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Saturday, November 9, 2013

EQ Welcomes J.D Faver

This week, the Exquisite Quills blog welcomes J.D. Faver!

EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

J.D.: I can best be described as a writer. I’ve written daily for over 1,500 days. Writing is now a habit, as ingrained as brushing my teeth or feeding the dog. Must write.

I’m a Texan and most of my works are set in some Texas locale. I have many varied interests and my books reflect those interests. My romantic thriller series, The Edge of Texas, is set on the lower Texas Gulf coast near the border with Mexico, where I spent a lot of time participating in catamaran races. My Badlands series (contemporary western romantic suspense) is set in the vast ranchlands of the Texas Panhandle. Wherever I find myself, the voices in my head start to settle in and write stories. 

 EQ: What made you want to become a writer? 

J.D.: I seem to be hardwired as a writer. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t one. When I was in the 2nd grade, my teacher, Sister Anastasia, encouraged my budding writing career. She gave me a pack of colored chalk and allowed me to stay in at recess so I could draw ‘sets’ on the three chalkboards. After recess she allowed me to put on my 3-act play. I had a starring role, of course, and had cast my friends in the other parts. I had to hand write the play for every character, so there was my handwriting practice. I produced a new play every couple of weeks as long as I was in the second grade. None of my other teachers were as appreciative of my burgeoning talents…but I give Sister Anastasia full credit for planting the seeds and nurturing them.   

EQ: What are your top three guilty pleasures? 

J.D.:I have a fondness for java chocolate chunk ice cream. I have far too many orchids in my collection, but can’t resist bringing home just one more. I’m a champion of children, elderly and disabled individuals and animals of all kinds. I raised a baby skunk when I was a girl (not deodorized) and a baby possum as an adult. Their names were Petunia and Oreo, respectively. And I’m the patron saint of the lizards and geckos my fierce little rescue dog tries to annihilate.  

EQ: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.

J.D.: I wrote BAD MEDICINE, the first book in my series set on the Texas Gulf coast as a NaNoWriMo project. (National Novel Writing Month) I sat down and banged out a 56k word novel in 18 days, only to revise it to 93k as a romantic thriller. The setting defines the series, as South Padre Island was a place I used to compete in catamaran races. It is indeed a semi-tropical resort area just about 30 miles north of the border with Mexico. I loved this setting and the characters leaped, fully developed, into my brain. I didn’t set out to write a multi-cultural novel, but Texas is rich in a wide diversity of cultures and the series grew to reflect the true nature of the population.

EQ: What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your writing?

J.D.: Probably the biggest risk was in writing a romantic thriller in which my heroine is a dominatrix. BAD GIRL! is a mystery/suspense/thriller with strong sensual elements.

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Here is the blurb >                                                                                                      

Who's in control? The dominatrix or the cop? BAD GIRL! A sexy thriller.
When her clients start dying, Kris Delaney, a beautiful, but damaged dominatrix, is forced to rely on controlling detective Nick Price, an Alpha male who wants her more than he wants his shield.
She fights to maintain her privacy, while struggling to resist Nick, who is everything she fears in a man. Having been a victim in the past, Kris is determined to control her life, but in the face of terrifying serial murders, she's powerless to control her fate.
One-by-one, her clients are dispatched by some grisly means related to their particular kink. As the bodies pile up, Nick tries to keep Kris out of danger and breach her thorny defenses to prove he is worthy of her trust.
A dominatrix, a cop and a killer...Oh, my! Catch BAD GIRL!

EQ: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

J.D.: BAD VIBES, is the third in the Edge of Texas series, set on the Texas Gulf coast. The series has been well received, and readers have asked for a story about the female deputy who has appeared as a supporting character in the other books.  


When government agent Mike “The Iceman” Burke invades her South Padre Island turf, Deputy Darla Calhoun is assigned as liaison officer to his team. Her skills as a sniper come in handy when a gang of human traffickers strikes close to home, kidnapping local women including her best friend.
Darla is recovering from her husband’s suicide and trying to be a good parent to her twin sons. The ICE assignment takes her out of her misery and plunges her into a dangerous mission and a steamy affair.
Mike and Darla tear up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in search of the kidnappers and the captive women while Rafael and Javier conduct their own investigation. Will they rescue the captive women or will the kidnappers slaughter them as they have done in the past? Two teams race to find the answers before it's too late.

Look for these other titles:
BAD MEDICINE (The Edge of Texas-Book I)
BAD KARMA (The Edge of Texas-Book II)
BAD VIBES (The Edge of Texas-Book III)
BAD DREAMS (The Edge of Texas-Book IV) <coming soon>
A SANDCASTLE CHRISTMAS  (The Edge of Texas-Book V)
LEGACY (The Young Witch’s Chronicles) Written as Calista Anastasia
LEXICON (The Young Witch’s Chronicles) Written as Calista Anastasia



Brenna Chase said...

Sounds like you did indeed have a great patron. That ice cream sounds decadent. :) Good luck with your new book!

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

What a great teacher to allow you to stretch your creativity like that. It sounds like you color chalked "outside the box." Your characters are really interesting and multi-dimensional, J.D. I'm a fan.

Rose Anderson said...

You interesting person. I enjoyed learning more about you. We both raised a skunk when we were girls. :)

J.D. Faver said...

Thanks so much, Jane. I did have a lot of creative freedom. I think all kids should be given what they need to escape the box. <3 <3 <3

J.D. Faver said...

Thanks for your good wishes, Brenna. I did have incredible creative freedom. Nope, the nuns didn't smack my knuckles with a ruler, but they did allow me to explore my artistic potential without restriction, Every child should be encouraged to spread their wings. :-)

J.D. Faver said...

How fun, Rose. My skunk was an awesome pet. My possum was a bit boring. She would fall asleep in my hand, holding onto my wrist with her rat-like tail. Yeah, kinda creepy.