About Jada Ryker:
Jada is the author of Dog Days of Karma, the first Carr – Maah Consulting mystery/paranormal novel; A Pink Zombie, with a Mist, a Shaken, Not Stirred, mystery/horror adventure; and Murder Takes a Dare, the first book in the Takes a Dare mystery series. The books combine humor and murder in a total package of entertaining and fun southern adventures. At the same time, Jada sketches in addiction/recovery issues and childhood angst with a deft and compassionate touch.
Jada spent the first twenty-odd years of her life in rural Kentucky, many of those years without electricity or running water. In her writings, Jada draws upon her early years of deprivation.
Now, she lives in central Kentucky with her wonderful husband and their cat, rescued from the animal shelter. In her day job, Jada works in higher education. She holds a masters degree in public administration.
Jada’s mystery adventures are available on Amazon in electronic and paperback formats.
The Shaken, Not Stirred, Mystery/Horror Series:
A Pink Zombie, with a Mist
Gimlet and Other Stories: The collected short stories run the gamut from mystery to horror to science fiction.
The Takes a Dare Series:
Murder Takes a Dare
Mayhem Takes a Dare
Arson Takes a Dare
The Carr – Maah Consulting Agency Series:
Dog Days of Karma
Equi Knocks of Karma
Soul Stice of Karma (planned release 2016)
May the Fourth (Be with You)
A Permanently-Free (Kindle version on Amazon) Collection of Stories Across Time and Space.
The Cat, the Crow, and the Cauldron: A Halloween Anthology
The anthology is a wicked compilation of stories across genres, ranging from paranormal romance to horror. It’s Permanently-Free (Kindle version on Amazon).
What inspires you to write?
I always have characters and plots and action running through a part of my brain. I love bringing them to life on paper.
I’ve written mysteries without a supernatural element. Then, a mystery that included a paranormal element started cavorting around in my head. Celeste Carr and Ericka Maah run the Carr – Maah Consulting Agency, a human resources consulting agency. The Karma mystery series was born.
The characters are complete opposites. Celeste is practical. She rejects anything of a supernatural nature. Ericka is mysterious, with odd, unexplained things happening when she’s around. The two business partners clash, but each would give her life for the other.
I work in a fair-sized city. I saw homeless people roaming the streets. I did some research on the homeless population. It inspired me to include a homeless man in the Karma series. Hobart plays a major role.
Tell us about your writing process.
For each book, I develop a broad roadmap for the chapters. I find that the characters like to take their own unusual turns…and I let them. The initial concept and the finished product are wildly different.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you work a day job while you’re writing and promoting, it takes off the pressure. I read a Facebook post by a new author who wrote: “I’m depending on my writing to finance my retirement.” I’ve read many excellent books by independent authors who are not (yet) famous. But don’t bet the farm on fame and fortune through your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I use Createspace for paperbacks and Kindle Direct Publishing for electronic books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think Amazon will continue to increase its market share in the publishing world.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mystery, Paranormal/Supernatural, Horror, Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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