Author Interview – Josie Jaffrey

Its May! which means we only have 5 more Days to wait for the release of the sequel to Josie Jaffrey’s May Day, Judgement Day. I loved May Day it was such a fun take spin of Vampires. You can read my full review here, scroll down to learn more about Judgement Day.

The Interview

I was lucky to be part of the Cover Reveal but also a bunch of bloggers and myself have had a chance to be part of a Mega interview so make sure you keep an eye out for other bloggers to catch more of the questions.

How do you like to write?

This is going to get embarrassing. I write in what I call my ‘work pyjamas’, which are just the same as any other pyjamas but without the guilt. I’m definitely one for silence – if interrupted while writing, and particularly while editing, I have been known to growl – and I do almost all of my work on the laptop, though my research notes are often handwritten.

What’s the most surprising thing you discovered when writing your books?

Ideas are endless. Authors are so often asked “where do you get your ideas?”, but that’s the easy bit. The ideas appear on their own; it’s developing them into stories and getting them down on paper that’s the hard bit. I’m inundated with ideas that I want to turn into books, but I’ll never get through them all. They won’t stop coming and there’s no way to press pause. There’s something humbling and terrifying about that.

How do you come up with titles for your books?

I like to have a thread that connects them all together, so they feel like a series. With Solis Invicti that thread was the word ‘Silver’. The first title (A Bargain in Silver) suggested itself, because the book is all about a bargain between vampires and humans. The rest of the titles in that series took a little more thinking, trying to work around the main plot of the book and make a title that worked. I’m really happy with those. I followed more-or-less the same principle when it came to the titles for the rest of my books: it needs to be something long enough to be distinctive, with some relevance to the story, and ideally a bit of wordplay.

How many books will there be in the Seekers series?

At the moment, I’ve planned for five, but things can always change! There’s a lot of story to fit in, and I love Jack Valentine so much that I might not want to leave her after I’ve finished the planned story arc. I’ll probably drag her along with me into the next Silverse series.

What’s your favourite underappreciated book?

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn. It’s a dystopian novel set in a future where people live in communal houses that are not formed from family units, just couples and singles. Each house is only allowed to have a child if its residents have been productive enough to earn the privilege. In the midst of this weird civilisation, there’s a murder. The book follows the murder investigation, whilst also flashing back to the main character’s teenaged years spent trekking the parts of the country that are outside the protection of the community system. It was fascinating and really well constructed.

I’m a huge fan of that wave of SFF we got in 2017/8 that examined infertility, miscarriage and contraception. It felt like women’s SFF in an aggressively honest way that nothing had ever captured for me before. The other excellent book that springs to mind in this vein is The Last One by Alexandra Oliva. If anyone knows of any others, please tell me!

About Josie Jaffery

Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.

Josie’s book The Gilded King also came in 4th place in the 2020 Book Blogger Novel of the Year awards (BBNYA) which I have been so happy to be a part of and I am looking forward to 2021. She also designed the Cover herself which is amazing.

What is Judgement Day about …

Title: Judgement Day

Author: Josie Jaffery

Series: Seekers #2

Release: 6th May 2021

From Goodreads:

Vampires don’t get happily ever afters.

Jack Valentine finally has her shit together. She has a great job, great friends (well, one at least) and a girlfriend whom she loves, even if she can’t work up the courage to tell her that yet. Unfortunately, she also has an arch-nemesis who’s about to punish her crimes in the worst possible way: by making her spend time with him. Which she could cope with, maybe, if she didn’t have problems at work as well. When the body of a human judge is found in a locked library, there’s no denying that she was murdered by one of the Silver – by a vampire – and the evidence points worryingly close to home.

If that wasn’t bad enough, some of Jack’s least favourite people are opening a new blood bar in Oxford with questionable motives. For Jack and her team, it’s becoming increasingly hard to separate allies from enemies. With conspiracies on every side, the simmering tensions in Silver society are about to come to a head. As usual, Jack intends to be right in the middle of it. She does like it when things get messy. Judgement Day is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

Love the sound of if already … you can Pre-order Judgement Day Here

Josie has a whole universe, or Silverse, of Vampirey goodness. you can find more information about Judgement Day, the Seekers series and the other series within the Silverse as Joisie’ s website:

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