Beauty is the Beast

Gretchen is a 24-year-old-hairstylist with secrets: She likes to chase squirrels and howl at the moon. She’s also not really 24. When one of her coworkers turns up dead in the salon, she suspects that the murderer isn’t entirely human. When another stylist is murdered, and then another, she goes on the prowl. A circus with a secret side show catches her attention, as does her former pack, and a group of visiting vampires. Her only outlet is her music, but that will only keep her wolf on a leash for so long with a killer on the loose.

An Interview with Jennifer Zamboni

With the release of her new book, I thought it would be great to ask Jennifer some questions. Here is my interview with author Jennifer Zamboni.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Jennifer: Oh, it energizes me! When I write at night, I have to find something mindless to do afterward (usually Netflix) or I can’t sleep. My brain just keeps spinning: what if? What if this? What if that?

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Jennifer: Waiting for inspiration. Waiting for time.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Jennifer: Briefly, but then I thought about how disorganized I am and what a disaster that would be!


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Jennifer: Neither. I tell myself a story and then I share it. It is what it is.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Jennifer: Build a body, for sure. The more I build on the Beasts Among Us world, the more there is to discover.

What is your favorite childhood book?
Jennifer: The ones I begged to be read again and again were Black Beauty and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Jennifer: They do! My husband has helped me with the financial end and has read my book and has offered to be a beta reader on the next. My parents have both read and loved my book (my mom is on her second read through!)

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Jennifer: Absolutely not. I might be unsure of what words I want to use at the moment, but after I ramble through my fingertips a bit I can get on track.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Jennifer: Scrivener! I love how it’s organized and the fact that I can use it for formatting. It definitely has a learning curve, but it has become a great tool!

What does literary success look like to you?
Jennifer: People enjoying my books and wanting more. I write stories that would entertain me as a reader, so entertaining others, in turn, is an extra bonus. Of course, I’d love to attain financial success as well, but that will come if readers are entertained.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Jennifer: Once I have my plot points figured out, I write down everything I need to learn more about and go about finding at least the basics. As the story develops, I leave notes for myself in my manuscript for further research.


What are your favorite methods of interacting with readers?
Jennifer: I have a private reader group on Facebook and I love hanging out on Instagram!

 

About the Author

Jen loves books. Reading them, writing them, reviewing them, and collecting them. (She claims it’s not hoarding) Urban fantasy is the name of her game, and being a mom is her day job. She also is a licensed cosmetologist, though she no longer works in a salon. She lives in the boondocks of Maine with her husband, 2 girls, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 vocally insistent cockatiel.

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