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Jan 20, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Jennifer Felton

jenniferHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Jennifer Felton for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Jennifer for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I have always had a love for the spooky and the paranormal. I watched my first horror movie when I was about eight or so (Pet Cemetery), and ever since then I couldn’t get enough. Anything that has ghosts, witches, demons, vampires – it just does something for me LOL!

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently, I have two titles available. Both are a part of my One Hell of a Romance series: Through Life and Death (One Hell of a Romance Prequel) and Through Love and Hate (One Hell of a Romance Companion). The companion is a side story with different main characters, though the main characters of the core series are referenced/make appearances!

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
This is a difficult one! It would have to be a toss up between ghosts and vampires. Ghosts because I 100% they exist, and vampires because I’ve always been fascinated with them, I’m not sure why. There is just something about them!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Ooooo ooooo! You really want to go and make things difficult now, don’t you? Geez… I think I would have to say any of Amanda Ashley’s vampire books. She was really my inspiration for writing vampire books. I just totally fell in love with them.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?

Haha. Ok, seriously now. I’m finishing up the third One Hell of a Romance book, which is entitled Through Good and Evil. The characters are in present day America (which for anyone who read the prequel, you know they started out in 1880’s Great Britain). I’m a terribly bad girl because I had been hoping to release the book by the end of February, but I still have a few more chapters to write.

Once I’m done with that, a new project will be in the works before the fourth installment of the One Hell of a Romance series comes out. I’ve been on this series working on it so long, that I just need to take a step back from it and give myself some variety. I have two versions of book four in my head, so I need some time away to figure it out.

So, instead, I’ll probably be working on the first release for my Book of Shadows series and the first in a probably-not-paranormal series.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we do nothing. I swear, people think we have fairies floating around doing all our writing for us while we lounge around and do nothing. I work a full time, overnight, job on top of writing. So it’s a lot of work going into my books when I get the time to just sit down and write. Otherwise, I could just produce a book on a whim, sell lots of copies, and never have to go to a ‘real’ job again…

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
The snarkiness! Authors bickering and fandoms attacking each other are big turn offs. They make me not want to read into whatever or whoever. Yes, we may be in the same genre, but it’s not a competition; we should be supporting each other instead of tearing everyone else down.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My dog? LOL. My kids don’t really understand because they’re too young. My fiancé, yeah, he’s probably one of the people who think it’s not ‘work’, as well as my mom. lol. So, yeah… I’m going to stick with my dog. Sherlock loves his biscuits, so as long as I keep writing, I can keep affording his treats! hehe. 😉

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Real life experiences? No, not really. However, having said that, it isn’t exactly true for the second book, Through Love and Hate. This book was my therapy. A very dear, close, family friend had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. A lot of what Anya goes through, in terms of the progression of her cancer, is based on what had happened thus far.

For anyone who has read it, or will read it, and become interested in what happened to my friend Anya is based on, I am happy to announce that as of this interview, on 1/20/201, she is still alive and on chemo. She had been given maybe six months, and almost three years later, she is still fighting. While terminal and no chance of remission, she is still going strong and not letting her illness get the better of her. On the other hand, she is starting to run out of treatment options and we all know she is getting near the end. It’s sad to see a young vibrant mother with everything to live for putting all her papers and affairs in order and buying a condo so they can sell their house now so her husband doesn’t have to worry about any of that after.

It’s truly heartbreaking. The day the world loses her light, will be one of the darkest days of my life.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
JUST WRITE. At this point, it doesn’t matter what you are writing or why you are writing, just as long as you are doing it! You can figure out all the rest later. The worst thing you write today, is better the best thing you didn’t write yesterday. 😉 I don’t remember who said that, but I’m sure it was someone important! Ha!

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