Braine: Hi Team Jessie Lane or Melissa & Crystal! Congratulations on the upcoming release of your new book, Big Bad Bite!
Melissa: Thanks for having us! Pardon for the hyper-ness, I’ve had way too many cups of coffee! *Crystal leans over and snatches the cup of coffee away from her*
Crystal: Hi Braine! Thank you for letting us stop by today and gab our crazy gab.
Braine: I'm going to start with the trivial family stuff first. So you're sisters-in-law, were you friends first before you became sisters or was it the reverse?
Melissa: We knew of each other briefly in high school, and then afterwards, when Crystal began dating my brother we become friends.
Crystal: Once I started dating my husband, and he brought me to hang around his family, Melissa and I clicked right away. We’ve been close ever since.
Braine: Being business with family is tricky because there's so much more involved than the "mission and vision", how do you two balance family and business relationships?
Melissa: We’re family first above everything. If we aren’t comfortable with something, we talk it out like we would do any family situation. It’s not just the two of us in this. Our husbands’ opinions hold a lot of weight too. They’re our sounding boards since Crystal and I live in different states.
Crystal: Exactly. What she said.
Crystal: I would say that we brainstorm together a lot before (and during) the writing process. Once we both agree on where the chapter/story is going, then we take turns.
Melissa: It also depends on whose starting a scene or idea. Also, if one of us has writer's block, we just send it to the other and scream HELP!!..(Just kidding about the screaming part).
Braine: I have a younger sister but I get uncomfortable when she starts talking about R-rated romantic stuff she does with her hubby. I don't want nasty visuals in my head and in a way I still see her as my baby sister. Does it get weird writing about tender/sexy moments given your relationship and these things are kinda personal and intimate?
Melissa: No, I don’t think it’s weird. Some things are actually funny when Crystal and I get to talking about certain personal things that I just feel more comfortable talking to her about it than anyone else.
Braine: Are some of your characters based on your husbands?
Melissa: Ummm…Can I plead the fifth?..hehe
*Crystal leans in to whisper*: Shhhh… they don’t know, and we’re not telling them.
Crystal: I personally feel more comfortable writing adult. While I enjoyed working on our YA novel, sometimes the story felt forced because I was trying to write something, or someone, that I’m not. This book reflects more of my personality, so I think it translates better for me.
Melissa: More filters are in place for the YA audience than there is for the adult series. We can have more leeway with our writing styles and not have to worry about offending parents with strong content in the YA area.
Melissa: The push and pull aspect of their relationship.
Braine: Next to vampires, werewolves are the next most popular. It's safe to say that every possible werewolf story has been told already so what makes BIG BAD BITE different from all the rest?
Jessie Lane: BIG BAD BITE is different in the aspect that our ‘Shifters’ are more of an evolutionary creature than something magical. It kind of symbolizes the scientific idea that creatures can adapt to survive their changing environment. Shifters started out in their beasts forms, and then over time their DNA changed, allowing them to transform into human form so that they could continue to survive in a world that humans were quickly taking over. There’s no magic bite to change you into a Shifter. No magic involved. Kind of like Darwinism. That’s not say that there is NO magic in our world. We’ve pretty much taken your common read species: werewolves, vampires, demons, and witches, putting our own spin on their creation and origins. This is how the Big Bad Bite Series will differ to readers who love the paranormal concepts.
Braine: Is this a series? If so, how many books are you planning to write? Will there be novellas in between the novels?
Jessie Lane: The series is actually named after this book, the BIG BAD BITE Series. We left it open with a back story to connect the different books together, but each book will also contain their own plots, as well. Some characters are going to be seen throughout the entire series. We’re not too sure that there will be novellas since we currently can’t seem to write anything less than 80,000 words, regardless of how hard we try to do so. As for how many books… well, we don’t know yet. We will take that as it comes to us. We know who we are writing for the next two books in the series, and their titles. After that, we have vague ideas, but we will wait and see what happens. The next book is titled Walk On The Striped Side, and will feature Gage and a new character named Elena. The third book is titled Once Upon A Bite, and we are waiting until the second book is released to reveal who the third book is about.
Braine: That's some exciting news. Now that BIG BAD BITE is about to launch, what are you girls working on next?
We will be working on our adult contemporary romance series, titled the Ex Ops Series, with the first book titled Secret Maneuvers. We will also be simultaneously working on the next book in the BIG BAD BITE Series. Both books are already in process.
Braine: You two are busy bees. You’ve probably been asked this a lot but once again, can you share the story behind the name Jessie Lane? Who picked it and why Jessie Lane?
Crystal: Once we decided that we wanted to work together, we agreed that we wanted to use some of our favorite fictional characters from books and movies to create our pseudo name. So Melissa made her list of favorites, and I did the same, then we exchanged our lists knocking off the names we didn’t like. When the dust settled we had a handful of names to choose from. We started putting together possibilities, and Jessie Lane ended up being that felt right to us. Melissa chose ‘Jesse’ from one of her favorite novels by Ann Rice, Queen of the Damned. I chose ‘Lane’ from one of my favorite heroines, MacKayla ‘Mac’ Lane from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. Thus, Jessie Lane was born.
Braine: Thanks for stopping by Talk Supe and congratulations on the release of your new novel.
TAKE A BIG BAD BITE
JANUARY 28, 2013
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.)
Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
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