Welcome Jus! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us…and our readers. These were some fun and sometimes random questions--thanks for playing along!
-What advice would you give someone who is considering becoming a writer/author?
Keep at it. I know, it sounds so cliché. But the truth is, it's the best piece of advice you can get. It only takes one person to pluck you from the slush. It's a matter of getting your work in front of that one person. Eventually, it'll happen.
-What is the hardest part about being an author?
For me, I think it's having the strength to walk away. I love what I do. So much so, that I sometimes get sucked in. Working from home makes it hard to truly walk away at the end of the day. If I have five minutes here, or can't sleep, I always find myself back in front of my computer, working.
-Are any of the characters in your book based on real people you know?
Not usually, but there was one, but I'll never tell ;) I will say she wasn't a good character....
-What would you say is one of your more interesting writing quirks?
I don't know about interesting, but I don't like to write with shoes on. Don't ask, because I have no idea, but I just can't focus with my little piggies all cramped up.
-What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I'm a huge World of Warcraft junkie, and I love being outdoors. Any excuse to get myself outside and I'm there.
-Where are you from?
I was born in New York, on Long Island. My husband swears that when I get angry, my city accent comes out.
-What is your favorite thing about where you live now?
Well, we're in the process of moving, but where we're going is quiet.
-Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
I don't think I set out to give any specific message, but the one thing I do notice about all my books is that they have a strong, capable female lead. You can knock her down, and stand in her way, but ultimately she's going to drag her ass off the floor and step over you to get done what needs to be done.
-Give us three "Good to Know" facts about you. Be creative and have fun with this!
1. I have more food allergies than stars in the sky. Okay, not really, but there's an insane amount..
2. I have a horrible fear of spiders. Like, I won't even step on them. I once threw all my husband's shoes across the room to try and kill one... I missed. To this day, I'm sure it's out there. waiting. Plotting...
3. I love llamas. Like, really. They're so damn cute! The llama song was my ringtone forevvvver... Though, not sure what that says about me other than the fact that I'm very strange.
-How do you deal with Writers block?
Music. Lots and lots of music. I have a playlist for everything. Ever mood. Every situation. I'd be lost without it. Forget writer's block. I'd have life block...
-How long does it take you to write a book?
It really depends on the book. My first book, Touch, I wrote in under a month. The second book, took several. So many things contribute to the timeframe. What's going on in my life at that point. If I'm working on something simultaneously (which, lately, I am).
-Name two things on your bucket list.
My family is from Naples, so I would really love to go there (unfortunately I'm terrified to fly). I'd also like to
-What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
When I'm in the middle of something specific, I get totally sucked in. The rest of the world kind of falls away. Luckily I have an understanding family.
-Are you a morning, afternoon, night writer?
What would be the term for 24 hour writer...? ;)
-Can we have an excerpt from one of your favorite books you’ve written?
That kiss was what I'd wanted more than anything, as well as the single most regretful moment of my life. It'd changed everything. It'd changed me. -Jax Flynn - Ruined
-Which one of your character(s) do you relate to the most? Why?
I think I can relate to all of my characters on one level or another. While I don't shape them after anyone, least of all myself, I believe a little bit of me ends up in all of them, ya know?
-If you didn't become a writer, what would you have done?
I would have been a chef. I was weeks away from starting at the Culinary Institute of America when I decided to write.
Best. Choice. Ever.
-What is the best part about being an author?
"If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad" - Lord Byron
The opportunity to empty my brain! I get to be creative on a daily basis, and I can't imagine anything being more awesome than that.
-What’s coming up next for you?
I have a NA contemp thriller coming out in the next several months. I'm very excited. It's my first contemporary and I really fell in love with the characters.
-What are 3 things we can always find in your grocery basket?
Cheese, light cream, and coffee!
Cheese, light cream, and coffee!
Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction.
A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
Her first book, Touch, came out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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