Curbing curiosities, or an interview with Jennifer Jenkins author of Fearless (and a giveaway)


 

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Fearless (Nameless #3)

By: Jennifer Jenkins

Publisher: Month9Books

Publication Date: October 17th, 2017

In exactly twenty-three days, Gryphon will offer his life to Chief Barnabas in exchange for the lives of his best friend and mess brothers. Until then, he must keep his plans from Zo while avoiding the Wolves of the Allied Camp. But Gryphon is not the only one harboring secrets. To spare her own life, Zo has made a blood oath promising to help the Kodiak Clan free their families living as Nameless slaves. When Gryphon learns the truth — that the peaceful life he’d planned for Zo is not secure — he divulges a secret that will give the Allies the upper hand against the Ram.

Now, The Great Move is underway and a final battle between the Wolf, Ram, Kodiak and Raven cannot be stopped. Strength will be tested. Loyalties will be questioned. Alliances will form. In a world of uncertainty and danger, Zo and Gryphon may finally have what they’ve each always wanted.

1) What are some questions you still have for your characters (or for the world you created) that you didn’t get the chance to address?

 

I would love to have the chance to one day write Joshua and Tess’ story when they are a little older. I think they both have such fun personalities, and a good story definitely exists there. I can see myself going back and doing them justice someday.

 

2)  A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before its complete.  What are some fun facts or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

 

I was very fortunate and didn’t end up having to change very much of the core of my story during the editorial process. Here are just a few little changes that I remember making. (I’m sure there were more!)

 

Fun Fact #1 My editor asked me to “go easy on the make out scenes” for this book. Apparently, I went a little overboard with my kissing scenes in the first draft. Don’t worry! This is a kissing book and there is still plenty of that to go around. 🙂

 

Fun Fact #2 For reasons I can’t explain without giving away major plot points, in the final version, Commander Laden ended up with a huge scar that disfigures his face. He didn’t have this scar in the original version.

 

Fun Fact #3 In early versions, Eva (Stone’s Ram bride-to-be) is barely mentioned in this book, but in the final version she plays an important role.

 

3) Tell us about your journey writing Gryphon and Zo. What is the best thing about finishing a series? What is the worst? The easiest and the hardest? Are there any regrets now that it’s all done? How has your relationship to your characters changed? How has this experience changed how you approach your future writing?

 

Gryphon and Zo really have become real to me over the course of this trilogy–probably to an unhealthy extent. 🙂 They’ve both come so far in their journey and it’s so wonderful to finally give them the ending they deserve.

 

Finishing a series feels like a million bucks… but it’s also weird and has me feeling just a little untethered. I’m going to miss writing in the world of Nameless but I’m also energized by new projects and excited for what

 

4) Looking back at the covers of your books, the reader can understand their significance upon finishing the book. What do these covers mean for you, did you have any input into their creation, and how do you connect them to each book?

 

I had very little input when it came to cover design. Seeing the NAMELESS cover for the first time made the idea of publishing real. It was the first time I was able to see the essence of the book captured and interpreted outside of my own head. The covers for CLANLESS and FEARLESS had a similar effect on me. I like that they are abstract and still leave a lot to the imagination. The vertical title is so unique and makes it look more like a movie poster than a book cover (which is cool!).

 

In NAMELESS, the black painted face symbolizes the mud that Zo wears on her face to “hide her pretty.” In CLANLESS, the white snowy texture makes me think of the ash Sani and the rest of the Raven clan rub on their faces. The red of FEARLESS is a little less literal, and symbolizes war, passion, and power. The story reaches its boiling point in book three, and so I also see red and think of fire.

 

 

Thank you so much for having me on your awesome blog! I loved stopping by.

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

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