Today I am interviewing Dan Jolley, author of the new superhero-noir, urban fantasy novel, Gray Widow’s Walk, first book of the Gray Widow trilogy.
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DJ: Hey Dan! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Dan Jolley: Sure thing – I’m a giant nerd who’s been lucky enough and persistent enough to be able to make a living coming up with the kinds of stories I loved reading as a kid. I started writing professionally before I got out of college, beginning with comic books, and since then I’ve branched out into YA novels, kids’ books, and video games.
I grew up in a tiny town in northwest Georgia and, as fate would have it, returned to that town after being gone for about twenty years. I don’t know that I’ll stay here for good, but it’s nice to be around family again, and you can’t beat the cost of living.
DJ: What is Gray Widow’s Walk about?
Dan Jolley: It’s the story of Janey Sinclair, a young woman who mysteriously gained the ability to teleport from one patch of darkness to another. Janey’s life has been a series of cruel, unfair tragedies, and for a while she dealt with her grief and guilt by living more or less like a hermit. But her anger gets the better of her, and rather than try to work through it by going to therapy, she steals a prototype suit of body armor and starts forcibly enacting justice on the streets of Atlanta, trying to set right the injustices she’s suffered herself. She even gives the citizenry a new law—the Gray Widow’s Law: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…OR ELSE.”
But soon after she goes public, Janey learns that the cause of her teleportation ability may be something much more far-reaching than she’d suspected…and things get even more complicated when she meets someone who might, for the first time in years, be able to break through the fortress-like emotional walls she’s put up. Continue reading