Jennifer Blackstream

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Interview By: Night Owl Romance

Date: July 01, 2014

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Current Release: Divine Scales

What's your book about?

Divine Scales is book four in my Blood Prince series. Like every book in this series, Divine Scales is a twisted fairy tale. In this book, I've twisted The Little Mermaid and made the prince an angel (sort of). The main elements of the original fairy tale are in there along with a few additions from my own little world.

What should readers expect from you titles?

Right now, my focus is on my Blood Prince series. Readers can expect fairy tale retellings that maintain the original elements, but are twisted with a new prince (a werewolf for Cinderella, a vampire for Snow White, an incubus for Rapunzel, an angel for The Little Mermaid, and a god for Sleeping Beauty) and a few random elements from my wild imagination. They are sensual romances, so they do contain intimate scenes, but generally only one. I'm a reader who likes to laugh and that shows in my writing as well. If you don't snicker several times as you're reading, then you've picked up the wrong book...

What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?

My psychology textbooks (I paid hundreds of dollars for those things, I'm going to wring every penny of use I can get out of them), my mythology resource books (shameful buying habit, thankfully also a tax write-off), and I'm currently reading description help books by Mary Buckham. Sophie Avett is a Mistress of gorgeous description and she assures me these are the book I need to bring my own bare-facts setting up to snuff (unfortunately, the fact that I don't care where my characters are as much as I care about what they are doing, occasionally comes through in my writing, sigh).

What's next for you as an author?

After the Blood Prince series (should be complete by the end of 2014) I have a spin-off series planned. I'm having way too much fun with fairy tales to give them up now, so I'm going to see what other Frankensteins I can make by braiding beloved fairy tales with the mythology text books calling to me from my shelves...

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

Sib Night. I'm very close with my sister and she often stops by after work so we can have dinner together and then we watch whatever show we're currently on. We always wait for the entire season to come out on DVD so we can do mini-marathons. Our shows have included Burn Notice, Leverage, Firefly, Once Upon a Time, Haven, Heart of Dixie, and Farscape.

Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?

My critique partner, Sophie Avett, my friend, Cynthia Rayne, and my family who fight over who gets to babysit my four-year-old demon, er, son.

Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?

I have been so lucky to have so many readers show enthusiastic support. If I had to pick someone, I'd probably choose Karen (you know who you are). That woman has an eye for detail that is unmatched, and her excitement over (and disgust with) typos rivals my own.

If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?

Terry Pratchett. Definitely Terry Pratchett. From personal experience, I know all authors put a little bit of themselves in their writing, and I would kill to spend time with someone as philosophically deep and hysterically funny as Terry.

If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?

I'd stick with where I'm at. I have a four-year-old son and I wouldn't trade one second of what's going on now for past or future. He never ceases to amaze (or humble) me.

What's your everyday life like? Do you write full-time or do you also hold another job?

I have a full time job in addition to writing. My day usually looks like this: Wake up and take son to preschool. Work. Pick son up and take him to mum's to be babysat. Write. Pick son up, feed son, play with son, put son to bed. Sib night or more work.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I am an introvert. I hate crowds with a passion and only brave them for the sake of Alice Cooper concerts and special occasions for my son (like the circus or The Polar Express train ride). I am, however, at my best in pairs. Me and my crit partner, me and my sib, etc.

Signing Off

Thank you all so much for reading about my little corner of the asylum. And let us all strive to be Terry Pratchett's third kind of person as described in his own words: “There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?"

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