I am so excited today. One of my favorite authors of all time let me interview her. It was GREAT! This is my best moment since I started blogging. Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin Series is one of the most amazing series out in the Urban Fantasy genre. Jennifer’s latest book in the series, Widow’s Web, blew me away, just like the rest of her books did. If you want to see if Widow’s Web is for you, just check out my review. And for those YA readers out there, Jennifer also writes a lovely YA series called the Mythos Academy Series. Apparently Jennifer is a woman with many talents.
Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this interview for a chance to win a print copy of Widow’s Web.
Jennifer: Thanks! I appreciate that, and I’m glad you enjoyed the book. I do have a plan for the next few books in the series, although I can’t say too much about that right now. And my plans could always change. Sometimes, some of my best ideas just seem to pop up as I’m writing, so we’ll see what happens.
Jennifer: I’ve always liked reading about assassin characters, especially in fantasy books. Assassins can be everything from cool to calculating, and it seems like there are so many stories that you can tell about them. One day, I thought it would be interesting to write my own assassin character with my own story, magic, and world building, so that’s what I did. That was the start of the Elemental Assassin series.
Jennifer: I don’t actually listen to music while I write. I find that I just tune it out anyway, so just a quiet space seems to work best for me when it comes to writing. I don’t usually do playlists for my books either. I never feel like I know enough about music to do that. However, one song that I do like and that I think fits Gin’s character pretty well is “Human” by The Pretenders. That’s just a great song.
Jennifer: I wrote something like seven books over the course of several years before I got an agent and sold my first book. So it definitely didn’t happen overnight. My first book came out in 2007, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been writing and being published ever since.
Jennifer: I would definitely suggest that folks read in the genre they want to write in and just educate themselves about writing and the publishing process. Joining a critique or writers’ group may be helpful for some folks. Everyone’s process and needs are different. Writing/publishing can be a tough business, but I would say just to have fun with your writing and to not give up.
Jennifer: I don’t really have any special quirks or rituals, and I write in my office. When I’m writing a rough draft, I just sit down and try to write at least 2,000 (or more) words a day every day until I have a draft that’s about 50,000 or 60,000 words or so. Then I let that sit for a few weeks before going back, reading through, and seeing how the story/characters/plot hold together. Then I start on my second draft and layer in more emotion, dialogue, description, action, etc. Then I let that draft sit for a while. I just repeat that process over and over again until I have a book that’s the best that I can make it.
Jennifer: I think Jennifer Garner would be cool as Gin, and I could see someone like Ryan Reynolds playing Finn. Hugh Jackman would be interesting as Owen.
Jennifer: Some of my favorite authors include Robin McKinley, Donald Westlake/Richard Stark, Ian Fleming, David Eddings, and too many other folks to name. Some of my favorite books are the Dortmunder series by Westlake; the Parker series by Stark; and Beauty by McKinley.
Jennifer: Thanks! That’s so nice of you to say. Deadly Sting, the eighth book in the series, will be out in April 2013. I can’t say too much about that one right now, except to say that Gin is in trouble once again. Hope everyone enjoy the book when it comes out. Happy reading!
I used to murder people for money, but lately it’s become more of a survival technique. Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town anyway.
Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back, she thinks he’s hers for the taking. Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread. ~ Add on Goodreads
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