Sunday, May 6, 2012

Interview and Contest with Jenna Black

Jenna Black Interview Intro:

Hello everyone!  LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very happy to welcome Jenna Black to our sites today!  
Jenna has a great Bio on her website so we thought we’d borrow it for Event with us today:

“Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.
Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation.  Among her other experiences . . .

·    Ballroom dancing.
·    Traveling all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica.
·    Becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
·    Singing in a barbershop chorus.

Read the true story of Jenna's first trip out of the country by herself at the age of 16: Jenna's Zaire Adventure. And remember, insanity is a good thing for a writer.”


For those of you not yet familiar with Jenna’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopses of several books to get you up to speed.  Because her library of literary excellence is quite extensive, we had to limit the synopses we provided to save on space and time.  Therefore, we gave you the 1st  in each of the series noted above, as well as her most recent release…


“The Devil Inside”

Posession. Murder. Mayhem.
Let the games begin...
Exorcism isn’t a job, it’s a calling—and a curse. Just ask Morgan Kingsley, a woman who has a stronger aura than any Demon. Or so she thought. Now, in a pair of black leather pants and a kick-ass tattoo, Morgan is heading back to Philadelphia after a nasty little exorcism—and her life is about to be turned upside down…by the Demon that’s gotten inside her.
Not just any Demon. Six foot five inches of dark, delicious temptation, this one is to die for—that is, if he doesn’t get Morgan killed first. Because while some humans vilify Demons and others idolize them, Morgan’s Demon is leading a war of succession no human has ever imagined. For a woman trying to live a life, and hold on to the almost-perfect man, being possessed by a gorgeous rebel Demon will mean a wild ride of uninhibited thrills, shocking surprises, and pure, unadulterated terror. . . .


“Watchers in the Night”

They hunt in every major city, hidden by the crowds, shielded by disbelief. They are Killers, and their prey is human.
Not all vampires are Killers. The Guardians of the Night sacrifice the superior physical and psychic strength that comes with feeding on humans to protect them.  But the Guardians walk a thin line, for even a single kill could leave them helplessly addicted to murder.
When detective-turned-P.I. Carolyn Mathers was left at the altar, she never once thought her fiancé had been turned into a vampire. Two years later, Gray reappears, bringing murder, mystery, and an unbelievable tale of Guardians, blood-thirsty Killers, and his own transformation with him. 
And he's been accused of murder.
A first-rate P.I., Carolyn is determined to help.  Gray won't allow what he is now to taint her -- but Carolyn vows to never let him go again.
But will helping Gray mean becoming a creature of the night?


“Dark Descendent”

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.
Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . .
Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy.
But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . . .

 “Deadly Descendent”

As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the “dogs” are jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s got to catch him in the act. But when she stakes out a local cemetery, she ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose bite is worse than their bark. These hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backwards may be “god,” but that won’t stop Nikki from teaching these old gods some new tricks. Like playing dead.



It's all she's ever wanted to be, but it couldn't be further from her grasp...
Dana Hathaway doesnt know it yet, but shes in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides shes had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl, she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with...until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again.

Well, we’re fairly certain that was enough to pique your interest and get you frantically checking your favorite bookseller for purchase information, but we have more for you.  What do you say we get to the Interview and learn some more about Jenna and her books? 


LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Hi Jenna!  We’re very happy to have you here today.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us.
JENNA: Thanks for having me!

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  We always start by getting to know our guest author a little bit better.

Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?

JENNA: 1. I lived in Tahiti from the time I was 3 until the time I was 7. 2. I wrote my first “book” when I was in fifth grade. It was an autobiography, complete with illustrations and a table of contents. 3. I was a tournament badminton player in college (though not on scholarship, because there was no scholarship program).

Q2):  What are 3 things that always make you smile?
JENNA: 1. Watching The Princess Bride. 2. The look on my beagle’s face when I pet him. (And the sad beagle eyes he gives me when I don’t.) 3. Looking at the covers of my published books and realizing that after all the years of rejection I fought through, I finally achieved my dream to be a full-time author.

