Today on the blog we have author Jennifer Allis Provost for an interview. Jennifer is the author of Copper Girl one of today’s book blasts. We would like to thank Jennifer for stopping by and sharing with us.
Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Since I ended up self-publishing with one of those companies we’ve all been warned away from, it didn’t take very long at all! Back then, I knew next to nothing about the publishing industry. While I still wouldn’t consider myself an expert, I am much more familiar with how things actually work.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I work in the uber-exciting insurance industry, wearing pantsuits and sensible shoes. Exciting, it is not.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Copper Girl follows Sara, an Elemental who spent her life hiding her ability, and realizes she cannot ignore her true self any longer.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Copper Girl is published by Spence City, an imprint of Spencer Hill Press.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
A first draft takes right around three months for me.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
The sequel to Copper Girl, Copper Ravens, will release in June 2014. I will also be re-launching my fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, in August 2014.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
It was the story that decided, not me ;)
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
My favorite character is Sara’s older brother, Max, mostly because I put a lot of myself into him. He’s fiercely loyal, has a tendency to run off half-cocked, and his family and friends mean the world to him.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I get up insanely early, and write while my house is still quite. Once my kids are up, my time is theirs.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I try to, but the Internet is so vast it’s hard to keep up.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I always write first, mostly because I’m terrible with titles!
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
For Copper Girl, I knew I wanted to write about a young woman named Sara who lived in a dystopian world based on the US (ten points if you can figure out where in the US I’ve set things), and the place names evolved from there. As for the rest of the names, they evolved along with the characters.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I let my characters show me what they’re like as we go along.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Paperback. Hardbacks take up too much space on my shelf, and while I love my Kindle ebooks just aren’t the same.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. I first read it in the fourth grade, and I’ve read it about 2-3 times per year since then. It follows Aerin, outcast princess and only daughter of a woman rumored to have bewitched the queen, as she finds her place in the world, then kills the biggest, baddest foe of all.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
There are so many factors in bringing a book to film, I don’t know if one can predict its success beforehand. I mean, The Princess Bride is damn near perfect, and Peter Jackson did a great job with The Lord of the Rings. IMO, what makes these transitions successful is when all involved in the filming, from the director to the actors all the way down the chain of command, love the story and want to do it justice.
Your favorite food is?
I confess an olive addiction
Your favorite singer/group is?
Depending on my mood, Def Leppard or Pink Floyd
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