Mini-Interview: Jeaniene Frost

Evening Readers,

I have the esteemed honor and pleasure to introduce Jeaniene Frost here for an interview today! Super excited she even emailed me back *silly squeal* Anyway...I conducted a mini-interview in celebration of her newest anthology, along with Shayla Black and Sharie Kohler, Haunted By Your Touch.


Haunted by Your Touch


Ms. Frost is the novelist of some of my favorite books, to include:

Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World, Book 2)Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1)One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3)UnboundWeddings from HellFour Dukes and a Devil

Anyway...on to the interview:

(BBB): Tell everyone a bit about your story...

(JF): My story is titled Night's Darkest Embrace and it takes place in the modern world, but with a twist: partial demons, pureblooded demons, fallen angels, and gateways to alternate dimensions exist side by side with unsuspecting humans. My heroine, Mara, is a partial demon whose returned to a dimension called Nocturna in search of the Pureblood that kidnapped her cousin. Nocturna is like a cross between the Wild West and the Victorian age. It's always night there, there's no electricity, people travel by horse or buggy, and it's ruled by the sexy and dangerous Rafael, who Mara suspects of being in league with the Purebloods. To avenge her cousin's death, Mara has to get close to Rafael, which would be easier if she wasn't so attracted to him.

(BBB): Do you or your family have any Halloween/Samhain traditions?

(JF): Normally my husband and I stay home, hand out candy (and eat some of it) and watch horror movies. The original Halloween and Halloween 2 are classics in my opinion - and I still have the occasional recurring nightmare about looking out the window and seeing that eerie Michael Meyers mask looking back at me. This year we are doing something different and fun by celebrating Halloween in New Orleans. We are going to the Memnoch Resurection Ball (hubby will be dressed as a pirate, I'll be a gothic vampire) plus I intend to go on some cemetery tours, visit some haunted houses, and of course eat lots of beignets. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities so getting to visit there during Halloween should be a blast.

(BBB): Being a Paranormal Romance author do you find it more difficult to do a short story or anthology? Do you usually incorporate them into your already created worlds or do you create entire new ones?

(JF): It depends on the publisher. When I do a story for my main publisher, Harper Collins, they usually request that it be set in my Night Huntress universe. I've done a couple stories for other publishers and in those, I've branched out to include different worlds, such as my story in the Haunted By Your Touch anthology. I like expanding storylines with other characters in my Night Huntress universe, and it's fun to create completely new worlds, so I don't have a preference to which I'd rather do.

But I've learned that writing a short story/novella is just as challenging for me as it is to write a full length novel. Reason being is the first fifteen to twenty thousand words are always the hardest for me. You have to introduce the paranormal world, the characters, the main plot, the setting, and the stakes, all while not boring the reader. It's like riding a roller coaster - you can't get to heart-pumping hills without the initial trip up the incline. Once I am over that initial hump in the story my daily writing progress doubles and then triples, so it ends up taking me the same amount of time to write the last seventy thousand as it did to write the first twenty thousand. Because of that, I may cut5 back on doing novellas/short stories since if I had another couple of weeks; I could produce an entire book instead of just a short story.



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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for an awesome interview and for that excerpt! Whee! I always like pararom, but I find more and more on my TBR pile as the air grows a bit chilly and the days get a little shorter. Now, I have a new title for my outrageous pile! Thank you!!

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  2. So glad you posted this! I love Jeaniene's work!

    -Linds, http://bibliophilebrouhaha.blogspot.com/

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