Books To Watch For In 2015: An Interview With Jennifer Allis Provost

Welcome back, Jennifer!

1)  This is a reprinting, right?  Did you make any changes to the book?

Yes, it is a reprint. While the overall story did not change the edits tightened it up, and we added a few more scenes with some secondary characters, namely Torim and Belenos.  And, I have that awesome new cover to share with the world :)

2)  Was this easier or harder to write than your Copper Legacy series?

It was a labor of love, to say the least. I started writing this series while still school, eventually, I had things like real jobs and mortgage payments to worry about, and the manuscript ended up packed away in my mother’s basement. Eventually she moved, and I lugged all those boxes to my own house, and rediscovered the manuscript. It was like reconnecting with an old friend! The first installment of the Chronicles of Parthalan was published in 2009, and since then it’s grown to five books and numerous short stories.

For me, writing in this world is effortless. I’ve lived with these characters so long I understand their motivations, their hoped and dreams and fears. Or, maybe that’s just the first sign of schizophrenia rearing its ugly head :)

3)  Who would you be in this world?

You don’t realize how spot-on this question is. There is a character who is without a doubt me, but they don’t make an appearance until a later installment.

4)  What are you reading now?

DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST by Juliette Marillier

5)  What are your top five books? (you can do authors if that’s easier)

THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING by TH White

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE by CS Lewis

KUSHIEL’S DART by Jacqueline Carey

ELFQUEST by Wendy and Richard Pini

6)  What book would you make mandatory reading?

The entire ELFQUEST series

7)  What 2015 books are you looking forward to?

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs, MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews, STAKED by Kevin Hearne, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black, and REQUIEM by Maggie Stiefvater

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