Please welcome today Jennifer Rainey, paranormal author.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your book.
These Hellish Happenings is, in short, about what it’s like working, living and loving in Hell. The story follows Jack Bentley, a hapless vampire who works at the Registration Office of Hell. It definitely has a sense of humor, along with a dash of romance.
Q. What excites you most about your book’s topic? Why did you choose it?
The book combines paranormal elements—vampires, demons, etc—with more social and political elements that relate to our own world. It was a great joy for me to splice these together, and it was definitely what excited me most about the project. It’s a juxtaposition that I’ve always enjoyed in media myself.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
I’ve got a zillion things I’m working on at once right now, haha! My main focus right now is a short story collection that I hope to have out this Spring. I’m also working on a novel about paranormal investigators that I hope to have out in the second half of the year. Not only that, I hope to have the sequel to These Hellish Happenings out in 2013. Maybe wishful thinking. We’ll see, haha!
Q. What tips would you offer to anyone writing fiction for the first time?
Just jump in. Allow yourself to write crap. First drafts are allowed to suck! A lot of first-time writers get hung up because they’re too critical of themselves right off the bat (I know this was true of me, too!). As soon as you realize that your writing isn’t going to be perfect right out of the box, you can really start to write.
Q. What books have influenced you the most?
Two immediately come to mind: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. They’re both stunning books in their own right and very inspirational to me.
Jennifer Rainey was raised by wolves who later sold her to gypsies. She then joined the circus at the age of ten. There, she was the flower girl in the famed Bearded Bride of Beverly Hills show until the act was discontinued (it was discovered that the bearded lady was actually a man). From there, she wandered around the country selling novelty trucker hats with vaguely amusing sayings printed on front. Somehow, she made enough money to go to The Ohio State University for a major in English.
Find out more about Jennifer and her books at: www.jenniferrainey.com
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