A.J. Norris is a romantic suspense and dark paranormal romance author. She enjoys being able to get inside someone else's head, even a fictional one, and see what they see. Watching how her characters deal with difficult situations or squirm with the uncomfortable ones makes the hard work of writing all worth it. However, writing and reading weren’t always in her foremost thoughts. In fact, her love affair with writing came as a shock to everyone she knows, including herself. At a young age, she rarely opened a book, unless forced to read something for school. But that’s all behind her now. She wrote her first book several years ago, which turned out to be a surprisingly cathartic process, and she hasn’t been able to stop writing since.
A.J. loves going to the movies, watching her son play baseball, and communing with other writers. She’s a member of two writer’s groups and RWA. She lives in southeastern Michigan with her family, who are extremely tolerant (at least most of the time) of all her late nights behind the computer.
Writes: Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense
Author of: The Dark Amulet Series and Tattoo Crimes Series.
Tell us about your latest release.
My Security is a box set with 7 full-length novels in the thriller and romantic suspense genre. The set includes my book, Tattoo Killer.
What can readers expect from you in the rest of 2017?
Inked Killer (Romantic Suspense) releases October 3; Craving Secrets Anthology (Alternative Facts) releases August 22; My Security (Box set including my book Tattoo Killer releases, July 25; I have a couple other projects in the works too, but I don’t have release dates for those, but hopefully soon.
Have you got anything planned for 2018 (book releases, signings etc.)?
I plan on finishing up my Tattoo Crimes series with the third and final book (Marked by a Killer) and getting the next book in my Dark Amulet Series (Her Black Magic) published. I
What is your favourite genre to write? Paranormal Romance
Do you see yourself writing in any other genres in the future?
The only thing I could see myself writing would be a fairy tale retelling, which is still in the fantasy family like paranormal.
Which book was your favourite to write, and why?
I have a book coming out in October called Inked Killer, which is the second book in my Tattoo Crimes Series. I enjoyed writing this book because of the MC is a little older than your average hero but still awesome.
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
This depends on what genre you prefer. If you like PNR then I’d say Her Black Wings. If you prefer contemporary/romantic suspense then I’d say Tattoo Killer.
How do you find names for your characters? And can you write them until you’ve found the perfect one?
I tend to like less common names. Usually, the character will dictate their name. Sometimes the character will show up in my head with a name already. I have written several characters that I changed their name after the book was written, but that’s not usual for me.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on a desert island with, and why?
Any of the angels in my Dark Amulet Series because they can manifest clothing, tools, a boat (LOL), etc.
Do you have a character you feel more connected to?
This is a tough one because as a writer we put a little of ourselves into every character. Well, maybe not the evil ones. However, sometimes bad characters are the most fun to write.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever received over one of your books?
When a reader says the book kept them thinking about it after they were done and they can’t wait to read the next one.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Who are your must-read/one-click authors?
J.R. Ward, hands down.
What book has made you laugh most?
Easily Amused by Karen McQuestion
What book has made you cry most?
I can’t remember the last time a book made me cry. I prefer books with an HEA or HFN. I know this is a total cop out, but it’s true.
Were you an avid reader as a child?
Are any of your heroes based on real men in your life?
An idealized version of them. ;)
Are any of the experiences in your books based on events that have happened to you/someone you know?
Somethings, but I’m not saying what. LOL
Are you a sporty or curl up with a good book type of person?
Curl up with a good book
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Water or Diet Coke or Pepsi
What is your favourite writing snack?
I just discovered Poppables. They are wonderful.
Do you have any pets?
Two Yorkie mixes.
Are you a morning person?
This depends on how late I went to bed the night before.