1. Can you tell us a little bit about your newest book?
Obsidian was kind of a risk to write. For starters, aliens aren't very popular in YA. I mean, when I started writing it, I kept picturing giant insects eating human brains or little green men, so it was tough writing about something that most people don't associate with fun and romance. And well, Daemon was also a very different character for me to write. When you read it, you'll see what I mean. Obsidian is very sci fi light.
2. What is the biggest difference between writing adult and young adult books?
Besides being able to label body parts? Hehe. There isn't really a difference. At least not to me. The big difference is that I write adult in third person and YA in first person, but it's really the same. YA isn't as limited as it was when I was growing up.
3. What is your greatest challenge when writing a novel?
Wanting to stop and work on shiny new idea.
4. Can you share with us a little bit about your average day?
It varies from day to day. I work part time in a University police department, and on those days, I usually write in the late afternoon and evening. On days that I'm off I'm pretty much writing for about 12-15 hours.
5. Any advice for those out there struggling to get published?
Publishing is hard and seriously not for the faint of heart. Even after you score the agent and then the editor, there are still so many bumps in the road. My best advice is if you really want to be a published author, not to give up, study the craft, and to keep writing. Don't let rejections get you down. Think of them as practice runs for negative reviews. =)
ABOUT THE AUTHORJennifer lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work wriLng, she spends her Lme, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K‐9 partner named Diesel, her hyper Jack Russell Loki, and her pet turtle called Michelangelo. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her Lme writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. She writes Adult and Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Romance. Half‐Blood, the first book in a planned series, is her debut novel and is available October 2011 .
ABOUT THE BOOK
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like a Vegas casino to the bad guys. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is.
And then things get really bad...
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