Posted by Susan Jean Ricci on Wednesday, October 5, 2011
SR: Your unusual bio, via www.jenniferrainey.com is quite unconventional, yet thoroughly engaging. When you discovered a wolf had a paw in your upbringing, what were your thoughts about this, and how did this affect your desire to choose the paranormal genre you're so good at sharing with your readers?
JR: I was proud. I am proud of my wolf heritage, and my mother wolf, who is a huge fan of vampire literature, definitely helped push me toward the path of paranormal fiction. ;P Honestly, though, that bio has sold me more books that I can even count. You want sales? Write a quirky fake bio. That oughta do it!
SR: Have you ever tried seeking an agent and going the traditional, publishing route? Or, did you decide right away this option wasn't for you, what with all this talent and exposure on Amazon.com, B&N, etc?
JR: I did go for an agent initially, and that just didn’t pan out at all! And the more research I did, the more I realized that I didn’t really want an agent, anyway. I wanted the control, most of all, of the indie publishing route. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a control freak. The agent scene is so complicated, and I’ve heard so many horror stories. And not the good kind of horror story, I might add.
SR: Since I've always been fascinated with Vampire Lore, I wondered if your character, Jack Bentley, somehow possessed some manner of humanity, since he wanted to save himself and escape a vampire hunt. Was this character exhibiting a facet of human nature, or is it a basic survival instinct that drives him?
JR: Jack is really just an immortal human who has to drink blood. He really doesn’t have that kick-ass vampire thing down at all. He’s a coward, he’s romantically confused and don’t tell him I said this, but he’s a little bit of a loser. I wanted to create a vampire who was just like one of us. He’s flawed, he feels human emotion, he has to deal with regular problems like working in retail. He’s the everyman but with fangs.
SR: Tell us more about that Devil character: We've all had our demons to contend with, figuratively speaking, and some more than others. How much worse is Bentley's with his nemesis/savior?
JR: Actually, in the first book, Jack’s relationship with Satan (or S., as he prefers to be called—very hip of him) is limited. Really, Jack is just another person to work in Satan’s Hell machine. He’s the CEO, and Jack is a lowly grunt worker. But we begin to see at the end of the first book, that Satan is up to something, something characterisically devilish, and Jack, in the second book (which isn’t out yet), is tossed into the middle of it against his will.
SR: I read your blog featuring the demise of Common Sense and I agree with it. What is it about our silly society that distresses you or inspires mournful musings?
JR: That was actually sent to me by Albert Robbins III of Free Book Reviews as a guest post, but I absolutely agree with it. I feel like everyone is so unbelieveably petty these days. They’d rather complain about little issues than tackle important ones. This distortion of what is important and what is not, I think, has taken away some of our common sense as a society. My two cents.
SR: One of my favorites from IWU, Athanasios, (and his Mad God's Website) interviewed me last week and I'm sure, (since our genres are so opposite via the writing spectrum), he had to put some thought into bringing me into the best possible light from viewing my website. That being said, I read his guest post on your website, and he offered this advice: "Write what you'd read." I love to read everything during my downtime: Romance, espionage, thrillers, nonfiction, etc. What's your favorite genre to read during your breaks from writing and why?
JR: I read a lot of paranormal fiction, though not much in the romance arena. I like my paranormal/supernatural books to have a little more… bite, we’ll say, than most romance has. I like satire/humor, and I’m a huge fan of late 19th-early 20th century lit. I majored in English in college, and I’ll still gladly pick up Fitzgerald, Hemingway or a little Conan Doyle for fun.
SR: Future wise, and apart from the sequel from These Hellish Happenings, please tell us what's in store for Jennifer Rainey.
JR: Other than the sequel, When Hell Freezes Over, I’m almost done with the first draft of a book called Green-Eyed, which is about a pair of paranormal investigators in Ohio who get a little more than they bargained for when they come across a cursed pocket watch and the redneck ghost of its previous owner. It’s got action, humor, horror and even a smidge of romance. I’m having a criminal amount of fun writing it.
SR: I'm a fan of bug biting plants. How about you?
Like venus fly traps?! We used to have one when I was a kid and I loved that thing. I liked how they’d chew on your pencil if you gave it to them. They’re crazy little devils, I love ‘em.
I want to thank Jennifer for posting on my blog today. She was a joy to host!
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