! *G*

  11. Love your books!! Congrats on all the great news! 🙂

  12. Hey Jo!

    Aren’t you supposed to be writing? *arched brow*…hehehe…someone has to stay on you!

    The Station Five series has been such fun to read, I hope there will be more after Sean’s story. Are there any characters in that book you’d like to write more about?

  13. Love the questions and responses, ladies!! Very entertaining and I love Jo’s work!!

  14. Hey, Tracy! Thanks so much for putting out the word about Tommy’s story! It’s one of my favorites and I’ve had great feedback from readers. Folks definitely need a couple of tissues!

    Thanks for stopping by, cp!

  15. Hi Anne,
    Thank you so much! I’m happy you’re enjoying my books, and there’s more coming! 🙂

    Thanks for popping in to say hello!

  16. Hey Suzanne!
    Yes, dear, I’m writing up a storm! Honest! 🙂 And aren’t you supposed to be working on those revisions for your editor, hmm? Now I can give it right back to you!!

    Thanks for stopping by, cp! 🙂

  17. Forgot to answer Suzanne’s question: Yes, I’d love to write Detective Shane Ford’s story and have had many requests to do so. But in the immediate future, I’ll be working on a new paranormal romance series, which I’m very excited about!

    I never say never to Shane’s book, though! I will write up a proposal for that one of these days…

  18. Hi Sandy!

    Good to see you here! Thanks for stopping by to say hello, my friend! 🙂

  19. I have really enjoyed the Station Five stories, but like you, Howard from Trial by Fire is my favorite of your characters. I absolutely fell in love with him. I can hardly wait until Sean’s story.

    I’ve also read I Spy a Wicked Sin. My gosh, girl! There’s some serious heat to that book. It was great.

  20. Hi Jill!
    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Station Five series! I just love Howard, though all my heroes have a special place. 🙂 I hope you love Sean’s story too–that was the most emotionally heart-wrenching book I’ve ever written.

    Keep an eye out for I Spy A Naughty Game in September! That’s Blaze Kelly’s story, and it’s just as hot! Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Hi Jo,

    I have read two of the Station Five books and will start Hidden Fire today. Have Line of Fire in line too :). I was hooked right in from the start in Trial by Fire. But the one that pulled me from the first time i met him was Sean Tanner and I was anxious for his book straight up. Cannot wait for it!

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