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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Author Interview with Julie Kenner (Includes Contest)

This month my author guests all have a story in the anthology 'Those Who Fight Monsters'. When I looked at the line-up I had to wonder what author Julie Kenner was going to contribute. With so many great books under her belt I wasn't to worried about it being good but I secretly hoped for a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom short story.

Well I am happy to announce that Julie's short story is indeed based in the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series and it was an amazing read. So of course I had to ask Julie to stop by and tell us more about it and of course what else she is writing!

Enjoy the interview and make sure you enter the contest!


Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here as
a guest! You have a short story inside the new anthology Those Who Fight Monsters. Can you tell us a little about it?

Julie - It's an awesome anthology filled with "supernatural investigators." I hope everyone checks it out. I'm having a blast reading all the other stories.

Amber - So how did you pick what to write for the anthology? Did you know straight away that you would write a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom story?

Julie - I was asked to write either Kate or Lily from Tainted, and I chose Kate. I really wanted the opportunity to get into Allie's head, and this is the first time readers get to go there with me. The story is told from both Kate and Allie's points of view, and it was a lot of fun writing it.

Amber - Was it hard coming up with something new or was the story already filed away ready for something like this?

Julie - Well, the story wasn't filed away at all. But I feel like Kate and Allie and company are old friends, so it was just a matter of finding the right "between the books" incident. I was visiting a friend in D.C. when I was brainstorming. He helped me name the bad guy :)

Amber - The Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series has always been told from Kate's perspective. However in this short story Allie also takes the reins. Is she finally getting old enough to do that? ;)

Julie - Oh, absolutely. In the story, she's still 14, though in the book world, she's turned fifteen. She'd love her own YA series, actually, LOL!

Amber - I love the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series and I am waiting for more! Will there be more books about Kate soon?

Julie - Nothing firm yet, but there's stuff in the works (and good news recently about the movie, so keep your fingers crossed!). Keep an eye on my website and my blog for all the news!

Amber - How do anthologies really work? Do you the authors get together and have a chat and a few drinks? Discuss your story ideas? Or is it all emails and no contact with anyone else?

Julie - In most anthologies where the stories don't twine together, you write your story and turn it into the editor. That was the case here. And Justin was an awesome editor! In a situation where there's something that weaves through the plot of all the stories, I've usually been in an email loop with the other authors so we can get those details worked out.

Amber - When you write a short story does the publisher set you limits or do you just write and hope the piece is long/short enough?

Julie - To be honest, this was only my second short story. I tend to write long :) And both had word count limits.

Amber - Have you read all the stories in Those Who Fight Monsters? Did you have any favourites?

Julie - Not yet, but I'm loving them so far. Believe it or not, I only got my copy recently, too, so I'm gobbling the stories up like candy!

Amber - What is next? Any projects or new releases you can tell us about?

Julie - Lots of stuff in the works. I'm doing a short story for a thriller anthology (details to come!) and I'm working on the next three J.K. Beck Shadow Keepers books. I've also got three back to back books from Harlequin coming in 2012, so that's going to be a busy year. Oh, and Dorchester has re-released my Aphrodite series. Those are out in e-format now, and are coming to print this summer!

Amber - What made you want to be a writer? Were there any books or authors that had an influence on you?

Julie - Everything I've ever read has influenced me, but to be honest, I wanted to be a story teller before I can even remember being a reader. So I think it's just in my blood :)

Amber - You have written a lot of books! Is there any genre you have not tried writing that you would like to?

Julie - I have a middle grade idea that I would absolutely LOVE to do, and also an idea for a mainstream women's fiction book that's been keeping me up at night. Hopefully I'll find the time to get those down and paper soon!

Amber - Could you write a book together with another author? If yes, which author would you like to work with and why?

Julie - Absolutely. I'm actually writing a screenplay with a co-author (fingers crossed we sell it!) and it's going great. We each bring something to the table, and I think it's making the screenplay better for it. A novel is bit of a different process, but the collaborative process can work there as well, and he and I have a few ideas we'd like to do as novels as well. In addition to him, Kathleen O'Reilly and I have talked about doing a book together (we have one idea in particular that we both want to do--but time is an issue). Fingers crossed!

Amber - What other paranormal creatures would you want to write about besides the ones you've already written about? Is there any you just don't like, and would never use in your books?

Julie - Hmmm. Honestly, I don't know. I doubt I'd ever write about selkies. But I've learned that it's best to never say never.

Amber - What are you listening, reading and watching lately? Any recommendations?

Julie - I've been listening to the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack as I write a lot lately, but that's about it. I'm more of a podcast and/or audiobook person than a music person. As for TV, I've recently discovered The IT Crowd. Love, love, love it.

Amber - If you could visit any famous person, alive or dead, who would you visit? and why?

Julie - That is a really hard question. I honestly don't know. I feel like as soon as I choose, I'll realize there was someone I'd rather have chosen. Actually, probably Roger Bacon. You see, I have this story idea, and there's this question I'd like to ask him....

Amber - Thank you so much for popping by! I hope you come visit again soon!

Julie - Thanks for having me!!!


Contest Time

I am giving away another copy of the anthology 'Those Who Fight Monsters'!

How To Enter

Which of Julie's books do you most want to read? Or have you read them all?

No answer = No Entry

Earn more entries for each link you place about this contest on the net. You can post on Facebook, Twitter & MySpace but make sure you add links here for me to confirm your entries! However please do not make individual postings for each entry. Please post all your entries in one post.

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The contest will stay open until Sunday 27th of March 2011 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.


Who are Those Who Fight Monsters?

