Many warm welcomes to this new OAAA author! So many lovely new faces are here. Let’s see what she has to say.
1. Tell us a little bit about A Magic Dark and Bright.
A Magic Dark and Bright is a book about a girl obsessed with the ghost in the woods behind her house, the cute boy who moves into the spooky house next door, and the ancient evil they accidentally unleash on their tiny mountain town. It’s a little gothic, a little paranormal, a little romance, and a whole lot of small-town mystery.
2. How long have you been writing ?
Forever. I’ve been obsessed with stories for as long as I can remember, and I used to get in trouble by writing in the back of the classroom instead of paying attention in class! But I didn’t start writing seriously until after I graduated from Ohio State in 2010 and moved to DC. I had a rough adjustment, read almost 300 books in a year, and thought, “Maybe I can do this.”
3. Were you a big reader as a kid? What did you like to read?
I was a HUGE reader. To the point where my parents would punish me by taking away my books! In 6th grade, my best friend was in a serious accident and ended up in the hospital, and I thought she might need some distraction. So I packed an entire backpack full of my favorites and delivered them to her–much to the amusement of the adults around me.
4. If you had to choose only 3 books to read for the rest of your life what would they be?
Oh, this is SO hard! Okay. First is To Kill A Mockingbird, because I’ve read it a million times and never gotten tired of it. Sharon Shinn’s Summers At Castle Auburn is a definite, because it’s one of those books that instantly transports me back to my teen years. And the last one is Outlander, because Jamie Fraser.
5. What is your writing process like? Do you have any rituals or special habits?
This question is always hard to answer, because the truth is that I’ve learned that every book is different from the last one. But I do like to drink tea while I write, and I always make a playlist. I’ll often listen to a song over and over again while writing a scene…to the point where my husband bought me headphones so he doesn’t have to listen to the same Florence + The Machine song for three hours straight.
6. What is something you really want your readers to know about you?
That I am so, so grateful for them! I self-published AMD&B because I was told over and over again that paranormal books were dead. I’m so happy I decided to go indie and release it myself, just to see what would happen. Every tweet and message I get from readers honestly makes my day!
7. What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
Spare time? What’s that? Hah. Between being a full-time graduate student, work, freelance projects, and writing, I’m pretty busy. My husband is also a full-time grad student, so things can get a little crazy in our house! I’ve jumped onto the coloring-book bandwagon, and I love to hang out in our back yard with my dog and read!
8. You’re trapped on a desert island and you can only bring one person, one item, and one book. What do you choose?
One person is easy! I’d bring my husband, Eric. Besides being the one person I never get tired of being around, he was a Civil Air Patrol cadet in high school, so he’d be handy in a survival situation. One item: a toothbrush. Is that a weird thing to say? I think your mouth would get pretty gross pretty quickly, otherwise. And one book is just cruel. I can’t pick!
9. What are you up to for the rest of the year? Any new releases? Events? News?
The rest of the year will be busy – on top of finishing up AMD&B’s sequel this summer, I’m also hoping to finish another book I’ve been working on for years. And I’ll graduate with my MS in Library Science this December, which is exciting!
Thanks Jenny! So of you want to win one of Jenny’s books check out our Giveaway!
From our shelves to yours,
Erin and Jenny.