Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Interview with Agnes Jayne
Thank you for having me and allowing me to share a little bit about my debut novel, The Problem with Power.
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I work as an English instructor at a community college by day. I write literary fiction and poetry, but I’ve only had a few small works published to date.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
The Problem with Power is a paranormal about a young woman, Emily VonPeer, who is struggling to come to terms with the death of her aunt. She is the last surviving member of an ancient family of witches, but the important part of the legacy is that she is left in charge of the family estate, Laurel Grove, an ancient stronghold of magic. As it turns out, a lot of people (and a monster or two) are very interested in Emily and her fate for their own selfish reasons.
Are you a mom?
I am a mother to a wonderful boy who is about to turn six.
If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?
I write very early in the morning so that I can concentrate. Sometimes I’ll get up as early as 4 a.m. to work on a story.
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
No. I try to respect the boundaries of my friends and family in that way. However, there are certain traits of some of the characters that I see in people I know.
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
You should question the institutions that claim to protect you.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Steph is my personal favorite character in the book. He’s quirky and strange, yet very powerful.
What book are you reading now?
On Writing by Stephen King and The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Number of pages:306
Word Count: 96,000
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.
About the Author :
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.