Behind The Pen: with Jennifer Estep (+giveaway)

I love interviews. But I find the artists behind the stories equally intriguing, and I think they deserve as much limelight as their characters.  So here, instead of a list of questions about the story, the plot, or the characters, I ask authors the same 11 questions about themselves and hopefully get a glimpse behind the pen...

Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series was one of the very first Urban Fantasy series I found when I really started getting into UF, way back in Feb 2010.  The series is so much fun with it's bad-ass heroine Gin Blanco, and her evil arch nemesis, Mab Monroe. If you haven't checked out this series yet, you really must. The fourth book in the series, Tangled Threads, will be out next Tuesday, April 26th. Make sure you pick up a copy.

Q1: What is the last book you read?
Right now, I’m reading The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal. It’s about a princess who finds out that she’s not really a princess after all.

Q2: If you were stuck on a desert island, what book would you like to have with you?
I’d love to have all the books by Donald Westlake. As Westlake, he wrote the Dortmunder books, which are really funny comic crime capers. As Richard Stark, he wrote the Parker books, which are about a thief who always gets the job done. That way, I could laugh or read a dark, gritty thriller, depending on my mood.

Q3: What is your favorite swear word?
Black-hearted sons of bitches. I know it’s more of a phrase, but I like it ;-)

Q4: What is your biggest pet-peeve?
People who don’t keep their promises or are late for an appointment. If you say you’re going to do something or be somewhere, you should do your best to meet those obligations.

Q5: What quality do you most like in a man?
A sense of humor.

Q6: What quality do you most like in a woman?
A sense of humor.

Q7: What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
I’d love to try something really quirky and cool, like being an ice cream taste-tester or a screenwriter.

Q8: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska, so I would say there, although I imagine that I’d get tired of the snow and cold very quickly. LOL.

Q9: What inspires you?
Everything. Books, movies, TV shows, new stories, the people around me, a beautiful photograph. Anything I read, see, or hear about can spark a story idea.

Q10: If you could be one person (dead or alive) for a day who would you be?
Hmm. I’ll say someone really rich like Bill Gates so I could transfer a few million dollars over to the real me. LOL.

Q11: Mac or PC?
PC, since that’s what I use every day. Maybe someday, I’ll branch out and try a MAC. LOL

Thank you Jennifer for answering my laundry lists of questions.  And because Jennifer is so generous, she'll be giving away a copy of her upcoming release, Tangled Threads, to one lucky winner.  Here's how that'll work:

  • Your comment is your entry
  • If you follow this blog you receive an extra entry
  • US & CAN only
  • Contest ends next Thursday, April 28th at midnight (pst)
  • Winner will be announced here shortly after that


  1. I am a new followered and I am looking forward to reading this one!
    buckfamily at ptd.net

  2. Oh Venom was fantastic I cannot wait for Tangled. Thank you for the interview! Ir reminded me about it's release!
    + GFC
    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  3. Ah yes ask Bill to pass it around too, I would like a million in bookstore gift cards ;)
    Venom was a great book! Tangled has been on the top of my lists for books to read.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  4. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the contest!

    villatemprance [at] gmail.com

  5. I love entering contests to win books by my favorite authors. Especially Urban Fantasy books.

    NoraAdrienne (at) Gmail (dot) com

  6. Jill -- Cool. Hope you enjoy it.

    Pam -- I hope so. Writing fun books is my goal because that's the kind of story that I want to read when I sit down with a book.

    Teril -- Cool. I hope you like the book.

    Kaya -- Cool. I hope you enjoy Tangled Threads even more.

    Aimee -- No problem.

    Nora -- Me too. ;-)

  7. Great Interview.
    I would love to be entered into the giveaway.
    I'm a GFC follower for an extra entry.

  8. I'm so excited to read Tangled Threads, and would love to win a copy.
    I'm a follower.


    sarace (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. As always great interview and AWESOME give away!
    Thanks Jes!

  10. Alexa -- Thanks! Glad you liked it.

    Sara -- Cool. I hope you enjoy the book.

    Nine -- Thanks! Glad you liked the interview.

  11. another great interview..only a couple more days till the book comes out! :)

    -blog follower


  12. Me! Me!! Pick me!!

    I'll follow you anywhere:)


  13. Van -- I hope you enjoy it. ;-)

    Kristin -- Cool. LOL.

  14. Thanks for the giveaway and interview! I really want to read Tangled Threads! Elemental Assassin is one of my very favorite series and it's so addicting! I really hope there will be more books after the fifth one.

    GFC follower


  15. Amy -- Cool. I hope you enjoy the book. ;-)

  16. I've read all of the Elemental Assassin series, and I can't wait to get my hands on Tangled Threads. I need to find out what happens to Gin and friends next.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower

  17. Barbara -- Cool. I hope you enjoy Tangled Threads even more than the first three books in the series.

  18. Congratulations on your new release! Looking forward to reading it and seeing it on the best sellers list too.
    GFC: LadyVampire2u

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  19. Congrats on the release! I really like this series. Thanks for the chance at the new one.

    GFC follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  20. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Tangled Threads. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I follow via GFC.

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  21. Best wishes with the book, Jennifer - I love this series and I can't wait to see what happens next. I especially love Owen. I'm so glad Gin has someone that accepts her as she is.

    jen at delux dot com - GFC follower

  22. I love this series!
    buckfamily at ptd.net

  23. I am a follower.
    The books look good!

    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  24. Enter me please! I follow!
    fitzbellatrix AT gmail DOT com

  25. What a cool interview. This is a terrific series!

    I follow!


  26. Just followed the blog! I've read a lot of good things about this book! Would love to win a copy!

  27. I loved your answers to the questions, and loved this interview so we could learn more about you and your craft *S*

    Also, you will love Alaska. Thats where I am, and I love it. I live in the interior, north of Fairbanks on a mountain about 25 mile north.

    We have about 6 feet of snow, and now down to about 2 & 1/2 left. But we have the runoff. I love to tell everyone that we need to be rescued. Send a boat, ice skates, snow skis, and sled. You'd need all 3 to get down my road to access my driveway..*S*
    Just kidding. But close...*S*

    Thanks for the chance to win your book!


    pommawolf @ hotmail dot com

  28. Hey Jennifer - fun interview :)

    I can't wait to read Tangled Threads.. I'm currently waiting for my second batch to come into the store.. we already sold-out on the first order