Interview with E.A. Jensen

Today, we're speaking with E.A. Jensen, author of The Shadows of Grabenberg series. Before we get started with the interview, let's take a look the at blurb for Books One and Two...

he Past

Even in the shadow, her past haunts her. In a small town in northern New Jersey someone (or something) has murdered a twenty year old ware- tiger by injecting liquid silver into her heart. It is one of a string of ghastly murders that are occurring around Grabenberg, NJ. OPIA, the Occult and Paranormal Investigation Agency, decides it's time to call in their best agent. The only problem is Kirsa Heinrich has been living in a secluded town in Germany where her ancestors are from. There she is trying to rebuild her life after her parent's murder and a grisly case brought her world tumbling down. Kirsa puts the clues left at the crime scene together and realizes her worst fear; a cult that has been targeting her family for years is now killing in her home town. The Church of Light, a radical cult that is against ware-animals, vampires, witches, the fae and anyone that associates with them. Kirsa decides they must be stopped and she is the one to do it. When the Vampire Council hears she is working on the case they assign her a Shadow, a highly trained vampire bodyguard and assassin. For reasons lost to the council, Kirsa's family has been under the protection of the vampires since the council's beginnings.

Shadows of the Past is available on Amazon

Shadows of a Dream

Dreams are but a shadow of reality...Susannah Murphy had lived for over a decade in a fractured dream state that was filled with demons and horrors. She was a faery and had performed a forbidden ritual at seventeen. Instead of dying as a result, she was forced to live in her own nightmare. Yet even in her sleep she's a danger, preying on the innocent while they sleep. All because she wants vengeance on the one person she blames for her torment. Kirsa. When Al Moore and Kirsa Heinrich learn that four teenagers from various states have had bizarre dreams of angels and demons, they fear for the worst. One refuses to leave his home while another finds refuge in a Catholic church and another seeks shelter in a mental institution. Kirsa and Al battle to figure out the connection before they all fall victim to Susannah's nightmare magick. Doing so will force Kirsa to come to terms with the biggest mistake she has ever made. With Susannah loose and out of control, she threatens the friendship between Kirsa, Sabrina and Sara by trying to pit them against each other. Ayden is powerless to help when the battles are being fought on the astral plane. Is Kirsa strong enough to figure it all out before her own reality is destroyed or will Susannah finally have her vengeance on those that she feels betrayed her long ago? Because the only way to win is to face your fears. So welcome to Susannah's nightmare, where anything is possible.

Shadows of a Dream is available on Amazon

Tricia: Hi, E.A. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

EA:. I am a mom to a three year old son and I have a great husband who is wonderfully understanding and supportive of my work. We live in northern rural New Jersey with our dopey dog, Lando and just enjoy spending time as a family.

As an author, well, I think like so many authors, I am a complete a book nerd. I got hooked when my brother went off to college and left his dragon lance, forgotten realms and Tolkien books behind. I devoured them and began to explore the different genres of fantasy. I will read anything and ironically I got into writing because I got tired waiting for another book in a series so I started creating my own. I like the sci-fi/fantasy genre the best because it was what I was first introduced to though to be fair I think Fantasy is what most kids are introduced to, perhaps that’s why is speaks to us so loudly. We are introduced to the world as a wondrous place and what our parents read to us reflects that. I am also a huge horror movie fan, the old black and whites being my favorite.

Tricia: When did you begin writing?

EA: I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing or creating a story. I don't think that I'm special in that after all the most boring of us has inside of him or her universe upon universe of ideas and fantasies. The only difference is that I have bothered to shape mine into a story for other people's enjoyment. Like I said, I am a book fiend and was always looking at the stories that I was reading and playing "what if" with the story. You know, what if Leia was stuck on Tatooine with Ben and Luke was flying around with the Death Star plans. I think that is something that most writers do even within their own works. Good stories have important things at stake, if the protagonist loses, real things are lost with that failure. It's why it's so fun to see when writers experiment with that like in Buffy the Vampire Slayers alternate universe episode or Star Trek's Mirror Universe. I seriously started writing after I had my son and was home raising him. I had time between feedings and had some thoughts on my chest that I wanted to get out in terms of ideas. After looking at it I thought that I could go somewhere with it. After a talk with my husband he told me to give it a shot and I’m glad I did.

