Word-Slingers – Interview of Jennifer Harlow

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been a storyteller in some shape or form. I used to fake being sick to stay home from school and play with my dolls. When I got too old for that around age thirteen I moved onto putting pen to paper. I started with really terrible novellas, then since I was living in Southern California, I thought I’d try my hand at screenplays. Most of them were pretty crap too, think Lifetime movie bad. With that more or less mastered, I woke up one day and was like, “Huh. Maybe I’ll try writing a book.” And I did. Nine and counting. 

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)?

I’m such a miser that when I was working full time I squirreled away a sizable nest egg that I’m living off now so I can write full time.  I’m also unattached with no children (and no desire for either) so I can focus solely on my writing. I still go out with friends and play video games with my brothers but they all know I’m a workaholic. Balance has never been my strength.

 3) What can you tell us about your release What’s a Witch To Do? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. 

It’s entitled, What’s A Witch To Do? and it’s the first in a new series called Midnight Magic. It’s an offshoot of my other series, the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad. This one follows the most powerful witch in America who, on the busiest week of her life, finds out someone wants to kill her and take over her coven.  There’s romance, humor, Southern hospitality, and plenty of suspense. Sales pitch over. I wanted to try my hand at a romance, and a sex scene!, but since I’m still more fighter than lover I wanted to include horror and mystery elements. Hope I combined them well.

4) What is it about the combination of paranormal romance & mystery that you like so much? 

I don’t know where it comes from but I’ve always been drawn to horror and the paranormal. My grandmother was worried I’d go over to the “dark side” but they’ve always fascinated me. I like horror because it’s so dramatic like riding a roller coaster. You get to touch that darkness, that danger, but it can’t touch you back or hurt you. The paranormal is the unexplained, and we fear what we don’t understand.  Plus with the paranormal you get to have a little magic in your life, even if it’s only in a book.

 5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when? 

I started out writing a plain old serial killer novel. I’d like to return to the more mundane world but lately I’ve been writing about superheroes so I still have my head in the clouds and magic.

6) Sweet or sour? Sweet. 

I have a sweet tooth to beat the band. My dentist loves me.

7) Chocolate or vanilla? 

I used to adore chocolate but think I got sick of it. Now I’m vanilla all the way.

AUTHOR INFO
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.
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BOOK INFO 
BLURB
Mona McGregor’s To Do List:
• Make 20 13 potions/spells/charms
• Put girls to bed
• Help with Debbie’s wedding
• Lose 30 pounds before bachelorette auction
• Deal with the bleeding werewolf on doorstep
• Find out who wants me dead
• Prepare for supernatural summit
• Have a nervous breakdown
• Slay a damn demon
• Fall in love
With her to-do lists growing longer each day, the last thing Mona McGregor—High Priestess and owner of the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia—needs is a bleeding werewolf at her front door. Between raising her two nieces and leading a large coven of witches, Mona barely has time for anything else. Not even Guy, the handsome doctor who’s taken an interest in her.
But now there’s Adam Blue, the sexy beta werewolf of the Eastern Pack who’s been badly hurt, warning Mona that someone wants her dead. Hell’s bells! A demon is stalking her, and Mona starts to suspect her coven members and even her own family could be responsible for it. With two attractive men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead.

.. . and who really wants her.

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