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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Author Interview & Contest with Jana Oliver

One of the books I have been really looking forward to this year is the second part of the Demon Trappers series. After finally getting and reading a copy of book 1, Forsaken, I just couldn't wait to see where the series would go next. I already ordered my UK version of book 2, Forbidden, from The Book Depository because it doesn't release in the States till the end of the month. I don't want to wait that long ;)

So I hope you all enjoy this interview with the author of this amazing new series. Jana Oliver not only explains what her Demon Trapper series is about but why it has two different names and which book is which!

Keep reading till the end and enter this weeks contest! You could win a copy of a Demon Trapper book!


Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here as a guest! Could you start things off by telling us a little about your Demon Trappers Series?

Jana - The Demon Trappers Series tells the story of Riley Blackthorne, seventeen-year-old daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne. Riley wants to become just as awesome a trapper as her dad and that’s causing problems with the Atlanta Guild, who has never had a female in their midst. On top of dealing with guys who think she can’t handle the job, Riley is facing dating issues, family tragedies and the possibility that Heaven and Hell are headed to war.

Amber - Before we continue, I have to ask, what is up with the different titles and release dates for the series? Are the contents the same? Can you explain it? Or at least tell us which book is released where and when? ;)

Jana - It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it? The US and UK publishers decided they wanted different titles and covers right at the beginning, mostly so that books would appeal to their respective country’s readers. The books are essentially the same with a few minor differences in copyediting and grammar. The UK versions insert additional vowels in words such as humor, favor, and some of the more gritty scenes are slightly toned down. They also refer to gasoline as fuel, a curb as kerb and tires are spelled with a “y”. Other than that, they’re the same books.

A short and definite guide to which book is which:

US UK/Australia
Demon Trapper’s Daughter Demon Trappers: Forsaken
Soul Thief Demon Trappers: Forbidden
Forgiven Demon Trappers: Forgiven

A sharp-eyed observer will note that the US title for the 3rd book is now the same as for the UK as they decided to have them in sync.

For my German readers the first book will be published in September and it is entitled: Die Dämonenfängerin #1: Aller Anfang ist Hölle - Book 1 and it’ll also be out as an audio book.

Amber - I love the first book in the series, FORSAKEN/DEMON TRAPPERS DAUGHTER, and found it to be so original and unique. How did you come up with the idea for the Demon Trapper series? Was it a long process or did it just come to you?

Jana - The basis of the novel––the Grand Game between Heaven and Hell––had been percolating since I read GOOD OMENS (Pratchett and Gaiman) over a decade ago. The young adult part of the story came to me in late 2008. I thought it would be rather fun to take an everyday girl and put her in the midst of a dangerous, male-oriented profession. Once I wrote the first scene (which wasn’t the one that finally ended up in the book) Riley just took off as a really strong character.

Amber - Riley is a strong girl but has been through so much already. What can we expect her to be up against in the second Demon Trapper book, SOUL THIEF/ FORBIDDEN?

Jana - Life doesn’t get any easier for the poor girl. Both Heaven and Hell have been pulling her strings and those machinations result in Riley having to make some choices, not all of them wise. One decision, in particular, will have longstanding consequences.

Amber - Is it hard to write from a teenage point of view? Do you have a young helper?

Jana - It’s been a long time since I was a teen, so I rely on a fellow young adult author (Gillian Summers) and some younger folks to vet my work. I try to stay away from using too many slang words as sometimes they don’t stand the test of time. The best tactic is for me to remember what I was like at seventeen and how everything was a huge deal while I tried to figure out who I was and what my future might hold. Fortunately I never had to battle rampaging demons.

Amber - There are quite a few Demons to Trap in your series and I am sure we haven't seen them all yet. But which is your favourite demon and which one can't you stand?

Jana - I’m really fond of the Grade One Klepto-Fiends (or Magpies as the trappers call them). They aren’t nasty, they’re just hooked on shiny stuff so they creep around and nick things. The one that lives in Riley’s apartment is actually sort of nice for being one of Lucifer’s minions.

Amber - How do you pick the names for your characters? Do they have any special meanings?

Jana - They just come to me, though I did take particular care with picking Riley, Beck and Ori’s names. Riley Anora (Blackthorn) means valiant light. Ori means my light and Denver Beck doesn’t have a middle name as his mother couldn’t be bothered to pick one out for him. In fact his first name came courtesy of the travel magazine in the labor and delivery room.

Amber - Did you always wanted to be an author? Why did you pick Young Adult and the paranormal genre?

Jana - When I was about ten I wanted to be a spy but I became a registered nurse instead (less explosions, for one thing). I really didn’t have that desire to be an author until 1998 when suddenly I had all these stories that needed to be told.

Amber - I am sure that being an author has its ups and downs. What experiences have you had so far?

Jana - I’ve had some amazing ups and some annoying downs. One of the big “ups” was finding out that my Demon Trappers Series had a US publisher, then that it was going to be published in the UK and Germany. The downs are a lot less dramatic, just the usual run-of-the-mill job related hassles. It’s a difficult, time consuming, solitary profession. On the plus side I get to tell stories and get paid for it (grin).

Amber - When will we see more Demon Trapper books? Are you working on any other projects?

Jana - The second book in the series (FORBIDDEN (UK/Australia) and SOUL THIEF (US/Canada) will be out in August. The third in the series (it’s called FORGIVEN both in the US & the UK) should be in out Feb. 2012. Given how quickly the books are published I don’t have a lot of time to do much else, though I do pen a short story every now and then.

