Interview and Giveaway with Jenna Black!

 Joining me today is the talented Jenna Black, author of the Morgan Kingsley series,  the YA Faeriewalker series, and the upcoming Dark Descendent! Please welcome her to the blog!

Jenna has also generously offered a copy of Shadowspell to one lucky winner!

**Giveaway Details**
Giveaway is open to US/Canada. Must be at least 13 to enter. Giveaway ends 3/30. 
Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks to everyone that entered!

My Bookish Ways: Jenna, thank you so much for being here! It’s a pleasure to have you!Your degree is in anthropology and French. Was anthropology always an interest growing up, or did you give thought to being a writer early on?
Jenna Black: I read the book Lucy, by Donald Johanson when I was in high school, and I fell in love with physical anthropology. I was convinced from that moment on that I was going to be a research anthropologist. I even went on a paleoanthropological dig in Zaire one summer. When I got to college, I drifted over into primatology, and was sure that I was going to get a PhD, become a researcher, and then eventually be a professor.It all changed my senior year when I did an independent study at the Duke Primate Center. I discovered that watching animals for hours on end was very boring, because mostly they just sleep and eat. Learning the information that researchers had gleaned from watching the animals was fascinating to me, but doing the research itself was not for me. And that’s when I started thinking about the possibility of writing seriously.

How did you feel when your first novel was published? How did you celebrate?
It’s hard to describe how I felt. I’d been trying to get published for sixteen years by then, and the “first” novel I published was actually the eighteenth I’d written. There was joy, there was relief, there was disbelief . . . There was also a certain amount of sadness, because I didn’t sell that first book until almost a year after my parents had both died, and I remember very much wishing they could have been around to see me succeed at my lifelong dream. As for celebrating, I took the day off from work—I wouldn’t have trusted myself behind the wheel of a car anyway—and my husband and I went out for a fancy dinner.

You’ve written books in more than one genre, including urban fantasy young adult, and paranormal. Do you have a favorite?
I don’t, really. I like anything that has a hint of the fantastical in it, and that’s consistent through all of my books. I guess it depends how my current writing project is going. If it’s going well, then whatever genre I’m currently writing in is my favorite. If it’s like pulling teeth, then it’s my least favorite.

Your upcoming release, Dark Descendent, is due out in April and looks amazing! Can you tell us a little bit about it?
It’s about a private investigator, Nikki Glass, who accidentally kills a demigod and winds up stealing his immortality. She then learns that she’s a descendant of the Greek goddess Artemis, and finds herself trapped in the middle of a feud between two rival groups of immortals, all descended from the ancient gods.

Are there any plans as to how many books will be in the series?
There are currently two books under contract, but I don’t know how many books will be in the series in total.

I read in your bio that you’ve traveled to all 7 continents! Do you have favorite destination?
I’d have to say that my favorite place I’ve been in Antarctica. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, and I loved seeing so much unspoiled wilderness. I’ve always loved traveling to places that are off the beaten path, and you don’t get any more off the beaten path than that.

You’ve learned ballroom dancing, become a Life Master in Bridge, and sung in a barbershop quartet! What’s next?
I’m still doing ballroom dancing, though it’s been years since I’ve played Bridge or sung (allergies, unfortunately, stole my voice). My current hobby/obsession—aside from dancing—is knitting, which I’ve been doing for almost a year. I’m always looking for things I can do that don’t involve sitting in front of a computer. I spend way too much time doing that already!

Can you tell us something about yourself that not a lot of people may know?
Not a lot of people know that I lived in Tahiti for four years when I was a little kid. I even started school there, and was at one time equally fluent in French and English. When I came back to the U.S., the kids at school made fun of me for my accent, and I refused to speak French anymore. I lost my fluency, and even though I took French in high school and majored in it in college, I never really got it back. I wish I could go back to little me and tell her not to let the bullies rule her life.

Any news or teasers about upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share?
My upcoming projects are the new Descendant series, which I’ve already talked about, and the final book in the Faeriewalker series, Sirensong, which comes out in July. As for events, I’ll be attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in April in Los Angeles, and will be participating in the Giant Book Fair (April 9 from 11-2 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel). I also plan to attend the RWA national conference this summer in New York. Look for more information on that in the near future on my website.

Thanks so much for joining me today, Jenna!

17 Comments:

  1. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    Oh great interview! And to have traveled so much. Wow!

    I'm looking forward to the new book in April. 🙂 It's on my Desired List on my blog sidebar. And I'm wanting the YA books too. 🙂

    Thank you!

  2. Some great books here and beautiful covers!
    You are so lucky to have travelled to all those places!

  3. What a diverse history! Great interview and looking forward to reading some of her books!

  4. Am eagerly awaiting DARK DESCENDANT. All of your books are fabulous, Jenna, but I especially love the faeriewalker series. I hope they keep coming for a very long time.

    Didn't know you'd been to Antarctica. It ranks as my favorite place because of unspoiled, awesome beauty.

  5. Great Interview… and so excited because I'm going to the RT Booklovers Convention this year so ima get to meet her! can't wait!

  6. What great interview questions! I really enjoyed this post.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  7. Awesomesauce Book Club

    you did a great interview, I loved your questions!!

  8. Sooo can't wait for Sirensong and Dark Descendant!

  9. Fantastic interview. I have to get around to reading Glimmerglass, but I absolutely loved Jenna's Devil Inside series so it should be good.

  10. Wow Antartica sounds amazing. I always pictured it so dark and cold not sure why.

    and Oh I am definitely adding Dark Descendant to my list I so love Greek Mythology.

  11. Offbeat Vagabond

    Fantastic interview hon. I really enjoy Jenna Black's writing, I started her Morgan Kinsley series a while back, it is amazing. I can't wait for Dark Descendant, sounds great. I haven't started the Faeriewalker series yet, but I plan to. Seriously, does Mrs. Black sleep? She does everything! Traveling, singing, ballroom dancing, my goodness. Wow! Great interview again hon, thank you both 🙂

  12. Fabulous interview hon! THank you so much for sharing and for this amazing opportunity!

  13. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  14. blackroze37 AT yahoo.com

    love jenna black books!

  15. Great interview!!

    I just recently read Glimmerglass, and I can't wait to read Shadowspell. I hear it's even better than the first!

    Dark Descendant sounds awesome! I'll have to go mark it on goodreads.

    I'm so sorry your parents didn't get to see your book published. I bet that was bitter sweet. I'm sorry they couldn't share that with you.

    Jennifer
    http://littleshelf.blogspot.com/

  16. What a great interview thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  17. love the Morgan Kingsley Series

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