Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Author Interview: Jennifer Blackstream author of Before Midnight

Danica Winters: We are excited to host Jennifer Blackstream author of Before Midnight. Today we are getting the down-low on her newest title! So please help us welcome her to the blog! We'd love to see some great questions!

Danica: Where are you from and from where/who did your love for writing come from?

Jennifer: I’m from Ohio, and my love for reading likely came from my mum. She read to me and my sib every night and by the time we got to chapter books, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to keep reading even after she stopped for the night.

Danica: Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through?

Jennifer: Not difficult, it’s just a learning process. Writing is like painting. Getting the idea is easy, it’s the execution that’s hard and just because you know the mechanics of how to do it, doesn’t mean you can do it well. It takes a sturdy self-esteem and a willingness to admit when you’re not quite there yet to make it.

Danica: How do you overcome i-suck-it-is, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?

Jennifer: I look at it as part of the process. It’s not that my writing isn’t good enough, it’s that it’s not good enough YET. There’s always room for improvement and I’m more than willing to listen to feedback from readers, critique partners, and editors. Coffee helps too.
Danica: What is your dream vacation?
Jennifer: Ireland. I’d love to see the Emerald Isle.
Danica: Can you take me??? :)) JK I'm a boring travel companion--I only read! Back to your books.... Can you describe your writing style in five words?
Jennifer: Humorous. Sensual. Exciting. Magical. Twisted.
Danica: What movies are you currently excited to see?
Jennifer: I don’t really go to the movies. However, I hear they’re making a Rio 2 and me and my son are both excited about that.
Danica: What are you currently reading?
Jennifer: The Encyclopedia of Slavic Mythology by Mike Dixon-Kennedy
Danica: If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?
Jennifer: I’d probably make use of my B.A. and M.S. in psychology and become a psychologist
Danica: If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called?
Jennifer: Mythology Day, the day when you learn a new myth and celebrate how fascinating and timeless some of those stories really are
Danica: For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot?
Jennifer: It’s a Cinderella story infused with a plethora of werewolf myths.
Danica: What are two of your pet-peeves?
Jennifer: People who don’t replace an empty roll of toilet paper and writers who don’t know the difference between BDSM and just plain violence.
Danica: To you, what makes a good story?
Jennifer: Humor that doesn’t overwhelm the drama. I want characters that will make me laugh without compromising the drama of the plot that keeps pulling me forward.

Danica: What usually turns you off about a story?
Jennifer: Mary Sues, depressing topics, and instant love based on nothing all turn me off.  
Danica: If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?

Jennifer: Terry Pratchett, just because I absolutely must meet him.
Danica: What is on your night stand?

Jennifer: Whatever my son left there.
Danica: What is your favorite book?

Jennifer:Anything by Terry Pratchett. The Last Continent and Witches Abroad are two of my favorites.

Thank you Jennifer for being on the blog today!
A little more about the book:
Before Midnight
Blood Prince Series

Book One
Jennifer Blackstream

Genre: Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing


Number of pages: 180
Word Count: 45k

Cover Artist: Elaina of For the Muse Designs
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Book Description:

Loupe always dreamed of getting married. She yearned for a caring husband who would take her away from her servant-like existence at home with her stepmother and two stepsisters, a man who would love her forever. Those dreams ended the day she was bitten by a werewolf. Now she’s a mindless beast on the night of the full moon—a condition that forever prevents her from sharing a marriage bed. Not even the attentions of a handsome and endearingly strong prince can convince her that the life she wants is still possible.

Etienne is a prince in need of a werewolf. A werewolf himself from birth, Etienne and his family have protected their kingdom with tooth and claw—literally—for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the spell of a well-meaning witch is slowly turning him human. Only the bite of a cursed werewolf, one who was not born with the beast inside, can save him from becoming human. He has no time for anything that will not lead him to a cure for the cure. Not even the beautiful maiden whose gentle nature soothes his soul can take his mind from his goal.

Love cares little for the best laid plans or the impossible. A grand ball. The stroke of twelve. A magic “slipper.” All kinds of things can happen when you don’t leave the ball…Before Midnight.

 About the Author:

Jennifer Blackstream is a psychology enthusiast with both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. Her fascination with the human mind is most appeased through the study of mythology and folklore as well as all of Terry Pratchett’s novels.

Jennifer enjoys listening to Alice Cooper, trying new recipes (to which she will add garlic whether it calls for it or not), watching television with her family, and playing with her woefully intelligent four year old son.

Jennifer spends most of her time drinking coffee from her X-Men mug and desperately trying to get all her ideas written down before her toddler can find that all magical button on her laptop to make all her work vanish.


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