1. Tell me about your book Burning the Devil and where you got your inspiration for it?
The first idea for the story came from a very intense dream I had, so intense that I spent three days writing 300 pages of that dream. I put it away and let it simmer for a long time before coming back to it last year. After extensive rewrites, I finally finished Gwen’s story, which is all about relationships and how we can be lured into dangerous situations without even realizing it.
2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?
I would love to see Eliza Dushku as Gwen and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Neo.
3. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?
a. Les Liaisons Dangereuses
b. Violence: A Writer’s Guide (I’ve read it before but I’m re-reading it because it’s good.)
c. Impractical Magic
4. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
Currently, I’ve written over 700 days in a row, thanks to the Magic Spreadsheet. The longest I’ve gone without writing would be a few months
5. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?
Hard work and genes that conform to society’s expectations.
6. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?
I’ve been kidnapped by Sherlock (played by Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (played by Lucy Liu.) I’m in good hands and they will help absolve me of whatever crime I’m falsely accused of … or save my life, one of the two.
7. If you could live in a book, TV show or Movie, what would it be?
It would be a zombie show or movie of some sort. Probably the Walking Dead if I had to pick one. I love survival stories that involve the undead. I’m a sucker for anything zombie related, really. Weird that I haven’t written about zombies yet … okay, that’s a lie. Weird that I haven’t published anything about zombies … yet!
8. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
I would go to the future. I mean, I haven’t found a vampire yet who could give me immortality. Perhaps there’s tech in the future that will give me a cyborg body and a super brain.
9. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?
I like to think I would kick ass in the zombie apocalypse. While other people would still be asking, “Is this real?” I’d be storing food, holing up, stockpiling ammo, and killing zombies.
10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?
I write fantasy and horror because magic makes the world tolerable and exploring how people act when faced with danger fascinates me.
11. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
Yes. I try to write at least 2000 words a day. I’m a fast typist, so really it shouldn’t take me more than half an hour to get my quota (that’s with thinking time.) There are days, though, when it takes even longer to get the words out and days when I can write 10,000 words with no problem.
12. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
I work as an advocate for people who have experienced or been affected by sexual and domestic violence. I also do a lot of presentations to high schoolers and adult groups about healthy relationships, healthy boundaries, healthy sexuality, domestic and dating violence, sexual violence, etc …
To get the good, you’ve got to pay.
Mechanic Gwen Colburn knows this better than most, so when charismatic megastar Neo Tucker walks into her life, she doesn’t trust the glitter of admiration in his eyes or the sweet words on his lips. It’s only when a demonic killer from her past begins to stalk her and the bodies pile up that she realizes he’s the only sane thing left for her to hold onto.
Rumors of supernatural murders have dogged Neo ever since he became famous but it wasn’t until he met Gwen that it mattered. She’s the one he’s been waiting for all his life and all he has to do is help her learn to trust him. Too bad someone close to him wants to make sure he never gets the chance to find out just how perfect she is.
Gwen and Neo must fight to get what they desire most. The only question is whether either of them will live long enough to enjoy it.
Jen's love for reading came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) Writing is necessary, like breathing or double chocolate chip cookies and perfectly salted potato chips.
Reading is not a lost pastime and Jen refuses to believe that something so magical could ever go away. Even during the zombie apocalypse, she will be reading. She will just have to learn how to wield an ax in one hand while holding her book in the other. Jen lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with her boys, her cats, her pleco Mali and a large supply of books that help insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.