Q&A with Author CJ Archer (& W*n THE MEDIUM)

Today, I’d like to welcome to Preternatura author CJ Archer, whose novel The Medium is a terrific blend of historical fantasy and romance, with a YA hero and heroine to love (and it’s a YA that should appeal to all ages). CJ is an Australian author who combines her love for history and romance in her books. You can learn more about her at her website.

Want to win a copy of The Medium (which is the first in a series, by the way, and the newest one, Possession, is now available for Kindle.)? Just leave a comment at the end…

ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Seventeen year-old spirit medium Emily Chambers has a problem. Actually, she has several. As if seeing dead people isn’t a big enough social disadvantage, she also has to contend with an escaped demon and a handsome ghost with a secret past. And then there’s the question of her parentage. Being born an entire year after her father’s death (yes, a year) and without the pale skin of other respectable English ladies, Emily is as much a mystery as the dead boy assigned to her….Jacob Beaufort’s spirit has been unable to crossover since his death several months ago. It might have something to do with the fact he was murdered. Or it might not. All he knows is, he has been assigned by the Otherworld’s administrators to a girl named Emily. A girl who can see and touch him. A girl who released a shape-shifting demon into the mortal realm. Together they must send the demon back before it wreaks havoc on London. It should be a simple assignment, but they soon learn there’s nothing simple when a live girl and a dead boy fall in love.

Now, let’s hear from CJ. Welcome!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for your book. In Victorian London, where being different will earn you the label of “freak”, a girl who can see dead people struggles against society’s attitudes, a shape-shifting demon, and her own desire for a handsome ghost.

Describe your favorite scene from THE MEDIUM–and why is it your favorite? Without giving too much away, it’s the scene between Emily and Jacob after she’s received some particularly nasty barbs about her appearance and questionable ancestry. What he says to cheer her up gave me shivers – in a good way!


What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile? I’m reading a mystery set in 1860’s Boston, Still Life…With Murder. Can you tell I love this era?

Favorite book when you were a child. I had many late nights reading the Trixie Beldon books. I re-read the first one recently and golly gosh but it’s full of trite old-fashioned expressions, like, well, golly gosh.

Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is leading the votes on this question!): Fake reading a book? Me? Never! Of course I’ve read all the classics. Every single Shakespeare, Dickens, and other famous dead authors. Loved them all, especially Moby Dick. Moby is one amazing giraffe 😉 *Suz: Best answer to this question, ever! *

Book you’re an evangelist for: The Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnett. Amazing historical detail, adventure, mystery, and a romance that had my heart pounding all the way through the final book.

Favorite line from a book: The opening two lines from Deanna Raybourn’s Silent In The Grave is fun:
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.

Book you most want to read again for the first time: This is a difficult choice. It goes back to the Dorothy Dunnett Lymond series mentioned above, or maybe Juliet Marrillier’s Daughter of the Forest. Both authors have a lush storytelling style that kept me turning those pages until I reached the sigh-worthy ending.

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Thanks, CJ!
Ready to read The Medium? I love these genre blends–do you have a favorite historical paranormal? I’m a fan of Colleen Gleason’s Regency vampire books.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

19 thoughts on “Q&A with Author CJ Archer (& W*n THE MEDIUM)

  1. I enjoy the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger–each book takes on a different style of book, which I think is quite fun.

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  2. This looks quite excellent! Can’t wait to read it, which I will do even if (probably when) I don’t win.

    I have to agree with Galena: my favorite historical paranormal so far is Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate. They’re all really good, although I have a special spot in my heart for the first one 🙂

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  3. Ohh! Never heard of this book before. But it looks so awesome 😀 Hmm. Not sure I have read a historical paranormal yet.. but soon 😀 Thank you for this giveaway. <3

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    Love, Carina

  4. Thanks for introducing me to another new author! The Medium sure sounds good. A favourite paranormal historical series I absolutely loved (and which was killed by the publisher, grr): Jenna MacLaine and her series about Cin Craven. I so recommend those books.

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  5. I’d like to read this book. I don’t have a favorite historical paranormal book.

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  6. Hi Suzanne, thanks for having me on your blog today. I love history and paranormal just seems like a fun twist to add. These books are thin on the ground though. Like a few of the other commenters, I’ve enjoyed Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. Another good one is Libba Bray’s A Great And Terrible Beauty.

    And Aurian, I’m going to check out the Jenna MacLaine series. I love finding new books.

    • C.J.,
      After your comment, “I love finding new books”, I needed to jump in and recommend Susannah Sandlin’s – Redemption. Great read!

  7. I love genre blends. My favorite is Gail Carriger’s steampunk paranormal historicals, the Parasol Protectorate series. The Medium sounds like a fantastic story and I’m happy to have heard about it.

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  8. Right now I am reading Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series which I really enjoy and not only is it historical paranormal but also steampunk
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