Today’s guest is Jennifer Field, author of Twice Lost. Hi Jennifer. Welcome to Authors to Watch. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts where I still live today. I had moved out to Boston for several years, but I am not a city girl by any stretch of the imagination. I love adventure and any free time I get, which these days doesn’t seem to be very much I try to be outside weather it’s hiking, climbing or snowboarding.
When did you begin writing?
I’ve always written short stories but I didn’t start to seriously write until about five years ago. I got the crazy idea that I wanted to write a book. So I took pen to paper, literally (I carried a notebook with me everywhere) and now I have about ten partially written stories in all different genera’s. I’ve got romance, horror, mystery you name it I probably have a story partially written.
Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
I’m definitely a write by the seat of my pants kind of gal. I change things, rewrite, continue on, and go back. My “process” is a big old hot mess is what it is. If I plot out a story it’s in my head (which seems to be a continuously running story/movie in my mind, does that sound creative or insane. I’m not really sure.). I try to get the ending in my head and write to it. Sometimes I know the ending when I start, sometimes not so much.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
My debut novel is Twice Lost out September 15, 2014. It’s a Paranormal Erotic Romance that takes you on Jenna’s Thanatos’s journey into finding out that she is a Harbinger of death, the only female harbinger.
How did you get the idea for the book?
This particular book was a dream that I had had, literally. The dream was actually about a tattooed man who was stealing the souls of friends of mine. When he would reach in and take their soul a living tattoo would form on his arm. I started to write that story any it slowly changed. The antagonist was Tim and as I wrote his character I didn’t want him to be evil. So the story evolved and changed until I had what is now Twice Lost.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
I have two. My favorite character to write is Jenna. I write a lot of myself into her. Her personality, her quirkiness and even her self-doubt has a tremendous amount of me in her. Even her physical description could be argued that I used myself, although to my knowledge I have never sprouted wings. But my favorite character to develop and watch grow is Tye. He’s deeply damaged even though he has a heart of gold. I find him to be the most difficult to write because I never know what Tye I’m going to get. Is he going to be the disturbed Tye trying to fight an internal battle or the fun loving caring Tye. Right now I’m writing his novella which will be the first of three novella’s within the Harbinger Series and it will answer a plethora of question people will have about him and the decisions he made in Twice Lost.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Staying off of Facebook. Actually the most challenging part would be how the title came to be. I had started writing the story and was about 35K words in and I had a hard-drive failure. My computer was dead. I had NOTHING backed up. I literally got sick. I had a Dell technician at my house trying to get anything off the hard-drive. But it was gone. I got a new laptop and after about three months started writing again. About half way in… SECOND hard-drive failure. Luckily I had learned my lesson and had backed up everything. But to me the title was a no brainer, Twice Lost.
On a side note I now have back-up for my back-ups.
Which authors have inspired your writing?
Wow, so many. I’ve been a big reader since I discovered Rock Star by Jackie Collins in high school. Some of my favorites are Laurann Dohner, Larissa Ione / Sydney Croft, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Alexandra Ivy, Elisabeth Naughton, Jason Luke, Lucian Bane. I could go on.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on four books within the Harbinger Series. Three will be novella’s that will focus on one or two characters that were introduced in Twice Lost. The first will be Tye’s then Alastor / Ali-cat’s then everyone’s favorite Gabe. Those will be released in-between Twice Lost and book two Twice Visited that we hope to have released in Fall of 2015.
In addition to those I have two others that I work on when I get harbinger writers block. I have DC Wylder which is a story about an author who is a cheeky romance novelist whose sales plummet after the 50 shades phenomenon so she dives head first into the BDSM lifestyle for her next book.
Then I have Renewable which takes place in a world where marriage licenses need to be renewed every five years. It follows four couples one in their twenties just starting out, one in their forties who have several ex-spouses but have developed friendships for the people the loved and now have a huge extended support group. And finally one in their eighties who are looking for companionship.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
The best advice I got. Write for yourself, get good editor and back up your writing.
About the Author
Jennifer lives in Massachusetts and works full-time in the Bridal Industry. With a daytime job surrounded by simple romance, it is her love for adventure that makes her who she is. She has a love for all things 80’s and has a very mild Diet Coke addiction. As an avid mountain climber, it is not unusual for Jennifer to be hanging off a 5.9 in the Adirondacks or the Shawangunk Mountain ranges. During the off season of climbing, also known as winter, she attends the New England Center for Circus Arts where she studies static trapeze (think Cirque rather than circus). She is an only child so she has her mother to thank for her over active imagination and knack for storytelling. Over the years she has written several short stories of the “naughty” nature for friends but never had envisioned herself as a writer; Just someone who enjoyed telling a steamy story from time to time. Throughout school she had difficulty with spelling and English, but it never stopped her love for reading, especially a good romance, horror or mystery! To this day she still spells so poorly that even spell check has to ask what the heck she is trying to spell.
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Jenna Thanatos thought she was ordinary; just your everyday girl with a healthy sexual appetite and a few kinks to boot. After moving to Maine to be closer to her boyfriend, Kyle, Jenna was starting a new chapter in her life. Little did she know, this chapter had more to offer than she ever thought possible.
One night of fun exhibitionism turns Jenna’s world upside down and shoves her face first into a world she never knew existed. Harbinger. Female Harbinger. The thing of legends, a myth foretold by ancient seers, but it couldn’t be true. She was just her. Besides, things like that didn’t exist. After being kidnapped, shot at, chased, and sprouting wings, she wasn’t so sure anymore.
Timoteus, an ancient Harbinger, has been searching for Jenna for years after finding out that she truly did exist, keeping a long-term promise to an old friend to watch over his family line. His duties were to protect her, train her, and make the foretold prophecy come to fruition. After saving Jenna, they find themselves still being hunted, landing Tim right in the middle of an operation he never dreamed could exist.
Benneit Colebrook took over his father’s business after his death last year. When the mention of a female Harbinger was whispered in his ear, he knew he had to have the rare and precious being to add to his collection. And, he would do anything to get her.
Jenna now finds herself in an underground compound with two sexy as hell men, hiding away from the people hell-bent on taking her. Why? She has no clue. Yesterday she was normal, today she’s not only in a fight for her life, but also the lives of all beings that have been disappearing for centuries. Playing Harbinger isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Will Jenna be able to accept who she is and face this new world head-on, or will everything come crumbling down before she has a fighting chance?