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Interview with J. Woods, author of Gilded Feathers


University student Cole Evans is drawn into obscurity when she meets the mysterious Drex. Their passion grows and progresses until Cole finds out Drex’s true Guardian identity. The life she once thought of as normal turns out to be not so. With the explosive combination of danger and desire, Cole is forced into a world that is more tied to her than she actually realizes.

Danger, desire, mystery. What genre are we talking here?
Paranormal romance. New Adult.

Tell us more about it.
Familiar with the art of the nightmare, twenty-two year old university student Cole Evans can’t help but feel a deep connection to the horrifying illusions of her slumber. Irrevocably drawn to obscure fantasy, Cole faces a defiant temptation of romance and her first encounter with the mysterious Drex. Covered in tattoos, she unexpectedly finds herself attracted to his dark magnetism and emerald eyes. Before her life takes an impossible turn.

Uncovering Drex’s true Guardian identity, she is forced on a terrifying journey through the stars into his world – one that brilliantly weaves together the struggle of danger and desire. And the impossible reality of gilded feathers.

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love my book.
a steamy story line with fantastical twists and turns

What can you tell us about this mysterious Drex?
Drex: a dark warrior, a Guardian – Drex is a possessive protector at heart. Steamy and sexy he is exactly how he is described in the book – savage, every girl’s fantasy!

Tell us about Cole.
Adopted from Colombia, she grew up in a small town and grew up straddling the line of introvert & extrovert. She is a talented artist who has a terrible track record with guys!

Who else do we need to meet?
Tommy Anderson: Chloe’s crush and Drex’s best friend, Tommy is rogue and untamed carrying the bad boy persona. As Chloe would call him – delicious!

Chloe Collins: Cole’s best friend and roommate – Chloe has guys falling at her feet around every corner. She is able to bring Cole out of her shell with her wit and hilarity and she is always up for a good time – generally creating them for everyone else! the life of the party.

I think I put a part of me into both Cole and Chloe. I took different pieces of my personality – the shy side, the art nerd, the extrovert and loud mouth – I think I can be all of that at times…

This is a series, isn’t it?  How many books are in it?
Gilded Feathers, book 1
Gilded Faith, book 2
Gilded Promise, book 3
Infinitely Gilded, book 4

That’ll keep us busy for a while! In the meantime, tell us about you.
Oh about me! Well, where to start? I am an indie author from Toronto. A single mom, I like to consider myself a non-conformist; I have a terrible habit of falling helplessly in love with fictional characters – whether they be old or young, my own creation or that of brilliant minds, I can’t help it! If I’m not chasing around after my daughter, you can generally find me in front of my laptop writing… something. Oh, I’m also a chipmunk hero – saving the little rodents from my predatory feral cat. No need for thanks, really – saving lives is as much thanks as I need.

Do you have a website?
Of course! (I like caesars and I like straws – they just make everything better!)

What about social media?

How easily do new storylines come to you?
New story lines can come easily to me depending on my mood – if I’m not into it I will stare at a blank screen and a flashing cursor that begs me to write SOMETHING but I just can’t do it. Other times, I can’t stop it! I’ll look at something random and it will just come to me.

If we give you four random words, can you make up a story for us? Man, Woman, Darkness, Airport.
Okay – let’s try this.

A man needs to visit his hometown for his estranged mother’s funeral. Bumping into the woman of his dreams in an airport, they have a quick tryst in the bathroom stall before going their separate ways. Standing across from the casket he sees her. Attempting to prove to her they belong together, her refusals leave him in the darkness wondering, what is the next step. Because whether or not she knew it – she was his.

How’s that?

Very good. Thanks! What’s next for you?
Does anyone know the real answer to this question? The plan is to release the final to books from the series Gilded Feathers – from there, well I have a few novels on the go, so attempting to finish and release them while promoting Gilded Feathers. But really, in the very near future no doubt what’s next is a caesar and a twirly straw…

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