Q3):  If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would you want it to be and what would you want to do?
JENNA: I’d probably want to spend the day with Dana from the Faeriewalker books, because she and I have the most in common. I’d want to talk to her about our shared experiences living with an alcoholic mother. I’d want to try to teach her some of the things I learned over the years about how to deal with the stresses of it, because the stress doesn’t go away when you become an adult. Especially not when you’re an only child, and a daughter at that, who feels responsible for your parent’s wellbeing. (Sounds like a fun day, no?)

Q4):  What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?

JENNA: I’ve been heavily into ballroom dancing for {mumble mumble} years. I take lessons at the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio and probably will for as long as my body will cooperate. It’s fun and great exercise. More recently, I’ve taken up knitting. I knit when I’m watching TV, and that makes me feel less like I’m wasting my time when I’m sitting on the couch. My current favorite thing to knit is socks.

Q5):  Is there a book in your backlist so far that happens to be your personal favorite, or maybe one that has extra special meaning for you, etc?

JENNA: I’d have to say that after all this time, my favorite of my books is Shadows on the Soul, the third book in my Guardians of the Night series. I loved taking a character as dark as Gabriel was in Secrets in the Shadows and making him into a hero. I also loved the challenge of finding a way to redeem him without completely defanging him, so to speak. He is not and will never be a nice guy, but he can still be a good guy.

Q6):  Are there any authors and/or titles that you feel may have influenced you to become the writer you are today?

JENNA: There are too many books and authors out there to name them all. I feel like I am influenced, one way or another, by everything I read. However, I can specifically give a nod to Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks, which got me hooked both on contemporary fantasy and on stories about the Fae, and to Rachel Caine, whose Morganville Vampires were my introduction to the world of YA.

Q7):  What are the best and worst parts of writing for you?

JENNA: The best part of writing is receiving positive feedback from fans. Writing is such a solitary business, and there are so many frustrations that go along with the business side of things that it’s nice to be reminded once in a while that people really do read and appreciate my books. And when people write to tell me one of my books has helped them during a difficult time in their lives, it makes me tear up, but in a good way.
The worst parts of writing are all on the business side. There are a lot of things that an author has no control over: our covers, our titles, the price of our books, when they’re released, what format they’re released in, etc. Those things drive me crazy (yes, I admit, I’m a control freak), but I love my job enough to put up with it.

Q8):  What is a typical writing day like for you?  Do you have a routine that you follow?  Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, etc?
JENNA: I start my day with a cup of coffee while I check email and Twitter. I’ll then usually play a computer game of some sort for a while as I finish my coffee—and finish the slow process of waking up. I’ll then write in bursts of about 40-90 minutes, with breaks in between to do mundane things or check email, until I’m done for the day. I’m done for the day when a) I’ve written as much as my creative mind can handle for one day, b) my hands are stiff from too much typing, or c) another obligation interrupts me. I’m usually done by mid-afternoon, and I do this seven days a week.

Q9):  What type of scenes (dialogue, action, sex, etc) do you enjoy writing the most and why?
JENNA: My favorite thing to write is action scenes. I get more caught up in them than I do in any other kind of scene, and that’s most often when the writing seems to flow. I often find myself not wanting to stop, and it feels almost like it does when I’m reading a really riveting book.

Q10):  Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the NIKKI GLASS series?

JENNA: I can’t point to any specific thing that triggered the idea, if that’s what you’re asking. I almost never can. Ideas just seem to pop up out of the ether somehow, and I don’t know where they came from. I wanted to write a story about immortals whose immortality could be stolen by their descendants, and that was the first kernel of the idea that eventually led to this series.

Q11):  How many books do you have planned for the series?
JENNA: I don’t have a set number in my head at this point. I can tell you there will be at least four books and one novella in the series, but past that I’m not sure.

Q12):  What about for your other series – MORGAN KINGSLEY, THE GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT and FAERIEWALKER, how many planned for each?

JENNA: Those series are all finished. It’s always possible I might self-publish more books in those series in the future (particularly the Morgan Kingsley and Faeriewalker series), but there are no concrete plans to do so right now. It’s just an option I like to keep open in my mind.

