We are very happy to have Author Jeanne Stein here today. She write the Anna Strong Chronicles and the newest installment Chosen will be released on August 31st. She’s here today to talk about strange dogs, her series and her new book. Be sure to read till the end, Jeanne offers a great giveaway. Please give her a warm welcome.
BLI: Jeanne can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Let’s see—this question makes me wish I had a really exciting hobby like jumping out of airplanes or racing cars but truth be told, I lead a very uneventful life. I had a lot of different jobs before landing the one of my dreams—writing full time—and they ranged from being a telephone company service rep to working in the accounting department of a beer importer. I live with my husband in Colorado, but California will always be home. We have one grown daughter who lives in AZ. I’m very fortunate to have a comfortable home, lots of good friends and a vibrant writing community to be a part of.
BLI: Reading your Bio on your website (if you haven’t guys you really should) we wonder what is it about you and the dogs?
Jeanne Stein: Don’t get me wrong, I like animals. But we live next door to the worst dog in the world. His owners forget sometimes that he doesn’t like to be alone after dark so if they’re gone, and have left the bedroom window and shades open, he gets in the window and barks at us! He doesn’t stop. He can bark for hours. Our bedrooms happen to face each other so there’s no escaping it. It makes me crazy. But it should be noted, I haven’t shot it yet.
BLI: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Jeanne Stein: A typical day for me begins at 4:30 or 5 (AM not PM). I start with coffee and an episode of Buffy or Angel with my breakfast. Joss Whedon is a constant source of inspiration and education. Then I answer email, attend to marketing stuff, household errands. Around 9, I’m ready to write. I’m a pantser for the most part, and my stories usually evolve from the characters and not vice verse. I’m about to start the eighth Anna Strong novel so at this point, I’m pretty much brainstorming ideas. I haven’t put a word to paper yet. Another thing, the titles of my books are usually the first thing I settle on. This one will probably have “passage” as part of it. At least that’s what keeps popping into my head.
I break around noon, run errands, exercise, them I’m back at it at two. I work until five or six. Not very exciting but I love it.
BLI: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Jeanne Stein: I suppose a reader goes through books like peanuts and a real Book Lover savors them like fine wine.
BLI: Anna lives in a hidden world full of the things that go bump in the night. She is a bounty hunter and fights those creatures. Can you tell us a bit more about your world? Who are the good and who are the bad guys?
Jeanne Stein: Often, that’s one of the hardest things for Anna to decide. She battles monsters both human and not. She’s trying to live as a mortal when she knows she’s not. She loves her family and would die to protect them. But she’s a vampire, turned against her will, battling the predator inside her own body. It’s changing her in ways she can’t control. At the same time, she has a strong moral compass. She was a good person before she became a vampire, she’s a good person still.
BLI: Anna is a tough chick but her life wasn’t always a bed of roses. She lived through some rough times but she only got stronger. How would describe her? What makes her tick?
Jeanne Stein: Anna was a bounty hunter before becoming vampire so she was no wilting flower to begin with. She knew how to take care of herself. She went through some tough times, especially when her brother was killed. She became a bounty hunter because it was physical and non-judgmental. In her work, guilt or innocence doesn’t enter into the equation. If you jump bail, you’re fair game.
Her family wasn’t happy with her decision. Both her parents were professional people who had a hard time adjusting to Anna’s decision. In the long run, though, their love for one another was stronger than any
BLI: What can we expect of Chosen? The title suggest that we will learn more about Anna and her destiny as the chosen one. Will there be more insight into the prophecy?
Jeanne Stein: Yes. Chosen brings Anna face to face with the prophecy. Before that happens, though, another challenge arises that pits her against an unexpected adversary. Nothing is ever easy in Anna’s life.
BLI: Anna always had a problem with herself being a vampire. She tried to ignore it and live a normal human life. Will this change in Chosen? Is Anna finally able to accept this essential part of herself?
Jeanne Stein: She has to accept it—especially in Chosen. But she learns there might be a reason for all that’s happened. And even though she will still have to hide her true nature from those close to her, she is better able to handle
BLI: Anna and William’s relationship got strained in Retribution. Is there a chance that these two can safe their friendship or will there be more obstacles they have to live through???
Jeanne Stein: I can’t answer that without giving something away…and it’s a big something, so you’ll have to read Chosen to find out!! ☺
BLI: How Many Books do you have planned for the Anna Strong series?
Jeanne Stein: I’ve finished book seven, Crossroads, and am about to start on book eight. It may or may not be the last book of the series.
BLI: What are the chances we’ll get a happy ending for our dear Anna? Do you already know how it will end?
Jeanne Stein: Whether the series ends with book eight or goes on, I want Anna to have peace in her life. She deserves it. I actually thought I knew how I would end the series, but things keep changing. So I guess the answer is, “No.”
BLI: What is next on your schedule? Any other projects we should keep our eyes open for?
Jeanne Stein: I have a couple of Anna stories coming up in anthologies—Superman in an anthology called Chicks Kick Butt and a novella starring Anna and Sophie, the witch from Retribution, in Cloud City included in the anthology, Hexed. Both will be published next year. I also have a non-fiction piece under consideration for a collection called Whedonistas.
BLI: Now a couple of ‘mean’ questions *wink*:
Who’s your favorite secondary character? Why?
Jeanne Stein: Culebra, the shapeshifter who runs the bar in Mexico where vampires go to feed. He has a great backstory that I haven’t had a chance to use in a book yet.
BLI: Now can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read your books?
Jeanne Stein: Vampires, kick-ass heroine, sunny San Diego.
BLI: Could you summarize each book for us twitter style (140 characters tops)?
Jeanne Stein: Yikes—that’s a challenge.
The Becoming – Learning to live in two worlds—the living and dead.
Blood Drive – Human predators can be more deadly than any monster.
The Watcher – Choosing how to live her life and the consequences of the decisions Anna makes.
Legacy – Old demons are hard to kill—both literally and figuratively.
Retribution – Settling scores.
Chosen – Facing destiny and what that means not only for the vampire race but all humanity.
Don’t know if some of those longish answers are 140 characters or not, but it’s the best I can come up with. Can you tell I don’t Tweet?
BLI: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
Jeanne Stein: Thanks for the invite. It was fun.
Jeanne offers a wonderful prizepack to one lucky commenter.
Here is what you can win:
Yes you can win the whole series and that’s not all.
There will be book cover magnets too and some surprises.
To enter just leave a question for Jeanne or write a meaningful comment about the interview.
Please leave us a way to contact you (email in blogger profile or twitter name works for us).
Giveaway is open to everyone and ends on Saturday September 11th and we will announce the winner on Sunday.