Today we're chatting with THE ODOR OF VIOLET author, Ju Ephraime.
Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself. How long have you been writing?
I began writing in my teens. So given my present age, it adds up to a good number of years, without dating myself.
Tell us about THE ODOR OF VIOLET. What’s the story about?
The story is about Damien Falconer, a man whose life changed drastically when an accident took his sight. Unable to accept being cared for by a stranger, he requests his friend and accountant, Jake, take charge of his personal needs. After two years of being Damien's personal assistant, Jake is anxious to return to what he loves, accounting, and so begins the search for someone to take over his duties. Among the applicants who answered his ad was Lisa Andrews, a registered nurse from Connecticut. But Damien was adamant that he would not be replacing Jake with a woman. His argument was, he did not feel comfortable with a woman doing the things that Jake did for him, but one whiff of Lisa’s unique scent and Damien found himself fighting a blistering physical attraction the likes of which he’d never known before. The story revolves around these three, Damien and Lisa's relationship and Jake's desire to keep Lisa from being hurt.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
The idea for this story came to me from a murder mystery I read when I read when I was a child, years ago.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
No, I don’t have a critique group or beta readers. I have two professional editors, who edits my books
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
From the definition of pantser, I would say I more of a panster. I don’t plot, although I always have a mental picture of the story in my head; however, it takes shape and comes together as I write.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing for me is editing. There are certain parts of it I like, e.g., when I have to expound on something, or delve deeper into a scene, but the constant fixing of little errors I find tedious.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Absolutely, I have to have something to munch on or a long cool glass of my favorite wine.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
If I had to have to have to have any super power it would be the ability to have my words appear in written form, so I could avoid the tedium of hours and hours of typing.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
The weirdest thing I’ve googled was when I was researching for one of my paranormal books and I had to find information on a voodoo sorceress.
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: ricochet, fragrant, and occupy.
Jill watches as the bumble bee ricochet from flower to flower sampling the fragrant nectar of the rose bushes that occupy a prominent location in her front garden.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
A million thanks to all my supporters, those that are current and those that are yet to come!
And finally, where can people find you and your books online?
My books can be bought at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, my publisher, http://shop.envisionschoolpublishing.com/ and on my website, http://www.juliaeantoine.com