The fifth part in the Elemental Assassin series, Spider's Revenge, releases this week and if you are a fan of the books your really don't want to miss it!
So I invited Jennifer over to Amberkatze's Book Blog to talk about her new release, her Young Adult series and the short story she contributed to the lovely Entangled anthology.
I hope you all enjoy the interview! Make sure you enter the contest for your chance to win a copy of Spider's Revenge!
Jennifer – Hi, Amber! I’m glad to be here.
Of course. Spider’s Revenge is the fifth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, and it will be published on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assas¬sin code-named the Spi¬der who can con¬trol the ele¬ments of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing peo¬ple and right¬ing wrongs, Gin runs a bar¬be¬cue restau¬rant called the Pork Pit in the fic¬tional South¬ern metrop¬o¬lis of Ash¬land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vam¬pires, and ele¬men-tals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Other books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and Tangled Threads.
Amber - Spider's Revenge, as a title, already seems to be hinting at the contents of this fifth part in the series. So the big question is for the fans...Does Gin go after Mab? Will Mab finally get what she deserves?
Jennifer – Yes, the title is pretty accurate. Basically, Gin and Mab have their big showdown in this book, and a lot of the various story threads and questions are tied up and answered. As for Mab getting what she deserves, I think readers will be happy with how things turn out. Fingers crossed, anyway.
Amber - So is this the last book of Gin? Is Spider's Revenge the end of the series?
Amber - When you started writing this series did you think it would keep going this long? Do you actually have an ending planned for Gin?
Jennifer – I thought the series had a lot of potential, but I’ve been really flattered by the reader response to Gin and all the interest in the books. I do have some ideas for where I want Gin to ultimately end up, but I hope to be writing about her for a long time to come.
Jennifer – Actually, I’ve written several free short stories from the other characters’ points of view. There are stories from Finn, Jo-Jo, Sophia, Bria, and Fletcher’s points of view on the Excerpts page of my website: http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/
So far, folks seem to be enjoying the stories and seeing the world of Ashland through the other characters’ eyes and following their various adventures.
Jennifer – I also write the Mythos Acad¬emy young adult urban fan¬tasy series. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychom¬e¬try, or the abil¬ity to know an object’s his¬tory just by touch¬ing it. After a seri¬ous freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Acad¬emy, a school for the descen¬dants of ancient war¬riors like Spar¬tans, Valkyries, Ama¬zons, and more.Basically, the series is about myths, magic, monsters, and mean girls.
Touch of Frost, the first book in the series, was published in August. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is also available now as a 99-cent download.
Amber - How long does it take you to write a complete book? Is it harder to give your full attention to one story now that you are writing two different series?
Not really. I only work on one book project at a time – that’s just the way that I like to work. So whatever book I’m working on at the moment has my full attention.Plus, I like switching back and forth between the two series. The Elemental Assassin books are really dark and gritty, and the Mythos Academy books are a little lighter, so it’s a good mix and a nice change of pace for me to go from one to the other and back again.
Amber - What is up next? Any new projects? Any release dates you can share with us?
Jennifer – Like I mentioned before, By a Thread will be out in March 2012, and the seventh Elemental Assassin book is tentatively scheduled for an August 2012 release.
Also, Kiss of Frost, the second book in my Mythos Academy series, will be out on Nov. 29, 2011, and Dark Frost, the third book, will be out in June 2012.
Folks can get more information about all my books on my website.
Entangled? What story have you contributed?
Jennifer – My story is called Halloween Frost, and it’s set in the world of my Mythos Academy series after the events of Touch of Frost, the first book in the series. In the story, it’s Halloween at Mythos Academy, but Gwen and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.
Amber - All the proceeds for Entangled is going to breast cancer research. Is this a cause that is close to your heart?
Jennifer – It is. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, and I wanted to write a story for this anthology to honor her strength and spirit, as well as everyone else who’s struggled with or been affected by the disease. Here’s hoping for a cure – the sooner, the better.
Amber - How did the anthology come about? Did you get to meet up with the other authors involved?
Amber - How do you relax when you aren't writing?
Jennifer –I love to hang out with my family and friends, read, and watch TV and movies.
Amber - Have you read or watched anything great lately that you would like to recommend to us?
Amber - If you could spend a day with anyone famous, alive or dead, who would you spend your day with?
Jennifer – Hmm. That’s a tough one. I think it would be cool to hang out with someone like J.K. Rowling and just talk about writing.
Amber - Thank you for being a guest again!
Jennifer – Thanks for having me on the blog again. I appreciate it.
#1 - Spider's Bite
#2 - Web of Lies
#3 - Venom
#4 - Tangled Threads
#5 - Spider's Revenge (releases this week!)
#6 - By A Thread (Due Feb 2012)
#0.5 - First Frost
#1 - Touch of Frost
#2 - Kiss of Frost (Due in Nov)
Jennifer is giving away a copy of the new Elemental Assassin book, Spider's Revenge! (US Only)
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