I’m delighted to welcome award-winning author Paty Jager to my blog today!
Thank you for having me here today, Babette!
This post is part of a two week blog tour. I love to give and you could be the winner! I will be giving away a $5 egift card to a commenter at each blog stop and will give a bag full of goodies to the person who follows me to the most blogs and a gift to the host who gets the most commenters. You can find the blog tour hosts at my blog: http://www.patyjager.blogspot.com or my website: http://www.patyjager.net
Tell us about your current release, Secrets of a Mayan Moon.
Secrets of a Mayan Moon is an action adventure romance set in the Guatemalan jungle.
Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.
DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.
What inspired this story?
I read a book that was dubbed a “female Indiana Jones” and felt gypped when the book was only set outside the U.S. for the first and last chapters. I felt an action/adventure should be outside the U.S. and after complaining about feeling cheated a writer friend started asking me if I were to write one who would be the characters and what would they be doing and that’s how Isabella and Tino came about and the idea for their adventures.
What are you working on now? Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
I’m currently working on the next Isabella Mumphrey adventure to be published in January and then I will sandwich those books between a mystery series and a historical western trilogy I’ve dreamed up.
How do you come up with ideas?
My ideas come from talking with other writers (see above) listening to music, reading or hearing the news, or research on one book might uncover something I want to write about in another book.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Conjuring up characters and giving them the attributes I’d like to have or giving them an exciting existence that I can be part of for the duration of the writing of the book. And then having others be as entertained reading as I was writing.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, character, or…?
All three kind of go hand in hand, I come up with either a character or a plot then as I “stew and brew” those and start on the research which usually plays into the plot as well. I don’t start actually writing until I have the two main characters well revealed in my mind and I know my opening scene and my ending.
What did you learn from writing your first book or what do you wish you’d known before becoming published?
Wow…I wish I had joined a writing group before I wrote my first book. It would have saved me lots of rejections that I didn’t understand. Learning craft and listening to other writers’ tales and how they do things helped me to learn the craft and hone my own voice and style.
What is your favorite scene from this story and why?
My favorite scene is when Isabella tries to climb a tree thinking the roar she hears is a jaguar. It is this scene where she realizes being a genius and book smart doesn’t make you smart in the real world.
Do you have any good news you’d like to share?
Secrets of a Mayan Moon received a 4.5 Blue Ribbon review at Romance Junkies.
“Paty Jager blends the sultry feel of the jungle with the excitement of ancient discovery then throws in a little mystery along with a thrilling romance and the results are nothing short of amazing. What I really loved about this entire story was that after reading the whole thing and gasping my way through the final scenes I realize that there’s more to come!”
These are few of my favorite things:
1. Family & Friends
2. Riding horses
3. Chocolate (Dove)
She deposited her backpack on the floor at her feet. The horn handle of a twelve inch Guatemalan blade protruded from the side pocket. Tino’s curiosity spiked another notch.
“I have a reservation. Dr. Isabella Mumphrey.”
Tino snapped the paper down and stared even harder at the woman. This was the frumpy, old anthropologist he was to guide? His gaze scanned the length of her one more time while tuning in the conversation.
“Ahh, Dr. Mumphrey, Dr. Martin said you were to get the finest room, no?” The clerk acted like a simpering fool giving the doctor her key and expounding on all the wonders of the hotel.
“Gracias. May I borrow a paper and pencil? I need to make a list for the taxi driver.”
The clerk handed her the items. She stepped to the side of the counter and began writing.
Why would she make a list for a taxi driver? Curious, Tino folded the paper and strolled to a spot beside her. So intent on her list, she didn’t even acknowledge his presence as he leaned, reading the items. Army knife, candle, braided fishing line, hooks, swivels, 24 gauge snare wire…
“You are planning a trip into the jungle, no?”
She started at his voice. Deep green eyes rimmed in gold stared at him from behind wire-rimmed lenses. She blinked, focused on him, and narrowed her eyes.
“Didn’t your mother teach you manners? You don’t look over people’s shoulders to see what they’re doing.” She picked up her list and held it to her damp shirt.
“Mi mamá did teach me manners, no? I am Tino Kosta, your guide to the dig at Ch’ujuña.” He held out his hand waiting for her to shake.
Her gaze traveled from his extended hand up his arm to his face. She squinted her eyes and glared at him.
“You’re not of Mesoamerican descent, so you can’t possibly be my guide. Are you in cahoots with the disgusting little man who stole my property?” She bent toward her backpack, giving him a good view down the front of her blouse.
Si, she didn’t wear a bra. The nipples peaking through her clingy shirt sat atop a palm-sized mound. Now, being a man who liked his hands filled to overflowing when it came to handling a woman—
“¡Carajo!” The pointed end of the large knife that had been tucked in the doctor’s backpack waved inches from his nose. “What is this about?” A woman who ran around without undergarments shouldn’t be offended by a man viewing her body.
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance, Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest,and Spirit of the Lake, the second book of the spirit trilogy, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.