Hi from sunny South Africa.
I’m currently between books (a rare situation for me as I am usually hurtling from one set of characters to another) so I’m feeling relaxed and a little mellow. The late winter sun is streaming into my office, I have #writerkitty on my lap and a cup of coffee….I have a good life.
When I wrote Claimed by the Warrior, I never thought about a sequel to the book. Jed and McKenna were initially stand alone characters. I never even intended to write a stalker into Claimed but, as it happens so often in the alternate world I live in, my characters do what they want, when they want to. I have no power over them. Sigh.
Leah was McKenna’s client and it was through her that Jed and McKenna would meet. As I wrote Claimed and got to know Jed better, he kept insisting that he didn’t like Leah’s fiancée and wasn’t happy that she was getting married.
Then I saw a photograph somewhere (I don’t know where and I can’t find it—which is very annoying) of this stunning bride with smeared make up sitting in a grimy police cell. Why, I wondered, would a bride end up in jail on her wedding night? The idea intrigued me and I felt the need to end Claimed by the Warrior with Leah in jail on her wedding night.
(You’d think now that Leah is stupidly in love and is having great sex with a very hunky man she’d be a little less grumpy about her jail visit but…no. She’s still mad that I left her there to guide other people to their HEA’s.)
Then the gorgeous Seth told me he’d be a hero and accompany Leah to jail….
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Joss Wood’s passion for putting black letters on a white screen is only matched by her love of books and travelling (especially to the wild places of Southern Africa) and, possibly, by her hatred of ironing and making school lunches. After juggling a career in business lobbying and economic development with writing, and somehow managing to produce sixteen books, Joss now spends her days creating contemporary fairy tales. She lives in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa with her husband and two children surrounded by family, friends, animals and a ridiculous amount of reading material.