Jennifer Malone Wright joins us in the Forum today. She’s here to share some insight into both her real world and the story world she created in The Birth of Jaiden, which is a fascinating twist on vampires and other supernatural beings in our world today.
Tim Greaton: Jennifer, what would be a great snapshot bio of you?
Well, I live in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with my military husband and children. As a child, I always had my nose in a book. Because of my husband's work, we have moved around the country for the last ten years. These days, I feel a bit like a nomad and hate to be in one place for too long.
Tim Greaton: Jennifer, could you give us some sparkling bit of history about you?
Jennifer Malone Wright: By sparkling I assume you mean interesting. Hmmm? Well, personally, I think the most interesting thing about me is that I’m a mother of five kids. Most people think this is crazy and have no idea how I ever find the time to write at all. It is quite an experience having all these kids. It makes life a really big adventure.
Tim Greaton: When did you first realize that you wanted to be an author?
Jennifer Malone Wright: I don’t ever remember not wanting to be an author. I think the actual realization probably hit me sometime in grade school where I used to write all kinds of stories and poems. Also, I had a love for making my own homemade greeting cards with little poems inside.
Tim Greaton: Was there a particular book or event that led you to become a novelist?
Jennifer Malone Wright: No. All books made me want to become a novelist. I love the written word and how a book can take you right out of this world and surround you with another one. That’s a gift I want to give to others. So, yeah, it was all books, not just one.
Tim Greaton: What have been some of the biggest obstacles in learning the writing craft?
Jennifer Malone Wright: The biggest challenge for me has been the technical aspect of writing. Editing is my enemy. I have learned a lot over the years, but I still have a lot to learn. I’ve now come to realize that the process is never ending, and that there is always ALWAYS something more you can learn to make yourself and your writing better.
Tim Greaton: What’s the most interesting place that you’ve either written about or conducted research for a book?
Jennifer Malone Wright: Sadly, I haven’t had a lot of time for location research, and I don’t really like to write about a place I can’t describe well. So, in most cases, I create my own locations. Right now, I’m writing about a small community of vampire hunters, and I have to say the setting is the most interesting I’ve ever created, which is good because I want my readers to really feel that they are right there walking with the characters.
Tim Greaton: What is the title of your latest book, and where did you get the idea for the plot?
Jennifer Malone Wright: My recent release is The Birth of Jaiden. It’s about a vampire who is selected by God to raise a human baby. The baby is prophesied to be the key to the fate of the world. She is a powerful witch, so if the bad guys get ahold of her it could be the end…for everyone. So Alex, the vampire, and his buddies on The Great Council (angels, dark angels, witches, warlocks) must keep this baby safe. The plot idea came to me several years ago with just the idea of a vampire raising a human baby, and everything just flowed outward from there.
Tim Greaton: Where did you get the ideas for the people in your story?
Jennifer Malone Wright: Some of the characters are based on people I know, some are oddly people I might like to be and yet others were plucked straight from my often overactive imagination.
Tim Greaton: What was your favorite part about writing this book?
Jennifer Malone Wright: I really enjoyed creating and working with my bad guy…well bad lady, Levine. Writing her character was so different for me. It was awesome to be able to let loose and do things that, in my real life, I could never do. She wasn’t supposed to be a main character, but she managed to surprise me time after time and ultimately wedged her way into the story where she does some really terrible things.
Tim Greaton: What are you hoping readers take away from your story?
Jennifer Malone Wright: I just hope they enjoy it, but underneath the surface of the whole paranormal thing, this is a story of loyalty and family. I hope that the readers shut this book when they are finished and think about how the people who are really your family aren’t just the ones bound to you by blood.
Tim Greaton: Is there a sequel on the way?
Jennifer Malone Wright: The second novel in the series is in the works, I’m shooting for three books in the series.
Tim Greaton: Just for fun, if you had a magic wand, what part of your book would you make come true in the world today?
Jennifer Malone Wright: Oh, wow, that’s a fun question. I think I would make The Great Council come alive. It would be nice to have a special governmental body to keep all the supernatural creatures in line. Darn vamps and werewolves runnin’ wild all over need some control, ya know! Lol
Tim Greaton: It would be great if you could share your website/blogsite and links to where our audience could directly purchase your books.
Jennifer Malone Wright: You can visit my website at http://www.jenniferwrightauthor.com/
You can also find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/JenniferMaloneWright
Or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/Jennichad217
And The Birth of Jaiden is available in paperback and E-book at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Birth-Jaiden-Jennifer-Malone-Wright/dp/0615457916
Or Smashwords for all digital formats http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51038
Tim Greaton: Jennifer, it has really been wonderful having you visit the forum. The Birth of Jaiden sounds fascinating and I’m sure has found its way onto dozens of TBR (to be read) lists today. I’m really hoping that you’ll consider visiting us again when the next installment of your story comes out.
Jennifer Malone Wright: I’ve had a great time today, Tim, and I would love to come back.