Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Jennifer Estep

Today, I am happy to announce that Jennifer Estep, author of the Elemental Assassin series as well as the Mythos Academy YA series, has agreed to sit down with me for a little one on one question and answer session. We also agreed that I will be giving away (1) copy of Jennifer's Crimson Frost which released December 24, 2012. 

So, let's get started. Thank you soooo much Jennifer for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down and discuss your writing and books with me. 

1. When did you begin writing?

JE: Over the years, I wrote some short stories, essays, and things like that for school assignments. But it wasn’t until college that I really started thinking about writing my own books. I wrote my first book in college, and I’ve been writing ever since.

2. What brought you to the paranormal genre with your series Mythos Academy and Elemental Assassin?

JE: I’ve always liked reading fantasy books, and those are the sort of books that I like writing as well. One of my favorite characters to read about in fantasy books are assassin characters, because it seems like you can tell so many different stories with them. Eventually, I thought it would be interesting to write my own assassin character with my own magic and world building, so that’s what I’ve tried to do with my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

I also enjoy mythology and reading all the stories of the gods, goddesses, warriors, and creatures battling each other and going on these epic quests. One day, I thought it would be fun to write my own mythology story and try to put my own spin on things, so that was sort of the beginning of my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series.

3. If you could be any paranormal character or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

JE: I think it would be cool to be superfast and be able to do things in an instant. That would definitely help with being able to type/write faster. LOL. I also think that teleportation would be an interesting power to have. It would be great to go anywhere you wanted to in an instant.

4. Tell readers why they will enjoy Crimson Frost.

JE: Crimson Frost is the fourth book in my Mythos Academy series. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

Basically, Crimson Frost and the other books in the series are about myths, magic, and monsters.

5. You are a VERY busy writer doing concurrent series (Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy), how do you keep everything separate?

JE: It’s definitely a challenge writing two series at once, but it’s also a lot of fun. I enjoy being able to write something dark and gritty with my Elemental Assassin series and then switching over and writing something that’s a little lighter and more of a coming-of-age story with my Mythos Academy young adult series.

6. What is your favorite comfort food(s)?

JE: I love comfort food, and some of my favorites include fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and chocolate cake.

7. What is your favorite place(s) to write?

JE: I like to write in my office. Boring, I know. LOL.

8. If there was that one person you would love to meet, who is it and why?

JE: I think it would be cool to meet J.R.R. Tolkien and just talk to him about writing and how he came up with the languages, characters, world building, and more in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

9. Favorite movie of all time?

JE: I don’t know that I have one favorite movie, but some of my favorites are the James Bond series, the original Star Wars trilogy, The Princess Bride, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

10. Favorite actor/actress?

JE: I recently saw Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie, so I will say Daniel Craig for favorite actor. For actress, I’ll go with Jennifer Garner.

11. What is your favorite TV Show?

JE: I don’t know that I have one favorite TV show, but some of the ones that I’m enjoying right now are How I Met Your Mother, Person of Interest, NCIS, and White Collar, among others.

12. What other genres do you enjoy reading?

JE: I like reading all kinds of fantasy – epic fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult fantasy, etc. I also like romance, spy thrillers, mysteries, and westerns.

Thank you so much for answering my questions!

JE: Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate it.

Jennifer's Elemental Assassin series includes Spider’s BiteWeb of LiesVenomTangled ThreadsSpider’s RevengeBy a Thread, and Widow’s WebThread of Death, an e-novella, is also available. For the Mythos Academy series the books are Touch of FrostKiss of FrostDark Frost, and Crimson FrostMidnight Frost, the fifth book, is tentatively set to be released in August 2013.

Now for the fun part! I have a copy of Jennifer's Crimson Frost to giveaway to anyone from the US or Canada. If you are international, you can also enter, I'll just have to send you the book via Book Depository if they deliver to your country of origin. Just fill out Rafflecopter below and there you go! Good Luck!

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  1. oups sorry -_- i went to quickly and i posted my linky name instead of the email sorry!

    thank you a lot for this interview and giveaway ( international!!)

    i would be very happy to meet Tolkien too but i hope we would have a lot of time because so many questions and i'm sure long answers^^

    Happy Holidays!


  2. Love Jen Estep's adult and YA books. :) Thanks for the giveaway. Really looking forward to reading this!

  3. Miki -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview. Happy holidays to you too.

    May -- Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

  4. I've haveb't read any of Estep's books yet..but I've seen them at my local library and have always wanted to try them out!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  5. I love all of Jennifer Estep's books :), and I cannot wait to read Crimson Frost.

  6. Lilian -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out my books.

    Stay_Cee -- Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books.

  7. I really want to win a copy of Crimson Frost because I already have the copies of the first three books, so I'll wait until I complete the series before I'll read them :)

  8. This series sounds really good, have had it on my wishlist for awhile!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Sharmaine -- Thanks! Hope you enjoy the books.

    Jennifer -- Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the books.