A couple of months ago I received an ARC of Lightning Rider to review and I loved it. So I was very excited when I got asked to participate in the Lightning Rider blog tour and jumped on the chance to ask her some questions about it.
A huge thank you to Tilly here at Hardcore Heroines for letting me visit and for taking the time to interview me. Glad to be here, and especially glad to be supporting hardcore heroines everywhere!
What influenced your ideas for Lightning Rider?
My grandpa was into some crazy stuff—astral projection, pyramidal energy…not your normal guy. One day at a family reunion my aunts and uncles were telling stories about him and the writer’s favorite tool, the ‘what if?’ popped into my head and I started thinking about what if only one family was given the power to time travel and impact events.
Were you always interested in a career in writing?
I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I didn’t seriously consider writing until about 8 years ago when I woke up with a story inside me that would have consumed me if I didn’t write it down. That book is buried in my back yard along with the next 4, but it got me started down this path.
How did you shape Evy’s character?
BAHA! That’s a good one. There’s no shaping Evy. There’s getting the hell out of her way and writing as fast as I can. She pounded herself into my head as this very strong, sassy character and as she developed it was very clear this story was going to get told exactly how she wanted it. Or else.
What book contains your favourite Hardcore (mental or physical) Heroine?
Wow. Just one? I’m going to have to go with MacKayla Lane from Karen Marie Moning’s FaeFever series. I love all Karen’s books, but this series really stuck with me after I read it (all 7 times).
I love MacKayla! Her character development is amazing, she really grows and becomes such a badass! And of course there’s Barrons…;)
Who was your favourite character to write in Lightning Rider? Why?
Evy. Hands down. She’s and incredibly powerful woman, even when she doesn’t believe in herself. People see it immediately and it’s entertaining to watch the other characters react to her. There’s never a dull or quiet moment with her – she’s 1000% all the time.
Evy is certainly a force to be reckoned with and must have been entertaining to write! I’ve noticed a distinct lack of Latinas in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, were you aware of this when you made Evy Latina?
Sadly, it’s not just in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, it’s in every genre. Latinas are gaining some traction, and I’d love to see a lot more of them. I wasn’t aware of how truly few there were until I started shopping my manuscript around and the feedback started coming in. Personally, I think the genres could use a lot more color.
I completely agree, there needs to be more diversity in the every genre. Evy travels to ancient Spain accidentally, if you could time-travel in the past, where would you go and why?
My number one stop would be the Library of Alexandria. Julius Caesar burned it in 48 BC, so anytime after its founding in 283 BC. Second stop, New York at the turn of the century to hang out with Nikola Tesla.
That would be incredibly fascinating to visit! Nikola Tesla is also an interesting choice. If you found out you could control lightning, what would you do with it?
Ha. Great question. I’d like to think I’d be responsible, but I’d probably blow some stuff up. I’d definitely see if I could use it to time travel.
Haha, I can see where Evy comes from! Who is your favourite superhero?
At the moment, Iron Man, but that might just be because of Robert Downey, Jr. I’d love a good female superhero, but they seem to be missing—we’ve been relegated to sidekicks. Katniss was a badass, but I’m not sure she qualifies as superhero. Wonder Woman was pretty excellent back in the day, also She-Ra. Hmm…looks like we’re ready for a new female superhero.
Thanks again for having me. I had a great time and this was a great interview. I really really appreciate you taking the time to have me at Hardcore Heroines and I hope your readers will enjoy Evy’s tale.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with Robert Downey Jr, especially now with Iron Man 3 out. Katniss definitely counts as a new-age superhero. We certainly need a new female superhero! Thanks Jen for being hosted on Hardcore Heroines.
From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen also writes university courses and corporate training material when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile. Her new adult fantasy, Lightning Rider, comes out May 31 and features a Latina heroine with some serious superpowers.
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Heiress to a time-traveling dynasty, Evy Rivera is finally claiming her birthright as a lightning rider. Problem is, she’s forced to learn it alongside Constantine, a prickly, obstinate
Roman warrior who constantly challenges her to be the woman he sees in her.
Thrown back into ancient Spain, Evy must rely on guts and instinct to wield her lightning as a weapon and outsmart Ilif, her quasi-mentor who believes time traveling should be left to the Rivera men.
During her training, Evy and Constantine battle the push-pull of their explosive relationship, aware the 2,000-year span between their lives is an unavoidable hurdle.
Caught between a centuries-old battle rife with secrets, Evy must learn whom to trust before she risks everything and the wrong history repeats itself. When the heritage her parents have suppressed mingles with the past, Evy must find answers . . .
Which history is the right one? And who is she becoming?
I seriously recommend Lightning Rider if you enjoy strong, funny heroines and a refreshing premise!
It’s also available for pre-order on Kobo (for all devices) and iTunes, everywhere on May 31, 2013
Jen Greyson is also having a launch party tomorrow! Microsoft is hosting in it’s first ever Utah store, but don’t worry if you can’t get there though, there’s also a live stream online where Jen will do a reading and Q&A session. The party is 7-8:30 , with the reading and Q&A starting at 7:30. As thanks, everyone who attends the virtual party will be entered in the drawing for a $200 amazon gift card, and online attendees who ask a question will be entered into a special “virtual” door prize. If you want to attend go here.