Saturday Author Spotlight

Hey there readers and writers,

I last graced your presence on Tuesday with a couple of teasers from my mermaid WIP. I hope you enjoyed it and I am excited to bring you the next blog post that features the Saturday Author Spotlight. You don’t want to miss this interview and I am so excited to have author Jennifer Zamboni with us. A big shout out and welcome to her! Whoot!

A bit about Jennifer . She writes Urban Fantasy. She is a wife, mom, and licensed cosmetologist ( squee). She also has some awesome pets in the mix and claims she doesn’t hoard books ( me too, me too). But let me stop there and let’s begin the interview. ( My questions are in bold ink)

What inspired you to start writing?

 I love books! My parents read to me every night, when I was growing up. When I could read to myself, I was reading a book a day (instead of homework). My local librarians used to reserve new books they thought I’d love. I started (seriously) writing when I was in the 8th grade, and I fell instantly in love with pouring my imagination down on a page.

When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story? 

I was 18 or 19 when I decided I wanted to publish my YA sword and sorcery style fantasy. I edited the best I could, which, let’s face it, was not awesome, and began querying agents. After 2 rejections and lots of silence, I reexamined my writing, and decided it needed more work. I eventually set that aside as I joined the workforce as a cosmetologist. In 2008, I discovered NaNoWriMo and got back into writing. My second NaNo became my first book, which I decided to self publish.

Describe your writing space. 

Currently, it’s my living room couch with a coffee table and my laptop. However, my husband is building me a library, which will include a writing nook!

How do you do research for your books? 

I love research! I go to the library armed with a notebook, I buy books, I do the google, and Pinterest (I like having a nice neat board of specific research topics!)

What motivates you to keep writing? 

I love writing. Even if I was forced to quit publishing, for some reason, I would still continue to write. I am also so grateful to all the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know in the indie author community that have been so helpful and encouraging.

Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there? 

Write for yourself, first and foremost. You’re never going to please everyone, so armor up your thick skin, focus on the positive, and don’t engage in the negative.

Tell me about the books you write.

 The series I’m working on now, Beasts Among Us, is urban fantasy set in rural Maine. My MC is a werewolf named Gretchen, who together with both supernatural and human friends, attempts to navigate our ever changing world. Working as a hairstylist, along with humans, a goddess, and a vampire, forces her to live a “normal” life. In book one, the fae (all the supernatural type critters) are hiding their true identities. A serial killer is offing stylists around the state, including in the salon Gretchen works in. Add in her former pack, a circus with a secret fae sideshow, and her music, and Gretchen is a bomb ready to go off. Book two involves those fae being exposed. This one also features a romance, a developing pack, with Gretchen as the alpha, and Gretchen herself being sold out by someone she thought of as a friend. I love exploring what if, playing around with mythology, and making up my own lore. This world has so much potential, and I plan on staying in it even after when Beasts Among Us comes to an end.

How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂 

I have published 2 books so far, and written many more. There will be four books total in Beasts Among Us. Book three exists as a finished rough draft, and I’m working on writing book four right now. I also have a PNR duology planned, also set in the Beasts Among Us world! As for favorite to write, I honestly couldn’t currently pick one. The books are tied together, so I suppose it’s the entire world I favor.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them. 

I have a few favorites, but Gretchen is my absolute favorite. She’s just so fun to write. In her, I get to let my snark run free. While not all her opinions are mine, there are quite a few I’ve let fly. She also has a temper. Is it strange that I find that fun to write? Because I do. One of my other favorites is one of my side character, a French teacher in her 60’s. She’s sweet and excepting, and I like hanging out with her.

Tell us about your latest writing project 

Ooo, I’ll try to keep this spoiler free, but while it’s true to the series urban fantasy routes, it dives into post-apocalyptic, fae style!

Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing? 

Okay, about me… I love to read and watch movies/binge shows (who doesn’t?). I also like to garden, though my flowers would probably tell you otherwise this year (the weeds have exploded). I also love to knit, sing, and drink tea.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? 

Book-lover, wife, mother

If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be? 

Fall

Why did you chose that particular season? 

I love the crisp air and the colorful leaves!

What songs/ music are on your playlist? 

Oh, lordy! So much! Depending on my mood I listen to rock (such as Disturbed), a little country, Celtic folk, classical, blues, a little pop (very little), oldies. I’m a 90’s kid, so I love that music (can you say nostalgia?!), movie soundtracks (my favorites are LOTR and 300). Yeah, I like a bit of a variety.

What is your favorite food? 

Hm… Nachos, fajitas, tacos, chili…

Who is your favorite author and why? 

Oo, that’s a toughy! I love to reread The Lord of the Rings and Patricia Briggs’ Mercyverse!

What are you reading right now? 

I’m beta reading a NA PNR

What is one thing your readers don’t know about you? 

Hm… my age maybe? I’m not sure. (I’m currently 33)

Where can readers find out more about you and your books? Web:jenniferzamboniauthor.blogspot.com

FB page: www.facebook.com/jenniferzamboniauthor

Reader group: www.facebook.com/groups/zambonipackslair

Insta: www.instagram/write_read_tea

Twitter: www.twitter.com/write_read_tea

Thank you for joining me on my blog today.

Thanks for chatting! I hope you’ll continue to explore what if with me!

Some teasers from Beasts Among Us

~Stay tuned for more interviews each Saturday~

-Lexx

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