Saturday, September 21, 2013

PJ Schnyder

Born and raised in the North East, PJ Schnyder spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries. She scored fairly high in the verbal portion. She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle. She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories and gaming.
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Interview
1. How was your first year attending RWA conference?
My first year at RWA was fantastic. I met so many great authors and industry professionals. The panels and workshops were really informative and I learned a lot. Plus, having the chance to reconnect with friends and people I do't get to see often was fun!
Also, everything they say about how awesome the Harlequin party is? So true.


2. Your bio mentions that you are a gamer, what are some of your favorite games and why?
Currently, I play a lot of StarCraft 2 and League of Legends. I enjoy both for the strategy and tactics as well as the opportunity to game online with my boyfriend. We're long distance so our gaming dates are really valuable quality time for us. I also spend a little time soloing as a hunter in World of Warcraft. Sometimes I just like questing on my own and using my pet as a tank.
In terms of console gaming, the Kingdom Hearts games are some of my all time favorites. I've also enjoyed Final Fantasy X and X.2 as well as FF XIII. More recently, I've begun playing Skylanders with Sonic Boom, the daughter of good friends Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.
I'm also the setting and world writer for the Ministry Initiative role playing game, a steampunk paper and dice rpg based on the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. It's based on the Fate Core system and game design is by ENnie award winning game designer J.R. Blackwell.


3. When you finish writing a book what is the first thing you do?
Jump up and do a happy dance!
And then I set it aside for a while to clear my head and pick up a different project. I might take a night away from writing altogether and go out with friends or hop online to game with my boyfriend in celebration.


4. The London Undead series says it's slated to have 2 mores books, do you have releases dates for these yet?
Sing for the Dead is scheduled for release in November 2013 and Survive to Dawn is scheduled for March 2014. I don't have exact dates, but readers won't have to wait too long for the next books.

5. For you what is the hardest part of writing a book and why?
For me, it's difficult to find the balance between telling my readers all of the wonderful details about the worlds I've built or the backstory I've created for my characters and showing them what they need to know to enjoy the story without bogging them down in pages and pages of exposition or narrative.
How much is too much detail? How best to keep the story moving but give enough for people not to feel lost?
Sometimes I strike the write balance. Other times, I err too far to one side or the other. I do my best and I rely on my excellent editors to let me know when I've strayed too far.


6. What is your favorite comfort food?
Oh wow, that's a hard question. I love so many different kinds of food. LOL.
I think my favorite comfort food is baking cupcakes. Mostly because I can share with my friends. ;)


Books
Terra's Guardians Series ( This series is currently out of print PJ is working to find new homes for these books and still has plans to write future books.) I do own paperback copies of both these books, if you live in the US and promise to either send them back or to the next person on the list please feel free to email me and I will send them to you so that you can borrow them.
  Born human, Mackenzie never wanted to be a shapeshifter. After a shifter stalks and brutally Changes her, she runs to the jaguars of River Gap pride for protection from the stalker still searching for her, to come to terms with the attack and learn to control her new, powerful cougar body. Adam, a River Gap Sentinel, is assigned as her guard and mentor. Well aware of his strength and how new she is the shapeshifter world, he holds himself back from the flames of primal desire she ignites. But, to survive the stalker, they both need to first battle their pasts and learn what it truly means to be the sentinels of each other’s hearts.  




 




 Carri has definitely caught the eye of the big bad wolf. Visiting the Glacier Valley pack to get a little breathing room from life in the city, she uses her skills to help install a high tech airspace sensor array for her adoptive grandmother’s pack. Jason is a lone wolf, good at doing his job and good at being alone. Sparks fly between them, igniting desire hotter than Carri’s red hood. But the Glacier Valley pack has made it clear that Carri is under their protection and off limits. And yet, the heat between them is undeniable and when Carri makes her choice clear, Jason is ready to claim her as his. He’ll go against the pack and any rivals, even take down an alien hunter to have her and protect her








