Welcome Jennifer Allis Provost who has a new urban fantasy out called Copper Girl. Be sure to enter the raffle to win a free copy (link at the end of the interview.)
Please tell us a little about yourself.
You could say that I wear many hats. By day, I hang out in a cubicle. By night, I’m a writer of fantasy and horror. All the time, I’m a mother to three year old twins. You guessed it – my biggest obstacle is balancing all of my obligations.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Copper Girl, which releases June 25, 2013 from Spence City, is about a world that’s full of magic – until the government outlaws it. This is a problem for our heroine, Sara Corbeau, since she just happens to be an Elemental, born with the ability to make metal do her bidding. What’s worse, her family is on a government watch list, and both her father and brother have gone missing.
Sara adopts a ‘hide in plain sight’ policy, living in a dingy apartment and working at a boring, go-nowhere job. Her plan of moving through life unnoticed works pretty well, until she takes a nap during her lunch break and has a vivid dream about a man named Micah. It turns out that he’s no figment of her imagination, but an elf from the Otherworld. And, he just might be the key to finding Sara’s missing father and brother.
Copper Girl is the first book of the Copper Legacy, a four book series that follows Sara as she struggles to piece her family back together, and bring magic back to her world.
How did you prepare to write about the book’s specific area or field of study?
Since Copper Girl is an urban fantasy, I made sure to read extensively in the genre; some of my favorites are Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, and Charles de Lint’s Newford series (especially Onion Girl).
How does this book fit into your real-life interests?
Sara makes a significant piece of jewelry for Micah, and I have been known to string a bead or two. She also has an unhealthy addiction to caffeine. (Being a caffeine addict is totally an interest. I am very interested in obtaining my next shot of espresso!)
What are you working on right now?
I’m finishing up the Copper Legacy (and possibly a spinoff duology), and working on another urban fantasy set in Scotland. I’m also gearing up to re-release my fantasy series in 2014. Lots of work ahead for me, and I’m loving every minute of it.
Thanks for having me, Theresa!
Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, a parrot (maroon bellied conure, to be exact), two cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.
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