What is your book about?
Gwen Reaper is a young adult paranormal romance that’s an immersive first-person journey of discovery and first love that propels you through the view of Scott, the newest resident of small-town Custer, South Dakota. Gwen, the town’s mysterious and shunned teen resident, quickly catches Scott’s eye. What ensues is an emotional thrill ride where haunting pasts, an imposing creature, and small-town ideologies collide, resulting in an unforgettable and touching journey for the reader.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always been fascinated by the lore surrounding the Grim Reaper. The idea for the novel was born from a daydream, and I wanted a realistic location that was off the beaten path to present Gwen’s story. As for the setting, small towns often host remarkable characters and stories, and provide a rich backdrop for burgeoning teen romance. The setting and characters ended up fitting like two perfectly-matched puzzle pieces!
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
I’m a big fan of the main male protagonist, Scott, because he’s the perfect blend of traditional alpha male, while tempered with a refreshing progressive respect for the opposite sex. The modern complexities of social media and dating made for circumstances that any person who’s dated can relate to. My least favorite character to write was Lester, whose own demons felt palpably real and reflective of many people’s personal frailties in society today. It’s a dark place for an author when delving oneself into the roots of characters like his.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
While Gwen Reaper is my first venture into young adult territory, I’m a fan of paranormal YA, and I knew I could do the genre justice with Gwen. I’m excited about the results! I also write adult paranormal romance and contemporary urban fantasy.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
Gwen Reaper is intended as a standalone book and no further installments are currently planned. However, I never say never.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I’ve enjoyed creative writing since I was a student in elementary school. It’s the ideal outlet for my often over-active imagination. Writing is a very nurturing and healing method for me to process my own personal life experiences, feelings, and circumstance. I easily find inspiration from fantasy authors like Neil Gaiman, Katherine Kurtz, and L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Each of them embodies the very best that fiction can offer to broaden one’s mind while also entertaining you.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Selecting my favorite novel is too difficult to choose, but I can easily say that my favorite series is L.E. Modesitt’s fantasy Recluce Saga. To me, Modesitt’s Recluce Saga is fantasy at its best; the perfect blend of compelling character development, an immersive fantasy world setting, and gripping stories. It’s the complete package.
Have you written other books we should know about?
I highly recommend my award-nominated Sunset Vampire Series, a paranormal romance / urban fantasy adventure based around an alpha female vampire and her beta male love interest. In addition, my popular Logan Bringer urban fantasy trilogy is receiving high acclaim for blending telekinetic abilities, government conspiracies, and global terrorism into a compelling story with protagonists who you immediately root for. Descriptions and purchase links for all my novels can be easily found at http://www.jazprimo.com/books/ .
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
I urge aspiring writers to focus their efforts on story lines and characters that they feel compelled to write about instead of trying to write for what’s strictly commercially popular or the current craze in the publishing industry. In the end, staying true to your personal passions will generate the most authentic, best-written material that you can conjure. Not only will it be easier to write, readers will immediately sense the authenticity in your story and characters.
Where can we find your book?
My books are available in trade paperback and all major eBook formats from most book retailers. Purchase links for all of my novels are at http://www.jazprimo.com/books/ but the specific purchase links for Gwen Reaper are below.