Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SNSB Interviews Jennifer Estep!



      First off, I am a HUGE fan of your Elemental Assassin series!! I want to start off by first thank you for taking the time to do an interview with Saints and Sinners Books. Now, for the first question.  I know you are not only an author, but also a fellow book reader as well. What genre of books do you like to read?

JE: Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate that and all the nice words about my Elemental Assassin series. I read in a lot of different genres – all kinds of fantasy, romance, and young adult books, along with mysteries, spy thrillers, and comics and graphic novels. Some of my favorite authors include Robin McKinley, Ian Fleming, Donald Westlake, David Eddings, Lisa Kleypas, and many others.

           Gin is one of my favorite heroine characters of all time. I’ve always wondered, how did you come up with elemental powers that some of your characters possess?

JE: Thanks! I appreciate that. I thought that elemental powers would be interesting to write about and would let me come up with some cool magic for Gin and the secondary characters, as well as give the villains some really powerful magic. Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone were the four main elements that I settled on because I thought that they would give me a good range of powers and magic to choose from. I always enjoy figuring out how Gin’s Ice and Stone magic can grow and change in the books, all the different things she can do with it, and how she can use her magic to defeat the bad guys.

      Some of my blog followers are huge fans as well. I opened up the floor for my fans to have a chance to ask their own questions. Jeneane Johnston asks “How did you come up with her character?”

JE: Thanks, Jeneane! Glad you are enjoying the series.
I always enjoyed reading fantasy stories about assassin characters. One day, I thought it would be cool to write my own assassin character and tell the stories that I wanted to tell. So that was sort of the beginning of Gin Blanco.

When I started writing the series, I knew that I wanted Gin to have a tragic past, something that really shaped her into the assassin the Spider. I also knew that I wanted the series to have a really dark, gritty, Southern feel, so that’s why I set the series in my fictional Southern city of Ashland. Gin just sort of evolved from all of that.


      The very flirtatious Finn is also one of my favorite characters of the series. Will he ever see him settle down in future books?

JE: I’ve gotten a lot of nice comments about Finnegan Lane, Gin’s foster brother, and readers really seem to like his character. Finn is a lot of fun for me to write. Right now in the series, he is involved with Detective Bria Coolidge, Gin’s sister, so he is fairly settled down, although Finn will always be something of a flirt.

 I know a lot of readers always wonder whether any of a book’s characters are based off of someone in the author’s life. Is there any specific character or character traits that has trickled into the series from someone you know?

JE: I don’t base my characters on people that I know in real life. But sometimes, I will use small traits from people that I know for my characters. For example, Jo-Jo Deveraux, the Air elemental who heals Gin, hates to wear socks, and my grandma also hates to wear socks. So I will use sometimes use quirky things like that to help round out my characters.


            I will admit I have HUGE book boyfriend man crush on Owen. (I think my husband’s jealous sssshh) In The Spider, we find out about a big shocker in Owen’s past in relation to Gin. Did you always have Owen in mind when it came to Gin’s future partner?

JE: Owen seems to be quite popular with readers. So does Finn. Sometimes, I think they are more popular as characters than Gin is. LOL.

At the beginning of the series, Gin actually has a different love interest in Detective Donovan Caine. But as I wrote Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies, the first two books, I realized that Gin needed someone who understood her better than Donovan ever would. So that’s why I introduced Owen in Web of Lies.

I think Owen is a much better fit for Gin. Like Gin, Owen went through some bad times when he was younger, so Owen really understands Gin and her actions in a way that Donovan never could.

            After reading Black Widow, I can’t help but wonder if the next Elemental Assassin’s book, Spider’s Trap, may be the last of Gin’s series. Will there be other books in the Elemental assassin’s series after Spider’s Trap?

JE: Yes, there will be at least one more book in the series after Spider’s Trap, so 14 books total as of right now. I really love writing the series, and I am hoping to write at least a few more books beyond that. So we’ll see what happens.

      I’d again would like to thank you for spending time with Saints and Sinners Books. My final question is … do you have anything else to share about Black Widow or any other projects that may be in the works?

JE: Thanks for hosting me.
Spider’s Trap, the 13th book in my Elemental Assassin series, will be out on July 28. I’m also writing book #14, which is tentatively scheduled to be out on Dec. 29.

I also have a new young adult urban fantasy series starting in 2015. It’s called the Black Blade series, and Cold Burn of Magic, the first book, will be out on April 28.

For more information about my books, people can visit my website at www.jenniferestep.com or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Happy reading, everyone!

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JENNIFER’S BIO

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.



Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Black Widow, the 12th book in the series, will be released on Nov. 25. For more information about the series, visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferestep.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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