Allison just wanted to be a typical teenager. But with a missing brother, a beastly stalker and the possibility that she's not completely human, her life was anything but typical.
Allison Spencer was no stranger to the paranormal. An animal empath, she had the unique capacity to sense the feelings of animals around her - an ability she liked to call "Crittervision." She had never met anyone else with unusual powers and had gotten used to the fact that she was just an eccentric in a world full of normal people.
Allison lived an otherwise ordinary life and was looking forward to finishing high school along with her friends and her boyfriend in her hometown of
As Allison settled into her new home, she began to realize that not everything - and everyone - was what they seemed. She soon learned of the existence of supernatural creatures living side-by-side with humans and was faced with a whole new set of questions - and some shocking answers - about herself and her family.
Today, I have the pleasure of having Jennifer Krey as a guest on my blog. Welcome, Jennifer! So, tell us how did you start your writing career?
A long time ago, I had an idea for a children's book about a little boy who is afraid of the dark. I tried writing it a few times, but it never seemed quite right, so I temporarily gave up on it. I started thinking about it again last year, and the concept evolved into a young adult paranormal romance story, but I was kind of intimidated by the idea of writing a full-length book. When I was pregnant with my second son, I had insomnia for the entire first trimester, where I was only sleeping 1-2 hours per night. That gave me a lot of time to just lie in bed and think. I started fleshing out the characters and making up dialogue to entertain myself while my husband slept, and I ended up writing "The Hollow of Mont Noir" in my head while I should have been sleeping.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I would love to go to
because it is such a beautiful place and has such a rich culture. Both my husband and I are part Irish, and we would love to see the places where our ancestors lived. I just love all things Irish - the music, the food, the dancing. If I ever have a daughter, I am going to sign her up for Irish dance lessons and get her the whole costume, with the dress, the shoes and the adorable curly wig. I probably won't force my boys to do it, but they will score some major brownie points if they do it voluntarily. Also, lycans originated in Ireland , so maybe I could do some research while I'm there and call it a business trip! Ireland
Yep, good luck with that. I think
would be a great place to visit, too, and honestly, I had no idea lycans originated there! How cool! What can you tell us about your next release. Ireland
My next book release will be called "Ochre Sky," and it will be Book #2 in the HOWL Series. It will be set in Ochre Sky,
and will pick up pretty much where "The Hollow of Mont Noir" left off. The first book was centered around the themes of hope, love, loss and family, but the second book will be more about growing up and finding out what you really want vs. what you think you want. I don't want to say too much more about it because (a) I don't want to give away the ending of "The Hollow of Mont Noir" and (b) I haven't finished "Ochre Sky" yet, so it's still subject to change. I am also working on a short story that is a fairy tale with a paranormal twist. I'm not sure whether I'll complete that or the book first... I just need a good case of insomnia so I can do both! Pennsylvania
LOL…So, the easiest way for you to plot out your books is putting your insomnia to work for you. What’s the hardest part?
The hardest part for me was just finding the time to write. I am a stay-at-home with two little boys (5 months and 2 1/2 years old), so I'm pretty busy during the day, but they're both great sleepers, so I have been able to get a lot done while they are asleep. The second hardest part of writing was naming the characters. It was actually easier naming my kids - my husband and I had names picked out even before I was pregnant! With the book characters, though, I changed some of their names multiple times, and I still sometimes catch myself thinking of them with the wrong names. The character of Samantha Bellamy started out with a different name that I just picked randomly. One day I was reading a friend's post on Facebook and I just happened to see a post from another girl I knew from high school. She had gotten married and her new name was exactly the same as my original name for Samantha. That was totally weird and unintentional, and I changed the name of that character. It would have been kind of creepy and stalker-ish to name a character after someone I haven't seen in years, especially a character like Samantha, who isn't the nicest girl in Mont Noir!
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
"The Hollow of Mont Noir" is my first book, so I didn't have an established network of people to read and review my work, but I knew I needed some extra eyes to look at it. My husband read it first, then I posted a plea for help on my Facebook wall and I was shocked by the huge response I got! I ended up sending the manuscript out to classmates from high school and college, former colleagues, and friends. It was a diverse group that included attorneys, teachers, marketing professionals, small-business owners, and stay-at-home moms. I was so nervous while waiting to hear back, but everyone was very kind. My reviewers were so incredibly helpful, I can't thank them enough! They caught typos that I had overlooked, even after reading it fifteen times, and they helped me improve parts of the story.
Beatles or Monkees? Why?
Definitely Monkees! When I was growing up, the television show "The Monkees" was on reruns, and my sister and I loved it! We even went to The Monkees reunion tour in the mid-nineties. It was pretty awesome, even though they were all in their fifties by then, a shocking contrast to the young faces immortalized in the shows from the 1960s. I was so saddened by the recent loss of Davy Jones. He really made The Monkees what they were. I'll always be a "Daydream Believer."
Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?
Well, since this is my first book, my entire fan base so far consists of my husband and my mother, and they usually know where to find me. If anyone else is looking for me, though, I'm probably in the kitchen or out with my kids. They love the library and the playground, so that's where we spend a ton of time. My two-year-old is just elated that the weather is starting to get nice because it was such a disappointing winter in western
this past year - it only snowed about four times the whole winter. New York
It’s been such fun finding out a little more about you and your busy life. Thanks so much for coming by. I am looking forward to reading The Hollow of
Noir as soon as I can whittle my current list down a bit more. Mont
Jennifer Krey resides in
with her wonderful husband and two adorable little boys. She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys swimming, cooking and reading, and she also likes to write in her free time. New York State
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