About Jennifer Allis Provost:
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything! For my urban fantasy, Copper Girl, I was inspired by an oddly-shaped tree on the edge of a parking lot. My epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, was inspired by a music box. Inspiration really is all around us.
Tell us about your writing process.
Outline? What is this magic of which you speak?
Seriously, though, I don’t think I’ve ever outlined anything. Well, maybe a book report or two. My stories always begin with characters, then I need to figure out what they’re doing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Why yes, my characters do have free will! This is one of the main reasons I don’t outline. When a character surprises you in your own writing, that is a truly magical experience.
What advice would you give other writers?
Get out there (or online, whatever) and network! The writing community is very supportive. The best thing any writer can do is get out there and make connections.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve published with small presses, big (but not Big 5) NY presses, and I’ve self published. How you publish depends a great deal on the particular work in question. What’s the best way to find your proper publishing path? See above, and network with other authors.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing will be a wonderful adventure. Ebooks are so easy to come by, and anyone can wander into any book store with an ISBN and get a physical copy of almost any book on the planet. Technology is working for us, not against, we just need to keep on reading.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, urban fantasy, romance, and horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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