Interview Author Jeanne Stein + Giveaway

Filed in Interview , Jeanne Stein , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on August 26, 2010 @ 6:00 am 103 comments
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?
Jeanne Stein: 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
the conflict.

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.
Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Misha1989 August 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Thanks a lot for the contest and fir making it International. I would love to enter.
    Great Interview!
    My best part is -"I suppose a reader goes through books like peanuts and a real Book Lover savors them like fine wine."


  • Autumn August 26, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I've never read these books! They seem great. This giveaway looks like a perfect way to start. I agree with Misha. I know sometimes I find myself lingering over a book I know I could have finished long ago!

    autumn. crochet (at)

  • twannywun August 26, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I love the twitter style summaries- they make it very tempting to start reading the books! And as somebody who has written many essays with word limits and where being concise is part of my current job i know how hard it is to fit everything you want into such a small space, haha!

    Would like to be entered for the giveaway

    twannywun (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Chookristine August 26, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Jeanne Stein: I suppose a reader goes through books like peanuts and a real Book Lover savors them like fine wine.

    Oh so true!
    I really would love to own and read this series and this- "Vampires, kick-ass heroine, sunny San Diego"- is reason enough for me!

    Count me in!

  • leigh August 26, 2010 at 6:50 am

    What a fantastic offer, I have been looking to buy the books for a while now. I am a big fan of the buffy series and Fantasy, a friend told me I should read some Jeanne Stein. The Interveiw makes me more determined to get stuck into the books, so if I am not the lucky one with the offer I will certainly be buying the first book in the near future.

  • sRy_ August 26, 2010 at 6:54 am

    that's is incredible! please count me in! 🙂
    paraelisa21 (aT) hotmail (dOt) com

  • Kulsuma August 26, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Anna sounds like a fantastic character. I'd love to read her story. From the interview, I can tell she goes through a lot.

    Also, I love your daily schedule. I don't think I could wake up at 4 or 5am every day.

    Count me in please! I really hope I win.


  • May August 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Everyone? As in international? Well I'm shocked and grateful! (like, you'll be my BFF if I win – ok not.)

    Hi I'm May *waves* and I'm crazy, don't mind me.
    Email: mayarend (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) br

    BTW, sept. 11th is my birthday. Really, I swear, I even said so in my blog ( so you can see it's either true or a well told lie 😉

    I've never read those books, but I've read a bit about them lately and they seem incredible!
    If I don't win, I'll be looking for them here, wonder if they were released in Brazil?

  • Alan August 26, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Not read the books but I will certainly be looking for them now – Anna sounds like a very intriguing character.
    Please put me in the draw to win these books


    Alan W

  • Lucy August 26, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!
    Please sign me up, 'cuz I would love to win this serie.

  • Victoria August 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

    WOW! How have I missed you? Your books sound great.
    Amazon just sent me a message that my Kindle 🙂 is on it's way. So, being my first e-reader I wonder how you feel about electronic books?

  • Jolene Allcock and Family August 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

    thanks for the interview and the amazing giveaway. I haven't read these book yet, but they are on my TBB list. I would love to win them 🙂

  • katherinesara August 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I have a question –

    What would be your desert island book?

    Katherine Grieve

  • tetewa August 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I'm always looking for new authors and series to read, sounds good!

  • Jeanne Stein August 26, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Hey everyone– I'll be dropping in now and then to answer questions like May's– I'm not sure about being released in Brazil, but I am being interviewed on Larissa's Bookish Life
    Sept 3rd and she's a Brazilian fan– so check here

    Happy Birthday in advance!

    Thanks, Victoria, for the kind words. My books are available (except for one and two, unfortunately) in e-book. Any format that gets readers interested in Anna is fine with me!!!

    Katherinesara, that's a tough one. I don't know that I could pick one. I suppose if I were trapped on a desert isle, I'd hope I had an e-reader with me!!!!

    thanks for playing and thanks to Book Lovers for inviting me.


