Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jen Colly will lure you In the Dark!

Cate: Hi Jen! Welcome to the party. :) What do you love most about Halloween?
Jen: I love that everyone gets a chance to be their hero for a day, or just play dress-up.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Jen: I wasn't allowed to trick-or-treat as a child, but my kids go. Last year my little boy, dressed as Batman, was beside himself to have met Spiderman in the middle of the street. For days he told us how Spiderman went into the church to get a cookie.

Cate: Too funny! Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Jen: Yes! I worked at a video store that stayed open until midnight, and late at night we could hear what sounded like giggling children running across the ceiling. Later I found out the store had been built over hospital grounds. Eek!

Cate: Yikes! That's spooky. What frightens you the most?
Jen: Something reaching out from under my bed and grabbing my foot. I literally leaped into bed until I was about 16, when I got a dog who liked to sleep under the bed. Dusty, my monster fighting hero!

Cate: Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Jen: Nope, won't do it. I'd start leaping into bed again!

Cate: lol Any favorite Halloween recipes you'd care to share?
Mississippi Mud

1 – 16 oz pkg Oreo cookies
1 – 12 oz Cool Whip
½ cup butter or margarine
1 large instant chocolate pudding
1 – 8 oz pkg cream cheese
2 and 2/3 cup milk
1 cup sugar

Crush cookies in blender; reserve 1/8 cup crumbs. Melt butter; pour over cookie crumbs. Mix well. Press into bottom of 9x13 inch pan. Chill.

Whip cream cheese and sugar until creamy; fold in ½ Cool Whip. Spread over crust. Chill.

Prepare pudding with milk. Spread over cream cheese. Chill until firm, then spread with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle with remaining cooking crumbs.

Halloween version...Add gummy worms or other spooky treats on top.

Cate: Yum! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Jen:  In the Dark brings you into an underground world of vampires when Soren rescues, then kidnaps the lost human, Faith.

Cate: Love, love, love that cover! Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Jen: Soren and Faith must find a way to survive the evil and darkness.

Faith’s spur of the moment vacation, meant to free her and boost her spirits, has left her lost on the streets of Paris. And apparently, Paris is populated with something more than just humans. Vampires, suave, seductive and oh so sexy, and one such warrior vampire has set his sights on her.

When Soren hears Faith’s terrified screams, he rushes in and saves her life without considering the consequences. Two problems: one, she’s a human and clearly aware of his vampire qualities, and two, the men who attacked her were not men at all, but demons. Their target, his beloved underground city of Balinese. He can never let Faith go home again, but can she learn to love his him?

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Jen: I love this question. My unique take on vampires living in underground cities scattered throughout France came about in a rather strange way. I intended to write about a pirate. You heard me right, a pirate. I had this hot picture of a man in black slacks, an unbuttoned white shirt, and long black hair that disappeared behind his back. After staring at his picture for over a week (such a hardship), I had nothing. Not a name, title, plot, or even a heroine. Just him. Why could I picture him speaking, moving, and wielding a sword, but could never place him on a ship? Then it hit me. He wasn’t a pirate, he was a vampire. Looking at him in this new light…er, moonlight, all the answers fell into place. Long story short, there are now four vampire cities in France, and over ten books planned for the series, The Cities Below. The pirate turned vampire is the hero in book three, and you’ll explore a new city with entirely different dynamics in book two. The first book, In the Dark , brings a human into the vampire’s secluded underground city, introducing you to their culture and laws through her.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Jen: I'm a total geek for my sci fi. Star Wars, Dr Who, Firefly, and I'm really liking The 100 so far.

Cate: Jen has a giveaway!  Be sure to leave your email address in your comment. :)
Jen:  An ebook. I have epub and adobe files.

Cate: Thanks for joining in the Halloween party, Jen! Have a fun time with your kids!


Anne said...

That story about your son and spiderman is why I love Halloween as an adult. When the little kids 3-8 are so excited more about their costumes than the candy (which is almost incomprehensible to me) it makes me so happy.

I'm a big Dr. Who fan, haven't had a chance to see the newest Peter Capaldi yet. I'm just thankful the series are available so soon now after they are shown in the UK (I don't have cable). I liked Firefly, but really loved Serenity.

Jen Colly said...

Anne... You're a fellow Whovian AND browncoat?! I love it! I haven't seen the new Dr Who with Peter Capaldi either. Sadly I'm always a full season behind. Thanks for visiting today!

And Cate, thanks so much for having me! These questions were so much fun to answer!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks for joining the party, Jen!