Saturday, May 16, 2015

Meet Ju Ephraime and her novel BLACK MAGIC MAN

Ju Ephraime

Meet Ju Ephraime and her novel BLACK MAGIC MAN

Black Magic Man

Hello Julia and thank you for taking the time for this interview.  According to your Amazon Author Page, you’ve published thirteen books so far.  That’s quite an accomplishment.  Before we get started with your Black Magic Man novel, let me ask some questions about you. 

If you could work with any author, who would it be.

I’d have to say, Lisa Kleypas

Who is your favorite author and is your writing style similar to theirs?

Again, Lisa Kleypas, and to a certain extent, heat level, yes.

What is your favorite part of a book?

I like the middle, but I also love the epilogue. By the middle of the book I pretty much know if I like the book or not. I don’t judge a book by the first few chapters. I love the epilogue because it ties everything together for me.

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?

No. But I imagine my characters responding to their names in my mind eye. I refer to him/her only by that name.

What is your inspiration or who is?

I’m a very new writer, so I have a lot of life experiences to drawn upon. I’m really never at a loss for material, yet.

Do you use real-life facts based on true stories?

I use real life and my over-active imagination.

Do you use your OWN experiences?

Not really, but if I describe a romantic scene, you’d better believe I’ve done it. I won’t write it otherwise.

Did you ever think you would ever become an author?

Yes, I knew I would be an author from age eight. It took a long time getting there because of life responsibilities—work, school, family, etc.

How do you conceive your plot ideas?

I get a title, then the cover and the rest is history. I visualize the entire thing in my mind-eye before I sit down to write.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to publish?

No. Fortunately, I have yet to experience this.

How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?

Not long. After my first email rejection, I went to my job and they offered to publish my book under their imprint, and the rest is history. I’ve not submitted a manuscript to another publishing house.

How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children's books, etc.)?

I read only steamy romance novels, not erotica, but steamy; so I write what I enjoy reading.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I did period research for location and realism of the facts.

What is a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

No. I write as the mood takes me. If I’m in the grips of a hot scene, I’ll take my laptop with me, even to the hair salon.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

There is no part of writing I don’t enjoy. I even enjoy, to a certain extent, the edits. I like it and yet I hate it, so for me it’s a double edged sword.

What is the best thing about being an author?

The best thing for me about being an author is being able to do what I love to do most.

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am working on two releases: Chasing Love, which came out in time for Mother’s Day. It’s out on preorder now and Golden Heat which will be out any day.  

Chasing Love by julia e antoine                      Golden Heat by julia e antoine

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

More haste less speed. Take time to hone your craft. To be a successful writer, you must love it because it takes its toll on you, and edit, edit, edit!

Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Yes. I love Lisa Kleypas, Christine Feehan, Stephanie Laurens, Karen Hawkins, Gaelen Foley, Elizabeth Lowell, Virginia Henley, to name a few.

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

What do you believe would make you a successful writer? My answer: To see one of my novels made into a successful movie.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

Against All Odds

Okay, let’s talk about your novel BLACK MAGIC MAN

What is the story about?

The story is about a young couple who found themselves the object of a Black Magic Man’s obsession, especially, the wife.

Who is the main character?

Jean Louis. He is the Black Magic Man.

What inspired this tale?  How did the story come to you?

The story came about as a result of folktale and my research

Did you have to research for this novel and if so, why?

Yes. I had to research to get the facts straight.

If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?

I was surprised to learn about the origin of the Black Arts and how rampant it is.

Do you relate to your character?  Is your protagonist anything like you personally?


What made you write this character; what made them important to you or made you want to tell their story?

It is an unusual story about something that’s being practiced as we speak, but few people know about it.

Is there anything specific you want readers to know about this piece of work?

His is a story about love, romance and the Black Arts. It has some very steamy scenes in the story, so it’s really for adults only.

When will the novel be available for purchase?  Has the book already been published?

Yes, this novel is available now, wherever fine books are sold.

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