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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Meet the Author Behind the Night Huntress Series – Jeaniene Frost






About Jeaniene:
Jeaniene is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to sixteen different countries. Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency represents Jeaniene.
And yes, Jeaniene Frost is her real name, not a pseudonym and her birthday is June 13th. She lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, and rarely cooks. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. 

The first time she went to Sunday school, her minister pointed to the cross on the wall and asked her if she knew what it stood for. With all of the logic of a 5 year old, Jeaniene replied, “Yes, that’s what keeps the vampires away!”
It was just one of the many times she embarrassed her parents in public. You could also say Jeaniene’s been hooked on vampires ever since.

Some of Jeaniene’s favorite authors are Melissa Marr, Ilona Andrews, Rachel Vincent, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter and Stephen King. A full list can be found on her website. While reading Jeaniene is a freak about spinal creasing, that is a major no-no for her, though despite how many bookmarks she has she will still dog-ear the pages. LoL

Jeaniene and Matthew are the proud parents of Gypsy, their very spoiled dog who believes Jeaniene’s only purpose in life is to cater to her. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.  
Curiously enough, even though Jeaniene has written demon characters she is terrified of them.
Gypsy
Jeaniene also loves turkey meatloaf, wolves are her favorite wild animals and she wants to visit Alaska. (Scifiguy.ca) And she has dreams of flying and would love to try hang gliding one day.


About Writing:
Even as a child, Jeaniene has always been drawn to the strange. She would sneak and watch and watch horror movies at every opportunity, much to her parents’ dismay. At twelve Jeaniene began writing poetry. Shortly after that, she read her first romance novel, and it was love at first read! She knew she wanted to write her own novel someday, but figured she had plenty of time. That same ‘plenty of time’ mentality also lingered past her teens and through her twenties, however. It wasn’t until Jeaniene was almost thirty that she realized she’d either have to start now – or resign herself to never doing it.
She chose the former. When she sat down to write her novel, she knew it had to have her two favorite elements in it: urban fantasy and romance. Everyone has a favorite ‘what if they were real?’ creature. For Jeaniene, it’s vampires.

Jeaniene has always had vivid dreams and her first two books were actually inspired by one dream. She has gotten main characters, creatures and plot slivers from dreams as well but the rest of the stories come straight from her imagination and hard time at the keyboard. She also finds inspiration in outside sources such as music, walking in new places and talking with fellow writers.
Some of the authors that inspired Jeaniene to be a writer are Dean Koontz, Diana Gabaldon, Laurell K Hamilton and M.M Kaye.
She has a high school diploma and has never taken a writing class, though she feels that a college degree is not absolutely necessary to be a writer she doesn’t think that you should skip out on it if given the chance.
Her favorite part about being an author is getting to share her stories with others but for her, the worst part is the business aspects and relates it to running your own small business.
Her favorite motto? “The only difference between a writer and a schizophrenic is a paycheck.” –Over the Edge Book Reviews

Jeaniene and Matthew
Jeaniene wanted to write a book that was both urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
“I love the darkness you can create with urban fantasy, where yes, monsters exist and one could be standing next to you right now. But I also love humor, snark, sexiness, and romance in books, too.” Jeaniene – Rachel Vincent’s Blog

She also stated that she would like to leave readers amused, scared, turned on, reflective, and entertained after finishing her novels. I know as a reader I am all of those things and more after reading a Frost book, as well as in total awe! *cough* Bones *cough*

When writing a book Jeaniene starts with everything that she knows about a character before focusing on the plot. And for her, writing doesn’t get easier with each book and she still gets nervous. When combating writers block sometimes she needs to take a step back from the keyboard for a while, other times she has to force herself to sit there until the words start flowing again. Listening to music, going places and looking up historical facts are also sometimes helpful.
As of last year Jeaniene has said that Destined for an Early Grave has been the hardest novel to write so far in the series because of how emotional it was. All of Cat’s good intentions kept backfiring on her and then her and Bones experienced an intense fight. Which if you have read DfaEG you know what I am talking about! My heart literally twisted while reading that book.

