Today I am interviewing J. S. Lenore, author of the new exciting paranormal mystery, Burner, first book of the Affinity Series.
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DJ: Hey J. S.! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
J.S. Lenore: Sure! I live in Indianapolis with my husband and daughter. I settled here after college, but grew up outside of Chicago. I’ve always been a big fan of books and started reading very young. Once I could write my own stories, I started and basically never stopped. Most of my early work was fan fiction, but I switched to original fiction in college. I decided to try my hand at writing a novel in 2014, and finished Burner at the end of 2016.
DJ: What’s Burner about?
J.S.: Burner is set in an alternate universe where part of the population can interact and communicate with ghosts. These people are called Mediums. One of the interesting parts about being a Medium is that they bond to a ghost as the final step of their training. That ghost strengthens the Medium’s power, and the bond stops the ghost from Turning, which is a process where ghosts lose their humanity and become dangerous. Burner is about one of these Mediums, a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department named Kim Phillips, and her ghost partner, Priya, and follows them as Kim tries to solve a series of murders.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Burner?
J.S.: I read a lot, so it’s hard to pinpoint specific influences for Burner. Just a couple off the top of my head would be Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, Lynn Flewelling’s Tamir Triad, and J. R. Ward’s In Death series. Continue reading