Friday, January 21, 2011

Interview with Jocelyn Modo

I’d like to welcome our guest today, Jocelyn Modo. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.

Chocolate therapy makes me think of that infamous picture of delectable male model Matthias Streitwieser eating chocolate liquor off his fingers. Mmm mmm mmm. Talk about inspiration for an erotic romance!

I understand you have a new release out called First Heat. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?

When shifter lioness Kissa Alassane goes into heat for the first time and she is forced to choose her mate, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his golden eyes, mesmerizing French accent, and gloriously hard body, Venor Brun is both irresistible and unreliable. Kissa had thought he was the one until he disappeared for weeks without a word and rumors began to circulate about his infidelity.

Despite her doubts, Kissa is unable to resist Venor’s erotic pull, but the longer she stays in his arms, the more doubt creeps into her mind. Unable to fully commit herself to him, she runs. Away from Venor. Away from her pride. And into a nightmare beyond her imagination.

First Heat is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

Oh Boy! You have no idea how long I tortured myself over the title. You’d think it would be easy because the story is about a shifter lioness going into heat for the first time, but I am absolutely horrible at choosing titles. When I decided on First Heat, I was thrilled with the title, and then my publisher came back and said they had a “Heat” series and so my title was under review. Thankfully, they agreed that First Heat was the perfect title for my book and let me keep it!

What made you decide to write in this genre?

It was less a decision and more an obsession. I love fantasy. I love romance. Writing a fantasy romance is as natural as falling in love.

Where did you get your idea for this particular book?

I love shifters. And lions are my cat’s meow. *groan* (Why did I make that lame joke?) The character of Kissa came to me first, telling me about her childhood, talking about her impending heat and the mating ceremony that accompanied her official transition into adulthood. Then Venor began stalking me, crouching low in the shadows of mind, watching, waiting.

For lack of a better description, the lions cornered me and threatened to eat me alive. I had no choice but to tell their story.

What are your favorite paranormal research books or sites, and why?

For all paranormal in general I always start with myths, history, religion. For First Heat specifically I researched Egyptian myths, history, religion. The Cat in Ancient Egypt by Jaromir Malek and Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt by Salima Ikram are two of my research books that were highlighted, dog-eared, and right beside me while I was in the planning stage for First Heat.

Which character did you like writing about the most, and why?

I loved writing about Kissa because I understood her and related to her. Even though she makes dangerous, life-threatening decisions, she has good reason. Kissa has a courageous heart, an intelligent, thoughtful outlook, and a vulnerability that made me need for her to have a happily ever after ending.
Tell us about how you develop your characters. Do you create character sheets, do interviews, that sort of thing? How does your research and/or world affect your character development?

I start off with character sheets but quickly move into interviews and free writing to develop my characters. The more I listen to them, the more smoothly the process flows.

How do you go about building your world if you use one? Do you use maps, charts or drawings?

Yes. Yes. And yes. I’m a visual person so I create maps, charts, and drawings from everything from the characters to the pride’s property, to their clothing…

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

Oh, wow! What a long list that is! I’ll name three to keep things from getting out of hand. Sherrilyn Kenyon. J.R. Ward. And Robin D. Owens. Amazing, talented, successful authors all!

What do you feel is the most effective promotion you have done for your book?

Networking with other authors.

What do we have to look forward next?

My Christmas Quickie, On Vixen, was out December 10, 2010. The story takes place in the same world as First Heat but with a different pride in Fort Collins, Colorado. I had so much fun writing this story because the characters continued to surprise up until the very end of the story.

Thanks, Jocelyn!

To celebrate her book release, Jocelyn Modo is offering a free book of First Heat to one lucky commenter on today's blog. (please check the blog Monday night to see if you won. Chances of winning determined by the number of entries.)

She will be around all day today. I'm sure some of you have questions or comments for her, so please ask away...

Jocelyn Modo may be crazy but writing keeps her from going insane. She grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and fell in love with romance when those girlie hormones kicked in. Nothing makes her day like working on her current manuscript…and nothing makes her crazy like working on her current manuscript. But all’s fair in love and war, and Jocelyn likes to put a whole lot of both in everything she writes.

Check out Jocelyn’s website at
Buy First Heat at


Anonymous said...

