It’s a double debut for today’s author – her first time at Bad Moon Rising with her first novel. I’ve seen some stellar reviews for her dark, gritty western, and it’s waiting on my TBR. She’s also a King fan, and prefers slimy things to furry. Welcome Jessica Bakkers!
Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep? Which one?
Yes! Stephen King (naturally) did it to me twice. First, The Shining movie. A girlfriend and I watched it when we were about fourteen, then spent the whole night awake and terrified until my parents got home. The worst thing was, we had a huge doggie door (for a fat lab) that a person could easily crawl through. We stood sentinel beside the door for hours convinced someone was going to climb through.
The second time was IT (the 1980 something movie). I watched that WAY too young, and when I went to bed that night, I was convinced Pennywise was standing in the shadows. Suffice it to say, I spent a few nights on a mattress in my parent’s room after that!
If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?
Oh, I am so having the gun. I will go all Ash from Evil Dead on the horror movie’s baddies! No running and hiding for me. I’m that person in the cinema, when the goodie runs and hides, who yells out, “No, don’t go upstairs! Pick up that hockey stick and whack ‘em!”
Either that, or I am the bad guy from the horror movie!
Would you rather put your hand in a box and feel something slimy or furry?
Definitely not furry. I know that’s going to sound odd, but let me explain. I’m from Australia, and most of our furry things here can kill you. Seriously. Plus, I have a massive, immense, humungous phobia of spiders, and they are usually always hairy. And gross. And just wrong. So, yeah, bring on the slime box!
What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?
The second to last scene. Something pretty big happens near the end of the book, and I knew it was going to be an emotionally exhausting scene to write. And it was. But, I pulled no punches, the scene came out pretty much as I’d envisioned, and I’ve gotten kudos for that particular scene. So, I guess the moral of the story is, embrace those hard-to-write scenes. They may turn out to be your best scenes.
Which comes first for you – plot or characters?
Characters. I always get characters first. Sometimes they jump up and down and shout at me, and then I shout back “What do you want from me? You turn up here, in my head, with no story, no world, and what? You expect me to do all the hard work for you?”
Then they remind me I’m the writer, smirk smugly, and wander around my skull with steel-toed boots until I can find them a home.
What are you working on now?
No real surprise, The Armageddon Showdown Book 2 – Sins of the Lamb. I’m three quarters finished. Then I’ll be delving into the final book of the series. I also have a novella in mind for this series that I think I’ll pop into a short story anthology brewing in my brain. Finally, when all that’s done, I can get on with my out-and-out dark fantasy series (very hush hush…no sneaky details on this one!)
– IT TAKES GRACE TO HUNT WHEN IT’S DARKSOME
Jessie expects he’ll be forever cleaning up after the cowpokes of the Bad Hoss Saloon. That’s until the day a drifter strides through the doors, and blows away a blood-sucking demon, along with Jessie’s belief in an everyday world. Jessie is captivated by the enigmatic Grace with her pearl-handled revolvers and wolf companion. He throws in his normal life and follows her across the Wild West, as she hunts down and slays the evil creatures that roam the frontier.
Along the way, they seek the aid of a Native American warrior, cross paths with a Cajun Queen, and encounter a small-town tycoon with a deadly hunger for gold. Animosity and distrust plague Grace and Jessie, and their strange group of allies, but they must put their differences behind them if they’re to have any hope of finding and defeating the frontier’s true evil, the Darksome Gunman.
The Armageddon Showdown is a dark-fantasy, weird western series of epic proportions, focusing on the age-old battle between good and evil, though in the Wild West, it’s not always clear just who is good and who is evil.
Join the Grace Dyer and her band of miscreants as they battle demons and demi-gods, in the frontier’s deadliest conflict…the Armageddon Showdown.
WHO IS JESSICA BAKKERS?
Jessica is a creative writer with over twenty years of writing experience. Jessica is a speculative fiction writer, and has written in the genres of fantasy-romance and paranormal-romance, however her genre of choice when it comes to writing for herself is dark fantasy where she allows herself to fully explore the anti-hero characters that pepper her stories. Jessica dabbles at poetry and has written professionally for clients both locally and internationally.
Jessica’s debut novel, Guns of Perdition, The Armageddon Showdown Book 1, is a dark fantasy, weird western adventure through a twisted Wild West.
Jessica’s major love affair is with the written word, specifically creative writing. On writing, Jessica is quoted as saying, “I allow myself to indulge and rendezvous with this secret lover whenever time allows…and then we make beautiful poetry together!”
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