Today I am interviewing Jennifer Roberson, author of the new fantasy novel, Life and Limb, first book in the Blood & Bone series.
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DJ: Hi Jennifer! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jennifer: I have a BS in journalism, minor in British History, which seems fairly prosaic, but I was very fortunate to do my final semester in London on an American Foreign Studies program. Classes were held three days a week, and the rest of the time I was taking trains all over England, Scotland, and Wales. While born in Missouri, at the age of four we moved to Phoenix and I have been an Arizonan ever since. Currently I reside in Tucson with a collection of cats and Cardigan Welsh Corgis—the Corgi with the tail. I’m also a former rodeo queen and have been a reporter, bookstore employee, advertising copywriter, and doggie daycare handler.
DJ: What is Life and Limb about?
Jennifer: Life and Limb is the first volume in an ongoing urban fantasy series about the End of Days, and two perfectly ordinary young men who are strangers to one another who have been conscripted to join the heavenly host in a battle against Lucifer’s spec ops troops: demons who now inhabit characters and creatures from fiction, history, myths, legends, and folklore. But the angels have agendas, and Gabe and Remi—an ex-con biker and Texas cowboy—must also come to grips with the unwelcome discovery that they themselves are not after all entirely human, even as they climb the steepest of learning curves in an attempt to save the world. It’s myth, and magic; gods and goddesses; angels and agendas.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Life and Limb and the series?
Jennifer: Books, certainly, but also movies and TV shows. I intend it to be a very visceral, visual series, and it harkens to many of the archetypes and themes found in so many shows and films. I call it a “kitchen sink” series in that everything and the kitchen sink will be thrown into the mix, including literature, pop culture, movies, myth, and music. There are homages and references to many favorite f/sf shows. I think readers will sense overtones of popular genre shows such as X-Files, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Highlander, and others. Continue reading