Jennifer was kind enough to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Before we get to the interview here is a little bio about Jennifer Wylie:
Jennifer Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.
Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.
Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. Sweet light is her debut novel to be published in 2011.
Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband, two boys, Australian shepherd a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.
Congratulations on having 5 of your short stories in the Top Ten on the Omnilit eBooks site. How did that feel?
I would love to play it cool... however honestly, I'm ecstatic! When my first published short, Jump, debuted this past December and made the Top Ten there I cried I was so excited. As my other shorts came out and joined it I couldn't be more happy. I'm a very emotional person and there has been a lot of squee's, bouncing and happy dancing going on! (and calls to Mom and Dad) I'm thrilled to see readers are enjoying my stories and they are doing so well.
How would you describe The Forgotten Echo to someone who hasn’t read it?
The Forgotten Echo is a paranormal with a new take on the afterlife and ghosts. Echo's are more than ghosts. They are created by Immortals to protect and serve and so are stronger and are bound both to their Immortal and the Otherworld. This short tells the story of Cassy, how she became an Echo and her initial reactions and interactions (or lack thereof) with her Immortal.
Was it always yor intention to write The Forgotten Echo as part of a series, or did it just happen whilst you was writing it?
This story just popped into my head and was very easy to write. Even before I got a contract for it more ideas for further stories started to form in my already full brain! I have a second Immortal Echos story contracted and coming out this summer, The Untouchable Echo. It is about a pair of Echos, Julia and Jonathan, and their Immortal. It is not a sequel to The Forgotten Echo, but set around the same time in the same world. I plan on writing more shorts, and also a book which will tie everything together.
I noticed on your blog that you have written a short story based on the character of Devon. Are there any plans, either now or in the future, to publish this as part of the series?
Devons little story, which is a prequel to The Forgotten Echo, will remain free on my blog. I received so many emails and comments from people who read The Forgotten Echo and wanted to more about him I just had to write it. I do love my fans, so it is a little gift to them. :)
What was your favourite part of writing The Forgotten Echo?
Definitely all of Cassy's interactions with Devon. I enjoyed portraying her array of feelings and confusion over everything which had happened. Not only that, her personal feelings constantly warred with the magic that bound her to Devon.
What was the hardest part to write?
The ending. Most of my writing life I've written novels. The last year or so I started writing shorts again. Endings for shorts always are tricky for me, because I want to keep on going. It was also difficult not to make it too sappy and romantic. (I'm a hopeless romantic myself)
Are you currently working on another projects? If so could you tell us what they are?
Oh yes, I've a million projects on the go. I have the sequel to Jump, and the new Echo story contracted so will be starting edits for them soon.
My debut novel, an adult romantic fantasy called Sweet Light, will be released shortly. It's at the printer now and will make its print debut at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago June 4th and 5th (I'll be there too!!) I don't have an exact date for its eBook release, but it will be out soon too!
I've also finished an YA fantasy novel and am working on its sequel. I've a number of other short stories in the works as well.
On top of all of this, I am taking part in Echelon Press' Electric Shorts program geared to get kids and teens reading. My series, Tales of Ever, is a fantasy for 13-17yrs (and adults too). It began in March and a new installment comes out each month ending in August. Keeping up with writing and editing all of these has me on my toes!
I noticed on your bio that you are an avid reader. What do you like to read in your spare time?
I'm a fantasy nut. If there is romance, I'm even happier. I also enjoy some good sci-fi now and then too. I've too many favorite authors to count and love reading so many of the new authors coming out too.
Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would say have influenced you as a writer?
As a writer I'd say no. I have my own crazy mind full of stories and my writing style varies depending on the story I'm telling. However there are many authors who turned me into avid reader, and sparked my imagination so I could write. My mother had me reading books by David Eddings and Anne McCaffrey before I was even a teen.
Is there anything else you would like to share with World of Book Reviews readers?
Thank you so much for having me! It is always a pleasure to share myself and my work with readers.
I'm all over the web and love to 'talk' with readers and fellow writers.
All of my published work is available in eBook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and OmniLit.
I would just like to say a big thank you, once again, to Jennifer Wylie, for taking part in my first author interview. I also want to wish her the best of luck with her debut novel Sweet Light.
If you would like to find out more about Jennifer's other work please check out the links below.
Jennifer's Website: www.jenniferwylie.ca
Jennifer's Blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/
To follow Jennifer on twitter: @jen_wylie
To follow Jennifer on goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4499919.Jen_Wylie
To join Jennifer's facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wylie/151266004895266