London Undead Series
  Few people walk the streets of London since the zombie outbreak, but that's not an issue for Seth. As a werewolf, he can handle himself and save humans reckless enough to take a nighttime stroll. While on patrol he comes across a group of people under attack. The one woman brave enough to take a stand against the zombies catches his eye—and not just because of her way with a gun. Learning the beautiful woman is homeless and fends for herself only intensifies his urge to protect and care for her. Maisie can't help but admit that she's attracted to her werewolf rescuer. She's drawn to Seth's strength and ferocity, and finds herself opening up to him in ways she never imagined, even though she's determined to not rely on Seth or anyone else. She doesn't want another person to get hurt—or die—for her sake. She has enough scars, physical and emotional, from the last time… But when Seth realizes something is drawing the zombies to Maisie, there may be nothing he can do to save her…    
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Kayden, a lone were-leopard allied with the London werewolf pack to keep the zombie infestation in check, is used to working solo—until he discovers a beautiful fae woman surrounded by the aftermath of battle. He’s immediately drawn to Sorcha, but quickly discovers she’s much more than a pretty face. Half Bean Sidhe and half berserker, Sorcha trained over centuries to become the perfect warrior. She agrees to work with local weres to investigate a new type of zombie capable of coordinated attacks—and is partnered with Kayden. He’s strong, darkly handsome and completely unafraid of her. And his kiss fills her with insatiable desire instead of bloodlust. As Kayden and Sorcha work together, their attraction grows and their deepest scars are bared to each other. But with the force behind the deadly new zombies poised to overwhelm the city, Sorcha can only pray that the next time her bloodlust strikes, Kayden isn’t among the fallen…
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Survive to Dawn (London Undead #3) -Expected Publication 2014

Triton Experiment Series


As a mercenary, Kat Darah doesn't have to pass for a normal human. On the edge of the solar system, she's just another biped. Most of the time. Nearing the end of his military tour, Lt. Christopher Rygard debates the idea of hanging up his uniform for good. Looking for answers at the bottom of a glass of scotch, he meets Kat. One shared night of mutual desire seems harmless. But when their tryst is interrupted by attackers hunting Rygard, Kat must reveal her other form, the predator beneath the human fa├žade. Together they embark on a dangerous mission—a race against time to meet the enemy's demands, while trying to deny the passion between them. Rygard is faced with a terrible choice in the face of duty: Report the existence of a human turned shape-shifter. Or forget he ever met her. 
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 Fighting Kat (Triton Experiment #2)-Expected Release Date January 2014



  A free holiday read. Boggle receives a special Christmas delivery, exclusive and non-transferable. He just has to make sure he doesn’t fry the courier with his security system. O.o
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Stand Alone
Stubborn Evie is reluctant to play the roll of a proper lady by English standards, but she has little choice. Traveling to London for her first season, she faces the threat of an enemy submarine bent on destroying the airship carrying her across the ocean. Once she steps forward to help, her knowledge is questioned by the captain, placing her special gift in danger.  
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  Lora swam the oceans long before Katherine fell to a sailor's curse, joining her as a mermaid. In all the centuries of Lora's existence, she'd never encountered another of such potential. Yet Katherine continued to shut herself off, retreating from the feelings that made her so magnetic. A waste, and possibly, a catastrophe for them all as an ancient danger approaches. In an effort to coax Katherine ashore to spend time immersed in the emotions humans generate so easily, Lora hunts beaches seeking the perfect bait but finds love instead.
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  The Zombies Are Here! Gimme Shelter, the anthology of the zombie Apocalypse, is now available! Gimme Shelter is about zombies, survival, fathers and daughters, teenagers making out, guns, awkward third dates, reality TV gone wrong, and having a sense of humor in the face of impending disaster. Its a love letter to horror, zombies and the apocalypse. Gimme Shelter features all-new fiction from Filamena Young, Jared Axelrod, PJ Schnyder, Christiana Ellis, Peter Woodworth, Tee Morris, Mur Lafferty, Rob Wieland, David A. Hill Jr., Phillipa Ballentine, Chuck Wendig, and J.R. Blackwell. The fiction in Gimme Shelter was created as a special thank you to the Kickstarter supporters of Shelter in Place. This week, we’ll be featuring interviews with the authors who contributed to Gimme Shelter about their stories, inspirations and latest projects. Gimme Shelteris available in e-book and print  
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Fall, 1863 Phailin is not your typical personal guard to the King of Siam. This royal protector of secrets finds herself intrigued by a guest of the British Ambassador’s, the enigmatic John M. Alvey of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and his quest for a swan possessing mythical powers… Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen, and may include novel teasers of things to come.   
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