I’m hosting an interview with paranormal romance author Jes Young. Welcome to Forever Book Lover, Jes, and thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a combination of the two. I start out writing without an outline just to see where my imagination and the characters take me. Then, about 50 or so pages in, I’ll stop and outline the rest. The thing is though, I will throw the outline away at the drop of a hat and go completely off the predetermined plan. Sometimes I’ll come back to the story as planned and sometimes I have to outline all over again.
Where did you get the inspiration for The Uncovering?
I was working on something much heavier and darker about a pair of sisters who hate each other and it was depressing the life out of me. Both characters were jerks in their own way and I was tired of them. Then one night I was reading the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris and it occurred to me that Ms. Harris probably had fun when she was writing. Her characters were fun. Her books were fun. I wanted to have fun too…and so Tab was born. And mostly, it’s been really fun getting to know her.
Is this a series?
It is a series. There will be three books definitely and then maybe a few others that will be in the world but may not involve these characters directly.
What is your daily page or word count record?
I have no idea. I really don’t keep track of that at all. I just sit down and write until I feel like I’ve said what I have to say for the day and then I move on to something else. Forcing myself to keep to a daily word count or page goal has a massively demotivating effect on me. If I know I have to write 5,000 words, I can’t write 50. Sometimes I see some writer on Twitter posting their word count and I’m like, “How are you writing that much and managing to be a constant presence in my Twitter feed? What sorcery is this?”
Please tell us a little about The Uncovering.
The Uncovering is about a woman who discovers that she is an Elvish princess and the key to ending a centuries old war between the Light and Dark elves. It’s part adventure, part romance, and part coming of age story. Also, there are some pretty funny parts too.
What is your favorite story of all time? This question is completely unfair. I can’t possibly pick. It’s like asking me which of my kids I like better. That said, when I read this question, this is what came to mind:
“But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.”
“He lived happily ever after.”
I guess that’s my favorite story.
What are you working on right 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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Ebook copy ISBN 978-1-84982-289-3:
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