Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Interview with Jen Naumann, Author of Paranormal Keepers + GIVEAWAY!



Happy Wednesday! Today Jen Naumann is joining us to answer a few questions about herself and her book, PARANORMAL KEEPERS. Oh, and there's a giveaway at the end of this post. Don't forget to sign up!

A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK

Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann
Publication date: March 11th 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are
everywhere.

It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.

With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves “Keepers”, sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him. Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late.

           

THE INTERVIEW

Hi, Jen! Welcome to We Do Write.

Thanks for having me! :)

How long have you been writing?

I first completed a book when I was in elementary and didn’t have much of a life in high school because I always chose writing over other things. I stopped for a while after having children, then went after it seriously a few years ago when a fairly young family member was diagnosed with cancer.

Tell us about PARANORMAL KEEPERS. What’s the story about?

Paranormal Keepers is the story of a girl who’s convinced there are supernatural beings after her boyfriend is mysteriously murdered and discovers that they are, in fact, real. Harper gets thrown into a whole underground world dedicated to keeping the secrets of these creatures and is basically made to be a part of it. Although the ending was partially tied up with a pretty bow, I started a sequel (Paranormal Legends) that will take place in New Orleans and I hope to release in 2015.

How did the idea of the story come to you?

It started with a teenage girl who believed in supernatural creatures and everyone else thought she was crazy for it. I guess I wondered how I’d react if I discovered all the monsters I’ve read about or saw in the movies were real. I went one step further and added some other creatures we normally don’t think about, like the Mothman.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A pantser, without a doubt. Creating an outline feels too much like some kind of an assignment, and I hated school with a passion.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The marketing side of writing has been a big pain in my hind end. Social media is so draining and advertising is crazy expensive. I’m lucky to break even. I keep trying to find “that hook” that will make me well known.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Even though I’m terrified of heights, I think I’d love the ability to fly so I could travel more than a few times every year to my favorite vacation spots. I’d probably have to take someone with so they could keep me from freaking out!

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

That’s a tough one considering I write a lot of paranormal. I’m always worried the FBI will coming knocking on my door like they did to a writer friend of mine who wrote about Navy Seals and terrorists. While writing Paranormal Keepers I researched in detail the stages of decay for a human body after death so I could accurately describe Professor Hawkins. If I’ve learned one thing researching crazy stuff, it’s NOT to click on the pictures unless I have an empty stomach!

Quick writing test! Use the following words in one sentence: kept, broom, and extinguish.

It occurred to me that if I kept hitting the burning chicken with the stupid broom, I’d never extinguish the fire. (yeah, that was lame)

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ... 

Running my kids to their events, hanging with friends, watching documentaries on my favorite bands, or reading! I have an incredibly active life, so in reality it could be one of dozens of things. Sometimes I worry my head is going to start rotating.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

First off, I wish I could tackle-hug every single person who read my books and wrote a review online or suggested them to their friends! Obviously I wouldn’t be where I am today if no one had bothered buying them! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! Second of all, I have to thank so many other authors for keeping me afloat over the years (especially Maria Monteiro and Leesa Bow) who are always there when I need a reminder of why I’m willingly putting myself through the daily torture of being a writer. And a BIG thank you to bloggers like We Do Write for hosting me and supporting my work!

It was our pleasure! :-) 

AUTHOR BIO

Jen Naumann grew up in southern Minnesota as an addict of such flicks as Indiana Jones and The
Goonies until she discovered John Hughes, and spent her high school days locked away writing love stories with a sci-fi twist. Married to a farmer in southern Minnesota, she tries to follow the madness of her four active children while balancing an imagination that never shuts down. As the author of CHEATING DEATH, SHYMERS, AND PARANORMAL KEEPERS, she writes stories with strong female leads who have a good sense of humor and tend to fall in love despite their better judgment. For more on Jen visit her website www.JenNaumann.net.

                 



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2 comments:

Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour, ladies! :)

Jen Naumann said...

Thanks again for having me, Elizabeth!