Book Nerd Interview
When she grew up, Jennifer always had her nose in a book. She has been writing stories and poems since grade school. This love of the written word and her strong interest in the paranormal is what has led to her first novel "The Birth of Jaiden," and her new series "The Vampire Hunter's Daughter."
In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Jennifer is also a very proud military wife. Moving around the country for the last eleven years has made her a bit of a nomad and she finds it difficult to be in one place for too long.
What was your first introduction to YA literature, the one that made you choose that genre to write?
I really can’t remember a time when I decided that this was the genre that I wanted to write in, I guess it just came organically, even as a child I wrote about fairy tales. As an adult, it comes easier because I have teenagers and easily relate to them. My first intro to yA literature was probably Christopher Pike, I loved his books when I was young even though I was already reading adult stuff like Stephen King and Anne Rice.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I can play the harmonica! Not super good, but I can play well enough to make music and play recognizable songs.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
When I was in grade school, I think second grade, they had us make books in class. We wrote our story, then took card board, Wall paper and some tape, and then put the books together. I kept telling my teacher that I wanted to put it in the library. Eventually, she took me over there and they logged it into the library system. I have no idea if it is still there. Lol. It was called “The Three Princesses.”
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Hhmm, this is a hard one, because I hated school. I think the greatest thing I learned in school had nothing to do with education. I learned that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. School was complete hell for me and the way I dealt with the experiences was writing them out.
Did you learn anything from writing The Vampire Hunter's Daughter Series and what was it?
I learned a lot of things while writing The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter, I learned a lot about Greek names, I learned that I love run on sentences, I learned what the Condoretti are, and so much more. Writing any story is always a learning experience in many ways.
If you could introduce Chloe to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
This is a good question because Chloe is actually going to be meeting a character from another book. She is going to be meeting up with Lilyann and the Moon Coven. The Moon Coven series is authored by KB. Miller. She is meeting up with them to discover the heritage of Alice, her friend from the book. But, If I were to choose another character I would love for Chloe to head on over to Bon Temps, and see how she gets along with all the supes who seem to congregate there. I wonder if her and Sookie would get along?
What was your inspiration for the series?
This story came along simply from this idea that I had for a story about a woman who was a teacher by day and a vampire hunter by night. Well, I started writing it and realized she needed a back story. I got so into writing the back story that The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter was born.
Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing The Vampire Hunter's Daughter?
I think Drew is my favorite character to get to know. Each part of the book brings a new layer to him. He is a strong silent type with a lot of intensity and we get to discover slowly why he is the way he is.
For those who are unfamiliar with Chloe, how would you introduce her?
Chloe Kallistrate is a teenage girl who witnessed her mother being murdered by vampires. She is rescued by vampire hunters and thrust into their world. She is forced to age beyond her years as she discovers her heritage and that she is descended from the vampire hunter bloodlines. She easily accepts the role of vampire hunter because she wants to avenge her mother’s death by killing the responsible vampires.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have lots of writers I admire who are well known, as we all do. But if I were to choose a mentor, I would have choose Michelle L. Devon. I met Michelle in the Accentuate Writers Forum, which she owns. This is a forum to help writers of all genres and types…from freelance writers to fiction writers. I have seen Michelle do everything in her power to help writers learn and succeed. I have seen others from the forum grow as writers and go their own directions. Without her influence, guidance, help and caring I would not be where I am as a writer. She also owns Twin Trinity Media and Accentuate Services, and she and her partner at Accentuate Services is where I get my editing done.
How many books have you written?
The serial novel is basically one book, so all together I have two full length novels.
You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
To my readers, I would like to say that you should never, ever give up on your dreams. With hard work and determination you can accomplish them.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I try not to ever lie if I can help it. So, I have been sitting here trying to think of something that I always answer with a lie and I can’t think of anything. Don’t get me wrong, I have my share of fibs, but I know where that can get you, so I try to be as honest as possible whenever I can.
Who was your first boyfriend?
I won’t say names, but I had a boyfriend when I was in sixth grade who was my first real boyfriend. We went out for a glorious 5 days. Lol, I will never forget holding hands at school and going to his house to meet his family.
What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
The only summer job I’ve ever had was when I worked at a theatre where they put on plays. It was amazing so that doesn’t count. Other than that the only places I’ve ever worked were full time work. None were very bad…Wal-Mart was perhaps the worst job I’ve ever had.
Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
I call Willow and KB. It’s great because Willow is always supportive and calm, but KB is more the kind to crack her knuckles and demand that I direct her to the source of my bad day.
When was the last time you cried?
I cried two nights ago when I was watching a chick flick on television. Sorry, I love chick flicks and I don’t care who knows it.
Where can readers stalk you?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Malone-Wright/e/B00508KU4I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
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The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter: Part 1
When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets. Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder.
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