Tell us a little about your novel
Masked is a paranormal thriller/romance that keeps you guessing right to the very end.
As one of the top female data security specialists in the U.S., Parker Johnson has just learnt of a deadly link between a rash of werewolf deaths from an unknown virus, and their addiction to a drug, Wildfire. This genetically engineered virus is selectively destroying the werewolf race at an alarming pace. Things escalate when humans begin to fall prey to the same illness. With the potential for widespread destruction, Parker will have to track down the killers behind the lethal drug and put a stop to its production, before it rages well beyond her control.
With Wildfire being distributed online, Parker’s challenging task is now impossible to tackle alone. Partnered with Daniel Locke - the cold and calculating Alpha Commander responsible for the security and protection of werewolves - the two soon learn the of the drug’s true purpose: to eliminate all non-pure weres and any human with the dormant ‘wolf’ gene. For Parker, with a family member falling into the non-pure category, the hunt is uniquely personal. But for Daniel and Parker, the fight seems unsurmountable when they realize that Wildfire has been combined with synthetic caffeine and is now a key ingredient in commonly produced supermarket foods. It is a race against the clock for this unlikely couple as they attempt to save an unsuspecting public from a massive Ebola-like outbreak while at the same time contend with a mutual attraction that refuses to be silenced.
What sets your werewolves apart from the rest of the pack?
That’s a tough question. I think the Masked werewolves are different because they’re facing the same sort of insecurities and problems that many minorities face today. Humans aren’t aware of their existence so it’s the status quo they are fighting to preserve.
I believe in the old adage; write a story you would like to read. As such, Masked is targeted at an older audience, and the feedback to date has blown me away. I hadn’t realized the limited number of shifter/werewolf stories targeted at the adult market that provided not only a romantic component, but also one with a gritty story line that kept them guessing.
With Masked now been featured on Wattpad, I was also pleasantly surprised at the number of younger readers (13-18) who are devouring the story.
If you could shape shift into any animal – what would it be?
That’s easy. A wolf ;-)
Tell us something nobody knows about you
Goodness… Let me see. I live in New Zealand with my husband and two children. I have … check that … had a piece of the Berlin wall but lost it. I hate the color pink with a vengeance and I have a thing for Louboutin’s, but have never owned a pair. Oh, and did I mention I hate the color pink??
What’s next for you?
The next few months are going to be busy. I finished the second book in the Masked series in January and will need to start the long editing process. At the same time, I’ll be working on the first draft of the third story, Evolution, which will be posted directly to Wattpad as I go. It will be a bit of a juggling act, but with any luck I’ll be able to achieve both goals.
I will also be looking to get Masked published, whether it be through the traditional channels or self-publish we’ll just have to wait and see.
Jenna Deluise lives in a broken world. The dead walked, millions died. Here's what happened After.
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