>We would like to extend Jennifer Estep a warm welcome to Paperback Dolls! Jennifer is here for her first time on her Venom Blog Tour. I recently reviewed Venom, out September 28th, earlier this month (found Here) and absolutely loved it. I contacted Jennifer because I wanted to talk about one of my favorite characters in her Elemental Assassin series, Finnegan Lane!
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Kitt and the other folks here at Paperback Dolls for having me on the blog today. Thanks, everyone!
Some of you might know me as the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s 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.
The first two books in the series are Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies. Venom, the third book, is coming out on Sept. 28. Tangled Threads, the fourth book, will be published in May 2011, while the fifth book (untitled) will be released in October 2011.
I’ve also sold a young adult urban fantasy series called Mythos Academy. The first book is called Touch of Frost and will be out in August 2011. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen finds herself shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendents of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, and more.
So today, Kitt asked me to talk about Finnegan Lane, one of the characters in my Elemental Assassin series. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, Finn is Gin’s foster brother and handler. He also happens to be an arrogant, greedy, womanizing clotheshorse who can put a bullet through your eye as easy as he can breathe.
Besides Gin, Finn seems to be the most popular character in the Elemental Assassin
books. I’ve gotten several e-mails from folks and have seen some comments wondering if I’ll ever give Finn his own book. I’m not sure about that (it would depend on sales and whether my publisher would want a book from Finn’s point of view). But I have written a couple of free short stories that focus on Finn to go along with Venom
. They’re called Poison
, and you can find them on the Excerpts
page of my website: http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/
So what makes Finn so popular? I think it’s because he’s so unapologetic and so honest and so completely comfortable with who he is. Finn likes women, and he likes money and all the pretty things that he can buy with it. He hardly ever wears anything other than a designer suit, and he collects expensive sports cars like they’re going out of style. Finn knows that he’s shallow and greedy, and he doesn’t pretend to be anything else other than what he is. It’s a lot of fun for me to write a character who’s so in-your-face about the pleasures that he gets out of life.
Of course, underneath the flashy suits and slick smile, Finn’s a pretty decent guy – one who will go to great lengths to protect his friends and family. But he’d rather shoot you than let you know that he has any sort of feelings. Shudder. Finn is very much like Gin that way.
But I think what really makes Finn work as a character is his devil-may-care attitude. Whether he’s out clubbing or helping Gin put somebody six feet under or even getting the crap beat out of him, Finn always has a smile on his face and a ready comeback. He just has fun no matter what’s happening or how high the odds are stacked again him – and I think that’s what draws readers to him.
Rich, handsome, charming. I know that I’d like to be more like Finn. Wouldn’t you? 😉
What about you guys? Who are some of your favorite urban fantasy characters?
Jennifer, the lovely lady that she is, is offering a signed copy of Venom to one lucky US resident! All you have to do is answer her question.
What kind of assassin works pro bono?
It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker–Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life.
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