Tricia:. Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?

EA: The Shadows of Grabenberg series, I have the entire series mapped out along with the last chapter of the final book. I have a general idea of the plot for each book and then go from there. When starting out I wanted to get the feel for the town right since Grabenberg is almost a character in and of itself. I wanted to see where this strange town in the lost hills or northern New Jersey cam from and what made it the center of the proverbial action.

I write wherever I can. I currently don’t have one place but hope to one day have my only little place that I can retreat to that is kid and dog free.

Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?

EA: Shadows of a Dream which is book two of the Shadows of Grabenberg series is all about consequences. It’s the underside of fantasy that needs to be explored more often. See like the fairy tales that we all grew up with a lot of fantasy focuses on the wonder that such worlds can instill in their readers. They forget that with that wonder comes danger, fear, and the consequences of that world, for every beautiful shire there is a Mt. Doom. Every Aragorn also has a Ring Wraith. And each of those was created by a choice in that world. Shadows of a Dream treads familiar territory in that we have to deal with consequences of the past, of our associations, of our choices that come back to haunt us. Shadows of a Dream goes one step further in that it deals with consequences from high school that have come back to haunt Kirsa and her friends. Some of those consequences are the pursuit of supernatural power and hunger for that very same power. They have to make some tough decisions and are forced to face some parts of their past that they would rather not.

Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?

EA: The idea for the series is actually mined from all around me. Some of the plots kind of deals with my own evolving from the personal drama of old friends and being able to leave it behind, of course minus crazy faeries and demons. The Town of Grabenberg itself came from all of the small towns that exist in northern New Jersey, that some many people don't realize even exist. It shares all of the same origins as Weird NJ and the Jersey Devil. I also looked to my own world view, Native American mythology, and H.P. Lovecraft.

Tricia: If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?

EA: I really enjoyed writing Book Two: Shadows of a Dream, It really is the beginning with Book One: Shadows of the Past being the back story. I think a reader could start there and if they want more back story then read the first one. Book three, which is being worked on now, deals with a lot of the issues that occurred in Book Two.

Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

EA: I honestly think Susannah from book two is my favorite character. She is the main villain and is unpredictable but she is also a scared character through her own actions and ambitions. She is so different from Kirsa, the main character, yet her personality is as strong. That is a pleasure to write.

Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

EA: Keeping up with the world building, which is why I have a two inch think binder filled with all the world set up, the characters and their backgrounds. So this way if I have a question I can flip to the binder for the information.

Tricia: What would you like to tell us about your book or your writing that someone wouldn’t discover during a casual review of your blurb or website?

EA: I think the big thing is that despite the book being about vampires and humans and everything in between, they are all human and lead normal lives. Sometimes the bad guy isn’t the one with the fangs or can transform into an animal, it’s a normal human who doesn’t like the supernatural beings because they are different.

Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?

EA: My goal I think is the goal of every writer, to tell a story to his audience that they can enjoy.

Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?

EA: Tolkien, Some of the old Gothic writers like Goethe, as well as David Eddings, Scott Snyder, Michael Moorcock and HP Lovecraft.

Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?

EA: I am currently working on Book Three of The Shadows of Grabenberg Series: Shadows of a Ghost. I am really excited to see it completed as it is where I get to take the reader to the darker side of Jersey. It promises to offer a glimpse into how deep the shadows really are and what lurks inside them.

Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

EA: To not give up, to find a good editor, and to not let anyone talk you out of your dream.

About the Author:

E.A. Jensen's lifelong love of books and storytelling began by reading her brother fantasy novels when he left for college. She studied at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. She currently lives in northern rural New Jersey with his husband and son.

To find out more about E.A. Jensen, please visit the following links:

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