Julie Kenner will drop by today to answer questions, so please take the opportunity to say hello or leave a comment. Julie has also generously offered an ARC of Torn and a signed copy of Carpe Demon as a giveaway prize. Rather than splitting them up, one lucky winner will be selected to receive both books. Giveaway entry details as usual can be found at the end of the post.
And so now moving on to the important part, a big welcome for guest Julie Kenner!
SFG: Tainted is the first book in the Blood Lily Chronicles and is much darker than your Demon Hunting Soccer Mom books. Can you give us an overview of this urban fantasy series and tell us how you conceived the idea?
When you start a story with a soccer mom smelling something stinky in Wal-mart and assuming it's a poopy diaper, the tone of the series tends toward light.
When you start a story with the narrator confessing that her sister was raped and she went out to kill the man who raped the girl, the tone tends to be dark.
Which is a rambling, late-night way of saying that the tone is organic to the story.
As for the overview, you did a great job in the awesome review (thank you, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!). In brief, Lily goes out to kill the man who has raped her sister, but she's the one who ends up dead. She's got a bit of a checkered past in addition to planning murder, and she's offered a chance for redemption: come back and assassinate the demons who are trying to open the ninth gate to hell. But things aren't as simple as they seem, and when Lily comes back in the body of a murdered young woman, she realizes she's got a lot to learn, not the least of which is her new role in the world.
I would love to do more in the series. The contract was for these three books, so at this point, I'm in wait and see mode. (If you enjoyed Tainted, tell your friends! Word of mouth really is the best thing for keeping a series going. Well, word of mouth and sales!)
Oh, that is a hard question! For one thing, I've written six books (including Torn and Turned) and two novellas since writing Tainted, so I'll confess my memory is a bit fuzzy. But I think probably either the scene in the video shop where she goes to get the money owed to her for her part in some shady dealings--it's the first time you see Lily being a bit of a bad ass outside the realm of demon-hunting, and you get a peek at her previous life. Or the very opening scene wherein Lily is talking to the reader; that one went through some iterations, and the first one was even darker, but it wasn't working. I hadn't found Lily's snark yet. Once I wrote that opening, Lily's voice was able to shine through.
I am having So Much Fun doing that! I'm not an actress by any stretch, but I can sort of pretend I am doing the readings. And although deadlines have prevented me from taking the podcasts as far as I'd like, I'm really hoping to bring more non-book content into the mix.
The idea, though, started with my desire to podcast Tainted. I'm a huge podcast fan, and I thought that podcasting would be a great way to create awareness for a book and, hopefully, get people interested in the story. Folks can listen at www.kennercast.com and soon I'll have the books up at podiobooks.com. Once I finish podcasting Tainted, I'm going to do one of my short stories, then jump in with some older content, probably my superhero romance, Aphrodite's Kiss. Next year, I plan to podcast original content, too, like short stories. Time, alas, doesn't grow on trees.
Sure! You can read excerpts and blurbs at my webpage, www.juliekenner.com , by going to the "Bookshelf" and then clicking on the sections that appear in the menu.
To give you the short version, though, with category romance, I haven't done any actual series, but all the the books are sexy, contemporary reads, and a lot of fun.
In paranormal romance, I have a series of superhero romances (the Aphrodite Series), in which the superhero characters are descendants of Greek gods and goddesses (who weren't really gods/goddesses at all, but just thought that was a great cover story). There's a very bureaucratic organization that oversees the superheros -- the Venerate Council of Protectors -- and, in an homage to my lawyer background, a lot of forms that have to be filled out with regard to various missions and projects. The books are fun and you can read each on its own, though because of one overarcing story question, reading them in order would be more fun.
Sure! The first three books are When Blood Calls, When Wicked Craves, and When Pleasure Rules. I did an excerpt from Blood on the podcast a few months ago, and if anyone would like a printed excerpt booklet, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with a mailing address and I'll send one along with a promo button!
That system stands as guardian over the meshing of the human world and the world of the shadows. The series is called The Shadow Keepers.
In the first book, an up and coming prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office has the world shift beneath her feet when she is given a promotion and brought to "Division" to work as a prosecutor in the shadow world. And things only get more crazy for her when she learns that the first defendant she will be prosecuting is a man she'd had a one night stand with--and that he's not only accused of murder, but is a vampire.
The books are paranormal romantic suspense novels, and I'm having a blast writing them.
I love mysteries and paranormal, so the JD Robb books are huge for me. The last one I ordered for my Kindle the minute it was available at something like 1 am!
I also love thrillers and narrative nonfiction and, of course, romance and urban fantasy, although I tend to read more in the genres I don't write in.
At the moment, I'm multi-reading: The Graveyard Book (library book), Dragonfly in Amber (kindle) , the Count of Monte Cristo (iPhone classics book app), Atlas Shrugged (Audible and iPhone iceberg reader), the Phantom Tollbooth (my old copy with my 8 year old), the Well Trained Mind (re-reading), and The Spymaster's Lady (paperback). Enjoying them all!
Oh, someone asked me this recently, and I've actually been thinking about it since then, and I want to change that answer, so I'm glad you asked! I'd said an immortal creature so that I could watch the world change, but I actually think that immortality might not be the best thing for a variety of philosophical and theological reasons. So what I'd really like to be is a time traveler. I'm reading Dragonfly in Amber right now (re-reading, actually) and find myself thinking how hard that would be, but also how cool to see history in the making. (Which, technically, I am anyway, as our generation will be history, but you know what I mean....)
Hmm. No one at all? That's hard.
- It took me months before I was remotely interested in seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark back when I was a kid and it was in theaters, because I thought it was about "raiding" Noah's Ark, and I just couldn't figure what all the fuss was about.
- I saw Star Wars in the theater 82 times (okay, some folks actually know that one, but it's pathetic enough to include, I think...) [SFG Note: my seven times pales in comparison.]
- When I was little, the movie Pollyanna scared the crap out of me, at least I think it was Pollyanna; I've never double-checked. (Really. There's a scene--and it's all I remember--where the minister comes to the little girl and says "death comes unexpectedly." To my little kid brain, that was terrifying!)
Thank you Julie for the in-depth responses to the interview questions and for joining us today. It is terrific that not only do we get to read an exciting new series over the next few months but that you have another new paranormal series for us on the horizon.
- To win the ARC of Torn and a signed copy of Carpe Demon all you have to do is leave a comment/querstion for Julie or tell us which title for her books you like the most.
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