SJD Peterson on Getting to Know Jo and her new release ‘Calculated Magic’ by S.J.D. Peterson (guest blog)

Calculated Magic by S.J.D. Peterson
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host S.J. D. Peterson back today in our author’s interview chair, talking about characters, writing, and the latest in the Dreamspun Beyond titles, Calculated Magic.  Welcome, Jo!



How much of yourself goes into a character? 

I don’t know how a writer could tell a story without putting a bit of him or herself in each character. We (writers readers, & editors) bring our own life experience to each story written or read. I try to make each character unique yet even when I base that character on someone I know, there is still a part of me in each one.

Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

All the time!! I am one of those who always have more than one story going at a time. Typically, I’ll have a happy, sad, angry ect story going and depending on my mood that day, it’s the story I am going to work on. (Another reason I suck at deadlines) If I’m happy, I’ll be telling a fun, light story, with ewwy gooey love. On the flip side, if I’m sad, the angst is flowing. Now, if I’m pissed off… yup everyone is going to die.

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

I like them, but I don’t think a good story has to end in one. I’m more of the, you don’t get happy unless you deserve it. In my world if the guy Is an asshole, he doesn’t deserve HFN or HEA. For the really big jerks, it may take more than one book before he’s become worthy of the love.

Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

I never read fiction when I was a teenager, hell I didn’t read it most of my adult life either. I have always been a bit of a history buff and when I wasn’t reading about history, I was reading true crime. I am not embarrassed to admit that it was Twilight that brought me to reading fiction and ultimately to writing my first book. After watching that movie, I came home read the novels then moved on to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was literally reading novel a day to make up for all the years I missed. I no longer have much time to read but when I do get a chance, I cherish it.

How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part)

Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why?

I surf the web. Sometimes I write a story based on a picture I see but most of the time, I have to go in search of photo. I have been blessed with finding the perfect photo and being given permission by the photographer to use it for my cover. Plan B, Quinn’s Need, Jess’s Journey, Tag Team and My Hometown are all examples of that.  I have a hard time picking one as a favorite since I love them all for a different reason. However, if forced to choose one, I’d have to go with Ty’s Obsession since my son created that one for me

Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it?  Trust me there’s a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know.

You mean people actually write sober? Like my hero the late great Earnest Hemmingway, I write drunk and edit sober.

Just kidding hehehe I’ve only been drunk a couple of times while (tipsy doesn’t count) and I have no clue if EH wrote drunk either. You see, Hemmingway never said, Write drunk, edit sober The quote is all over the internet being attributed to EH, but no one ever gives a source in Hemingway’s works or conversations. It was the novelist Peter De Vries who said it. You go Pete!

Anything else you want to know, just ask. I’m an open book!



Never too late for love.

Three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old warlock Tikron must find his true love or forfeit his immortality. But if he hasn’t found his ideal mate in all these centuries, the prospects don’t look too bright.

That is, until he sees mathematician Richard Beaumont. It’s love at first sight and Tikron’s future just go a whole lot brighter. 

Except Richard doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in love at all. He certainly doesn’t believe in magic. His life is ruled by statistics and logic, and they tell him a relationship with Tikron has only a 10 percent chance of success. That’s unacceptable—even if the attraction between them is off the charts.

With his powers waning and the clock ticking down, Tikron’s last hope is showing Richard the true meaning of magic.

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About the Author

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

Visit Jo on

Twitter: @SJDPeterson





By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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