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What Inspires J.K. Bovi?

Note from Jean: I’m on a blogging break to focus on revising and editing my stockpile of finished first drafts. In the mean time, here’s supernatural comedy author JK Bovi to answer the question, “What inspires you?”

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Take it away, JK…

JK BoviI never intended to be an author of young adult humorous paranormal books, but when the wicked inspiration to write about ghosts came to me, I couldn’t ignore it.

As a child I always had stories in my head and as I grew older I put many of them into written words. But the inspiration for my first book, Wicked Haints, came unexpected and literally ‘out of the blue’.

I live in Savannah, Georgia, and one day I took a tour trolley around town. The guide talked about how people accented their porches with ‘haint blue’ paint to keep unwanted spirits away. After the tour I sat on a park bench and thought ‘what would happen if the haint blue paint was taken off a house and ghosts moved in?’ I took out my I-pod and began to write.

The characters and story came so fast and so easy that I was surprised I’d written it at all! I sent it to one publisher, they loved it and I was published! I decided that perhaps, being a ‘ghost writer’ might be fun.

The inspiration for my second book, Dead Man’s Fingers, came as unexpectedly as the first. I walked past an old Savannah building and thought ‘this looks like a perfect place to find an old skeleton hidden in the basement.’ And Brandon-Jack came back from the dead to have the best time of his deceased life.

My third book, Zombies Y’all!, came from my husband who said, “Ghosts are boring. Do a Zombie book”. I created ghost zombies and the story turned into a wild crazy Zombie Apocalypse with a collection of zany characters trying to save Savannah from becoming a ghost town without any ghosts.

My fourth book, Heels & Souls, was inspired by a woman who passed me on the sidewalk, pointed at my shoes, and said, “Hey girl take those shoes off! Don’t you know you can’t wear white after Labor Day?” The story I wrote about a jitterbugging ghost in search of her white dancing shoes kicked up some hilarious graveyard dust!

I was inspired to write Claire Buoyant when I saw an old tug boat being pushed down the Intercoastal Waterway to the Ships Graveyard. There was no way I was going to let that boat stay dead-n-buried.

The idea for my book, Coffin Droppings, came when a friend of mine purchased an old Savannah home and when I looked up at the attic. I thought, ‘there’s definitely bats up there, maybe even a vampire’. And so… there was!

I get my inspiration from people and places. To find a good story just keep your eyes and ears open, and it will come to you. But most when the inspiration hits, wicked or not, grab it and run!

JK Bovi Books

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JK Bovi is a published author of humorous paranormal books that take place in Savannah. Her books are fun, easy-to-read fiction for teens and adults. For more information about JK Bovi and her books please visit: www.wickedhaints.com.

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Character Inspiration: Aleksandr Konstantin

It was 2012. I had recently seen The Rite, featuring a certain dark-haired Irish actor playing a super-serious priest-in-training of Eastern European descent. I was writing Dominion of the Damned, which featured a super-serious vampire doctor of Czech origins. While I tried to match a number of different faces and voices to Aleksandr Konstantin as I worked my way through the book, it was Colin O’Donoghue’s face that kept resurfacing any time I tried to summon a vision of Alek. And it stuck.

Of course, by the time I finally got around to writing the soon-to-be-released sequel last year, I had several seasons of Once Upon a Time under my belt. All that exposure to Captain Hook did nothing to interfere with my vision of O’Donoghue as my Alek — on the contrary, it made him more fun to write.

A lot of research went into the character of Alek Konstantin, particularly when choosing his name. I settled on an Eastern European spelling of both Alexander, which means defender or protector, and Constantine, which means steadfast and constant. Taken together, his name means steadfast protector, a perfect name for this vampire doctor with a tortured past who still believes in his Hippocratic oath and has made it his personal mission to free humanity from both their vulnerability to the zombie virus and their oppression at the hands of his own race.

You can read all about that mission, the motivations behind it, and how a young nursing student named Hannah Jordan plays into it in Dominion of the Damned, available in both paperback and ebook. And you’ll get to see how that mission is going once Deliverance of the Damned hits stores in a few months!

Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie Bauhaus

Cover Reveal: Dominion of the Damned (New Edition)

As you may or may not be aware, Dominion of the Damned has been getting an update to bring it more in line with the writing of the sequels (because six years is a long time for one’s writing style to evolve), and the new revised edition will be back on virtual book store shelves very soon (in the meantime you can read the revised-but-not-actually-finalized version for free on Wattpad).

And it’s getting a new outside to go with it’s new insides.

Here’s your first look at the brand new cover for the new-and-improved Dominion of the Damned:

Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie Bauhaus

For a Limited Time: Read the COMPLETE Dominion of the Damned on Wattpad!

Now you can read the ENTIRE updated edition of Dominion of the Damned FREE on Wattpad! It won’t be up there for long — when I re-release the new edition on Kindle I’ll have to take it down.