Amber - Alot of authors have 'soundtracks' for their books. Is there any music influenced your books?

Jana - I definitely use a sound track. I’ve set up those tracks on Playlist.com and Spotify.com (for those in the UK)

For Playlist the link for Book #1 & Book #2.


Amber - What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have any favourite authors/series?

Jana - I read all sorts of different books. On my To Be Read pile currently holds: DIVERGENT (Veronica Roth), THE LAST WEREWOLF (Glen Duncan) and I just finished MOON OVER SOHO by Ben Aaronovitch. Jim Butcher’s next Harry Dresden novel has already been ordered so that’ll be a treat.

Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?

Jana - I can’t handle zombies, vampires are night owls (and I’m not) and werewolves probably have fleas. I think I’d like to be a shape-shifting faery. That might be rather fun as long as I wasn’t around any iron.

Amber - Thank you so much for being a guest on Amberkatze's Book Blog! I hope you will come back again ;)


Contest Time

Jana and her team are giving away a copy of The Demon Trappers - Forbidden and maybe some more?

How To Enter? Just answer the question below!

Who is your favourite Demon?

No answer = No Entry

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The contest will stay open until Sunday 14th of August 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.


Victoria said...

To be completely honest my very favorite demon is Larissa Ione's Wraith. I just love him to bits. Thanks you for the excellent post and the giveaway.


Aurian said...

My favourite demon is Al, from the books by Kim Harrison about Rachel Morgan.

I am a follower, subscriber, and have your bloglink on my own blog.

I really liked the interview, and will love reading those books as they sound original.

Barbara E. said...

My favorite demon is Giguhl, from Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane series.

sablelexi said...

well, she's only a half-demon, but I'd have to say Eve from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld.

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Jana Oliver said...

Okay, I'll admit it, I really like Al from Kim Harrison's books too. He's deliciously evil and vain.

elaing8 said...

I just got book one and can't wait to stat this series.

My favorite Demon is Al from Kim Harrison's The Hollows series.


SiNn said...

my fav demon of all time is Lugh from the Morgan Kingsley series

awesome interview!

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Andra Lyn said...

My favorite demon is the dancing demon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


He's awesome! andralynn7@gmail.com

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I have to second the vote for the Dancing Demon (Sweet) from the Buffy the Vampire Once More With Feeling Episode. He has to be my all time favorite demon! Other wise I would list Sophie from Hex Hall--she's only half demon though.

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Tore923 said...

My favorite demon is the one from Buffy the Vampire Slayer who is taking the children from the hospital. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this series. Tore923@aol.com

Julie S said...

I second the Giguhl love! Such a fun character!

Anonymous said...

Al from Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan books. He is evil and hilarious and for some reason I'm weirdly in love with him lol


Dovile said...

My favorite demon is Cole from Charmed TV series. He was so sexy:)

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Tasnim said...

My favourite demon is Al from Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


Books Glorious Books said...

I actually love the magpies from forsaken too...they really made me laugh

Vickie said...

Giguhl from Jaye Wells' Sabina Kane series. He is just too funny for words and is there for Sabina when absolutely needed.

Definitely a follower, subscriber and you are on the blog roll. Here pretty much every day.

Stephanie said...

My favorite demon is Al from the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison.


Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Ooh that's a toughie! I did like Al from Kim Harrison's Hollows Series.

Stacia Kane had a great trilogy with demons, can't remember all the names since I read it awhile back but there were quite a few demons who were enjoyable as well!

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Beverly said...

This is so hard - I LOVE Larissa Ione's demons (hot, hot, hot) and Al is great too... but I truly love Bartimaeus! Thanks for hosting. I hope I win. I am an old follower.

Amy said...

My favorite demon is Larissa Ione's Shade. I love those demonic brothers.


SandyG265 said...

Japhramel from Lilith St Crow's Dante Valentien series.

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Sharon Stogner said...

I'd have to go with Al like everyone else for bad assness and then Ione's Demons are tasty ;)

I haven't read this series yet, but it is on my list! Would love to win it. Thanks

littlelatina said...

enter me thanks

ArtemisG said...

My favorite demon is Al Pacino in the film The Devil's Advocate
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Thanks for the great giveaway!

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The Happy Booker said...

My favorite demon is Bartimaeus from Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. He is absolutely unforgettable!
Wonderfully informative interview! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win one of these.

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Brittney said...

my favorite demon is randall flagg from the stand. does he count?
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Gail said...

My favorite demon has to be Big Al from Kim Harrison's Hollows series.
He's the demon you want to hate, but you just can't. LOL


thanks for the chance to win:)

James said...

The Grade One Klepto-Fiends that she was describing sound very interesting.

Debi Murray said...

It's a toss-up between Kim Harrison's AL and Jaye Well's Giguhl.

Karen said...

Al from Kim Harrison's The Hollows series.

Karen Gonyea
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gene said...

my favorite demon is spike from buffy the vamp slayer. mm he's sooo cute!

saturdaynightfever said...

My little sister!


Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

My favorite demon is Mammon.

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Unknown said...

It would have to be Dancing Demon (Sweet) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

AEKZ2 said...

My favorite demon is Tengu - The Mountain Demon (Japanese folklore)


donnas said...

I really have to go with Al. Such a great character.

Sounds like a really good series. Thanks for sharing.

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Pam said...

Anya (Buffy and The Vampire Slayer) is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Shari Klyn said...

My favorite demon is from the television show Supernatural. He is Azazel.


Meredith said...

I'd also have to go with Al from Kim Harrison's books!

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Al from the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison is my favorite demon.


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