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I got a chance recent ask USA Today Bestselling author R.J. Blain five questions. We also discussed her new release Outfoxed(The Fox Witch #1)
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(The Fox Witch, #1)
Publication date: November 3rd 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own.
Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge.
Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.
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Five Questions with Author R.J. Blain
RJ thanks for taking the time to answer of few questions.
Thank you so very much for hosting me!
- Who is your favorite character in Outfoxed?
Jade. She’s so complex, she does her best when she’s in a tough spot, and she’s compassionate. She makes mistakes, but she often makes mistakes because she wants to help somebody and gets into trouble in the process. She cares, and I really enjoy writing a character who is so driven for the sake of others.
2. What did you edit out of Outfoxed?
Very little, actually! This book was extensively plotted before I started writing, so the stuff I tossed out happened during the outlining phase. I didchange when I ended Outfoxed in the outline, but I didn’t remove any of the events. I just picked a better spot to launch book two in the series.
3. This is the first book in the series, how many books will there be?
Outfoxed is the first book of the Fox Witch trilogy. The Fox Witch World will be extensive, consisting of a mittful of trilogies and quartets along with a ten book series. This world was just too much fun to create and I had too many stories I wanted to tell in it, so… I decided to go for it.
4. How do you develop your plot and characters?
Oof. That’s a tough one. It’s different for every book. I wish the same methodology worked for every book, but it doesn’t. I do whatever it takes to get the story written. Outfoxed was extensively researched and plotted before I wrote a single word. It worked out to something like 80 pages of outlines that were written, rewritten, and rewritten until I was happy with the final storyline.
As for characters, I think about the type of person who would be able to survive what I’m throwing at him or her and write that basic sort of book. And then I try to make sure that character isn’t, well, like me. It gets really annoying when people go “bwahaha Mary Sue!” and I’m like… no, no thanks, give me a really nice library, my husband, and a bunch of books, some tea, and maybe the occasional cup of hot chocolate. That’s what I want. Leave me out of this action-adventure stuff. I’m lazy! (But seriously… wish fullfillment is fun to write, but these aren’t the things I want in mylife… outside of the food. Like tacos. If you see a character wanting tacos, why yes, I probably want tacos and I’m including it because tacos.
I do insert my favorite foods and my favorite cars. And I usually destroy the cars. (Although I did buy Aaron’s truck from Cheetahs Never Win. It’s my husband’s dream truck. The color being the exact same was accidental, because there were only two of the specific truck he wanted in the state of California. So we got that one. Because it was available. It doesn’t hurt it’s also my dream truck, but… Silverados are nice!)
Here is the truck for the curious: Chevrolet Silverado 2020 3500 HD High Country. Fully loaded.
Next year, we’re getting an RV so we can spend weekends out and about and doing fun things so I don’t work myself to death.
5. I know that you daydream about being a spy. Where did you get your inspiration for Outfoxed?
Outfoxed came around because I wanted to fiddle / write out the ‘answers’ to some what if questions. Under what circumstances might a society willfully enter themselves into slavery? What would happen if the United States was divided (through magical means) into four zones? There are a lot of socio-political questions I also toyed with. Once I did the world building based on these two what if questions, I tossed some more fun stuff into the mix, gave a stir, created the book’s outline, and went to work.
All-in-all, Outfoxed is one of the most complex and complicated books I’ve ever written, and I love it even more because of that.
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions.
You’re welcome! Thank you so much for hosting me.
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until satisfied.