Q13):  What are some of the challenges being both an Adult Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy writer?
JENNA: As far as the writing goes, I don’t see it as being a particular challenge. The voice with which I write a particular series is determined by the narrator(s)’ character, not his or her age. Age does play a role in determining character, but it is only one facet. My YA books are just as long and just as complicated as my adult ones, and are fully accessible to adult readers. I use fewer curse words in the YAs, but that again is determined by the characters rather than by a specific decision to tame my language for younger readers. (I have one character in the Faeriewalker series who drops the occasional F-bomb because it makes sense for his character. I will have a character in my upcoming YA series that does the same, because there’s no way someone with his background would not have a bit of a potty mouth, even if he’s trying to contain it.)

Q14):  What’s next for Jenna Black?  What do you have going on in the next couple months that your readers might be interested in?

JENNA: It’s going to be a while before there’s another full-scale Jennna Black release, though I may have smaller or e-only projects in the works that I can’t talk about yet because they aren’t sure things. I’m currently working on the third book in the Nikki Glass series, tentatively titled ROGUE DESCENDANT. And I recently finished the manuscript for the first book in my new dystopian YA series, which will be starting up sometime next year.

Q15):  Is there anything special that you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

JENNA: Thanks so much for reading my books! I have fourteen books on the shelves now, and there’s still a little part of me that’s amazed each time I realize that people who aren’t related to me actually read what I write. Readers make it worth my while to put up with some of the frustrations of this crazy career I’ve chosen (or that has chosen me).

LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews:  Jenna, thank you so much again for being with us today.  We’re very happy to help you promote all of your backlist and “Deadly Descendent” and hope that we turn some new readers on to your work.  We’d love to have you back to help celebrate your next big release if you’re interested.
JENNA: Thanks for having me!

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miki said...

So far i haven't been lucky enought to read one of her book but after reading several reviews i'm interested by the series Nikki Glass so thanks you a lot for this opportunity to win one signed book of this series

all the best

Kristen Heyl said...

I haven't read any of Jenna's books yet but they have made it on my TBR list.

SdyLion said...

I am a huge fan of your series. I have read Morgan Kingsley and Guardian of The Night and loved both of them. I had a chance to read all the free reads you so graciously offered your readers at one time as well. I think the new Nikki Glass series is really good and I loved the interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda said...

I've not had the chance to read any of her books as yet; winning a copy here would be a nice way to start! I like the sound of an immortal huntress as the heroine!

thanks for the opportunity to win.

Kassandra said...

I have read everything of Jenna's except her YA series. I absolutely LOVED her Morgan Kingsley and Guardian of The Night series. I have read the first in the Descendant series and am anxiously waiting to get to the second one!

Thanks for the chance!

Victoria said...

I've read Jenna's YA series and loved it. I'm planning on getting into her other books soon. I think the Niki Glass series sounds very good. Thank you for the informative interview.


Rebe said...

I have a beagle, too, and those sad beagle eyes are tough to resist! I'm really looking forward to reading the Nikki Glass books. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

molly.frenzel said...

I've read all of Jenna's books. She's one of my favorite authors. Thank you so much for the chance to win a signed version!

Diana said...

I haven't read any of Jenna's books yet and I really don't know why. I have read so many good things about her books.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Heather said...

I haven't read any of Jenna's books but this is going on my TBR list.

Glittergirl said...

I devoured her Guardians of the Night series and was sorry it was finished. I loved that series, sigh. Maybe she'll put out some ebooks in the future for my new Nook?! I have all the Morgan Kingsley but haven't read them yet...

I bought her YA series for my niece for Christmas and she loved it :-).

I'd love to win Deadly Descendant as I already have the first one.

Amy said...

I have not read any of Jenna's books but would love to. I'm always looking for a new urban fantasy series to read.


andieleah said...

No I haven't read any of Jenna's books yet. They sound great and the covers are so beautiful:)

Kelly Lynn Benson said...

I have never read one of Jenna's books but I have seen her name when I was looking for paranormal books. Thanks for a great interview. I think I might need to check her out :)