Welcome back to Under the Covers, Jennifer! Now I’ve been saying this a lot lately but I think the Elemental Assassin series continues to get better with every book. What’s your trick to keeping things fresh in this series?
Thanks for hosting me on your blog again. I appreciate it. Thanks! I really appreciate that. 😉
Every time I start writing a new book in the series, I always try to do something different, whether it’s by focusing on a different character, having a different kind of storyline, or having Gin and the gang visit new and different places in Ashland and beyond. I always think about doing something that I haven’t done before. That helps keep the series fresh for me, and I hope for readers too.
Gin has displayed so much growth over the course of the series. What is your favourite thing about her character?
I really like how Gin never gives up, no matter how bad a situation is. Every time she’s confronted by a serious challenge, she really rises to the occasion, digs deep within herself, and finds the strength to meet and overcome that challenge. That iron will and inner strength are some of my favorite things about her.
In this particular book, Finn has a lot to deal with and I really felt a connection with his character in this one. Why is a character like Finn important to Gin and a series like this?
This book is definitely all about Finn. Family is everything to Gin, and she is especially close to Finn, since the two of them grew up together. So when Finn and his relationship with Gin are threatened in this book, that really hits home for her and makes her more determined than ever to protect Finn – even if it’s from himself.
With any book, you want your secondary characters to be just as interesting as your main character. You want people to care about and root for all of your characters, not just the heroine. I think that’s even more important with a long-running series like the Elemental Assassin series. Having interesting secondary characters lets me use them to tell all sorts of different stories, and I also think that it helps to keep the series fresh and interesting for readers.
Plus, I really like writing short stories and novellas from the secondary characters’ points of view and showing what they think about things, including Gin. I think those are fun bonus stories for readers. Finn will be getting his own e-novella, Unwanted, which will be out on July 18.
I have to say, you write some incredible villains. Out of all your books, do you have a favourite?
Thanks! I appreciate that. I always have fun coming up with the villains.
I really like the villain in Bitter Bite because I think that this villain challenges Gin in a different way than many of my other villains have. This villain definitely goes for Gin’s emotions rather than attacking her physically (at least at first). I had a lot of fun writing this villain, and I hope that readers enjoy how nasty the villain is.
What are you reading and loving now?
I just finished reading The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy. Right now, I’m reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve also been reading a lot of comics and graphic novels lately, featuring characters like Black Widow, Captain America, and Deadpool.
Happy reading, everyone! 😉
Coming February 23, 2016!
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.