Many readers are curious as to what it was like writing a chapter like the famous Chapter 32 and other love scenes. Jeaniene has said that when writing scenes like this she doesn’t let the thought of someone else reading it enter her head, afterwards she might get a little red in the face though. As with other scenes in her books she describes everything that characters are thinking and feeling, she doesn’t pull back just because it is a sex scene, this is just her style of writing. (And I LOVE it BTW.) She just follows where the characters lead her through their emotions and doesn’t think about anything else other then the two characters that are in it. And no, she doesn’t try out certain scenes before writing them, LoL.

So where did Jeaniene come up with the idea of vampires eye’s glowing green with strong emotions? She grew up with cats and while writing her first novel she had several ferrets as pets which is where she got the inspiration for her vampire’s glowing green eyes; when their eyes would catch the light they would reflect back that eerie green and she always found it otherworldly.

Jeaniene did an interview at Over the Edge Book Reviews and in it she said something that I really loved & related to, when I saw it I was like, "Yes! That's exactly right!" Because, to me, this is the most important part of a story.
“To me the most important thing, as a reader and a writer, are the characters. If I’m not connected to the characters, a book could have the most scintillating plot, the wittiest voice, or the most startling conclusion, and I won’t give a damn.”


Here's to many more books full of snark, humor, excitement, sexy characters we connect with and Chapter 32's from the lovely Jeaniene Frost! 


Edit: Jeez I'm such a blonde sometimes! LoL Totally spaced this, better late then never. =)
To find out more about Jeaniene Frost:
Website
Newsletter
Live Journal
Myspace
Twitter
FaceBook
GoodReads
FrostFans (fansite)


*Some information listed I found on jeanienefrost.com and frostfans.com unless otherwise noted, but some information is from various interviews, snippets and comments I’ve read over the years from or about Jeaniene. If there are any errors in this post it is entirely my fault so please let me know and I will correct them, this post is not from the author herself.
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27 comments:

Awesomesauce Book Club said...

I think its really important to connect to the character. Especially if its being told from only their POV. I did have one book series I read and finished that I could hardly stand the person who was telling the story. Her decisions and her attitude sucked most of the time. I am still surprised I made it through it.

winnie said...

Great job in compiling all the info for this awesome post! Really enjoyed reading it as there are interesting bits and pieces about Jeaniene that I probably missed before. She is an amazing author, I can't imagine not having her books to immerse myself into her Night Huntress world every now and then.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great post! It really makes me feel better knowing she too hasn't taken any writing classes. Sometimes for me it can be intimidating writing even though I didn't go to college, always wondering if I'm using the right grammar, ect. Thanks for posting this!

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Anonymous said...

I am always intereted in how the authors get the idea of their stories and I am always suprised when I read that they dreamed about it. If only I had such dreams xD I have a story in my mind and I think about it when I'm getting home by bus xD

And I reckon Night Huntress would not be the same without the sex scenes. It's part of it. So I love them, too =) But what I admire the most is that before everything, Jeaniene Frost starts with the characters.

Thank you for the post, I LOVED it =)
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Amanda, aka Morning Glow said...

There's so much I didn't know about her! And so much we have in common, it's great.

And I like that she says you don't need to have a creative writing degree to get anywhere. I took some creative writing classes in college, and I do think they helped, but my degree is somewhere else entirely - History. So maybe I still have a chance at getting my own novel out there. Someday. Probably when I'm thirty-ish I'll get on it. =)

Amanda, US
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marian said...

wow!! i didn't know some of this stuff about her. always great to learn about the author
i'm from usa

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Meredith said...

Love that Diana Gabaldon inspires her to write. She's one of my favorite authors.

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sim only deals said...

wow!! i didn't know some of this stuff about her. always great to learn about the author

IdentitySeeker said...

I find it interesting that she dreamed up this story. I wish her well with the rest of her writings.

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DarkBloodyVamp said...

