Monday, December 19, 2016

Spotlight & Interview with Author Jillian David

Legacy of Lies
By Jillian David
Release date - 14th November, 2016
Published by - Crimson Romance

 Fans of the Hell to Pay series will love this new spin-off saga, Hell’s Legacy!

Garrison Taggart doesn’t have time to deal with touchy-feely junk like “trust issues” or “feelings.” His dad’s health is waning and the family’s Wyoming ranch is being sabotaged. Too bad his supernatural ability to tell when someone is lying has been exactly zero help in ferreting out the betrayer so far. So, when sweet schoolteacher Sara Lopez raises concerns about his son being bullied, who can blame a guy for getting a little testy?

The last thing Sara needs is any more attention or gossip after her recent breakup with big-shot rancher Hank Brand. So her attraction to surly but sexy Garrison, Hank’s rival, is entirely unwanted. When she uncovers an insane plot to kidnap the Taggart boy and throws herself in harm’s way to protect him, Garrison must risk his deepest secret and his own life to save the people he cares for the most. But will his heroics cost him everything?

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Interview with Author Jillian David

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

Short answer? To escape stress from work.

Okay, long answer. I’ve always written. Since I was 5 years old and all through school. As a matter of fact, I was an English poetry writing major in college (my parents were horrified), but also completed a pre-med major. Life, and a medical degree, and 15 years later…and finally it’s time for the writing to come back!

But yes, writing dark romance is a really good outlet for the day job.

Who is your favourite Author & what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My current favorites are J.R. Ward and Rebecca Zanetti for romance. Fantasy/sci-fi that has some romantic elements, I own every single book Anne McCaffrey and Anne Bishop have written. Also Anne McKinley. Must be something about Anne’s. Especially McKinley’s books – they are so nuanced and rich/layered. Beautifully written. The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, I go back and read every few years.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part about writing this book? It wasn’t really the book, it was the series. See, this is the first series I had nearly all books written before the first book was published. That made the series super tight in terms of consistency, but also made me crazypants because in any given week, I’d be going back and forth between galley proofs of Book #1, then outlining Book #4, then finishing developmental edits on Book #2. But I think it was worth it. The way this series grows and gets darker and more powers emerge with each book was super fun and exciting to write!

What was your favourite chapter to write and why?

I always love the first kiss scenes. This one sets the tone – sexy, funny, and the characters don’t take themselves too seriously. Yum. So that would be chapter…6!

What was the most surprising things you’ve learned in writing your book?

How much time I can find in any given day to write. Not always easy when I’m on call and waiting for someone to deliver! ☺ But guess what? There’s always >some< time available.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Maybe. But I never quit. If something’s not working, I’ll go do something else for a while and come back to it. Also, I outline the heck out of my books. So there’s a lot of pacing in circles and talking to myself as I work through the twists and turns of the plot. That happens well before I start writing the book. Setting things up like a detailed outline really helps avoid writer’s block.

What is the last book you read?

Re-read of J.R. Ward’s “Lover Eternal”, my favorite in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

 If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

It’d be cool to be Supergirl for a week. I’d love to be able to fly!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I enjoy my job as a rural FP/Ob (family doctor who does obstetrics). It’s super rewarding most of the time. Yes, sometimes the insanity of oppressive regulations and insurance obstacles makes me cuckoo, but being able to make a difference in my patients’ lives is still awesome. Helping a new baby come into the world never ever gets old.

When not writing or working, hubs and I love to trail run and travel.

 Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I suppose the small community hospital/ER experiences toward the end of the book are based on my past experiences. But the vast majority of this book? All imagination!

 As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


 If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Not sure that there are a ton of short, stumpy actors that look like me. That’s probably for the best.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Keep going. Enter contests or figure out other ways to get feedback. When you think your book is ready to be submitted, DON’T DO IT. Let it sit for 2 months, run back through it, then have an editor or super trusted critique partner look at it and revise it again. Repeat this process at least 2 more times. Then maybe it’ll be ready to go. Maybe.

 Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?

My readers are the best! I love hearing how they felt while reading my books. It’s so fun to also see if they “get” some secrets planted in this series that hint back to the first series. ☺

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Compassionate, driven, tireless

What’s one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm…I bungee jumped off a river gorge bridge in South Africa once!

What Scares you the most and why?

Writing? Not much. If folks like it, super. If my books aren’t everyone’s cup of sunshine, that’s okay. There are lots of books out there.

Medicine? Insurance/government making medical decisions for patients and consequences occur. Actually, I’ve already seen this occur and it makes me sick to my stomach.

Life? That one day I will have to stop writing.

When was the last time you cried over a book?

Probably a year or so ago.

 Tell us about your first kiss?

Funny, I haven’t thought about this in a long time.

Okay. His name was “Mop Head” (affectionately named due to his circa 1990 teased and sprayed ‘do). It was a double date in 12th grade with my best friend, Erin, and her date. Somehow, Mop Head managed to sneak the four of us onto the roof of the Knoxville Radisson. There, with the city lights all around us, Mop Head laid one on me. It was blissful… until I later dated other guys and realized poor ol’ Mop Head wasn’t that great of a kisser. But he was a really nice guy and it made for quite a romantic first kiss!

Some quick questions..

Light or Dark chocolate?


Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunrise. Because #1) possibilities for the day #2) often means my call night has ended.

Dogs or Cats?

Cats, for sure.

Tea or Coffee?

Tea, especially Chai or mint.

Favorite Colour?

Favourite Disney movie?

The Incredibles (technically Pixar, but they’re a Disney subsidiary)


About the author
 Jillian David lives near the end of the Earth with her nut of a husband and two bossy cats. To escape the sometimes-stressful world of the rural physician, she writes while on call and in her free time. She enjoys taking realistic settings and adding a twist of "what if." Running or hiking on local trails often promotes plot development.

Follow Jillian on her website blog at or on Twitter at @jilliandavid13. Also on Facebook

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**Thank you to Author Jillian David for being on the blog today and for answering my questions. It's been an absolute pleasure. ^_^

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