Sunday, September 18, 2016

Interview with Zoe Forward

As seen in Issue 2 of Uncaged Book Reviews. To see an excerpt from "Playing the Witch's Game" and to see Uncaged Reviews, please see the issue, link below.

Zoe Forward’s books are so easy to get lost in. The writing is superb, and she can easily hang with the best-sellers. I am thrilled to have her be a part of Uncaged.

Thank you so much for the feature!

1) When did you come to the realization that you wanted to be an author? 

There are those who know they want to write from the minute they start reading books. Not me. My dream was to be a veterinarian, and I did that. But I always used writing as a way to make people laugh. Loved it. About eight years ago I sat down and wrote my first book, Dawn of a Dark Knight. It didn’t happen overnight. It required sweat, tears, dreaded criticism and a baby arrival in the year it took to produce the story. Writing, I discovered, was an illuminating experience…and addictive.

2) Who are some of your favorite authors now, and what genres do you tend to read the most?

I’ve got a few authors on my auto-buy list. I read so many types of books from nonfiction to most genres of romance, especially paranormal/urban fantasy, contemporary and NA.  Some fav go-to’s include J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Rick Gualtieri, Sandra Brown, and Rebecca Yarros.

3) How long does it take you to write a full book? Do you write full time or part time?

During the day I’m a veterinarian and a mom (now of two). At home I you’ll find half my day is spent trying to figure out why little ones prefer to run around without pants and working to find a matching pair of socks (I’ve got a repeat offender sock-eating dog who works against me). So, I write when I can. A full book might take a few months, depending on free time, deadlines and other projects.

4) When I read one of your books, I’m learning that the book is going to be a huge part of my time until I finish it, without getting much else done, I get so drawn into them. I’ve read His Witch to Keep, and Dawn of a Dark Knight, and I still have Forgotten in Darkness ready to go. I love how readers are pulled right in to the story – well developed characters and storyline. The Scimitar Magi series reminds me a lot of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, with the warrior magi and how they fight and live together. Will we see more from both these series? 

That’s…awesome! Thanks. There are more in the Keepers of the Veil series with the plan of 7 (one for each witch). The Scimitar Magi series is a bit unclear at the moment. 

5) Where is your favorite place to write? What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

I’ll write wherever and whenever I can, whether it’s shut in a closet, waiting for my son to finish karate or baseball, or very late at night when the house is quiet. 

For relaxation I’ll veg to a good Sci Fi movie or some of our fav TV series like The Flash or Deadliest Catch or VEEP. It’s an eclectic mix. Or I’ll grab a book. There’s a lot on my TBR right now.

6) What are you working on now and what else do you have plans for in the near future? Any new releases coming soon you can tell us about?

The next in the Keepers of the Veil series has THE END written. I don’t have an exact release date yet. So, it’s on to book five in this series. Also, there’s a new line of contemporary romance in the pipeline.

7) What would you like to say to fans, and where can they follow you?

Thank you so much to all of you guys who love the Keepers of the Veil series. You guys rock!

Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. When she’s not typing at her laptop, she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s a small animal veterinarian caring for a wide range of furry creatures, although there has been the occasional hermit crab.
She’s madly in love with her globe trotting conservation ecologist husband who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, and happiest when he returns to their home base.

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