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Meet Jeaniene Frost! Jeaniene answers some questions in a Saturday Seven interview about her Night Huntress Series, on writing, vampires and more. We’re also having a contest!
UFL: For those that aren’t familiar with your books (because they are languishing in Outer Mongolia or under a rock) could you tell us a little bit about the Night Huntress series?
My series is about half-vampire Cat Crawfield, a vampire slayer with an attitude who teams up with a Master vampire named Bones to stop a bigger evil. Cat has to navigate a world filled with ghouls, vampires, ghosts, meddling mothers, murderous fathers, and a government organization that won’t take no for an answer. The series is dark, humorous, and sexy, depending on what situation Cat’s gotten herself into.
UFL: The character of Bones in one word equals: yummy! How did he come to life? Is he an amalgam of different influences or was he a fully formed character from the get go?
Bones came to me in a dream. I knew he was English, a vampire, and a hitman (but one who only kills the evil members of human and undead society). The rest developed from asking myself how he had gotten to be those things :).
UFL: I love the anecdote in your bio where the 5 yr old Jeaniene explains in church that a cross is what keeps vampires away. What is it about vampires that drew you to write about them over other creatures and what are your own personal spins on the age-old mythos?
I can’t say what drew me to vampires, since I’ve loved them since forever, so I don’t remember what initially drew me to them. When I set about to write vampires, I took everything that had ever annoyed me about their myth and changed it (if only I could change annoying things in real life as easily). My vampires have no aversion to crosses, sunlight, running water, or wooden stakes. They do stay frozen in appearance at whatever age they were changed over, they can live indefinitely, and they need blood to survive, but those were about the only “traditional” things I brought over when I created my brand of vampires. Oh, and they’re not soulless or inherently evil. My vampires, like humans, have a choice whether to be good or bad, so there are both vampire heroes and villains in the Night Huntress series.
UFL: I find the story of how you became published inspiring. Do you have any advice for new or aspiring writers?
Write. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. Read a lot. Be prepared to revise your novel, because revision is part of the process. Then, once you’ve polished your novel, gotten a second – or third – constructive critical opinion on it from someone who’s not afraid to bruise your ego, revised, and polished again, start agent hunting. A good agent is invaluable when it comes to getting the right publishing contract.
UFL: Who/What are some of your favorite things to watch or read when you have the chance?
For watching TV, I like TORCHWOOD, because it’s wacky and paranormal. Since I’ve always been fascinated by the Elizabethan era, I’m enjoying the show THE TUDORS and seeing the lead-up to that time in history. I watch a lot of the History channel, too
For reading, I’m a big paranormal romance / urban fantasy fan. I do read the occasional historical, horror, or literary novel, but I love novels that are fun, sexy, dark, and supernatural, and UF/PR usually has all that in the same book :).
UFL: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Smackdown – Vampires: (Un)Dead Trope or The Neverending Treasure Trope? Discuss.
I am SO biased when it comes to this topic, of course. I love vampire novels, so to me, they are the neverending treasure trope. Vampires are flexible in a way few other creatures are (in my opinion). You have novels where vampires are mindless evil drones, or bloodsucking super villains, or scientific mutations, or alluring sexy heroes/heroines, or a combination thereof. There are so many variations on the vampire myth that a writer really has freedom to add their own spin on things, even though it all falls under the “vampire” heading. As a reader, I never tire of a well-written vampire novel, however the vampires are showcased in it.
UFL: Can you tell us what other projects you are working on?
Right now I’m in the middle of revising book three in the Night Huntress series, and working on the outline for book four. After that, I’ll be writing an anthology story featuring a prequel on Bones, the vampire hero in my novels. After that, I’m intending to start on a completely different book unrelated to the Night Huntress series. But yes, it will still be a paranormal. I can’t seem to stop writing about what goes bump in the night :).
Thanks so much for the interview! It was fun.
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Thank you Jeaniene! You can find out more about Jeaniene and her books at her website: