Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. To date she has released seven novels and a handful of short fiction.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest release is The Virgin Queen, the second book in my epic fantasy series The Chronicles of Parthalan. It follows the titular queen, Asherah, as the peace she has carefully created for her people is destroyed.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, in that I like to write in complete silence. No music or background television noise for me; I find it far too distracting.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and American Gods by Neil Gaiman, to name a few.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the third Chronicle of Parthalan, Deva’shi. I’m releasing an urban fantasy, Copper Veins, in July, and finishing up my third contemporary romance, Changing Fates. I’ve also got an urban fantasy manuscript I’m shopping around.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The best method is to interact with readers, whether it’s virtually or in person. Readers like an author they can relate to, who will answer questions and generally be friendly.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get out there and network! A solid writing community will help you in many ways, from getting your work published, to finding new readers, to getting reviews.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Your front list sells your back list. The absolute best promo tool out there is to write another book.
What are you reading now?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
What’s next for you as a writer?
in addition to the two novels I have releasing this year, I’ve been asked to contribute to two anthologies. So basically what’s next is writing followed by more writing.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley