Interview: Jeffe Kennedy of Hunting the Siren

Author Jeffe Kennedy chats about Hunting the Siren, Feeding the Vampire, and future Blood Currency series books.

The Blood Currency series currently has two novels. Have you planned out how many books it will include?

There will be at least three, because I already have the concept approved for the third one. After that, it will largely depend on if my editor and Ellora’s Cave – and the readers! – want more.

Are vampires your favorite paranormal creature? If not, what is?

I’m not sure I have a favorite. I love vampires from way back – they were among the first “sexy monsters” I ever read. But I really love anything unusual or fantastic.

Feeding the Vampire and Hunting the Siren focus on different characters. Will you continue to change the voice of each novel? 

Each of the Blood Currency series will focus on a different couple (or threesome?), yes. But I’d like to bring some of the characters together at some point. Like an Avengers thing. 😀

Which character has been the most fun to write?

I really loved writing Imogen in Hunting the Siren just because she’s so jaded and ruthless. She brings a new definition to the concept of being strong, but she also has this very tender heart, down deep in inside.

How was your experience writing Feeding the Vampire and Hunting the Siren different?

Feeding the Vampire came from a dream I had, so it was kind of handed to me. Hunting the Siren was a story I more consciously cooked up. And some of the elements (furry boots, for one) were especially to please one of my critique partners who has a thing for yurts.

What do you enjoy the most about writing fantasy?

I love that I get to make everything up! I can make story rules be whatever I want them to be. It’s very fun to watch the story unfold under my typing fingers, full of magic and surprises.

Do you listen to music while you write? What are some songs that helped inspire Hunting the Siren?

I don’t much anymore. These days I like total silence while I write. But If I were to pick a song for Hunting the Siren, it would be “Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I’m a very ritualized writer and I sit down at pretty much the same time every day for the same amount of time. I find that if I put in the desk time, with no distractions (the internet gets turned OFF), the words will come eventually.

What are you currently reading?

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp and Lover’s Bite by Maggie Shayne

What can readers expect from you next?

The next story in this series will (I think) be about a former university president who builds a walled community occupied by women in this post-apocalyptic world. And the man who breaks in. Should be fun!

About Hunting the Siren (Blood Currency #2)

A vampire queen grown powerful with age, Imogen has protected her band of nightriders through the centuries. When refugee vampires from earthquake-shattered Europe seek shelter and sustenance, she’s honor-bound to feed them, by any means necessary. When her lieutenants dump the vengeful human man Kasar at her feet, Imogen succumbs to his masculine vitality and her overwhelming hunger for his blood—and his body.

Kasar has survived the breaking of the world, only to discover the vampire queen has slaughtered his sister and her unborn child. With the last of his bloodline dead, only his desire for vengeance keeps Kasar alive. He imagines he can pretend to succumb to Imogen’s seduction—not that he has much of a choice, chained as he is to the foot of her bed—and bide his time until he has an opportunity to kill her. The passion he finds in her arms is unexpected, and impossible to resist. But this haven of desire and satiation could easily destroy them both.

About Feeding the Vampire (Blood Currency #1)

Through good luck and healthy cowardice, Misty has survived the earthquakes that have torn the world apart, but has no skills to speak of. Or so she thinks. She does have blood, and someone must feed the vampire who has offered his protection and strength in exchange for sustenance.

Feeding Ivan is a priority, and Misty finally serves a purpose. But when she awakens tied to his bed, an unwilling gift to Ivan from the townspeople, she discovers he has hungers other than blood.

Hungers he expects her to satisfy in the most carnal manner. Under his seductive persuasion Misty discovers she has the power to sustain Ivan in all ways, while experiencing unspeakable pleasure herself.

 Find the Blood Currency Series

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About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.

Her contemporary fantasy novel, Rogue’s Pawn, book one in A Covenant of Thorns, will be published in July, 2012. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedy) and Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website http://jeffekennedy.com/.

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