Speaking of hot, have you had the pleasure of reading any of Sue Ann Jaffarian's books? She writes three series: the Odelia Grey books featuring a plus-sized, middle-aged paralegal in southern California; the Emma Whitecastle books featuring a divorced mom and the ghost of her great-great-great grandmother; and the Fang-in-Cheek vampire mysteries featuring Madison Rose, a waitress in Los Angeles, California. Jaffarian is also employed full-time, so I have no clue where she finds the time to do everything!
|Sue Ann Jaffarian|
Time to get to the interview!
What was the very first book you remember reading and loving? What makes that book so special?
The Count of Monte Cristo. That was the first time I can recall reading really coming alive for me. Or maybe I came alive to reading. I was always a big reader, even when I was much younger, but looking back, getting lost in that book was what got my reading juices going. I think it was because it was so exciting and I became totally lost within its pages.
Outside of your writing and all associated commitments, what do you like to do in your free time?
I like to read, go on walks, meet up with friends, watch TV, movies.
If I were to visit your hometown, where would you recommend that I go? (I like seeing and doing things that aren't in all the guide books.)
I’m not really sure about this. My hometown is Haverhill, MA. There I’d probably direct you to the old cemetery next to Linwood Cemetery because it has lots of cool and very old headstones. I live in Los Angeles and everything here is in one guidebook or another. But I enjoy taking people to the top of Mulholland Drive where you can see over almost the entire city.
You have total control over casting a movie based on your life. Which actor would you cast as you?
Angelina Jolie, but I’m sure the movie folks would be more inclined to cast Rosanne Barr.
Who is your favorite recurring character in crime fiction?
I have so many favorites, I’m not sure I can pick just one. But this list should give you an idea: Easy Rawlings (Walter Mosely), Stella Hardesty (Sophie Littlefield), Skin Kadash (Bill Cameron), all the attorneys at Rosato & Associates (Lisa Scottoline)
Before your very first published mystery, what else had you written (short stories, articles, unpublished manuscripts)?
I had written 2 novels, neither of which was a mystery.
What did you do the first time you saw one of your books on a shelf in a bookstore? How did you celebrate when you first heard you were to be published?
The first time I knew my books were on a bookstore shelf, I was at home and a friend called to say she’d just seen Too Big To Miss at her local Barnes and Noble. We squealed together on the phone. I immediately went to my local B&N and there it was! I was so overwhelmed, I couldn’t stop caressing the copies and had to leave because I started crying. Is that sappy, or what? When I first heard I was to be published, I went out with the man I was dating at the time for a nice dinner and drinks, and got thoroughly soused.
I don't know if you've seen it, but I love Parnell Hall's video about book signings. What is the most unusual experience you've had at a book signing or author event?
I have seen that video. It’s hysterical. My most unusual thing happened a couple of days after one of my first book signings. At the signing I met a lovely man. He bought my book and we had a nice chat about reading, etc. About two days later I received an e-mail from him saying he’d read the book nearly non-stop and loved it. To the e-mail, he’d attached several naked photos of himself. Kind of floored me.
The way some people talk, the only way to read now or in the future is with some sort of electronic device, like my husband's Nook. What is your opinion of eBooks, and how will they affect you as a published author?
E-books are here to stay and I love them! I buy and read both print and e-books and read a lot more than I used to. I know a lot of people who are reading more now because e-books make it more convenient. It’s really too early to say for sure, but I think my three series will reach more people now that they are available in both formats.
Thank you so much for spending this time with us, Sue Ann. May your book sales grow and grow and grow!