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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Contest: A Day in the Life with author Jennifer Estep

Today I introduce you to one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Estep.  My best pal, Natasha, first introduced me to Jennifer by way of lending me her much loved copy of Karma Girl and I have been hooked ever since.  Her books are hilarious, with non stop action, kick ass female heroines and introduced me to my one and only book boyfriend, Finnegan,  from the Elemental Assassins series. 

 Whats a Typical day like for you?

JE: I get up, have breakfast, and then turn on the computer and get to work. I check e-mail and my social media sites before tackling whatever writing or other project needs to get done that day. I take a couple of breaks for lunch, etc., but Im usually at my computer most of the day. If Im on a roll or if something needs to get done, Ill keep on working until its finished.

What books have most influenced your life most?

JE: Some of my favorite authors include Robin McKinley, Ian Fleming, Donald Westlake, David Eddings, Robert Parker, and too many others to name. Every time I read a great book, it always inspires me to try to write something as good one day.

 What was the first story you remember writing -- this could even be something you wrote in Grade 1?

JE: One thing I remember is writing a fairy tale for one of my English classes in high school. I dont remember what the story was about, but I remember thinking that it was a fun assignment.
How do you deal with negative reviews?

JE: Reading is so subjective, and everyone has different tastes. What one person likes, another person wont like, so I just try to take negative reviews with a grain of salt. However, I will look at negative (and positive) reviews just to see what did or didnt work for folks or maybe some things I could improve on in future books. You always want to keep growing as a writer, and I always try to make the next book better than the one before it.
What are you working on now?

JE: Im working on the next books in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series and my Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. Since Im writing two series, theres always something to be done, whether its writing the next book or working on copy edits and page proofs for books that are closer to being published.
If you could be one of the characters in your books, who would it be?

JE: I think it would be cool to be as strong and confident as Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider from my Elemental Assassin books.
What One book would you bring if you were stuck on a desert Island?

JE: Beauty by Robin McKinley. Its a lovely retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.

IF you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

JE: I think it would be fun to have some sort of teleportation power, so you could instantly go anywhere you wanted to.

What are you reading now?

JE: Ive got several books in my TBR pile, including Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter; About That Night by Julie James; and Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas. So Im looking forward to reading those and the other books in my TBR pile, as well as trying some new authors this year.

About Jennifer

 Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When shes not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an objects history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series for Berkley. The Bigtime books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. Shes a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups. Jennifers books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications. 

You can follow her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter and at

Prize: copy of Dark Frost
Ends: June 9th
Details: In Comments section answer the following: What Superpower would you like to have & please leave a way to contact you if you win 
US/Canada Only

In addition to the copy of Dark Frost being offered up by Jennifer, don't forget every comment made on the A Day in the Life series will be entered into a special contest at the end of the year to win a prize pack with books from all of the authors who participated. 

Jennifer Estep Book Reviews on Misbehavin Librarian


  1. I would love to have the ability to fly. The wings of a bird are magical!

  2. I think Im with Jennifer on this one. I would love to be able to teleport so I could visit anywhere(I dont like to fly!)
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  3. Random, but I would love to have the ability to speak and understand every language. I think that would be so useful!! :D

    stacey (dot) marin (at) laverne (dot) edu

  4. Lisa -- That would be a cool power to have.

    Lexie -- Wouldnt that be a fun power to have?

    Stay-Cee -- That would be a cool power to have.

  5. I would like to have the power to control the weather like Storm from X-Men! I get to fly and shoot lightning from my fingers!
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  6. Im a terrified flyer but I love travelling, so Id go with teleportation. As a bonus, I wouldnt have to deal with public transporation every day.

  7. Telekinesis. And Im not sure that, after being cut off then flipped off by someone who cant drive, Id only use my powers for good.


  8. Unman just had this discussion with my coworkers yeah see how productive we were lol bug ill have to go with either teleportation or telepathy.

  9. The power to implode people using my mind! Haha! (My friend and I were talking about superpowers!)
    But seriously? Telekinesis or invisibility!

    fourheadjen at gmail dot com

  10. Shana -- That would be a fun power to have.

    Cheryl -- Wouldnt it be cool to instantly get where you needed to?

    Kristin -- Telekinesis would be a cool power to have.

    Lynnette -- Teleportation or telepathy would both be interesting powers to have.

    Fourheadjen -- Telekinesis or invisibility would both be cool powers to have.

  11. Wow thats a tough question. I think I would love it if I could transform into different animals and experience the world in different ways.

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

  12. I would love to have the power to control (fast forward, freeze, go back) time. That would be so awesome!


  13. Oh, Im so going with blasting this with the flick of my fingers like piper from charmed :).

  14. Whitewolfreads -- That would be an interesting power to have.

    Amy -- I would probably try to add more time to the day so I could get more accomplished. LOL.

    Priya -- That would be a cool power to have.

  15. I would have to choose having the ability to heal so I can help others. =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. would love to have the phoenixs(jean Grey) powers. she can do most anything with her mind. move things and telepathy.
    scrtspal at yahoo dot com