Good morning Jocelyn. Thanks for joining us today. Your chocolate liquor will be ready in a few minutes and I'll check Matthias' schedule to see if he's available. Hmm. A shapeshifting lioness. Sounds delish. They're just a bigger kitty cat, despite the fact they could eat you. I'm glad to know I'm not the only visual person. I have pictures and spreadsheets of just about everything, too. I find it helps of I get stuck. Enjoy your day with us.

Jocelyn Modo said...

Thanks so much Kim! I loved doing the interview and am excited to hang out with such amazing authors and readers today...and I can't forget the chocolate!

Estella said...

Big cats are my favorite shifters!

Do you have any more books planned with large cats?

Jocelyn Modo said...

Hi Estella,

I ♥ big =^..^= too! On Vixen, my Christmas Quickie, is another BIG cat shifter story


I am finishing up the second book in my Pride & Passion series.

In book 2 Bethany and Jayden team up to stop a rogue who is killing and converting humans in Austin, Texas. Their attraction grows but with a killer on the loose and human authorities on their tail, they learn that attraction can turn fatal between one heartbeat and the next.

I can't wait to see book 2 published! I love Jayden and am so happy that he has found the love of his life, Bethany!

Harlie Reader said...

Congratulations on your release. Love chocolate and you are right, it is better than therapy and cheaper. LOL!

Jocelyn Modo said...

Hiya Harlie,

Ooo, another chocolate l♥ver.

Thanks for dropping by and posting!


Ashley Lynn Willis said...

Hi Jocelyn! I actually critiqued the beginning of this book on a critique website and have to say it's excellent. In fact, the only reason I critted it was because I enjoyed it so much. I know it's going to do very well for you.

Jocelyn Modo said...

Hi Ashley!

Wowzers, ♪it's is a small world after all♪ I'm so glad you critiqued First Heat. You and the other critters not only helped me edit for submission but gave me a big confidence boost as well.☺


Shoshanna Evers said...

Great interview Jocelyn! I love the idea of doing character interviews to get to know them better - I think, after reading this, that I'll try that too! And your book sounds totally hot, btw. Congrats! PS my email is shoshanna.evers @ (no spaces) in case I win your book(fingers crossed!)Thanks!

Jocelyn Modo said...


Yeah, I have some hard core name envy going on but I won't hold your beautiful name against you.

hehe (◕‿-)

So glad you dropped in to check out the interview, and thanks for your sweet words about my book.

~Jocelyn (but I wish my name was Shoshanna)☺☺☺ *giggles*

Cindy Jacks said...

I love the description of the genre you write as being 'as natural as falling in love.' Well said! Great interview Jocelyn :)

She said...

Nice interview. Being a Leo I am fascinated by lions. First Heat sounds good. I want to know who she chooses.

Jocelyn Modo said...

Hi Cindy and She,

Thanks for popping in! I had so much fun doing the interview and everyone has made feel so welcome!

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Jennifer Mathis said...

Oh I love shifters and First Heat sounds great .. put on my TBB list

night owl in IL said...

Hello Jocelyn -
I love those erotic shifter stories! Thanks for the contest/giveaway. Do you know if this will be in paperback sometime?

Lea Ellen

Cathy M said...

I treated myself to On Vixen at Christmas and loved it. Shifter stories are my favorite paranormal reads and I will definitely be treating myself to more of your stories, Jocelyn.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Jocelyn Modo said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lea Ellen,

No plans to release First Heat as a paperback right now, but I’m open to that possibility in the future. (Sending out positive energy to publishing universe on that.☺)

Cathy M,

Woot! Woot! I’m doing the happy dance! I had a blast writing On Vixen. I can’t tell you happy it makes to know that you enjoyed Serene’s and Kin’s story, too.

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Debby said...

Hi JOcelyn, This is the first time I read about your books. They look great - done and those undone. I am adding you to my TBB list.
debby236 at att dot net

Jocelyn Modo said...

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for stopping by and for adding me to your reading list!


Anonymous said...

I have read all your books and LOVE THEM! I can't wait until the second book comes out in the series, please tell me it will be soon!

Jocelyn Modo said...

And the winner of the contest over on Much Cheaper Than Chocolate who will receive a copy of First Heat is...

Cathy M

Thanks for entering the contest, Cathy! I'm sending you First Heat ASAP.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Cathy M said...

You've totally made my day, Jocelyn, thank you very much. I am hoping to start reading it this weekend.