Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Seventh Day of Christmas with Jeanne C. Stein

Jeanne C. Stein is the author of the Anna Strong Chronicles.  There are currently a total of seven books in the series about Anna Strong, a bounty hunter turned vampire.  Make sure to check out the giveaway at the end.  Ms. Stein will be giving to one reader a copy of Crossroads and Hexed, along with some swag.

Goodreads Bio:
Jeanne C. Stein is an American Urban Fantasy author living in Colorado. She now lives in Colorado, but was raised and educated in San Diego, which is the setting for her contemporary vampire fantasy. 

Jeanne is active in the writing community, belonging to Sisters in Crime both nationally and in San Diego and Los Angeles. She also belongs to Horror Writers of America, RWA and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She was named RMFW’s Writer of the Year for 2008 an honor given to a writer who has contributed to the organization as well as achieved success in publication. 

She write a blog "Biting Edge" with Mario Acevedo at :

Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider?            
Hot Cocoa (Acutally, coffee is my drink of choice)

Favorite holiday story?                  
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Favorite holiday movie?                
A Christmas Story

Best gift received for the holidays?
I’ve loved them all

Favorite holiday song?                    
Little Drummer Boy

There are only a few novels left in the Anna Strong series. Can you give
us any hints on your next project?
I’m working on two projects—both with collaborators. One is a paranormal romance and the other, a paranormal historical. I plan to get those books finished and then we’ll see what develops.

What kind of writing process do you have? (How do you start? Do you outline or just write? Are there any musical influences?)
I use to be a pantser, but lately, I’ve discovered how much faster I write when I’ve outlined the book scene by scene. I can veer off the outline, of course, but having the story and characters well thought out makes
everything so much easier. Especially if I have more than one book going.

I don’t listen to music when I write—it’s too distracting. I find I want to sing or dance and that isn’t conducive to writing!

What book are you reading now, and what book are you most looking forward to in the coming months?
I’ve read a ton of books because I’m a judge for this year’s Bram Stoker awards from Horror Writers of America. I had no idea how many new Young Adult novels there are out there! Good ones! But I’ve been inundated with books from the publishers and the stack keeps getting bigger.  The two most recent were Anna Dressed in Blood ( Kendare Blake) and Nightspell (Leah Cypress).

What gifts are on your holiday wish list this year?
Actually, I don’t have a list.

What is your favorite thing to eat during the holidays? Any favorite recipes?
I suppose like everyone else, turkey and dressing are top of my lists. I have two family recipes. One is for stuffing that’s made with potatoes, equal parts ground beef and ground pork and seasonings. Baked in a turkey, you can’t imagine the deliciousness. The other is a vegetable dish made with carrots and turnips, mashed together with lots of butter. Served with gravy, unbelievable!

What is your best memory of the holidays?
Any holiday spent with family and friends is the best. Being with those you love means everything.

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PS - Don't forget to check out Pawing Through Books & Alaskan Book Cafe to see what authors they are featuring today!  Also, check out the main post HERE for links to the grand prize giveaways! Also, make sure you check out the previous days for other guest posts/interviews and giveaways!


  1. Just like yesterday, the ole rafflecopter is on the fritz, so here are my answers:
    Name: MJB
    Email: msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com
    Blogpost: I'm writing it now!
    GFC: as MJB
    RSS: same email address as above.
    I hope that it isn't a problem for you to plug these in so I don't miss out in the contest.
    Also - can a person win more than one day? Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself, but I've noticed that some of the days don't have many commenters, so my chances may be good! I hope.

  2. Awesome holiday giveaway!! I love this series yet I have not read the short story in the antho!

  3. Again, didn't quite realize I was forgetting name and email!

    Jessica S.