>Everyone please welcome Elle Jasper back to Paperback Dolls! Elle is here on her second visit to answer some questions about her debut urban fantasy, Afterlight, releasing tomorrow and give one lucky follower a chance to win a signed copy.
Elle Jasper spent her youth buried in the pages of Mary Shelly, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, and Stephen King. Growing up on the salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia, she was always fascinated by the city’s ancient cobblestones, eerie church spires and Gothic Revival architect—as well as the dark, not-so-publicized side of Savannah, both steeped in tumultuous history. After an education at Armstrong Atlantic University, she forged her love of Gothic literature with an active imagination to pen her own stories. She is now a full time writer and lives amidst the moss and shadows of Savannah.
Hi Elle! The girls and I would like to welcome you back to Paperback Dolls!
Would you tell our readers a little more about your novel Afterlight and your series the Dark Ink Chronicles? Do you know how many books in the Dark Ink Chronicles your planning to use to bring Riley’s story to light?
Oh yeah! So far, 3 books are set for The Dark Ink Chronicles: Afterlight, Everdark, Eventide (which I’m writing now!). Set in my city of Savannah, Afterlight is the first book in The Dark Ink Chronicles. The story revolves around the protagonist, Riley Poe, who was a stinker of a kid. I’m talking troubled teen to the nth degree. Drugs. Sex. Gangs. Fighting. Juvy. Jail. It wasn’t until an obsessed boyfriend murdered Riley’s mother–whom Riley found, strangled in her bath tub–that kicked Riley into gear. Along with her brother, they were left to be raised by her mother’s employers and closest friends: a Gullah root doctor and his wife who owns a potions shop on River Street. (Gullah is a culture of folk descended from the African slaves who escaped to the barrier islands off the coast of southern Georgia and South Carolina) When Riley’s kid brother gets involved with a prank at Bonaventure Cemetery, and inadvertently set free an entombed pair of evil strigoi vampiric brothers, the city’s youth become the target of a vampire uprising. Unbeknownst to Riley, a family of “guardians” have resided in Savannah for nearly three centuries. The Dupres, vampires theselves, made a pact with the Gullah to keep the city safe in return for “humane nourishment”. Now Riley’s brother is in the “quickening”, soon to become a bloodsucker, and Riley must join forces with the Dupres to save him and the other teens from becoming the living dead! Riley, though, has wicked-drugging blood to a vampire, and her Gullah “grandfather” has been keeping it masked for years to keep her safe. When Riley encounters the Dupres eldest son, Eli? Sparks fly and sizzle! And so begins the first book!
We read in your guest post for our Passport to Georgia feature that you named Riley’s shop after a real tattoo shop in Savannah called “Inksomnia” Why did you choose for Riley to be a tattoo shop owner and artist? Is there any significance to her beautiful dragon tattoo?
When our readers finally have the chance to read Afterlight for themselves, they will find out about Riley’s troubled and rebellious past. Does Riley mirror your own life’s story or somebody you know?
We know your busy right now with the debut of Afterlight tomorrow and then Everdark (June 2011) and Eventide not that far behind next year, but are there any other series or genres your just itching to dive into?
How do you keep track of your world building? Are you a plotter, pantser, or a combination?
With all the social networks, friends, family and obligations, what would you say interrupts or interferes with your writing the most?
What would you like people to know about you?
And because we are the Paperback Dolls, we can’t just let you get away without answering a couple of Paperback Proust questions now can we? LOL! No! Shoot!
What is your greatest fear?
I have two: Shark attack and bear mauling. I’m obsessed with both. Shark week in August I’m glued to Discovery. LOVE the salt water. Aint gettin’ in it! LOL! LOVE to hike but will only do so in Scotland, England and Wales where there ARE NO BEARS!!!! Yet I’d love to PET ONE! They have such CUTE fuzzy EARS!!! EEEK!
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Who are some of your real life heroes?
What is your most treasured possession?
What is your chief characteristic?
What is your main fault?
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
We all accept our faults and still love each other regardless. And we’re all retarded. Can I say retarded without getting in trouble?
How would you wish to die?
What is your motto?
Thank you so much for visiting with us again Elle! We had a wonderful time and your welcomed to come back anytime!
Elle is offering ONE signed copy of AFTERLIGHT to ONE lucky follower. All you have to do is answer what you would do if you found out that vampires were real?
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Giveaway ends November 13th and the winner will be chosen by random.org on November 14th. We ask the winners to post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out. Also, we will try to contact the winners, but we ask that you check back to see if you’ve won.