What a great post! I just loved it and I loved how she explained the part about how she allows the characters to tell her what they are thinking and feeling. It just reinforces for me how REAL the characters feel to me (BONES!) and how truly invested I get into their well-being.

Agree 100% I have to connect with the characters because if I can't the storyline doesn't matter to me. Thus it goes the same the other way, the characters could have a very simple storyline and I would be glued to the pages to find out what is going happen with my beloved characters.

Canadian entry here. :)

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quimbayai said...

Great post! would love to even remember half my dreams let alone write and publish them... i love how she likes gena showalter. i wonder if she reads the lord underworld series. :]

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Amy said...

Great post! I've always thought that Jeaniene Frost seems really down-to-earth and funny. I'll continue reading all her books!

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tradermare said...

Nice post. The Night Huntress series is a great series by a lovely author, and it's so nice you are focusing on her work until the release of TSOTG. Glad to have been directed to your site!

vickyvak said...

Wow! Great post! I didn't know all these facts about her! They're so intersesting! I don't know why I didn't look them up myself!

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Andrea I said...

Thanks for posting this. I like learning about the author behind the books.


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crazy4vampires587 said...

I freak out over breaking the spines too! But I also can't stand to dog-ear the pages!!

And I guess her fear of airplanes is why Bones fears airplanes as well! haha!! Food for thought. It's a possibility. ^_^ Although, she is afraid of airplanes but wants to fly and hang glide (which I would love to do as well) and loves spelunking? How interesting. I guess she is just afraid of the unknown, not actually afraid of them because of bad experiences. *shrug*

My favorite paranormal "what if they were real creature?" is vampires too! And werewolves!! And a few others! haha!! ^_^

I have tried to write a story off of a dream before! It was a really cool story and I got a lot written and I know where I would go with it, but I sort of lost interest then went back and then lost interest again. So maybe I will finally get it actually written in a few years! Though nothing like Jeaniene's work! haha!

AAAWWW!!! She and Matthew are so CUTE!!!! I want a hubby who will dress up with me!!! *_*

YES!! She has definitely succeeded with all of the things that she wanted readers to experience with me!!!

Yes, my heart was in pieces during DFAEG as well!! And while it might have been the hardest book for her to write it was definitely the best in the main series! I love all of them, but they just keep getting better and better!! But hands down EKOD was my ansolute favorite!!!! *_*

I LOVE that she doesn't hold back in her writing as well!! Especially the sex scenes!! I think it's hilarious that she embarrasses herself with them later! hahaha!!!

What makes her such a GREAT writer is that she doesn't direct the characters the characters direct her. She makes them as though they are real people who think and act on their own! And they often times surprise her! Like with Vlad! She wasn't going to write him into the story but (as she says) "he stormed his way onto the page and dared her to delete him"!! hahaha!!!! ^_^

I TOTALLY agree with her on how a book should be about the characters and not the plot line or any other details, because if you've got great characters they will make a great plot line and have awesome lines and so on!

crazy4vampires587 said...

I am in the US and my email is childoftheking32@gmail.com

Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale said...

I love your work Jeanine!! Keep it up hun! Definitely Great post!!

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BLHmistress said...

I really want to or need to read this series. someone tell me or kick my behind and make me lol

Stephanie said...

She is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely love Cat and Bones.

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jamie Alsteen said...

She is my favorite author....Love Cat & Bones!

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USA

Megan said...

I stumbled on the Night Huntress books around halloween and I am SO glad that I did!! I was totally missing out!

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USA

Lisa said...

That was a fun read :-). Jeaniene is awesome! I love her response to her minister--LOL! She's so incredibly talented.

Lisa

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U.S.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

She is quite a fun author...love how she interacts with her fans!

mmafsmith@gmail.com I am in the US!

Heather said...

I love learning more about her! She seems just like I imagined.

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Anonymous said...

I cant wait!!!

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meggerfly said...

I love how I learn something new about my favorite author's in every interview that i read.

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