Danny Hendrickson - from Laura Anne Gilman's Cosa Nostradamus series.
Kate Connor - from Julie Kenner’s Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series.
John Taylor - from Simon R. Green’s Nightside series.
Jill Kismet - from Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet series.
Jessi Hardin - from Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.
Quincey Morris - from Justin Gustainis’ Morris/Chastain Investigations series.
Marla Mason - from T. A. Pratt's Marla Mason series.
Tony Foster - from Tanya Huff’s Smoke and Shadows series.
Dawn Madison - from Chris Marie Green’s Vampire Babylon series.
Pete Caldecott - from Caitlin Kittredge’s Black London series.
Tony Giodone - from C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp’s Tales of the Sazi series.
Jezebel - from Jackie Kessler’s Hell on Earth series.
Piers Knight - from C. J. Henderson’s Brooklyn Knight series.
Cassiel - from Rachel Caine’s Outcast Season series.



Barbara E. said...

I've been wanting to start her J.K. Beck Shadow Keepers series, so I'll say When Blood Calls would be the book I most want to read.

Pamk said...

I would love to read the 2 and 3 books in JK Beck's shadow keepers series. Loved the first one.

Ina said...

I can't wait to read When Pleasure Rules (book #2) in her series - I loved the first one and the world she created!
greetings, Ina

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A'lina said...

I haven't read this author yet but I'd be interested in reading Tainted. Thanks for the giveaway!

Vickie said...

I am torn between TAINTED and GOOD GHOULS.

Unknown said...

Thanks for having me here!!

Unknown said...

hmm. signed in with the wrong google account! JB = Julie Kenner :) and thanks again!

donnas said...

I want to read Torn and Turned. Ive read her Demon Hunting, Code Breaking, Beth Fraiser and JK Beck books already.

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Sharon S. said...

Well, I am a soccer mom...so.... I love the titles.

Anonymous said...

'Those Who Fight Monsters'!


Andra Lyn said...

I'd love to read Tainted :D


Andra Lyn said...

I tweeted :D



debbie said...

I think carpe demon sounds really good.

SandyG265 said...

I've read Carpe Demon so I'd like to read th enext book in that series.

Julie S said...

I loved her PSW trilogy so I'm looking forward to reading her Carpe Demon books.


Anonymous said...

I would like to read Tainted and When Blood Calls. Both sound very good. Please enter me in contest.Tore923@aol.com

Audra said...

I would love to read TAINTED.

Nancy said...

It's Julie - one of my favorite people and favorite writers on the planet!

Wonderful interview, Amber and Julie. Thank you both!

I'm behind in all my reading, but TORN is next on my list.

Nancy Haddock

Asylumgirl said...

I'd love to read the Good Ghoul's Guide to Getting Even because ever girl could use some tips in that department. lol


ArtemisG said...

I haven't read any of her books but I would love to read Tainted.
Thanks for the giveaway!

artgiote at gmail dot com

Dovile said...

I'd like to read 'Olivia's Odyssey in Fendi, Ferragamo & Fangs the' most. It sounds like a fun book about vamp supermodels.

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Gail said...

I haven't read any of Julie's books to date, but I'm looking forward to adding more books to my TBR pile.
I wanted to purchase Monsters this weekend, but I found out the release date now shows April 30. I can't want to read this anthology.

Aurian said...

I have read the Soccer Mom series, and am looking forward to the Aphrodite series.

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Stephanie said...

I would love to read Demon Ex-Machina.


slb3334 said...

I would like to read the givenchy code.


elaing8 said...

I have not read any of Julie's books. But her J.K. Beck Shadow Keepers series sound really good and I want to read those.

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Rosie said...

I have read pretty much all of Julie's books, with the exception of those written under the J.K. Beck name. Those are on my list though. My favorites are the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom!!

rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

Anonymous said...

Nice interview. I really want to start on the Demon-Hunting-Soccor-Mom books because they just sound so funny and I haven't had a chance to start on them yet. I'd love to win a copy of this anthology.

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AngelaK said...

I am one of Kenner's biggest fana- I have read them all!


JenM said...

I like darker UF, so the Blood Lily Chronicles sounds good to me. I've got them on my wishlist, just have never gotten around to them.

jen at delux dot com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Those Who Fight Monsters'!
is the one I want to read!




alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

crystletellerday said...

the good ghouls guide to getting even crystletellerday@yahoo.com

Desmond said...

Carpe Demon

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to read "When Blood calls"!

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Nickolay said...

I really want to read Carpe Demon! I haven't read any of her books, but they sound rockin


Michele said...

I have When Blood Calls, but haven't had the chance to read it yet!! ITS in my pile!!

thanks for the chance.

jmluker (at) winco.net

Magaly Guerrero said...

I would like to read Carpe Demon. It's just such an attractive title!

Karen said...

Carpe Diem is my first pick :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Calliope said...

I've read her Shadow Keepers series and loved it, and I think her Blood Lily Chronicles looks interesting and keep meaning to pick it up, just never seem to get around to it. This interview certainly bumped it up on the TBB list!


Llehn said...

I've read California Demon.


JaneE2059 said...

I love Julie's books, but I'd love to read her J.K. Beck series.

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Pam S said...

I've read all her Shadow Keepers books - enjoyed them all. Fav has been bk 1 When Blood Calls - looking forward to more releases :).

Tainted and Demon Exmachina caught my eye slightly more from the others though they all sound like good reads.

pams00 @ aol.com

Rhonda said...

I have't read any of the books but as a soccer mom myself I would like to start this series. Carp Diem sounds great

liliesrnice said...

Carpe Demon! It sounds fun!

dvice12 said...

I want to read Aphrodite's Secret

Anonymous said...

I want to read #2 Torn: The Blood Lily Chronicles. garrettsabo@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to read TAINTED.

hawaiian1 said...

Would love to read them all! But When Blood Calls so I could begin that series!