Wednesday, February 15, 2012

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, JANE KINDRED (ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF "THE FALLEN QUEEN", JANE KINDRED (ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)

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Hello Jane, thank you so much for taking the time to interview with us. After reading your bio I noticed that you mention having been writing since the age of 12. Do you still have any of your work from that time?

Thanks for having me, Kitty. I’m excited to be here.:)I’m embarrassed to say, I still have every word I’ve ever written, and that includes things from before the age of 12 that I wrote for grade school assignments.

Being into romance as well as writing it, who would you say are some of your favorite authors in this genre and who are your biggest inspirations?

I don’t read a lot of romance anymore, except the occasional m/m romance—my favorite author of which is Marie Sexton—but when I was younger, I read everything by Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis A. Whitney. I was a big fan of the gothic romance. These days I read mostly fantasy with romantic elements. My biggest inspirations in this genre are Storm Constantine, Lynn Flewelling, and Jacqueline Carey.

Now you seem to be one of those proud Star Trek lovers. How much of a Trekkie are you? Have you ever dressed up to go to a comic-con or other gathering?

I am an original, dyed-in-the-wool (or velour, anyway) Trekkie. I dressed as a random science officer to see The Wrath of Khan when it came out when I was 16. (No one else in line was in costume.) I do go to fantasy cons, but I’m not much of a costume person, just because I’m both a perfectionist and lazy. If I can’t do it right, I’m not doing it, and I don’t have the time or energy to do it right.

Your family seems to consist of your son Samson, two feline overlords, and a cockatiel named Imhotep. Tell us more about these fascinating roommates. Why do the overlords fear for their lives, and why does Imhotep wish to torture you for the sins you committed in a past life? (:

Samson is in college, so he’s more of a roommate and friend these days, which is great. The “overlords” are just nuts. Both cats seem to think I’m an axe murderer, and the slightest noise makes them run and hide under the couch and stare accusingly at me. Doesn’t stop them from taking over the bed at night, though. I get a tiny little corner allotted to me. There’s really no telling why Imhotep tortures me, but he seems to find it amusing to shriek in a horrible, ear-piercing pitch until I’m on the verge on insanity. He spends a lot of time on “time outs” under his cage blanket.

Your pen name is very fitting not only for the kinship with the twin sister of Philip K. Dick, but for the type of writing you do. Tell us more about your writing process and what is the source of your biggest inspiration.

When I was a kid I used to write stories in my head at night to fall asleep, and I still do that today when I’m working on a manuscript. It’s a good way to work through plot points when I’m stuck or to just envision the next scene. When I write, I tend to see the whole story play out in my head like a movie, and movies are definitely a big source of inspiration for me. Whenever I see a really good movie, I can’t wait to get home and write.

Tell us about your most current work and who does the amazing art for your covers?

Right now I’m working on revisions to Book Two of The House of Arkhangel’sk, The Midnight Court. My editor for The Fallen Queen, Liz Pelletier, designed the cover, and the designer for my novella The Devil’s Garden was Frauke Spanuth of Croco Designs.

What are you plans for your next novel and when can we expect it out?

The Midnight Court will be out in August of this year, and the final installment of the trilogy, The Armies of Heaven, is due out in December.

Here's an off the mark question. Where is one of the furthest places you've traveled and what did you do and see there?

I traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as to the city of Velikiy Novgorod, as research for this series. I took a summer Russian language intensive course and stayed with a Russian host family in the Lesnoy flat where Anazakia first stays in the book, and also stayed in the hotel where she and the demons hide out in Novgorod. I never did make it to Arkhangel’sk, though, which I’d like to see someday.

If you ever decided to write in another genre, what would it be and why?

I’m a big fan of Stephen King, and I’ve often thought about writing horror, but I’m not sure I could pull it off.

Alas, we are at the end. Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors? Please leave us your links where we can find your works as well as find out more about you.

Get to know other writers. Even a virtual community of writers can be a huge source of support and learning.

The Fallen Queen is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository, Books On Board, Diesel, and EpicFantasyBooks.com.

You can find out more about me and my other works on my website, as well as on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Thank you so much again for allowing us this interview Jane, I hope we can do it again in the near future!

Thanks for having me. It’s been fun!


* * *THE FALLEN QUEEN

Heaven can go to hell.

Until her cousin slaughtered the supernal family, Anazakia’s father ruled the Heavens, governing noble Host and Fallen peasants alike. Now Anazakia is the last grand duchess of the House of Arkhangel’sk, and all she wants is to stay alive.

Hunted by Seraph assassins, Anazakia flees Heaven with two Fallen thieves—fire demon Vasily and air demon Belphagor, each with their own nefarious agenda—who hide her in the world of Man. The line between vice and virtue soon blurs, and when Belphagor is imprisoned, the unexpected passion of Vasily warms her through the Russian winter.

Heaven seems a distant dream, but when Anazakia learns the truth behind the celestial coup, she will have to return to fight for the throne—even if it means saving the man who murdered everyone she loved.


* * * ABOUT JANE

Jane Kindred began writing fantasy at age 12 in the wayback of a Plymouth Fury—which, as far as she recalls, never killed anyone…who didn’t have it coming. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark.

Although she was repeatedly urged to learn a marketable skill, she received a B.A. in Creative Writing anyway from the University of Arizona.She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.


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