Thursday, December 20, 2012

Interview with Jes Young

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use. 

Hi, I’m Jes Young. Once upon a time, I thought I was going to write literary fiction, but it turns out I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance instead.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release. 

In May 2012 I self-published my first book, Tab Bennett and the Inbetween. Underneath, which came out on December 1, 2012, is the next book in the series. Both books are about a woman in her mid-twenties who discovers that she is at the center of a centuries old war between the Light and Dark elvish. If you asked me to describe the difference between the two books, I’d say Inbetween is about being in a cage and breaking out of it and Underneath is about what you do when get free.

Are you a mom (or parent)? If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

I have a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. They’re sweet, beautiful kids and I love them both dearly. That said, I have to admit there are days when I really, really, really wish they had their own apartment. Like maybe next door to mine. Or down the hall. Basically anywhere in the same building, except the apartment directly above mine, would be fine.  

Seriously though, I’ve found that juggling parenting and anything else takes effort, patience, and a sense of humor. I do the best I can. I try to be with the kids when they’re awake and focus on my writing at night after they have gone to bed. That seems to work for us. I’ll have plenty of time to sleep when I’m dead, right?
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures? 

The TV show The Vampire Diaries is my guilty pleasure. I don’t know if it’s a good show or a bad show and to be honest, I don’t care. My love for Damon Salvatore exists outside any such petty measurements.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written? 

Those are the best books, aren’t they? The kind where you get to the end and think “God, I wish I’d written that!” Two series come immediately to mind: the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and the Night Huntress Series by Jeannine Frost.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why? 

Honestly, my favorite changes all the time. I’m so fickle. Sometimes it’s Tab Bennett, the series’ main character. I love her because she’s sarcastic and scared and imperfect but also honest and brave and not afraid to try. Sometimes Alexander Hilldale, the proverbial handsome prince, is my favorite. He’s just such a good guy and he really believes in Tab—especially when she doesn’t believe in herself. Right now though my favorite character is Finn Blackthorn, who’s making his first appearance in Underneath. Finn has secrets and confused loyalties and a hidden agenda that make him really fun to write. You just never know what he’s going to do.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress? 

After Underneath, I’m probably going to wrap up the Princess of Twilight & Dawn series with Here & There in June 2013. After that, I’m either going to write a few books in the same world about some side characters or start something completely new—maybe about mermaids or Morrigans. 

What book are you reading now? 

I’m reading the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs right now. They’re great books. Mercy is such a fantastic character. I also love that I’m four books in and I still love both of the men in her life. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before. Usually by now I am firmly in one camp or the other, but I’m finding it fun to root for both of them.

What is in your to read pile? 

At the top of the pile is Iced by Karen Marie Moning. I’m a little nervous to read it because, as I’ve already mentioned, I loved the Fever series so much. I know that’s silly. I’m going to read it soon. I swear. I’ve also got the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane and Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole. 

Princess of Twilight and Dawn Book Two
By Jes Young

Six months ago, when her long-hidden heritage came to light, Tab Bennett reluctantly let go of her past and embraced her future as an Elvish princess on the cusp of her gifts and the edge of her destiny. She never wanted a fairy tale life, but as the daughter of the Dark King and the Light Queen, that’s exactly what she got.

Raised in exile away from the kingdom of the Inbetween, Tab has never even met the parents who ruined her life. Her mother is dead, but Tab’s father, Daniel, is alive and well, the mad ruler of the kingdom of the Underneath. He’s made it clear he wants to meet her and now that she knows all the sadness and heartache in her life can be traced directly to the Dark king’s door, Tab wants to meet him too. After all, it's because of him that the first twenty-five years of her life were a lie. It’s his fault she gave her heart to Robbin when she should have been saving it for Alex, the prince who is destined to be her Homecoming. But, most importantly, King Daniel is the one responsible for her mother’s suicide and her sisters’ murders.

Now Tab wants justice – but she’ll settle for revenge and Finnegan Blackthorn, an Elvish warrior with secrets of his own, is going to help her get it. Together, they’ll embark on the dangerous journey to her father’s stronghold in the kingdom Underneath. Once she's there, far away from the Light in which she was raised, Tab will be forced to confront the seductive nature of Darkness and her own potential to truly become her father’s daughter.

About the Author:

After graduating from Emerson College with a BFA in creative writing, Jes Young was a copywriter at Random House (Ballantine Books and Crown Publishing Group) for nearly ten years. Currently she is the development manager of a small non-profit and the mother of two children under the age of ten. Her writing is done primarily between the hours of 11 p.m and 3 a.m.

Twitter: @JesYoungWrites


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