Paperback Proust and Giveaway: Tangled Threads Bog Tour with Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer writes the urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the ele ments of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fic tional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
What is your current state of mind?
JE: Busy. Every time I turn around, it seems like there’s something else that I need to take care of.
What is your favorite occupation (way of spending time)?
JE: It’s a tie between reading and watching TV/movies. I’m a sucker for all forms of entertainment. LOL.
Which living person do you most admire?
JE: My mom. She’s the strongest person I know.
Who is your favorite fictional hero? Heroine?
JE: James Bond is my favorite hero. There’s something just so cool about Bond, who’s the ultimate spy. For heroine, I’ll say Beauty from the book Beauty by Robin McKinley because she manages to be strong in a very difficult situation.
Who are your real-life heroes?
JE: My mom and my grandma, who are the epitome of strong, Southern women.
What is your most treasured possession?
JE: When my first book, Karma Girl, was released, my significant other had a silver pendant shaped like a book made for me. That’s definitely one of my most treasured possessions.
What is your most obvious characteristic?
JE: My determination. I’m definitely an anal-retentive, overachiever type. LOL.
What is your greatest extravagance?
JE: It’s a tie between food and books. I love dark chocolate, strawberry cheesecake ice cream, and going to the bookstore and buying a book that I’ve been dying to read – even though I already have ten books to read in my TBR pile at home. ;-)
What is your favorite journey?
JE: Coming home after being away. There’s no place like home – and nothing better than getting to sleep in my own bed.
On what occasion do you lie?
JE: To save someone’s feelings from being hurt or to make things a little easier on myself.
What is your greatest fear?
JE: To have regrets about roads not taken.
Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
JE: Really, like, totally, cool … sometimes, I sound like a total valley girl. ;-)
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
JE: Getting published. I wrote seven books over the course of about seven years and racked up hundreds and hundreds of rejections before I sold. But I kept writing and submitting, and it finally happened for me. The whole experience definitely taught me to go after what I want and to never give up.
Where would you like to live?
JE: I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, so I’ll say there, although I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t take that much cold and snow year in and year out. LOL. Basically, anywhere with mountains, fall colors, and beautiful views.
What is the quality you most admire in a man? In a woman?
JE: A sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself.
What do you value most in your friends?
JE: A sense of humor, being on time, honesty, and keeping the promises they make.
If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?
JE: Hmm. Hopefully, my karma would be good enough that I wouldn’t come back as a bug! I’ll say a wolf since wolves are some of my favorite animals. Although, really, I’d probably end up as a shy little bunny rabbit instead of a big, bad wolf.
Who has been the greatest influence on you?
JE: My mom. When I was a kid, she used to take me to the local library every Saturday, which is how I fell in love with reading and books in the first place. She’s the reason I’m a writer today.
What is your motto (words you live by or that mean a lot to you)?
JE: Never give up, never surrender! It’s a quote from the movie Galaxy Quest and one that means a lot to me as a writer, since being a writer is so full of rejections and heartache and second-guessing yourself. But you just have to keep writing and keep going, no matter what happens. I think it’s a great quote for everyone who has a goal that seems like it’s unattainable.
Jennifer Estep has been kind enough to offer one copy of Tangled Threads to a lucky follower – What do you have to do? Just comment!
Giveaway is for US/Canada residents
Giveaway ends May 7th, winner to be announced in Week in Review feature on May 8th
And remember – (Book 4 in the Elemental Assassins series)
hits a bookstore shelf near you on April 26th!