Stomping with Jennifer Estep

Posted August 23, 2013 by Jennifer in Author Interview, Stomp vs Romp 2013 | , | 39 Comments

Today in the Stomp corner we have the author of  not one but two urban fantasy series, Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy (YA), Ms. Jennifer Estep. Welcome to back to The Book Nympho! It’s always a pleasure to have you.

Thanks for hosting me on your blog again. I really appreciate it.


You have created two great worlds in your series. And you heroines are both kick ass in their own ways. I’ve notice a few similarities between Gin and Gwen, like their names, weapons and the towns they live in. They both even share similar family history in the fact that their mothers were murdered. Where these similarities planned?

Not really. I like to write books with a little bit of  everything in them – strong heroines, magic, lots of action, some romance – so those things tend to appear in many of my books. Plus, a tragic family history can make for some great action and drama. I guess I’m like a lot of authors in

that I like to explore certain characters and themes, so those are the things that keep popping up in my books. But most of all, I hope that I entertain readers, no matter which one of my books they are reading.



Both heroines wield magic. With Gin it’s stone and ice magic. Why did you go with this combination?

Whenever I’m writing a book, I always think about what kind of magic the heroine can have and how her magic can grow and change over the course of a book and a series.
With Gin, I thought that it would be cool to do elemental magic – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone – in my Elemental Assassin books. I chose Ice and Stone magic for Gin because I thought I could come up with some interesting powers and ways for Gin to use those two kinds of magic.

Gwen has her psychometry magic (touch magic). Care to give us a peek into the reasoning for her magic ability?

It’s the same with Gin and the other heroines that I’ve written. I think about the magic, what powers the heroine can have, and how her magic can grow and change.

With Gwen, I thought that psychometry would be something that would be fun to write, and I thought that I could have Gwen use her power in various ways from book to book. I always try to plan ahead and pick magic/abilities that I can sort of expand and that I can reveal more about as a book and series goes along.


We get nods to Gin’s world (Pork Pit) within Mythos Academy. Will we ever get the same with Gwen in Elemental Assassin series? I wonder because with all the creatures at Mythos Gwen has wondered a few times if vampires are real.

Actually, I’ve made a few references to Gwen and the Mythos Academy world (and my Bigtime paranormal romance series) in my Elemental Assassin series. For example, in DEADLY STING, Gin sees a statue of one of the mythological creatures from the Mythos Academy series. I always enjoy figuring out where I can put in the little Easter egg references, and readers seem to like the small shout-outs to my other books/series.

I know I enjoy those little Easter eggs. I guess since I read the Elemental Assassin series before the Mythos I didn’t pick up on the ones for Gwen in Gin’s world.


Gin finds the most interesting ways to use her knives on her enemies. What’s been your favorite Stomp scene to write for Gin?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. I really enjoy writing action scenes and figuring out new ways for Gin to take down the bad guys. But probably one of my favorite fight scenes is the final battle between Gin and Elektra LaFleur, the villain, in TANGLED THREADS. Elektra was a really fun character for me to write, and I liked having her go toe-to-toe, assassin-vs.-assassin with Gin.

When you are reading, which do you prefer more, Stomp or Romp?

Stomp, because I like action scenes.

Thanks for being part of TEAM STOMP and stopping by to answer a few questions about both your Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy series.

Thanks so much for including me in the event. Happy reading, everyone!

Check out the lastest from Jennifer Estep. 


16130369Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin #9)
by Jennifer Estep
August 27th 2013 by Pocket Books

The hotly anticipated ninth novel in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series finds Gin Blanco on a dangerous mission to rescue a friend.

When a terror from the past threatens Gin’s friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer’s trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point—can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever? Assuming, that is, she survives long enough to find out… 





Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy #5)
by Jennifer Estep
July 30th 2013 by K-Teen

Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …


 Jennifer’s books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble



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39 responses to “Stomping with Jennifer Estep

  1. Jbst

    I’m new to reading these series but have put it on my wishlist. They both look exciting and interesting.

  2. Amy Gilman

    Great Post and thanks for giveaway. Both series are good but my favorite is Elemental Assassin.

  3. Xia — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Niloofar — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Chinyere — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the audio books. I’ve gotten so many nice comments about Lauren’s narration.

  4. Chinyere Ezinwanyi

    I love the Elemental Assassin series. I have listened to every book except Thread of Death and Kiss of Venom (both novellas weren’t offered as an audio),
    Lauren Fortengang is amazing as The Narrator. I’ve already preordered Heart of Venom on audible.

    I honestly haven’t tried the Mythos Academy

  5. Vivien — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying Gin’s character.

    Barbed1951 — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Erinf1 — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Carmel — Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

    JenM — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my series.

    Stephanie — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Becky — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

    Victoria — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

    Coleen — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Eva — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Susan — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the series.

    Bn100 — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out the series.

  6. Thanks for sharing the fun post and the giveaway. I love both of these series. I really don’t want to pick one, but if you insist. Ummm, Ummmm, I guess, no, I guess, no oh ok Elemental Assassin. evamillien at gmail dot com

  7. Coleen

    Love Jennifer Estep and her Elemental Assassin series. I want to be Gin when I grow up!!!

    • TheBookNympho

      WHAT?! Becky. I thought we were friends. LOL You NEED to start Elemental Assassin series. SOOO GOOD.

  8. Stephanie

    The Elemental Assassin series is my favorite. Gin is so kick a**. I cant wait to read Heart of Venom

  9. JenM

    I’d have to say that the Elemental Assassin series is my favorite, mainly because I prefer adult fiction in general, but Mythos is one of the only YA series that I actually read, and that’s solely because Jennifer writes it.

    • TheBookNympho

      I know what you mean. I’m not a big YA reader and most of the ones I do read are by authors like Estep that also write adult series.

  10. I totally missed the Easter eggs in EA too but now that you mention the status I do remember it. I just didn’t understand the meaning at the time so it didn’t click. Great Q&A.


  11. I’m really only going with the Elemental Assassin series just b/c I haven’t read the other 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  12. barbed1951

    Both series are awesome, but my favorite is the Elemental Assassin series. I love Gin and friends.

    • TheBookNympho

      You MUST start the Elemental Assassin series SOON! Great series. And if you like audiobooks you should check them out on audio. Great narrator.

  13. Twiser — Thanks! I appreciate that.

    Margaret — Thanks! Hope you get a chance to check out my Mythos Academy series.

    Carolyn — Thanks! Glad you are enjoying my books.

  14. Margaret

    Elemental Assassin is one of my faves. Mythos Academy is on my wish list. I don’t read very much YA but now I have to read it to hunt for Gin references.

  15. twiser

    I haven’t read the Mythos Academy yet, but it’s on my list. My daughter loves it! While I’m totally into Elemental Assassin series. Hoping for more then 10, because ten is soooo soon.

  16. Jenese — Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

    Aimee — Thanks! I appreciate all the nice words about my books.

    Felicia — Thanks! I really enjoyed writing that scene.

  17. Aimee

    I love the Elemental Assassin books. I am looking forward to starting the Mythos Academy books soon. Great writing Ms. Estep.