  • Riva August 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Love the interview. I admit, the series is new to me, but I'm VERY interested. Sorry to see the first two aren't in e-book format yet, but I still read dead-tree books. Of course, winning the set would make it easier (hint, hint!).

    Thanks for such a cool contest!

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

  • Lu August 26, 2010 at 9:11 am

    First off, great interview! And thanks so much for the international giveaway! I sometimes feel left our here in South Africa 🙁

    Now on to the question. What would you say is your favorite word Jeanne? And if i may ask another one, where is your favorite place to read?

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

  • Sugar August 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Wow, that was great!
    I love the fine wine reference.
    My question for Jeanne..
    As a begining writer I am wondering how you find the inspiration to write. I am having serious block right now (the last three weeks or so) and just can't get going again. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!!

  • debbie August 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I loved the interview. I can really understand about the barking dog. There is a pit bull, that is left alone day and night, next door. It barks from the second the neighbor leaves, to the moment she returns. It is dreadfull.
    My question would be, which author and book influenced you most in your life?
    Your books sound so good, I will put them on my TBR list.

  • Jeanne Stein August 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Had to delete my first reply because my fingers got ahead of my brain…lots of typos. Let's try again!

    Oh oh Lu– truthfully my favorite word might get me banned from google!! Let's just say it's a four letter word beginning with f and can be used as a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb….well, just about anything!! My favorite place to read is in bed. Especially in the winter, tucked under the covers!!

    Hey Sugar– you'll find as you get into the business that the best cure for writers block is a deadline. In fact, give yourself a deadline to get started, then a deadline to finish ten pages, then twenty etc etc. Let me know how it works for you. It does for me.

    Another good question, Debbie. I'm not sure I can pick one. As far as writing Urban Fantasy, though, the book that stands out is Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. It was published in the 60's–one of the first Urban Fantasies before the genre had a name.


  • Zita August 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

    What is the one characteristic of Anna's that you would like to have?

    zita (at) dal (dot) ca

  • Kris August 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

    OK…I'll be silly fan girl and say *squee* what a super giveaway! Anyhow…

    Jeanne Stein: I suppose a reader goes through books like peanuts and a real Book Lover savors them like fine wine.

    I agree with this totally…I can't imagine not being an avid reader. Like what else would I do?

    Excellent interview and oh do I understand about neighbors' dogs!


  • Sullivan McPig August 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I haven't come across this series before, but it sounds cool.
    Ok: totally of topic question perhaps, but I wonder: who's the cover artist? Is it the smae artist for all books as the way the character is displayed changes so abruptly from a shaded face to a visible face. or has it to do with what happens in the books?

  • Jessica August 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Love this series! So can't wait to read Chosen!! Only a few more days! Great interview.

    Jeanne what's the best part about writing for you?


  • Jeanne Stein August 26, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Hmmm–Zita, that's another good question. My first response would be immortality (if you mean vampire characteristic). We've come so far in the last one hundred years, what will it be like in two hundred? As for human characteristic, Anna's loyalty and devotion to her family.

    And Sullivan, the cover artist is the same for all the books. His name is Cliff Nielsen. The cover designer is the same, too, Judith Lagerman. Why the image changes so much from book to book is anyone's guess. I don't have any input–it's all marketing.


  • Jena Lang August 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I've never read this author but her books sound really good. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • rachel445 August 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Anna sounds like the kind of character I'd like. I think it's cool she was a bounty hunter. And I love Buffy and Angel as well!Nice interview.


  • Ina August 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Jeanne 🙂
    thanks so much for being here today… I loved your comment about readers and book lovers!
    I don't know how it happened, but I haven't started with your series yet… I do knew that the books are there, saw the covers and loved them, and I have read excerpts, but like I said I missed them 🙁
    but that will change now!
    wish you all the best, Ina

  • elaing8 August 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Great interview. I feel your pain withthe dog situation.All the neighbors around me have dogs and I swear they put them out all at the same time to piss me off with the

    My question:Will David and her family ever find out she's a vampire?

    Great giveaway,please count me in.

  • Robin K August 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    RE: "I suppose a reader goes through books like peanuts and a real Book Lover savors them like fine wine."

    Well now I have the image of readers sucking books through their noses like elephants 🙂

    I, personally, find myself a book lover. Defined by my deep need to collect them all, stare at my selves and worry they would be disrupted during an apocalypse.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Sullivan McPig August 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    @Jeanne: Thanks. I will google Cliff Nielsen as I'm curious about his other work.

  • Blodeuedd August 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Wow, cool I am in 😀
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

    Hi, I have been wanting to read these books since I first saw them, cos those covers are just so pretty. yes I am a coverholic, lol.

    Do you have any say in them?

  • Beverly August 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I have been seeing this series around the blogs and am so excited for the chance to win them! I enjoyed the interview – have lived next to "that" dog owner before, way to go for not shooting yet! I wish I had great advice about what to do – I guess all I've got is – don't shoot it! What determines the titles for your books? Do you start writing with a title in mind or does it come to you while you write? Love the covers – do you get any say in which one is chosen or who does the cover art? Thanks for hosting the contest – hope, hope, hope I win! Please enter me. I am an old follower –

  • donnas August 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Great interview. This is one of my favorite series and looking forward to Chosen.

    Im hoping we eventually get to learn more about Culebra's back story.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • van_pham August 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    This is a new series to me, it sounds interesting and will be checking this series out 🙂 Great giveaway!


    I love how the covers are all a different color.

  • Jeanne Stein August 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Elaing asked if Anna's family and David will find out if she's a vampire. I think at some point they will have to. In fact, that's a plot I'm working on as we speak!

    Hi Beverly, actually the titles are often the first thing I come up with. And so far, the publisher hasn't changed a one.

    Donnes, I do have a backstory for Culebra. I'm waiting for the perfect chance to use it.

    See answer above about covers!!

    thanks all for playing and for the good questions.

  • jeanette8042 August 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Fantastic giveaway! My cousin got me hooked on this series and I love it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    If you could change anything about the covers what would it be?


  • Jeanne Stein August 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Jeanette (that's my daughter's name, btw)– I would prefer the cover image be more uniform.It changes from book to book, including hair color and length! I liked the Retribution cover best because it comes closest to what I imagine Anna to look like. As I've mentioned before, though, I have no say in cover design. It's all marketing.


  • Jenny N. August 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I love the colorful covers for this series. I haven't read any of the books but the story sounds great!


  • Barbara E. August 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I love the idea of a vampire turned against her will that battles the changes in her and fights to remain a good person. Anna sounds like a great character and I'm eager to start the series. I haven't had a chance to start the it yet, but have started to collect the books (I have the first two so far).


  • Meredith August 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Jeanne, I hope you get to know a better dog someday! Ours is the best little chihuahua!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  • Nicole August 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Great interview! I've read some awesome reviews so far, and I am salivating at the thought of getting my hands on Chosen ASAP. I can't wait to find out more about Anna, and what happens with her and William's. *squee!*

  • EVA SB August 27, 2010 at 1:13 am

    What an excellent idea – to start the day with some Joss Whedon!!
    What did you think of Firefly and Doll House?[@]gmail[.]com

  • ♥s.shapeshift_ August 27, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Wow, this looks great! I don't think I could wake up at 5am. That's just far too early for me.

    I really love the covers. Beautiful.

    I have a question; If your books were made into a movie, who would you have play Anna?

    elriic (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Jeanne Stein August 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hi all– Meredith, you know that's the worst part of this dog thing. My daughter has a great dog and so do most of our friends. I just happened to get neighbors with a dog who's a pain in the you-know-what.

    Nicole, I think you will be surprised. 🙂

    Eva, I loved Firefly. I LIKED Dollhouse. I think as the series progressed it got better, especially when Joss wrote the episodes. I just wish networks would give a series a chance before yanking it.

    Hey "heart"– I get asked this a lot but like covers, I suppose I wouldn't have much say. I think Kate Beckinsale comes closest to my mental image of Anna.

    Great questions!! I'm traveling today to Albuquerque–attending Bubonicon. But I'll check back as soon as I get settled in the hotel.


  • Jeanne Stein August 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hi all– Meredith, you know that's the worst part of this dog thing. My daughter has a great dog and so do most of our friends. I just happened to get neighbors with a dog who's a pain in the you-know-what.

    Nicole, I think you will be surprised. 🙂

    Eva, I loved Firefly. I LIKED Dollhouse. I think as the series progressed it got better, especially when Joss wrote the episodes. I just wish networks would give a series a chance before yanking it.

    Hey "heart"– I get asked this a lot but like covers, I suppose I wouldn't have much say. I think Kate Beckinsale comes closest to my mental image of Anna.

    Great questions!! I'm traveling today to Albuquerque–attending Bubonicon. But I'll check back as soon as I get settled in the hotel.


  • Giada M August 27, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Thank you for the interesting interview! So far I've read the first three books and I love this series! Excluding Buffy and Angel, what tv series do you like?

    Thank you for making this amazing contest international! 😀

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  • CaioMeloW August 27, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I think you should do a lot more interviews, they are soo nice! It's good to see how cool authors are!


  • jen7waters August 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Jeanne!

    Oh, I totally understand the dog issue, I've been suffering for the same thing for years, and I don't understand how the barking does not bother the dog's owners(with me this happens with the owners not away but inside the house)! Could they be deaf? Well, if they are not, they certainly pretend to. Have you ever thought in getting yourself a meaner looking, and louder dog and let him bark back? Maybe yours will scare the little beast into silence! Or not, and then you would have 2 crazy dogs making noise…I wish I could try this, if only I could fit a big dog in my house.

    That said, I have 2 quick questions for you, what are you reading right now? Is it good?



  • Jeanne Stein August 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Jen– I just finished Marie-Claude Bourque's Ancient Whispers. It was very good!!


  • FionaChan August 28, 2010 at 4:05 am

    :O great giveaway! thank you!
    and love your request for her to summarize each book twitter style, ahahaha.

    My question for Jeanne, what time do you go to sleep? Waking up at 4.30 or 5am!! I struggle to wake up at 7!
    btw, book covers are quite pretty 😀

    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

  • Jeanne Stein August 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hi Giada– TV series I like–Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, House, CSI (most all except NY) Law and Order–mostly though, I netflix my favorite that are no longer on. Nikita (Peta Wilson is great), Wiseguy, Dexter (which is still on but I don't have HBO so I'm a season behind), True Blood (ditto), Being Human.

    Fiona–I'm usually in bed by 9:30, read until 10 or so then it's lights out. I'm definitely not a night person.


  • Pamk August 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I have the first one in this series. If you could pick up quote out of this book that would make me dig it out of my tbr stack. What would it be and why. Great interview.

  • Sue August 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Great interview and great giveaway. Thanks for making it international btw :)count me in!

    So Jeanne, who are your favorite authors? Have you ever read the Vampire Academy series? They are pretty good and somehow Rose (main character of VA series) reminds me of Anna cuz both of em fight the evil.

    PS.: I'll make sure to read your books even if I don't win this contest 🙂

    my e-mail: suellencoletta at hotmail dot com

  • Lisa R/alterlisa August 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Though I definitely go through my books like peanuts(nah, maybe cashews) I do savor that fine nutty wine.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • Elizabeth August 29, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Hi Jeanne I love your books I was wondering is Max ever going to be in any of your future books or is he appearing in chosen. I hope he does because i actually liked him. Also are you planning any future books for this series or is chosen the final book?
    Either way I'm a keep reading your books I actually read the books because of my mom she read them first then i picked them up and loved them. Now everytime one comes out we fight about who's going to read it first.

  • Mysteriousrose August 29, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Hi Jeanne

    I really love your difination between a reader and a book lover:-)
    It got me thinking of my difination:
    People who just read a book to read a book or people who read a book and feel with the characters and the story and after finishing af book can sit for hours and think about it.

    I would love to read your books they sounds great.
    Thank you for this chance to win them.


  • Books and Bane August 29, 2010 at 10:20 am

    First off… really enjoyed the interview. You snagged me. I want to read these books. NOW. After I rob a bank or take down the ice cream truck that is!! LOL! Ahhh, life is bumpy!
    Second… Did you have a difficult upbringing? Totally personal question but something in your descriptions makes me want to ask so…
    If you see walking towards the mall covered in Good Humour Bar then you know I am off to buy all these books!!

  • Books and Bane August 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

    BTW Your web page tabs aren't working at

    nedsped at verizon dot net

  • Jeanne Stein August 29, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hey folks– just a quick note to let you know I'm flying back home today so I won't be able to answer questions. I'll be back bright and early tomorrow though to catch up so keep 'em coming!!


  • throuthehaze August 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I love the covers of the books! How much say did you have in what they looked like?
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  • Alexa August 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    This series looks great. The second I saw some of the covers I thought this woman looks like a kick-ass woman. It was great to read that in the interview because my first reaction was right. I think it's great to give readers a strong female character who can stand up for herself.


  • Mervi August 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Great interview and wonderful giveaway! I haven't read these books before, but I definitely will. As a big Buffy and Angel fan I was sold when I read how you start your day. 😀 And even without that, the series sounds great. I like the covers, too.


  • Aik August 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I definitely love to read books with kick-ass heroines!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  • Jeanne Stein August 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Hi everyone… I'm back. I'm not sure if I can post this entire excerpt, but
    Pam asked for a favorite quote from The Becoming and it's included in this scene. So here goes:

    *From Chapter Fourteen (and since I couldn't work in italics, the voice Anna hears is in her head.) She's been kidnapped by the Revengers– human vampire hunters but as often happens with Anna, her attention often spans to the unusual.

    I compose myself. I’m immortal now, according to Avery. Kin to Lestat, and Count Dracula. Hell, maybe even a cousin of Spike—my favorite vampire character. And he’s cute, too, to boot. Buffy never treated him right. Maybe it’s not an act with James Marsters. Look at those cheekbones. Maybe he really is—

  • Jeanne Stein August 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Sorry Pam– Bloggger told me my post was too long so I just included a quote. I often pay homage to Whedon with a reference or two in the text…

    So onto some more questions:

    Sue—I have too many favorite authors to list but Richelle Mead is right up there among them. I’m happy to say we’re friends, too, and she’s as nice as she is talented. Lisa—the best of both worlds!!

    MysteriousRose—I like your definition, too. Nothing makes me happier with a book than having it linger in my Books & Bane–mind after I close the covers.

    Books and Bane—Not a particularly difficult upbringing. I was a teeneager in the sixties (dare I reveal that) so my parents really didn’t “get” me. But they were supportive for the most part. How about snagging a Good Humor bar for me, too?

    PS Don’t’ know why the links aren’t working. I’ll check it out. Hey

    Elizabeth—don’t fight with your mother!! ☺ No, Chosen isn’t the last book. The seventh, Crossroads, comes out next year. And yes, Max actually appears in Crossroads and he will be back again, too. Of course, Anna needs to make him grovel a little.

    Throughthehaze—No, unfortunately I don’t have any say in the covers. They’re pretty much determined by marketing. But overall, I’ve liked them.

  • Sue S. August 31, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Great interview! I've only read a few of the books so far. My daughter had me read them. They're awesome.

    Jeanne, what made you write Anna the way she is? From school teacher to bounty hunter? Just wondering.

  • Jeanne Stein August 31, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Hi Sue– Anna went into education to please her mom–but she's too much of an adrenaline junkie to stay at it. She considered becoming a cop, but again too many restraints. When she met David in a kick-boxing class and found out what he did, she auditioned by throwing him on his butt a couple of times. The rest, as they say, is history…. 🙂


  • Stacy August 31, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I absolutely LOVE this series. It was great reading this interview, Thank you for taking time out of your day to bring it to us.


  • Cherry August 31, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Here's hoping that those neighbours will come across this blog and will realize that they need to get a dog-sitter when they go out for the night 🙂

    I don't know what kind of rock I was hiding under, but I haven't heard of these books before! Must be cryptonite made… But, I like to look at things on the bright side… so… I have a wonderful series to look forward to!!! Niiiice!!!

    Oh… Yikes! Thank you for the chance to win the Anna Strong Chronicles!!!!

    Re-posted your contest at:




    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior2 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • JenM August 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Oh, I can totally sympathize about the dog problem. When we first moved into our house,we also had a neighbor with two loud barking dogs. All I can say is, wait it out. Eventually, either they will move, or the dog will pass on to that great doggie playground in the sky.

    jen at delux dot com

  • linaramz September 1, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Oh wow the whole series! What an awesome contest! I've heard great things about this series and have been really wanting to try it. The series sounds awesome!

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

  • buddyt September 1, 2010 at 4:56 am

    This is really a great giiveaway !

    I really hope it is open Internationally as it seems to be.

    WHat is your take on the future of vampire novels ?

    I read read an increasing number of blog that are saying vampires, werewolves etc are going out of fashion with readers and publishers ?


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DPT com

  • Jeanne Stein September 1, 2010 at 6:56 am

    thanks again to all you wonderful people for your comments and good wishes.

    Buddy, the contest is open internationally. And as for your comments,I've heard that a lot, too, that the vampire novel is finished. To that I say: Bulls**t!!! As long as the tremendous readership is out there, the books won't go out of fashion. People keep reading so writers keep writing. It's that simple!

  • Carrie S. September 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Great interview! I love finding out things about the author behind the book! It's fascinating to me!


  • Darlyn September 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

    OMFG!(F is for freaking here!)LOL! This is awesome series! I love, love, love kickass heroine with actions and vampires! I don't think they will be out of fashion and support 100% what you said. Thanks Book Lover Inc for highlighting the books! I have to admit, I never read any of the books but would love love love to read it! Thanks so much for the giveaway and YOU ROCK!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  • YA Vampire Books September 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Awesome contest!! I'd love to be entered 🙂


  • Christa September 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    What an amazing contest! Thanks for the generosity! : )

    In reference to dogs: I'm not really a "dog person" because they ALWAYS bark at me! No kidding. I can be in my yard & the dogs across the street go crazy… I don't like going into the backyard anymore because of it… My husband says they're just bad dogs, but I wonder if it's me. : )

    Please enter me into the contest. I'd love a chance to start this series!
    ambience.of.rain {at}

  • Christa September 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    What an amazing contest! Thanks for the generosity! : )

    In reference to dogs: I'm not really a "dog person" because they ALWAYS bark at me! No kidding. I can be in my yard & the dogs across the street go crazy… I don't like going into the backyard anymore because of it… My husband says they're just bad dogs, but I wonder if it's me. : )

    Please enter me into the contest. I'd love a chance to start this series!
    ambience.of.rain {at}

  • Jessica September 2, 2010 at 4:20 am

    I would love to win this contest because people are constantly telling me how much they love this author but I refuse to buy any of the books because I'm convinced I read them all when I was in Japan and don't remember them (I think I read them while jet-lagged, it isn't a reflection on Jeanne Stein). I hate rebuying books 🙂

    My twitter is @tjotjoc

  • mbreakfield September 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I enjoy all things Josh Whedan, too.

  • Tore September 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the contest. Great interview. Please enter me. Would love to read these books.

  • Jennifer K. September 6, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I love how you write things in the "now" and your still unsure of the ending or whether how many books you're going to end up writing. The ending will sure be very anticipated with all the planning and time that you'll put into it – to find the perfect ending for Anna.

  • Nic September 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I love the look of these books, what age group are they aimed at?. They look about 12+ to me. Please could I be entered into the draw.

  • Jeanne Stein September 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Nic– I would say the books are more appropriate for the 18+ crowd. there is some sex and violence that may be too intense for twelve year olds.

    thsnks again to all for the comments and questions.


  • Lora1967 September 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I havenot read any of your books. I would love to win them and read them. I then donate to Middletown public library. Our funds have been cut for new books.
    They are taking donations. Thanks for the chance to win

  • Lora1967 September 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I was thinking about it and i just have to say how generous you are to give away the whole set. Most only give one but your giving away the WHOLE story. Thank you so much and i hope i win

  • Jeanne Stein September 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    You are very welcome Lora– I love libraries!


  • cfryer999 September 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I am afraid these books have escaped my attention! After reading Jeanne Stein's interview and most importantly her summary of each book I will definitely be reading the Anna Strong series!

  • Lo-Lo September 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I was really glad to read that Anna's future is not a fait accomplie! (sp!?) I really hate it when authors of long series are just slowly working their way to a foregone conclusion. I think that the author should get to know their character along the journey the same as us and should enjoy the chance to be occasionally surprised by where they lead!

  • Gilla01 September 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Very interesting interview. Jeanne gets up far too early in the morning for me!

    Would love to have a set of her books.

    Am following you on Facebook – Gill A Mse. Twitter name @Gilla01.

  • Tore September 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for the great contest. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read these books. Any suggestions to me on what I need to do to write a book. I have been thinking about writing a book for a while now. I really love reading.

  • lisaell September 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I honestly haven;t read Anna's books but they do sound good. It doesn;t seem to matter on which side of the Atlantic you live there always seem to be annoying neighbours !

  • jellybelly82158 September 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the great interview and contest

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  • jellybelly82158 September 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the great interview and contest

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  • INCiDeNT (Kayleigh) September 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

    I've seen these books around, put them on my "to-buy" list… and still have yet to invest in them. *Hangs head.*

    The early morning part? I envy. I tried and failed miserably. True story. Guess I can't change my natural night owl ways. 😉

    vimto.syn AT googlemail DOT com

  • Johanna September 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Wow very cool giveaway and interview (and international at that <3)

    I too really like Culebra and hope you are going to be able to fit more of his background-story in your books, I would love to read more about him.

    My question: As a reader do you like film-adaptions to be made of great novels, or do you prefere them to stay in book-form?

    ay-u-rd (at) gmx (dot) at

  • Jeanne Stein September 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Johann- if the adaption is done well, I don't mind. Trouble is, too many aren't!


  • BBDIVA1977 September 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for a fab giveaway and enlightening me to your fab sounding work .Myself and hubby too love buffy, angel etc.

    And my husband in particular loves reading sci-fi and fantasy books and so i know he be thrilled to win these. BUt whether im the lucky winner or not im going to make sure i show hubby your blog when he gets in later

  • garbhein September 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Being part of a vibrant community who shares your interest must be totally inspiring. I haven't come across the books before but they are now definately on my reading list.

  • Dana September 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I absolutely love that Buffy and Angel are inspirations for you. I put Buffy in for a pick-me-up all the time.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Spav September 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I've been meaning to start this series for quite some time, it looks so interesting!

  • Mel S February 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I have to confess I prefer cats to dogs partly because they do happen to be a lot quieter!
    I can’t believe that you get up that early – although I do love Joss Whedon’s shows so I can see that it’s worth it! 🙂

    I love the look of this series – count me in!

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