Lexi: Our guest today knows how to use tidbits from history in her writing, has playlists to go with her books, and those book covers have awesome tattoos. Welcome J. C. Emery!
Thanks for having me!
Lexi: Congrats on number six! Whew! When you first started writing Ride did you know you would be able to take the Bayonet Scars series this far?
Thanks, Lexi. I thought the series would be, maybe, four or five volumes. I didn’t know we’d end up with seven full novels, a novella, and a novelette. You can blame those pesky bikers for making me fall in love with them. I knew I wanted to explore the ramifications of the choices that were made in Ride (and before), but what I envisioned in the beginning is so different from what it’s ended up being.
Lexi: Every book birthday is special but achieving a goal you have set for yourself and had to work hard for is even more rewarding. Kind of like Amber in your new release, Haunt. She starts off with an idea of how she wants her life and family to be and has to face some difficult situations to get that. Do you see yourself in Amber at all?
Every one of my characters gets a little something from me. I think Amber inherited my tenacity. Nobody messes with my sister. She calls me her bull dog because I’m fiercely protective of her. With Amber, it was important to me that despite all of her mistakes and pain, that she be relentless in giving her kids the best she can. Part of her mothering style is how honest she is with her kids about addiction and its consequences. She never makes excuses or tries to sugarcoat things. Those qualities are ones I admire in my own mother.
Lexi: Amber sounds like one strong woman. A good match for Wyatt. And yes readers, we get Wyatt’s story in Haunt! The Forsaken Motorcycle Club has had better days but they did make the choice to fight the Italian mafia. Does Wyatt have any epiphanies about that decision in Haunt?
Amber is strong. She’s the granddaughter of the club’s founder, so that Forsaken spirit is in her blood. Wyatt is in a tough place right now. He’s very humbled by the responsibility he faces as Forsaken’s new president. Early on, we get to see that Wyatt has plenty to say about how the club is handling the fall-out from their war with Mancuso. I think the most honest revelations Wyatt has in the book come when he realizes what the club has to do in order to bring the war to an end. Still, despite what they may lose, he never goes to that angry place that Grady did in Rev.
Lexi: I’m hoping he has some great insight on love once his woman walks back into his life. Wyatt is quite the character and a bit scary. The last line of Haunt’s book blurb is awesome: “Love is never more beautiful than when it consumes you”. What is the biggest difference in Wyatt from the beginning of the book compared to the end?
Once you finish with Haunt, you’ll see that despite his size and position, Wyatt is actually a total teddy bear. He’s full of self-loathing and has a lot to make up for, but every single day, every single scene, he’s trying. I think it’s a weird juxtaposition for him to make sense of Amber as his woman and also as the mother of his children. He spends most of the book wanting to protect her and keep her away from the war with Mancuso. By the end, he seems to rely on her, knowing that he needs her. To be honest, she doesn’t really give him much of a choice.
Lexi: Again, congratulations on the release of book six, Haunt. We are so happy for you and are glad you stopped by so we can toast your book birthday!
Thank you so much for all your support, Reading Between the Wines! You’re awesome. ☺