Monday, April 9, 2012

Mesmerized by Julia Crane & Talia Jager - Includes Author Interview

Seventeen-year-old succubus Lily Anderson can’t have a normal life: She isn't allowed a boyfriend, she has no friends, and school is just one mess-up after another.

Lily’s parents send her away to the prestigious Emerson Academy. It doesn’t appear to be any different from the others. That is, until she meets her roommate, Hannah, and a blue-eyed boy named Jake.

Lily makes an almost deadly mistake, and Jake has a mysterious past that has come back to haunt him. Together, they must go on the run from things neither of them understand in order to save the people they love—and each other. But, Jake’s foe is more dangerous than they realized, and it will take the help of friends and family to save the man Lily loves.

She must learn to use her powers for good before it’s too late.

Where were you born and where do you call home? 

Julia: I was born in Portsmouth, Va and currently call Dubai, UAE my home.

Talia: I was born in New York, but now live in Texas.

Tell us about something that has just happened or is about to happen in your life that you would like to share.

Julia: I'm excited that my mother will be here in a couple of weeks to visit which means my husband and I can escape for a long weekend without the kids.

Talia: We are expecting our 6th baby (and first boy) very soon. It’s an exciting and anxious time.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

Mesmerized: Seventeen-year-old succubus Lily Anderson can’t have a normal life: She isn't allowed a boyfriend, she has no friends, and school is just one mess-up after another.

Do you have plans for a new book?  Is this book part of a series?

We have received many request for a sequel for Mesmerized so it's definitely a possibility. Talia and I are currently working on a book about a light faerie that gets trapped in the dark faerie world. We hope to have it released by June.

What books have influenced your writing?

Julia: This question is always so hard. As an avid reader I'm sure I'm subconsciously influenced by many writers.

Talia: I agree with Julia. I have been influenced by many books and writers over the years.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

Julia: Today I would have to say e-books, although there is something nice about holding a book in your hand. I have tons of hardcovers that I never plan on parting with.

Talia: I prefer to read e-books nowadays. However, if I really like the book, I’ll go out and buy a paper copy.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?

Julia: Amazon

Talia: Amazon

What book would you like to read again?

Julia: I rarely read books more than once. Off the top of my head I can think of Atlas Shrugged, and Fountain Head that I've read each three times.

Talia: I like reading some of my favorites to my children like The Little Prince or The Chronicles of Narnia.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

Julia: I'm actually reading Patti Roberts book Paradox-Progeny of Innocence and loving it!

Talia: The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith. Paperback. It was a Christmas gift.

Patti Says: Oh I quiet enjoy the TV Series.

Who designed the cover of your book?

Stephanie is an amazing artist.

Do you buy a book by the cover?

Julia: I'm often sucked in by covers. I also buy books by recommendations from fellow readers.

Talia: I have and I’m sure I will again.

Do you have a book trailer?

Not for this book.

What are your thoughts on book trailers?

I think they are a fun way to advertise.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Julia: Write often, edit, watch people and pay attention to the little details in life.

Talia: Write for yourself.

Do you write under a pen name?

Julia: Yes
Talia: No

What date were you born? - you can leave off the year if you like.

Julia: 09/19/1974
Talia: 1/12/1975

Did you have a favorite toy as a child?

Julia: I'm sitting here trying to think of a favorite toy. We only got toys on Christmas, but my mom would buy us as many books as we wanted. I guess I didn't have a favorite toy. That's kinda sad :)

Talia: I had a few. Cabbage Patch Kids, Legos, and Tinkertoys.

An early childhood memory - 

Julia: My grandmother lived with us and she always took me with her to her miniature doll shows and meetings. I thought I was so special since I was the only child she took out of the four of us.

Talia: I remember spinning around in my living room, falling down, and hitting my lip on a table splitting it open. My mom took me to the ER and I remember they filled up a glove with ice for me to hold on my lip while we waited. I still have the scar.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

Julia: More times than I care to admit. I love PJ's my favorite are a pair with polar bears all over them.

Talia: All the time!

Patti says: in them right now!

What are your pet peeves? 

