Tori: Do you have a pre-writing ritual?
Jeri: I love it when I can find the perfect music to get me into the head of one of the characters. But it has to happen naturally—it never work if I set out to look for it. Also, I try not to depend too much on any ritual. I’ve got to be able to write no matter what the circumstances. (Note: I’m still working on this one—I’m so easily distracted.)
Tori: What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing?
Jeri: I love watching football, although I often use the time to mail reader swag, so maybe that doesn’t count as not writing. This job is pretty much my whole life!
Tori: Coffee or tea?
Jeri: Coffee in the morning—mandatory! Usually two cups. Then if I need a pick-me-up in the afternoon, I have tea (sometimes with chocolate if I’m really sleepy or just need a comfort moment).
Tori: Do you have a song list for your books? If so, could you list a few songs?
Jeri: Music is an integral part of the SHADE trilogy: one of the main characters (Logan Keeley) is the frontman for an Irish-flavored punk band. I have a whole section of my website for the SHADE books’ music: http://www.jerismithready.com/books/shade/music
Some of the songs specifically mentioned in SHADE are “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” by Flogging Molly, and Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Possess Your Heart.”
I recently wrote the lyrics to the song Logan wrote for Aura in SHADE, called “Forever.” http://t.co/20i4zVu3
Hopefully some time in October, the song will be put to music and performed.
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