I’m interviewing Jes Young on my blog today, author of paranormal romance “The Uncovering”. My questions are bolded, Jes’ responses are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
There are so many distractions between me and the writing desk (like kids and work and laundry and etc.) that sometimes just getting myself to the chair is the hardest part. I’ve found that the only way to deal with that is to make writing a daily activity. If I’m in the habit, I write. When I’m not, I don’t. I wish I was one of those people who have to write, but I’m not. I write because I like to, not because it’s a biological imperative.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Uncovering?
Tab Bennett’s life is like a fairy tale—the Grimm kind. The kind where the woods are deep and dark and full of monsters; where a mother’s longing for something forbidden means terrible consequences for her daughter; where the huntsman who takes the princess for a walk in the woods means to steal her heart – literally – right out of her chest.
She recently discovered that she’s an Elvish princess, the rightful and solitary heir to the Kingdom of the Inbetween, and ever since it’s been nothing but wicked kings and murdered princesses and clandestine revenge schemes all day long. She’d love to walk away, but the crown is non-transferable. If she won’t rule, the Inbetween and the Magic it holds will turn from Light to Dark, tipping the balance between the two and casting the World of Man into darkness and mayhem. Even though she knows her experience as a college drop out/bank teller has in no way prepared her to rule a kingdom, enchanted or otherwise, Tab reluctantly agrees to try.
Now Tab is juggling her fiancé’s broken heart and a handsome prince’s irresistible advances, an assassination plot, a sociopath with an axe to grind, and the slowly unraveling mystery of her best friend’s long ago disappearance. But as she struggles to hold on to the human world she’s always known and understand her place in the magical one she’s just discovered, dangerous forces have been gathering around her. If she wants to live to see the “happily ever after” at the end of the story, Tab will have to figure out who she can trust, who wants her dead, and why. The answers will change everything she believes about herself, the people she loves, and the place she calls home.
Is this part of a series, or stand alone?
It’s the first book in a trilogy. I’ve already written the second one and the third is in the works now. The second book was much easier to write than the first but writing the last one is proving harder than writing the first two combined. I think partly because I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters. I
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Typically I write from 9 or 10 at night until 2. If I go to sleep at 2, I get about four hours of sleep and that’s the absolute minimum. Anything less then 4 hours and I am a drooling, crying, grumpy mess.
What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Hands down it’s the Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning. I love the Fever series so, so much. I think she’s a great writer and the characters and world she’s created are so intriguing. I’ve read the whole thing probably once or twice a year or so since I discovered them.
What are you working on now?
In addition to the final book in the Twilight & Dawn series, I’m also kicking around ideas for what to do next. I do that by writing short (very short) stories and seeing which one feels like it’s got the most story behind it.
Author: Jes Young
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
“Tab Bennett is normal — unusually, excessively normal. Her job as a bank teller is safe and secure, her grandfather finally let her move out of the house (at least to the cottage at the end of the driveway), and her fiancé fiercely guards her chastity, whether she wants him to or not.
It’s something of a shock, then, when Tab learns that she is the elvish queen of the fabled kingdom of the Inbetween. Also shocking is the appearance of the staggeringly confident and gorgeous elvish warrior who claims to be Tab’s true betrothed. Even amidst a steamy love triangle, Tab must tell friend from foe in an unknown world of danger, deceit, magic, and sex.
The first in the Underneath and Inbetween trilogy, The Uncovering sparkles with wit and unadulterated fun.”
Jes Young holds a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal romance because, in spite of a complete lack of supporting evidence, Jes still believes in fairy tales, happy endings, and true love.
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