Saturday, October 15, 2011

Interview: Janni Lee Simner

Today I have the wonderful Janni Lee Simner joining us for faerie week!

I have two giveaways going on right now! Check out the angels giveaway, and the faeries and ghosts giveaway. I have bookmarks and postcards from Janni in the faeries and ghosts giveaway!

Before the interview, here's a bit about Janni.

Taken from LiveJournal

I live in the Arizona desert, where the plants know how to bite and the dandelions have thorns; in spite of these things--or maybe because of them--I'm feel like I live in one of the most stunning places on earth. I'm author of the post-apocalyptic young adult fantasies Bones of Faerie and Faerie Winter, as well as of Thief Eyes, a contemporary YA fantasy set in Iceland.

I've also published four books for younger readers, most recently Secret of the Three Treasures, as well as more than 30 short stories.


What do you order at Starbucks?

Either a black iced tea or--if I need a more serious caffeine hit--a caramel frappuccino.

Who is your favorite author?

Madeleine L'Engle. I fell in love with A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Arm of the Starfish, and A Wrinkle in Time as a teen, and those have remained touchstone books for me ever since. I go back and reread them every few years.

What is the most enjoyable part of the process of writing and publishing a book?

I think it always comes back to the writing process for me. I love immersing myself in the world of a story, and then doing all I can to make that world vivid and real enough that others can see that world, too.

Publishing means I get to share my imaginary worlds with others. :-)

What is your favorite way to describe your Faerie books?

As post-apocalyptic faerie tales.

The books are set in the aftermath of a War between the human and faerie realms, one that's destroyed much of our world and left behind a land filled with deadly magic: stones that glow with deadly light, forests that can swallow a person whole, and trees that seek human blood and bone.

What attracts you to faeries?

I think I'm drawn to writing about them because they scare me, especially in the older stories. And because they look almost like us, and yet a million small things remind us just how Other they are. 

What is your favorite symbol/image/thing associated with Halloween?

I confess, it's the candy. Giving it out and eating the leftovers both.

I also love the time of year Halloween is in, that transition from our long Tucson summers to the cool evenings and clear air of autumn.

What was your favorite Halloween and why?

I don't know if it was my favorite exactly, but the Halloween I always look back on and laugh about is the one where I decided I wanted to dress up as an alien. My mom carefully sewed aluminum foil to a shirt and pants for me, so that I could be all covered in a silvery spacesuit.

Only … aluminum foil is not very sturdy. That costume fell apart piece by piece as I walked through the neighborhood, leaving bits of silver spacesuit behind me. :-)

Can you give me any insight into your third Faerie book you just finished?

I've been thinking of the third book all along as the book where Liza returns to Faerie. The third book picks up some of the threads of the first book, and we see more deeply the damage the War has done to both worlds, but it also looks further back, to events that happened long before the War that are still affecting those worlds.

It's also the last Faerie book, from Liza's point of view at least. I feel like Liza and I have traveled such a long way together--it's going to be strange to let her go!

Thanks so much for the interview and swag, Janni! I've enjoyed having you!

Her faerie books!

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