If you haven’t read it, now’s your chance to get a free introduction to this trilogy, the second book of which is coming later this fall. And if you have read it? This is a perfect time to get your friends hooked on this series!

Still here? Well go on! Click here to read Dominion!

Bound Spirits Restless Spirits Book 3 Jean Marie Bauhaus

Happy Bound Spirits Launch Day!

Bound Spirits Restless Spirits Book 3 Jean Marie Bauhaus

 

It’s here! It’s here! At long last, book 3 of the Restless Spirits saga, Bound Spirits, in which the Wilson sisters battle an angry poltergeist, a weeping woman who woos people to a watery grave, mistaken beliefs about their parents, and–worst of all–wedding fever, is now available in e-book and trade paperback formats wherever books are sold online. Head here for all the links!

Or head here to read reviews!

Have you already read it? Head here to leave a review (pretty please with all the sugar on top?)

Yaaaaaaay!

 

News and Progress for Halloween Week, 2012

  • First of all, if you’re visiting from the Halloween Blog Hop, hi! Please enjoy my little blog, and click here to read about my top 5 scariest film monsters, and tell us who your scariest monster is in the comments.
  • Speaking of Halloween, if you’re looking for a fun and spooky read to get you into the holiday mood, my paranormal fantasy novel, Restless Spirits, is FREE for the Kindle from now until midnight on Halloween. Get it here.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve made a progress report for Dominion of the Damned. I edited Chapter 38 this morning, and I’ve got about a dozen chapters left to go. I have now shorn up all of the plot holes and character inconsistencies, and there’s only one major thing left to fix that caused all of my beta readers to raise their eyebrows. So the rest of the edits should go pretty quickly. I’m hoping to be done with it by the end of this week.

    After that, I still want to set it aside for a week or so and then give it one more read-through to make sure I caught all of the errors and typos, and that I didn’t create any new ones during my revisions. Once that’s done, I’m thinking of offering free ARCs to a handful of volunteers who are willing to give it an honest review in a public place (as opposed to just telling me what they think) and to tell me if they catch any errors that I missed. So I think we’re looking at an early-to-mid December release (I don’t want to release it in the middle of NaNoWriMo, anyway).

    And in the mean time, I think I’m going to experiment with pre-selling it on Kickstarter. Mostly, I want to have experience with Kickstarter so I can teach others how to use it, but if I can pre-sell enough copies to raise the funds I need to finalize the cover, that would be awesome.

  • In other news, I thought I knew what my next book was going to be, but my actual next book came and whapped me upside the head the other day and told me to write it instead. I’ll tell you more about it when I’m closer to actually starting it, but for now I’ll tell you this–it’s a real departure from anything I’ve written before, and my most ambitious story yet in terms of world-building and the prep-work and research that I’ll have to do. That’s why I usually write contemporary and urban fantasy and horror–I tend to be really lazy in the research and world-building areas, and it’s so much easier to write in an era and setting that I’m already familiar with, and just make up the fantastical parts.

    But this… it’s steampunk, for one thing, and historical (well, alternate history, but you have to know something about history in the first place in order to alter it convincingly), and it’s going to be a lot of work. But I’m really excited about it, and I can’t wait to get started, and I really can’t wait to tell you what it’s all about.

  • Story Time Tuesday: Blackwood Park

    As I work on getting Dominion and my trunk novel The Hero Factor ready for publication, I’ll be exercising my writing muscles by working on my short story skills.  This story, started a week or so before I started that job that didn’t work out and tentatively titled Blackwood Park, isn’t really that short — I think it’s going to come out to around 15,000 words when all is said and done, so more of a novellette, really. This is why I need to practice the short part of short stories. But it’s appropriate for Halloween season, and hopefully by committing to updating it each week I’ll be motivated to write new scenes on the weekends. And so, I give you Story Time Tuesdays, wherein subsequent parts of this story will appear each Tuesday until it’s done, and hopefully after that, newer, shorter stories will get written and posted.

    Blackwood Park

    Part One

     

    NO NEW LEADS IN MISSING TEENS CASE

    TULSA, Oklahoma – One year after two Tulsa teenagers went missing, state and local investigators say there are no new leads in the case. Scott Fisher, 18, and James Lee, 17, had told friends and family that they were going to spend the weekend of August 20th hiking and camping in the woods near Lake Eucha. They were last seen the morning of the 20th in a convenience store just outside of Locust Grove. Witnesses, including the store clerk, say that nothing appeared odd or unusual about the boys.

    A team of police and rescuers were dispatched to search the lake and surrounding areas after the boys failed to return home or check in on the following Monday. Fisher’s car was found abandoned and burned on the side of a dead-end road just off of Highway 10, near the site of the abandoned Blackwood Park amusement park. Despite the apparent car fire, Police found no evidence of either a car accident or foul play, and the search and rescue team found no trace of either boy. 

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