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Jana Downs


How long have you been writing professionally?

I’ve been writing professionally for the past year and some odd months now.  It’s been a wild ride and I have been thoroughly enjoying myself. J 

What inspires your writing?

Inspiration strikes at the oddest moments. It can come from pretty much any source, whether it’s a phone conversation, a planned adventure, or something mundane turned adventure like a runaway lawn mower. People especially tend to be inspirations. The best characters I’ve developed have come from the interesting personalities of people around me.  

Who is your favorite author? Or do you have a favorite book? [or both if you’d prefer]

I have so many favorite authors that if I listed them all, you’d be reading pages.  I can however, tell you that the favorite book on my shelf right now is Lover at Last by JR Ward. It’s been a book I’ve been waiting for for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. 

What are your future writing goals?

My future writing goals include a fantastic new series with my fellow Siren author Anitra Lynn McLeod that I’m really looking forward to everyone reading.  It’s a fun sci-fi series that includes some really sexy stories from the combined madness of Anitra and I.

Plotter or Pantser?

I plot a little bit and pants a lot of it. Once the general rules of the world are established I just sort of let my characters run amok as they please. This gets us into some interesting scrapes, most of which are thoroughly enjoyable.

Where is your favorite dream destination [for at least a month or so] for alone time and writing?

I would absolutely love to disappear to a little cottage in Scotland. I love Britain and to be able to hole up somewhere and write there would definitely be a dream come true.

Rapid Round:

Off the top of your head, which are your three favorite words?

Burgeoning, Rippling, and Vivacious. Do with that what you will.

 Sexiest man, living or dead?

Jensen Ackles. Hands down. All I can say about the man is, yum.

Boxer? Briefs? None at all?

Commando, all the way. Layers create delays.

Which book did you most enjoy writing?

That’s a hard one. I’d have to say I really enjoyed writing Available[Marked 3]. Bradley was such a trip and Ryan was so yummy. All the juicy BDSM scenes didn’t hurt the enjoyment either. :P

Thanks for having me, Alex!

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Working Stiffs [Deadzone 1]

After the collapse of civilization, Ager Munez finds work as an agent, helping customers with their zombie insurance needs. He’s a bit of a workaholic and a romantic at heart, but the only romance he’s been experiencing lately involves watching his bosses in tight-fitting jeans on casual Fridays.

Jim and Jason Tanner agree they want a third in their relationship, but have never been able to find the right man. When Ager begins working at Deadzone, they know that they’ve found their match. He’s smart, funny, and adorable in a way that should be illegal in at least four sectors.

When a zombie outbreak in Sector 7 requires field representatives, the two know the perfect candidate for the job. Little does Ager know that this mission will test him in ways he’s never been tested and land him not one but two hot men in his bed and his heart.

Relay for Life [Deadzone 2]

Andrew Ainsley is a Deadzone sponsored runner participating in the most intense cross country race of his life. However, a double marathon through the wilds outside the safety zones will bring trouble he didn’t anticipate.

Marcel Carter has been in love with Andrew since he started running for Deadzone five years previously but never had the courage to ask him out. It isn’t until Andrew is lost that he realizes he’s been wasting time.

Matthew Gibson volunteers frequently for dangerous field missions, leaving little time for real relationships. He thinks he’s ready to put that life behind him until his cousin, Brooklyn, asks him to help rescue Andrew. When the three meet, sparks fly, and Matthew thinks he’s finally found what he’s been missing.

As they fight to survive zombies unlike any they’ve faced before and uncover dangerous government conspiracies, they’ll have to determine if their newfound love is real or if it only exists in the dead zone.

Coming April 20th!


  1. I love post-apoc books. This definitely looks like a series worth checking out ^.^

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  2. I love Zombies, and post-apoc books. These Deadzone books sound really good, I shall have to investigate and buy them on pay day. Thanks for sharing this Alex, I'd not have stumbled across them so soon without this post. x

  3. I loved Deadzone 1, I cannot wait for #2 and hopefully a #3 :). These are so worth reading

  4. I love zombie books I can't wait to read this one! :D

  5. I love all the comments! And remember to leave your email address if you want a chance to win an ebook copy of one of Jana's books.

  6. Jana -- Love your stuff, esp the Rock Bottom Boys! I've not read the Deadzone (1) yet, but looking forward to it. Come back to New Orleans for more inspiration!


  7. I just wanted to say that I love you both! You're talented and so sweet, nice, and fun, too! Happy to know both of you!

  8. Loved the interview, I have to disagree with you on Jensen though. I'm going with Karl Urban, though that might be because I'm watching Dredd right now.


  9. Tedi, thanks so much and I love you too! FYI, I did not pay Tedi to write such a nice comment.

  10. And the winner of an ebook copy of Working Stiffs [insert drumroll here] is Tatum Throne! Congratulations, Tatum, you lucky, lucky gal.


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