Please give a big Romance Dish welcome to Jennifer!
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Gannon and the rest of the folks here at The Romance Dish for having me on the blog today. Thanks, guys!
Some of you might know me as the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
The first two books in the series are Spider’s Bite and Web of Lies. Venom, the third book, came out on Sept. 28. Tangled Threads, the fourth book, will be published in May 2011, while the fifth book (untitled) will be released in October 2011.
I’ve also sold a young adult urban fantasy series called Mythos Academy. The first book is called Touch of Frost and will be out in August 2011. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen finds herself shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendents of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, and more.
So Gannon asked me to talk a little today about scary stuff, since we’re getting close to Halloween. I have a secret to confess – I’m a wimp when it comes to scary stuff. A total, complete, unapologetic wimp. I don’t like to read horror books, and I will not watch scary movies. The last horror movie I watched was one of the Scream movies and only because I wanted to see what everyone else was talking about.
Why do I hate scary stuff? Well, I think it started when I was a kid. As much as I love all the classic Disney films, Pinocchio freaked me out when I saw it. First of all, it was about a puppet, and I was never one to play much with dolls. Then, there was the part where all the kids get turned into donkeys. And finally, the characters get swallowed by a whale. Seriously, a freaking whale. And this is supposed to be a kids’ movie? Well, it wasn’t for this kid.
Then, when I was in middle school, someone described the movie Child’s Play to me in great detail. For those of you who don’t know, Child’s Play is about a knife-wielding doll that kills people. I never actually saw the movie, but believe me, this kid gave me all the horror highlights. To this day, I can’t even watch scenes from any of the Child’s Play movies.
But the final nail in the coffin, so to speak, happened when I was visiting some of my cousins one summer. What movie did we have to watch? Poltergeist, which is about a creepy little girl who gets sucked into her TV and an equally creepy woman who saves her. Yeah, that firmly cemented my aversion to all things horror-related.
Maybe it’s the puppet/doll thing that scares me. Or maybe I just don’t want to get sucked into my TV. Whatever it is, horror is not the genre for me. I think there are enough scary things in the world as it is without inventing new ones – or wanting to be scared by them. LOL.
I know, I know. I write about an assassin who kills people – a lot of people. My Elemental Assassin books are pretty bloody and violent. But you know what? There are no puppets or killer dolls or body-sucking TV demons in my books. And I plan on keeping it that way. ;-)
What about you guys? Do you like scary books or movies? Why or why not? What are some of your favorites?