Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist-turned-urban fantasy author. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She believes rebellion is an under-appreciated art form, has conjured more demons than you’ve had hot lunches, and likes her fairy tales like she likes her coffee: dark. She currently lives near Atlanta with her film-geek husband and two very bad pugs.Her literary influences include: Edgar Allan Poe, Anaïs Nin, Grimm Brothers, Philip Pullman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Shelley, Diana Gabaldon, Roald Dahl, and Oscar Wilde.Get weekly Facebook updates from Jenn by liking her fan page, or follow her on Twitter for daily dribbles about her current writing projects, the book industry, and miscellaneous obsessions, which include: all things foodie and cooking; early to mid-20th-century art and culture; mythology & fairy tales; games, board and video; music (from indie to Ella Fitzgerald to metal); movies (from foreign to horror to fantastical); hermetic and arcane studies; world travel; vintage flea market finds . . . and the occasional picture of her dogs behaving badly.
Welcome Jenn! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hey, thanks for having me!
First off, how's your new year going?
It's going well! I'm in the middle of writing a new project—a historical paranormal romance. It's a little different for me, and I'm having fun stretching boundaries and playing inside a new world.
Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
I write full time while my husband works outside the home. Since I'm stuck in the house, I usually end up with the domestic duty short-straw by default. Every year I resolve to be a better housekeeper, and every year I fail. This year I resolved not to care anymore. So far, it's working brilliantly!
I couldn't believe how quickly Kindling the Moon became one of my favorite new books. I know I'm going to love the whole series. How many novels are planned for this series?
I'm contracted for two, and my publisher is reviewing an option proposal for two more. Four books will complete a major story arc centered on Arcadia's blossoming powers and identity. If it does well, I have a radical idea for a second major arc.
Where did you get the inspiration for Lon's son, Jupe's character?
I'm not sure what inspired Jupe, but he was a character that came to me fully formed. Sometimes it's hard to a get a fix on a character, and you discover them as you write the book. Not Jupe. I knew exactly how I wanted him to look, sound, and act before I wrote the first word of KINDLING—from his mass of curly hair, to his chattiness and geeky love of movies. He has a larger role in the second book, SUMMONING THE NIGHT, and readers will see his character growing and maturing as he does.
I have to say, the relationship between Arcadia and Lon is the most real I've ever read. The connection between them, the way the proceed with their relationship, it's all real. No impossibly supernatural attraction or quick to the sheets action. I loved it. Did you ever think of writing any other way?
Thank you! A lot of readers have told me this, and I couldn't be more pleased. Though I've written a world that's full of demons and magic, I was more interested in exploring the relationships between the characters than fighting an apocalyptic magical war. Cady and Lon were always the core of the world, and they'll continue to be. I wanted to set up a conflict between them that was real—their ages, backgrounds, past relationships—instead of relying solely on the common paranormal trope of Me Demon Hunter, You Demon. And they're both flawed: he's struggling with the ghost of his failed marriage and raising a teenager alone, while Cady's closed-off and unaware of the emotional baggage she's toting around from her unconventional childhood. It won't always be easy for them, but I'm eager to explore their relationship.
As always, I'm a sucker for good cover art. I love both your covers, especially Kindling the Moon. Who's your cover designer?
The artist is Tony Mauro (Dark Day Productions), and I'm lucky that my publisher chose him, because he's incredibly talented. He's done covers for a lot of bestselling paranormal authors like Nalini Singh, Yasmin Galenorn, and Jennifer Estep.
Do you plan on starting another series any time soon?
The historical paranormal romance I mentioned is my baby right now, but I have other ideas for another urban fantasy and a young adult horror series. Now if I could just find the time to write them all . . . I'm hoping my new I-don't-do-dishes New Year's resolution will help with that!
Which series are you currently obsessed with?
Carolyn Crane's Disillusionists series just ended, but that was a huge obsession for me. Stacia Kane's Downside series is brilliant. I'm also really excited about new UF writers like Sandy Williams (her new Fae series, starting with THE SHADOW READER, is utterly charming) and Kevin Hearne—because how can you not love Atticus?
What's you favorite television series?
Of all time? Jeez, that's a tough one. Currently, I'm loving BOARDWALK EMPIRE, MAD MEN, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, PARKS AND RECREATION, ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, TOP CHEF. TRUE BLOOD is a guilty pleasure, though it sometimes infuriates me. And I just started watching SUPERNATURAL last year (I guess I was under a rock, or something). THE KILLING was riveting, and even though I hated the final episode, I'm curious to see where they'll take it next season.
If you could visit one time period, which would you choose?
Probably the period I'm currently writing: the 1920s.
Thanks so much for stopping by Jenn! You rock!
Aww, it was my pleasure! Thanks so much for reading and having me on your blog!
Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK! :)