Sunday, August 14, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Authors - Pepper Espinoza and Vivien Dean aka Jamie Craig

A new fantasy novel entitled, A Line in the Ice, is an action packed ride, full of monsters and romance. And guess what? I had the opportunity to interview the authors! Plus, they are offering a free ecopy of their book to one lucky winner. The Rafflecopter form is at the bottom of page, if you don't see it click 'read more'.

So first a little background info. Jamie Craig is the collaborative pen name between novelists Pepper Espinoza and Vivien Dean. Their first novel, "Chasing Silver," was published by Juno Books in December 2007. Since 2007, they have published eight titles with Samhain Publishing, four titles with Liquid Silver Books, and over three dozen with Amber Quill Press, including two best-selling series. For a complete list of their published and upcoming books, please visit their website, Or find them on twitter @jamiecraig. Now, on to the goodies:

1. What made you two switch from romance to sci-fi fantasy?
Pepper & Vivien: A Line in the Ice wasn't so much a switch from romance to sci-fi fantasy, rather a melding of two genres we enjoy very much. There's still a strong central romance.
2.How did you two team up? I always find it unique to find a duo- how does that work? Do you switch out chapters?
Pepper & Vivien: We've been writing together for about five years now, and we first teamed up because of our mutual interest in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and fandom. We actually wrote fanfic together until we realized that we had a lot more stories to tell. As for how we write, it's generally a paragraph at a time, although we have completed some novels by switching chapters. That was our other recent Carina release, Outcast Mine.
3.What trait in your co writer do you admire the most as a writer?
Pepper: How can I narrow it down to one? I can narrow it down to two in a tie, I guess. Vivien knows how to tell a fast, action-packed story and she backs up her talent with an amazing work ethic.
Vivien: Pepper’s ability to get to the heart of the emotion. She’s so much better at that than I am. Sometimes I feel like I have to run to keep up.
4. What type of writing background do you each have? Degree?Workshops? Writing Associations or groups?
Pepper: I have a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and an MA in British and American Literature (though all my electives in that program were creating writing workshops). I'm also a  member of the RWA (and the Utah Chapter Heart of the West). I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember, though, and have always planned and hoped to do it for a living.

Vivien: My degree is in film, though I switched over from a theater performance major, so the bulk of my education has been about telling stories. I was exposed to writing and publishing at an early age, though, as my father wrote/published westerns and then later sports history books. I’ve written stories to go along with my imagination since I was six. It’s just the format that’s changed over the years, from shorter works in high school, to plays and screenplays in college and my twenties, and then longer romantic fiction when I hit thirty.

5. What advice would you give to authors looking to be published?
Pepper: Understand your goals, your desires, and your needs. There are more and more options for authors now with the rise of ereaders, self-publishing, and direct digital publishing. Every option has its advantages and disadvantages. Weigh them out accordingly and do your research. What are you sacrificing by choosing to release your book within a month of finishing it via Amazon Kindle? What will you be gaining? And how does that compare to traditional publishing? This is your work, and the final product will have your name on it, so treat it like the business decision it is.

Vivien: Find a critique partner who will be brutally honest with you. That doesn’t mean you have to believe/listen to everything they might tell you, but an outside set of eyes that will help you deconstruct your story and help you make it better is invaluable.

6. Finally, please tell me a little about A Line In the Ice? Maybe your pitch or cover jacket.
Bloodthirsty monsters are emerging from the Antarctic ice, the same creatures that once stalked the battlegrounds of World War I. Back then, a group of soldiers valiantly fought off the beasts—and were never seen again. A century later, an elite military squad stands between civilization and the mysterious return of the enemy.

Captain Charlie Weller thinks she's seen everything—until a man crawls out onto the ice, barely alive and muttering about a place called Illyria. Lysander Davies claims to be the descendant of one of the missing soldiers. He insists the monsters are actually gentle creatures, under the control of beings far, far more dangerous...

Drawn to the stranger, Charlie believes his stories and agrees to help him. But they both know nothing can come of their feelings for one another, for the only way to save earth is for Lysander to return to Illyria and close the rift behind him, forever...

Don't forget to check out other blogs involved in A Line In the Ice blog tour 

Tour Notes:
Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official Line in the Ice blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
Learn more about this author duo by visiting their website, blog, Facebook or GoodReads pages or by connecting with them on Twitter.

You can also purchase the book now on Amazon, just click on the banner below-


  1. Great interview. I love the way you're running your give-away. Very cool :-)

  2. Thanks Emlyn, I had fun doing it.

  3. Loved the interview!! I voted for you and you now have 22%! Yay!!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  4. Great interview! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  5. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I would think it would be challenging to write as a team, but you obviously know how to make it work for you! I wish you much success!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  6. The Traffic Breaker Poll is not loading correctly because it is not showing any way for me to vote :(