MF: Tell us a little about Jodie the person and Jodie the writer.
JP: As a person, I am big on family. I spend most of my time with my hubby and we have his kids every few weekends. I take care of my elderly ailing parents as well. As a writer, I hope I am creative enough for others to enjoy my books. I enjoy writing and my mind is constantly turning.
MF: You say you’ve been fascinated with vampires since childhood and are always busy with the next great vampire story. What kind of research do you do for your stories?
JP: I, say, pick a place I’d like my characters to go. I research all the areas around that place, the people, the local cuisine, local events and just get as much information as possible about that place.
MF: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
JP: Anne Rice. She’s my inspiration for writing about vampires!
MF: If you could jump into a book, and live in that world … which would it be?
JP: As I read every book I feel like I am actually there and can visualize things around me. I haven’t come across an actual ‘world’ from an author that I’d like to ‘live’ in.
MF: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
JP: Anne Rice wrote The Vampire Lestat which influenced me to write about vampires. Her Sleeping Beauty series is what encouraged me to try erotica.
MF: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
JP: Luckily, I haven’t really had any hard criticisms as an author and the best compliment was my publisher taking note of my stories and wanting to publish them.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
JP: I read things with vampires and sometimes some romance mixed in. I don’t usually re-read but if I HAD to it would be the J.K. Rowling books.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
JP: It’s more of an artistic quote: “I often paint self-portraits as it is I that knows myself the best”-Freida Kahlo.
MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
JP: I’m actually working on two projects right now. One was a short story that I dug out and the other is a new creation based off an idea from my hubby!
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
JP: Don’t give up. If you want to be traditionally published, push for it and keep at it. Follow your dreams and when they are supposed to come true, they will. Things are given to you in the universe’s own time, not your time.