J.N. Colon is an author of young adult and new adult paranormal romance. Vampires, shifters, Greek gods, and ghosts are all players in her collection of novels also starring heroines with strong personalities and a little bit of quirkiness. Divine Darkness-Dark Souls is her first published novel and the first in the Divine Darkness series. She’s a fan of anything supernatural and is just as obsessed with reading as she is writing.
1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
The first thing I really remember writing was in the fourth grade. I wrote a scary short story ten handwritten pages front and back about a boy and his friend getting sucked into the television to ‘dimension x’ after turning the channel to 666. I had a very vivid imagination.
2. In what kind of environment do you work best in?
I like sitting on my couch with my laptop, a cup of coffee, and the television off. If I simply have it muted, my eyes start to wander up.
3. What's your favourite thing about being a writer?
When someone fall in love with the worlds and characters I create as much as I have.
6. Do you ever wish that some of your characters were real?
Yes. All of them even the villains.
8. Do you plan out your books or do you just go with the flow?
I have a pretty routine process when I write a book now. First I come up with a concept and make some notes. I do a little research if necessary. Next I write a small sentence about each scene. Then using that outline as a guide I write the first draft. After I’ve left it alone for at least a week I go back and read it, making notes and adding additional scenes that I think are necessary. I continue reading, editing, and making notes until I thinks it’s ready.
10. Who is your favourite author?
My favorite author is constantly changing. Right now I would say it was either J.L. Weil or CL Stone.
11. What’s your favourite genre?
My favorite genre is young adult paranormal romance. It’s not only my favorite to read, but also to write.
12. What’s next for you?
I’m working on a new series I started a long time ago about a street smart, jaded girl with a bad attitude who learns there are worse things on the streets than muggers and bums—and she was born to hunt them.
13. What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Write, write, and write everyday. And when you get frustrated with writing, read.
14. What’s your favourite movie?
My Cousin Vinny or Twilight.
19. What’s your favourite season and why?
Autumn is my favorite season. One, I love when the weather cools and the leaves turn those beautiful shades of gold, orange, and sienna. I love the warm scents of pumpkin and cinnamon. And of course because Halloween is my favorite day of the year.
20. Do you have a nickname?
Bug because when I was a kid my eyes were really big. Thankfully I grew into them—mostly.
21. How do you handle writers block?
22. What’s your favourite writing snack/ drink?
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. And cinnamon rolls.
23. How do you cope with distractions?
I listen to Lindsey Sterling to help focus.
25. If you weren’t a writer what would your dream job be?
An actress on Vampire Diaries. One because I’d get to pretend to be a vampire (of course my character would be one) and two because I love Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).
26. Sweet or sour?
35. What was the last thing that made you cry?
I was writing the last book in the Divine Darkness series and the main character Hartley delivers this inspiration impromptu speech. I seriously got a little teary eyed.
38. For many of us writing is not our full time job, what is yours?
I’m a billing specialist for an insurance company.
Devine Darkness Series Book One: Dark Souls
Hartley, queen of the school, has returned from a brush with death and no one is able to melt the ice from her insides… except the darkly gorgeous god of the hottest place in the universe.
Hayden—Hades and hated god of the Underworld—didn't expect to fall for a mysterious beauty full of secrets when he enrolled at Northwood High School. He only came to claim the dark souls stolen from his domain that are now possessing Hartley’s friends. Somehow she’s able to see them and all the terrifyingly supernatural things about Hayden.
Her friends begin to act strange—cruel with sinister black eyes—and suspicions arise in Hartley the closer she gets to Hayden. She’s determined to find out who or what he really is no matter the consequences... if she can resist his fiery touch long enough to concentrate.
After having his heart broken in the past and her trying to cling to her life before death, including her perfect quarterback boyfriend, both Hayden and Hartley deny the sparking chemistry between them. But when he realizes Hartley’s secrets are darker than he thought and the evil souls are drawn to her like a beacon he vows to protect her—even if it means risking his heart.
Just when they think they have it all figured out, fate deals them a blow that might set them both ablaze in Underworld fire forever.
**Intended for audiences 16+**
Dark Souls is the first installment in the Divine Darkness Series