Today I am very excited to be sharing an interview with J.F. Jenkins. I have known her through online communities for a few years now, and she is the reason I first submitted to Astraea. She's a great friend and a great writer. Her new book, Vala: Agendas, will be out soon, and I can't wait.
Question: Tell me a little about yourself (including your favorite/recommended reads) and how you started writing.
I'm a twenty-something who lives in Minnesota. I'm married, have a toddler, and two fur babies. I read a lot of weird books, love Stephen King even if I don't read a lot of his stuff, and especially love the YA genre. Even more specifically, I love books that are about things not many people write about. I started writing in middle school, beginning with dorky fan fiction, and then that flourished into my own original story ideas.
Question: Tell me about The Dragons Saga. Where did the idea come from?
I had a bizarre dream about a girl taken from home by a deity, who then offered her his kingdom if she left her home. It just sort of spun from there. The dragons came from the fact that the deity changed forms, but I don't remember if it was a dragon or a different kind of monster. The dragons saga is a story of love, loyalty, and different culture, exploring ways and ideas that aren't like our own. The first book tells the story of Tai Dawson, a teenager who is taken from her home to be sacrificed to the great dragon lord. It turns out he takes a human shape and the sacrifice is nothing more than a clever disguise for a wedding ceremony. The two share a spontaneous, misguided moment of passion, and soon discover there is a lot more to relationships than what meets the eye. While they try to figure out if it's possible to love one another, things start to get crazy in the dragon world as the other nations threaten to wage war on each other.
Question: What upcoming releases do you have?
I have another novel titled "Vala: Agendas" coming out soonish. The release date is still pending. This is an entirely separate series about mythological beings attending a boarding school.
Question: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Keep writing, keep learning, and do it because you love it and not for the money.
Question: Can you share something about one of the main characters in an upcoming release?
My heroine in my new series is a nymph, and has rather animated conversations with the plants at her house.
Question: Can you share a favorite quote from an upcoming release?
I'll do some more pimping on "Agendas" even though it's not quite ready yet.
“Fine.” She stopped abruptly as soon as they were outside of the club. They had some privacy, but they were close enough to the bouncers at the entrance. She felt comfortable enough to scream and have someone come running to help her if needed. He didn’t seem like a threat, but then she reminded herself of all the people on the news who said that about the serial killers living next door to them.
“What brings you to a club on a Wednesday night?” She asked.
“I’m visiting the area and tonight is the only night I get in the city. I figured I’d check out a party or two and see what you city folk do for fun. What about you?” He leaned against the brick exterior of the club and glanced over at her casually.
“Birthday party.” She mumbled and then nervously leaned against the wall as well. “You’re obviously not from here.” He must have been from one of the more rural areas if he was referring to her as 'city folk'.
“Gee, you think?”
“So where are you from?”
“Does it matter?”
It didn’t, but she still wanted to know. “Yes.”
He turned his body, now leaning onto the wall with his left elbow supporting him. A small laugh escaped his lips and he shook his head. “It doesn’t matter. Don’t ruin the moment by asking a lot of stupid questions.”
She blinked a few times with surprise. “We’re having a moment?”
“Yeah.” He leaned in close to her again, keeping his eyes locked on hers. He must have known the affect they were having on her. When she looked into them, she could see a gleefulness inside of him as if he were playing some kind of a game and winning. It took her a moment to realize she was the game and she was letting him win. As much as she wanted to stop him and take back the control, she found herself wanting to let him.
Question: Where can people find you on the web?
Buy her book here: