Hello and Welcome All!
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jennifer Estep author of the Elemental Assassin series with it’s new release coming “Bitter Bite” on Feb. 23, 2016.
Hi Jennifer, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
JE: Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate it.
I love books as do my followers or we would not be here! I absolutely love to ask visiting authors if there is any particular author or book that has influenced them in any way wither growing up or as an adult?
JE: I read pretty widely in a lot of different genres – fantasy, romance, mystery, spy thrillers, westerns, etc. So I wouldn’t say that there was any one book or author that influenced me in particular.
I like books with a little bit of everything in them – action, adventure, magic, danger, romance. Those are the kind of books that I like to read, and those are the kind of books that I like to write.
Who are your favorite authors? Why?
JE: Some of my favorite authors are Robin McKinley, Lisa Kleypas, Ian Fleming, Donald Westlake, and David Eddings, just to name a few.
All of these authors write books that feature that magic combination of action, character, and emotion that just makes for a great story and reading experience for me.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Bitter Bite and why?
JE: I really enjoyed writing the villain in Bitter Bite. I always enjoy coming up with new bad guys for Gin Blanco, my assassin heroine, to battle, villains who really push her to her limits and challenge her to use her wits and magic to defeat them. I think that the villain in Bitter Bite is one of the best that I’ve written in my entire Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the Bitter Bite, what would it be and why?
JE: I would tell Gin (and several other characters) to focus on remaining calm and patient. Because Gin and her friends are going to need all the calm and patience they can muster to deal with the villain in Bitter Bite.
If you had to choose which of your prior character would you most/least likely invite to dinner and why?
JE: I think it would be interesting to invite Fletcher Lane, Gin’s assassin mentor, to dinner and pick his brain about all the secrets that he knows about various people in Ashland.
Thank you Jennifer for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. It has been a pleasure having you visit Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. We can’t wait for your new releases Bitter Bite!
JE: Thanks. I appreciate that. Hope that everyone enjoys the book. Happy reading!
Elemental Assassin #14
Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship?
It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.
It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.
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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. Bitter Bite, the 14th book in the series, will be released on Feb. 23.Jennifer also writes the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.