Julia: It drives me crazy if someone leaves a cabinet door open. I also need some moments of solitude during the day.

Talia: Too much air conditioning. Brrrr. Being bothered while I’m in the shower.

Any pets that you would like to tell us about, share a pic?

Julia: We used to have a bulldog named Thor, but he passed away before we moved.

Talia: We have two miniature schnauzers.

Coffee or tea?

Julia: Both, but I need coffee in the morning.

Talia: Neither. But, I do like hot cocoa when it’s cold.

So you like to cook?  Do you have a favorite food?

Julia: I wish I liked to cook. My favorite food would be potatoes any kind of way. I LOVE them.

Talia: I hate cooking. Other than chocolate, I love steak and potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs.

Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?

Julia: Chocolate.
Talia: Chocolate.

What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?

Julia: I always have a cup of coffee in the morning as I catch up on my emails. I try to eat breakfast because it's good for you, but honestly I forget a lot of the times. I love a bagel with cream cheese.

Talia: Depends on if I’m hungry...or pregnant. A bowl of cereal if I am, nothing if I’m not.

What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?

Julia: I have a two year old so toddler, diapers, wipes and sunglasses.

Talia: For me, I always get cold, so a light jacket. A water bottle, sunglasses, and a journal in case an idea comes to me while I’m out.

Sleep in or get up early?

Julia: Not a morning person. So I sleep as long as I can which sadly isn't very late. My little one wakes up around 6:30.

Talia: I’m a night owl too. I would rather stay up until 3am and sleep until midday. But, because I have to get kids to school, I usually get up about 7:30. I love summers!!! Two months of sleeping in later.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Julia: Laptop I move around a lot when I write.

Talia: Laptop.

Your favorite gadget - 

Julia: iPhone

Talia: iPhone

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Julia: Whenever it's quiet and it really doesn't matter where. Coffee shop is a rare treat.

Talia: Usually in bed or on the couch. I like writing late at night, but being pregnant has put a stop to that right now.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad - 

Julia: Well, a good review makes me feel great and a bad review makes me feel not so great. Although, I've come to terms with the fact that bad reviews are part of the deal. Not everyone is going to like what I write. I really do appreciate it when people take the time to write reviews.

Talia: I love good reviews and I appreciate constructive criticism. While reviews that attack me are hurtful, I ignore them. They are a part of life. Every book out there has bad reviews.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

Julia: Oh goodness, do they have to be famous? Famous people are playing a role so we have no idea what they are really like in person. Hmm, Temperance from Bones, because she is brilliant and hilarious, Castle from Castle because he always see things that others miss, and Eric Bana he's strong and looks good. 

Patti Says:  And he is an Aussie (and Grace's father in the Paradox Series:))

Talia: Adam Sandler to keep me laughing, Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland for her voice, and someone really smart to get us off the island and keep my mind busy.

Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?

Julia: Ireland

Talia: Ireland

Patti Says:  Me too - not in the winter though!!

One of your favorite quotes -

Julia: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein

Talia: "Blank stares aren't signs of dullness & stupidity; they're signs of deep thoughts and dreams." - Unknown

An actor or a book character you have a crush on -

Julia: I have a crush on Sam Fisher from the splinter cell books he's in his fifties and still kicking butt and looking good.

Talia: Ian Somerhalder. Mmhmm!! 

Patti Says: Yell please!!  I love the Vampire Diaries and Ian is the BEST!

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?

Julia: I'm loving the new show Once Upon a Time.

Talia: Vampire Diaries.

Patti Says: I'm with you on that one!  But the best - Game OF Thrones!

Where can your readers stalk you?

My blog:

My facebook page:




Barnes & Noble:

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
Right now it's only on ebook, but it will be out in print by summer. 

Thanks ladies it has been fun.  Much success for your book :) Patti


  1. Since you like to read, I wondered if you might be interested in learning more about cryptic crosswords. If so, this is a link to a post I did recently on cryptic crossword clues that involve anagrams. Cryptic Crossword Clues - Anagrams

  2. Great interview! I have read some of the books from Julia Crane and all I have read were awesome books so far! I'll be sure to check this one too! :)


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