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.
Heart 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