Today, we have J.L. Imhoff with us. Her book, Poseidia, is world-building at it’s best. Authentic, fleshed-out characters with a beautiful backdrop. Enjoy!!!
1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)
Hi! I’m J.L. Imhoff, the author of Poseidia, my debut novel. It’s a sea fantasy adventure with a heavy dose of romance.
Find me on:
Twitter : @JLImhoff
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JLIMHOFF
2. How do you choose names for your characters?
I don’t have a method, other than I try to keep them simple and less than three syllables. Nothing annoys me more as a reader than to come across a name I can’t pronounce. In my head it becomes “blah, blah, blah” and I have trouble connecting to that character. For me, 99% of the time the characters tell me their name. However, I need help naming a baby–I am open to suggestions, nothing I’ve come up with seems to “fit.” Feel free to post on my page or tweet me your suggestions!
3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?
All the time!
4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?
Nope. But a playlist is a good idea.
5. How long have you been writing?
I have journals full of poetry from childhood (I am so not gonna say how old I am, lol) but I started writing Poseidia about 3 years ago.
6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.
Years ago, someone near and dear to my heart told me I should write. He is a semi-famous musician and I shared some of my writing with him and he said “Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of writing over the years, you need to write.”
But it wasn’t until years later in grad school for counseling when this guy in class says “I’m almost done writing my first novel” and my whole body and soul reacted, and I was like “whoa, where’s this coming from?” When I have such a strong reaction to something I take some time to figure out why. I quit grad school then, realizing I disliked counseling and started writing this story (Poseidia)that had been burning in my mind for years.
7. Do you have a muse?
I draw from life experiences.
8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)
Reading. Reading. More reading. Allowing myself to suck, and then being open-minded when I get feedback from editors and readers. It’s an uncomfortable process at first, but then you see how much your writing improves and you learn to take it pretty well, knowing your writing will get that much better. It’s exciting!
9. Writing quirks or superstitions?
Maybe I need a few! What works for everyone else?
10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
I’m revising book 2 which takes place a few months after book 1 leaves off. Without giving away spoilers, we meet a very powerful character who will turn Anna’s world upside down.
11. What book are you reading now?
I’m reading about 4 right now. One is called “The Scars of Evolution ” by Elaine Morgan. It’s about the aquatic ape hypothesis (I love anything that talks about the psychology of evolution). Another is “Twitter for Writers” by Rayne Hall. The other two are fiction. Most recently I finished The Waiting by Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes!
12. What genre do you write in? Fantasy/romance. What about PoV?
13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?
For profiles I outline the character traits, but the process is more about a psychological profile. I want to make sure if I’m writing about a narcissist I get all the little behaviors woven in. As for book outline, I tend to do a basic one and then my characters shred it by changing the plot. So by the end of the revisions and editing I have to do a new one. But generally I write with out a formal outline.
14. Do you know how your stories will end?
Not really. I thought I did and then it completely changes as I write. I’m always saying to myself, “Where the heck did that come from?” Although I have an idea of how the series arc will end, my characters are likely to change it. But I do know how my characters will grow.
15. Do your books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?
Always a theme. And then a theme beneath a theme. Everything is symbolic. It started out being about overcoming battered wife syndrome–the self-transformation that can take place when you leave an abusive relationship. The book took on its own life and evolved into something more. But it’s still basically about self-empowerment, freedom, personal growth, and finding happiness outside of perceived dreams/perfectionism. And, of course, forgiving yourself for mistakes.
16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?
No, actually I tend to not eat or drink if I get really deep in the zone.
17. Tell us about your other passions.
My son, the love of my life. Photography. Gardening.
18. What’s something interesting about you?
I’m completely addicted to The Walking Dead
19. Share a small sample (limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.
“Is it… telepathy?” I quizzed. That would explain why all the people walking around the room never said a word to each other. They glanced at us and nodded their heads when they passed our table, but said nothing. In shock, I looked around at all the people with a new understanding of their silence. Wait—Roman. Does that mean he could hear all my thoughts in the cave? Oh my god, I’m mortified. I fantasied about him making love to me. I hope he is an exception, or I’ll never be able to face him again.
20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?
I hope you enjoy reading Poseidia as much as I loved writing it.
Thanks J.L.! Good luck with Book 2 of the Poseidia Series. I can’t wait.