I got to interview an incredible woman and wonderful author JL Madore. I have had the wonderful pleasure of reading both of her books and have loved each one! both are unique and inspired and both different yet have the same warm heartfelt messages of home family and love.
make sure to check out Blaze Ignites and Ursa Unearthed today! you won't regret it!
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what made you delve into the world of writing?
As my two children neared high-school age, I worried that the fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of North America was all they knew, so we decided to move to Panama, Central America for a family adventure. We leased a bed & breakfast and were in the process of establishing a wildlife sanctuary when the world economy crashed and tourism ground to a halt. Lying in a hammock in the Panamanian rainforest with no business was no hardship, though, for that was where I found my inspiration for writing.
Q: Can you please tell us a little about your books Blaze Ignites and Ursa Unearthed and what inspired you write them?
I've always loved stories with Elves, (Elf Quest was my first series I ever read), even before Orlando Bloom made Legolas one of the hottest characters on the Lord of the Rings screen. Galan, Tham and Aust's characters coalesced in my mind as I spent that year relaxing in the rainforest. The series is actually their quest to find and establish themselves—their Ambar Lenn. It started in Blaze Ignites with Galan's story being strongest, but by the end of book five, they each will have their journey revealed. Ursa gives us a little more insight into Aust's character and what he's working through. We also get to check in with Galan and Jade. The third novel, Torrent of Tears, is very much about Tham's journey.
Q: Can you tell us about your writing process? Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The characters usually present the scenes of my novels in my dreams. I lie, half-awake some mornings and just let the scenes from my dreams play out and see where they go.
Q: There where many native elements in Ursa Unearthed. How did you go about researching these things for your book?
I researched what I could on the internet, myths, legends, beliefs. I spoke to friends with First Nations backgrounds and then tried to contact two different Bands in BC (without much luck). Basically, I wrote from my gut and tried to be as true to Mika and her heritage as I could. I'm a nature person myself, environmentalist, wildlife protector, so a lot of it came from how I look at things too.
Q: In Blaze Ignites we got to meet Lexi for the first time, we see her as a warrior, a little spitfire. In Ursa Unearthed we see her as a raging inferno who is ready to take Mika apart. What happened to the cool chick from the first book?
In Blaze you saw Lexi from Jade's perspective, her sister, her family. Lexi had her moments being a spitfire when Galan or Samuel hurt Jade, but for the most part, Jade took care of herself and Lexi let things play out. In Ursa, Lexi sees Bruin twisting himself up to try to please Mika and Mika's refusal of him doesn't sit right. Lexi is fiercely protective of those she loves, even if she offends people in the process. She has no memory of her life before Haven, so her family is her whole world. Nobody messes with them.
Q: will there be more books in the series? More family members to fall in love?
kobi, lexi or even Aust perhaps? Yes. Yes. And yes. By the end of book five, everyone will have their stories told. Be prepared for a few surprised, but have faith. I love LOVE.
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
No. Nothing other than the dreaming thing. Oh, and if I can't figure out what comes next, I go have a nap and tell myself to figure it out. It's strange, but works for me.
Q: What books/authors have influenced your life?
Traditionally, Shakespeare and Jane Austin. In a modern sense, JR Ward, JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Kelley Armstrong . . . and so many others
Q: What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
Yes. Lexi's story is written and I hope to release Torrent of Tears this fall/winter depending on edits and cover art. I also have a dark paranormal/erotic romance I'm shopping around to agents. If nobody picks it up, I'll self-publish that one too.
Q: Thank you so much for the interview, J.L. Madore. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and where everyone can buy your book?
Blaze Ignites is in all the usual places in eBook and in my local Chapters (Oshawa Town Centre) in print. Ursa is just out two weeks now and is exclusive to Amazon for 90 days, then….we'll see. No print yet.
My website is www.jlmadore.ca
Thanks so much for having me, Amanda. I'm thrilled you are enjoying as the story unfolds.
10 Things You Didn't Know About JL Madore1. I lived on a pig farm until I was 7 and would probably still be there if I hadn't had life threatening childhood allergies.
2. I am a prize winning quilter.
3. I worked with bears, lions, tigers and other exotics.
4. When I have a problem with my writing, I tell myself to figure it out while I sleep and wake up with the answers. And I do.
5. I don't get grossed out touching things. Dead animals. Manure. Maggots. No Problem.
6. I do, however, pinch my eyes shut at surgery parts in movies.
7. I met my husband in the McDonald's shake machine close/open class when I was 15, was dating him 7 days later and have been living our HEA for 28 the years since.
8. I make the best banana bread on the planet
9. I'm a complete klutz and have a hard time staying on my feet while walking a straight line.
10. I learned to say the alphabet backwards when I was 4 and never forgot.
Top 5 Things JL Madore's Bucket List1. Spend a month touring the castles of Ireland and Scotland.
2. Have my book made into a movie or TV series and help pick out the sexy male leads.
3. Buy a house in New Mexico or Arizona so I don't have to winter in Toronto ever again.
4. Buy an early generation Savannah cat to live in my new house and have enough property to build a proper outdoor enclosure.
5. Make enough money with my books to bring my husband home from work