Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Problem with Power by Agnes Jayne : Interview & Excerpt : Bewitching Tour Dtop


The Problem with Power
Agnes Jayne

Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
ISBN: 978-1-937254-63-6
Number of pages:306
Word Count:  96,000 

Book Description:
Emily VonPeer hopes that she never meets the man of her dreams. For years, she's been haunted by visions of an unknown lover destined to die in her arms. When her aunt's death brings her home to her family's estate in Upstate New York, she meets Nicholas Flynn, an agent of Paladin, an enterprise dedicated to the study and eradication of demons, and the hero of her nighttime fantasies. He arrives on her doorstep seeking answers for a slew of magically-related murders tied to the VonPeer family.
Although his intentions are suspect, Emily follows Nicholas into the investigation, hoping to spare him the fate promised by her premonitions - at least, that's what she tells herself. When their exchange with a demon goes awry, Emily sustains an injury that threatens to turn her into a monster. Her transformation places her in the crosshairs of sorcerers, senators, and a seductive stranger who promises eternity. 

Emily watched from the kitchen window as the lights from the far shore played on the waves of the river. She heard the ghost of a voice whisper to her, but she ignored it. The voice would wait until morning. Maybe the sunlight would settle her, stop the spinning in her soul from the flight, the funeral, and the horrible ache that came from the realization that for the first time in her life, she was truly alone. Even the moon had abandoned her, its thin light concealed by the clouds overhead. She rubbed the bridge of her nose, willing the loop of events to stop flashing through her mind, yet the pictures remained sharp as blades, begging her to remember, to fight, to avenge. But she didn’t know how or where to start. She only knew why. A single word popped into her mind.
       Even now, the idea pulsed like blood in her head, but there was nothing that she could do. Someone had stolen the only thing that mattered from her, and at twenty-six years old she was, once again, an orphan.
       It’ll be better in the morning, she thought.
She pulled the edges of Aunt Maeve’s bathrobe closer; it was a shade too tight across the shoulders. She went to bed searching her mind for a shred of meaning or a moment of significance to light her path. All she found was a memory.

Welcome Agnes.  I'm happy to host you as my guest author today. Thanks so much for stopping by.  Who is your favorite author?
I love Neil Gaiman’s books. His work is interesting and twisted. I also love the way that he explores folklore and urban legends.

What was your first sale as an author?
It was to the local bookstore, who bought a few copies of The Problem with Power a few days after the book debuted. Having the book in the window really made me feel like a bona-fide author.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
My daily goal is about 1000 words a day, or four double-spaced pages. Sometimes I hit it, sometimes I don’t.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I have a tendency to repeat myself when I start and stop writing. This makes editing a nightmare.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I shamelessly bother my friends to be beta readers, especially friends who are fans of the genre.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
I thought that I was going to write a paranormal romance when I started this book. As I began to write, I became much more interested in the intricacies of the story itself than the romance between Nicholas and Emily. 

Who are your books published with?
I publish my books through Crescent Moon Press.
What do you think makes a good story?
For me, a good story involves an interesting voice, a good plot, and writing that feels effortless. I want to be sucked into a story so much that I need to find out what happens before I go to bed.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
Plotter, absolutely. I write my books on index cards first. I am an English teacher, and a constant student of form. I think that the story benefits from prewriting. It also saves a lot of energy for me at the end. 


Agnes Jayne began her writing career as a reporter for her high school newspaper in a small town in Northern New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Binghamton University. Upon her graduation from Binghamton University, she won a prestigious journalism fellowship at the New York State Senate, and went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in English at the University of Albany. Following this, she worked as a political writer, producing speeches and other government documents for state and local politicians. 
These days, she splits her time between writing and teaching classes in composition and literature at a small college in Maryland. She lives high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia with her husband, son, and a plethora of adopted pets. 

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