Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Interview with Joanna Mazurkiewicz Author of £6.19 per Witching Hour - Plus a Giveaway

What inspired you to become an author?

Currently I still work as an employment advisor for a private welfare organization. We always have a morning meeting before 9 o’clock. During one very dull meeting, which was about self employment, I completely switched off and started thinking about really random stuff.  Suddenly I had this idea in my head, what if I can write a book about the recruitment agency for all the supernatural creatures? When I left the room all these images started coming into my head and I knew it that I had to start writing it straight away.

Do you write in different genres?

Yes I am currently working on contemporary romance.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

Paranormal Romance

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

Sometimes I have the title before I start writing and other times I come up with the title while I am working on the book. It all depends of the story.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not quite, but a few of my work collogues said that the office that Julia works in is very similar to my actual office in Wales. The first scene is actually based on a true life experience; someone actually came in to the office once and threatened the consultant with a chain saw. A friend of mine told me this story a while back and I decided that it would fit perfectly well into my story.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

Definitely JK Rowling and Charlaine Harris.

What book are you reading now?

Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti,

What books are in your to read pile?

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale)

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I am working currently on a new adult contemporary romance; I am planning to release it in August. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

£6.19 per Witching Hour is about a recruitment agency in London that deals with jobs for all the supernatural creatures. Julia Taylor is the main character. She is the main consultant that deals with fairies, vampires, witches, hags, wizards, mermaids, elves, giants and trolls that are unemployed.  The story is filled with action and mystery and of course steamy romance. The action picks up once Julia has to negotiate a contract with handsome vampire, Nathaniel La Caz.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes, I am not a native English Speaker, so sometimes I struggle to find certain words in English.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I do all my research through the internet.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I bought the stock picture and designed the cover.

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£6.19 per Witching Hour
Paranormal Personnel Saga Book One
Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Genre: paranormal romance

Book Description:

Julia Taylor works as a recruitment consultant for Paranormal Personnel in London. Her days at work seem normal, she sees clients that regularly are looking for work, she source new vacancies, updates CV and visits employers.

 Everything is pretty ordinary for her, apart from the fact that Julia is half elf and Paranormal Personnel is not an ordinary agency at all because all jobless supernatural creatures come to the agency to look for work.  Fairies, vampires, witches, hags, wizards, mermaids, elves, giants and trolls, they all need to find employment and during this economic climate this seems pretty challenging.

Julia doesn’t want her life to be complicated but when her day is interrupted by the shape shifter with the chain saw; she just has to deal with him as she always does. She is normally calm, confident and is not afraid to stand up for herself but when the meeting with Nathaniel’s Corporation goes not as well as she expected she wants to bury herself under the ground and die.

Then Mr. La Caz gets under her skin, lights up a fire inside her, she accidently reads his thoughts and learns that he craves for her, he wants to suck her dry but she is convinced that he is not even a vampire.

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About the Author:

Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ’Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on the other projects. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.

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