Hi Jenn! Thank you for being on Queer Books Unbound today!
Thank you for having me! I’m happy to help you celebrate the blog’s anniversary and name change. Congratulations!
You recently mentioned on twitter that you signed a contract for the sequel for The Gryphon King’s Consort! First, congrats on that! Naturally we got to ask if you can tell us a bit about the story?
Sure! The Dragon CEO’s Assistant (which I hope will remain the title!) features a new couple set in the same world as the first book, where creatures of myth and legend inhabit the world as we know it, but follow the rule of the Gryphon King. Nassim Kader is a dragon shifter and CEO of a tech company in Ottawa, Ontario; his assistant, Aidan Bishop, appears at work one evening after being missing for a week, without any memories of who he is or what happened to him. Aidan has to learn how to fit back into his life and how to get along with grumpy Nassim. It was a very challenging book to write, since the entire story is told solely from Aidan’s point of view—that’s right, the guy who remembers nothing. I love how the story turned out, though, and I hope everyone will enjoy it!
When you start writing a new book do you have a “ritual” you go through or is it always different?
As I grow and evolve as a writer, I find my story-starting ritual changes. I used to be a pantser—meaning I would have a general idea of what I wanted to write and then would just sit down and…write. I wouldn’t outline a plot, though I might have some character sketches. Now, I plot extensively, because I only have so much time before my deadlines loom, so I need to know where I’m going with the story and how I’m going to get there. So my ritual usually entails writing out a detailed outline, then a synopsis (if I’m submitting that instead of a finished manuscript to sell the book), and then I start writing.
You have a book out soon: Not Dead Yet (which Annie absolutely *adores* so y’all should preorder it. ;)) and without spoiling anything, what is your favorite scene you wrote for that?
Oh, it’s definitely when Wes is [redacted] and Hudson has to [redacted] before the bad guy comes back with the bigass knife, chants some bullshit Latin, and tries to [redacted].
(Seriously, though, that is my favourite scene that I’ve probably ever written, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.)
Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own, or people that you know?
In Not Dead Yet, no, they’re all made up. But in the second book, there are a couple—ask me again in June!
In my other books, probably the main thing I based on my own experience was Zed’s fear of heights in the Chaos Station series. That’s all me.
If you could choose any of your books to be turned into a movie, which one would you choose. Also related to that, who would you cast for the lead roles?
Oh boy, good question. As much as I’d love to see Not Dead Yet as a movie, I think some of the magic of Wes’s voice might be lost. Chaos Station, on the other hand, has space action, super soldiers, evil aliens, good aliens, weird aliens, and a heart-achy second-chance romance. I think it would make a great movie…or an HBO series! (Hear that, HBO?)
I’m terrible at casting, but I think Henry Cavill would make a great Zed. I won’t presume to cast Felix though! (He was written by my co-author, Kelly Jensen.)
And last question, if you could spent a day with any character from any book, who would you choose?
I’d love to spend a day with Miro from Mary Calmes’s Marshals series. He could take me shopping, maybe. I’d definitely love for him to show me all the cool places to hang out and eat in Chicago. And maybe we could walk Chickie Baby! That would be a day to remember. (And I suppose I could put up with Ian, too.)
Thank you, Annie and Jude! Congrats again on the anniversary. Here’s to another three years, at least!
Jenn generously offered an e-copy of her book The Gryphon King’s Consort to one lucky winner! To enter you only have to click the graphic to get to the rafflecopter!
The giveaway is open internationally and runs until February 8!
About The Gryphon King’s Consort:
Love takes flight.
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
Jenn is the author of The Gryphon King’s Consort from Dreamspinner Press and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press. She’s also the author of Her Sexy Sentinel, a paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing.
She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.