Dec 152011
 

Today I have an interview with Jennifer Fales, author of the recently released Shadows and Fire, the first in a series.

What inspired you to become a writer? 

Imagination and an attention deficit. – As a little girl, I did an awful lot of daydreaming … when things weren’t exciting enough for me, I’d come up with all sorts of people and places to keep me entertained. I must admit that I haven’t completely kicked the daydreaming habit either. There are times where I have this vision of myself as the female version of Danny Kaye in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (originally a short story by James Thurber, by the way) – though my comedic timing is nowhere near as good.

What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future) 

I have to admit, I’m torn on this one. Ebooks are great – it’s a way to carry a whole bookshelf with you when you travel, and it makes publishing far more affordable. But there’s still something emotionally fulfilling, almost spiritual, about passing on the dog-eared copy of a well – loved book to a friend. You just can’t do that with an ebook.

Do you read reviews written about your book? 

Absolutely. It’s crucial as a new author, though it is a double-edged sword when it comes to the ego. When you write, it’s essentially standing in front of a crowd naked. A good part of what you normally don’t show is suddenly hanging out there for the whole world to see and judge. With that said, honest feedback, constructive feedback, is truly invaluable. As an adult, you’ve got to understand the difference between constructive and hurtful … and read all the reviews because you want to hear what people think.

Do you have a writing routine?

I’m away from the house for a good 12-13 hours a day during the week, but I try and schedule regular time with my laptop in the evening. And because I spend a good two hours commuting on a train each day, I always travel with pen and paper. There’s something horribly satisfying to me about the “old school” method of plugging in my iPod, shutting out the world, and putting ink to paper. I look like a maniac scribbling away and (occasionally) muttering to myself. But I always ride on the same car – so most folks are used to it.

Anything else you would like to add? 
Just a reminder that this book, this novella, is the first in a series. There’s a whole world of stories to tell. I’m working on the early stages of book two now. Yes, I intend to make this one longer – and I’m continuing with Lilith and Laydon’s story, digging more into their history and background. Be prepared for more adventure and a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.

About Jennifer:
I am an east coast girl transplanted to the west coast just shy of a decade ago. English is my native tongue, followed closely by sarcasm. My interests run the gamut from science to the supernatural, with a little kickboxing thrown in for good measure. I currently live in Corona with my boyfriend. This is my first novel as well as the first in this series.

Connect online: Website, Goodreads

 

Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales 
In the parallel world of the future, mankind has created its own worst enemy – a supernatural species of animal-human hybrids that exact a high toll in return for peace. Step into the dark, and occasionally funny, world of the domes where a brother and sister bridging the gap between these two species struggle to reunite with one another. Meet the menagerie of creatures that impact their lives and a man who would bring redemption, providing he doesn’t get lost along the way.

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