One thing I recently did was join Josie Jaffrey’s street team The Silverse Squad. I want to do some extra boosting of authors on here but sometimes I just don’t have the extra time to commit to do this for various authors. So I’ve been offering things to selected authors when I can, and when Josie’s newsletter came around with the offer to join the Silverse Squad I knew I had to jump on that. I enjoy Josie’s books so far and I want to boost her a little more.
Enter today. Josie and her publicist Victoria prepared a mega interview for the release of Judgement Day tomorrow. Judgement Day is the second book in her Seekers series. They have cut up the interview and have multiple bloggers ready to share the parts. I have one such part right here for you today!
Once other parts are released I will be updating this post with all the other parts so be sure to continue checking back here!
Interview Josie Jaffrey
How many stories did you write before the Solis Invicti series?
None that I finished! The Solis Invicti series grew out of two half-finished vampire projects that I scrapped a few years previously. The first was a vampire romance novel that was laughably self-insert, and the second was a graphic novel set in a dystopian version of London where vampires were running free. Those two concepts combined to make the world of the Silverse, in which Solis Invicti (and most of my other books) is set. It’s somewhere I spend a lot of time!
Why did you choose London as a setting for the Solis Invicti series?
I lived in London for a year and didn’t like it, so I think part of me really wanted to see it burn! But it also presents so many opportunities for a story like the Solis Invicti series. You’ve got so many buildings packed in tightly together, so many people stacked in these hidden spaces, that the idea of them all becoming infected by a zombie virus is just horrifying. I wanted to experiment with trying to control people in a place like that, with so many levels and access points. I picked Paternoster Square in particular not just because it’s an attractive and iconic location (the fall of the London Stock Exchange felt symbolically interesting), but also because it’s where I used to work and I know it well.
Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series, or the subsequent ones?
They’re very different projects. When you’re writing the first book, you have to establish the world and the characters, and there’s a lot of work in that, but it’s also the most exciting part. That excitement carries me through. Writing sequels has its own challenges, because you have to create consistent characterisation, together with increasing stakes, and you have to make sure you give readers a satisfying pay off for the time they’ve already invested in the series. That can feel like a lot of pressure!
How do you come up with your covers?
With difficulty! For the Solis Invicti series and the Sovereign series, I worked with excellent cover artist Martin Beckett. For my other books, I’ve designed and created the covers myself. Sometimes the story and locations suggest the cover (as with the Seekers series) and sometimes it’s a bit more abstract. For The Wolf and the Water, I started with a drop of water and an image of a flooded temple. That image went through a lot of permutations before eventually turning into the watery wolf design that appears on the cover, which is a direct reference to the title. Sometimes simple is best!
Does one of the main characters in the Seekers series hold a special place in your heart?
Jack is obviously my MVP, but I love Killian too. He’s handsome and rich and all that, but he also has a frustrated exhaustion about him that I find very endearing. He has the air of someone who is trying to keep his cool in very difficult circumstances, and circumstances are always difficult whenever Jack’s around. He has the patience of a saint, but he can be just as impish as she is when provoked. They’re such a mess.
About Josie Jaffrey
Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
About The Seekers
Since Judgment Day is a sequel I am going to give you the details about the first book here.
Title: May Day (Seekers 1)
Release Date: July 9th 2020
Tags: Adult | Vampires | Urban Fantasy | Oxford | Sapphic Romance | Bisexual MC
If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.
It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.
When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.
To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.
Look out for my review on Judgement Day tomorrow!