Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jennifer Krey - The Hollow of Mont Noir - Author Interview

My thanks to Jennifer Krey for stopping by Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways for an author interview about her book, The Hollow of Mont Noir.

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
The title of the book - "The Hollow of Mont Noir" - is the name of the fictional town in which the story takes place. It is a very tiny town in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, tucked away in the middle of nowhere and isolated from the rest of civilization. "Hollow" means "small valley" and "Mont Noir" means "black mountain," and I chose this name because the town exists amid some dark forces, in some ways as a safe haven and in other ways, holding empty (or "hollow") promises.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main themes of the book are about hope, love, loss and family. At the beginning, the reader learns that Allison is struggling with the concept of hope. She wants to have hope that her brother will be found alive, but she's afraid that hoping will only bring crushing disappointment. I don't want to give away the ending, but she starts to learn that there is both unbelievable goodness and unimaginable evil in the world and that the best way to navigate through it all is to hold on to hope.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Very little of it. First of all, it's about supernatural creatures, so that kind of shoots any realism in the foot right there. Plus, the towns mentioned in the book are fictional, with only a few larger cities noted for geographical reference. I tried to make the interactions between people and the emotions realistic, based on my own experiences, but nothing in the book is actually "based on a true story."

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I think I would re-order some of the events and descriptions in the first few chapters of the book. There is a fair amount of backstory in Chapters 1 through 4, and it starts off a little slow. I think it really picks up from there, and if I were to re-write it, I would begin with more action and sprinkle in the background information later in the book.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part for me was just finding the time to write. I am a stay-at-home with two little boys (5 months and 2 1/2 years old), so I'm pretty busy during the day, but they're both great sleepers, so I have been able to get a lot done while they are asleep.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I had a hard time getting started because I kept trying to start at the beginning, and it was just a mess. It was going nowhere and barely made sense. I finally gave up on that and worked on the middle and then came back to the beginning later. That was so much easier for me! I learned that it's best to just start writing whatever part of the book you feel like writing at the time and then put it all in order later.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I never thought of myself as a writer before I wrote "The Hollow of Mont Noir." I'd wanted to write a book for a long time, but the thought of writing an entire book seemed too intimidating until I actually started doing it. When I was pregnant with my second son, I had insomnia for the entire first trimester, where I was only sleeping an hour or two per night. That gave me a lot of time to just lie in bed and think. I started fleshing out the characters and making up dialogue to entertain myself while my husband slept, and I ended up writing "The Hollow of Mont Noir" in my head while I should have been sleeping.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My all-time favorite author? Wow, that is really tough to answer because there are so many great writers, past and present. I am more into individual books than authors - I absolutely love one or two books by each of hundreds of different authors. Growing up, I was really into reading the classics, and my favorites were Emily Brönte's "Wuthering Heights," Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," and Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities." What really struck me about those books was how timeless they are. They are truly works of art that will never go in or out of style. As far as contemporary authors, I'm always into something different and changing my favorite thing of the moment. I enjoy Charlaine Harris because her stories are consistently entertaining and captivating. Right now, for some reason, I'm really into Kate DiCamillo's work. Her writing style is very poetic and beautiful. I just get sucked into her simple stories and they really stick with me. I just re-read "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," and it still makes me cry.

9. Tell us your latest news.
My next book release will be called "Ochre Sky," and it will be Book #2 in the HOWL Series. It will be set in Ochre Sky, Pennsylvania and will pick up where "The Hollow of Mont Noir" left off. The themes of this book will be about growing up and finding out what you really want vs. what you think you want. I don't want to say too much more about it because (a) I don't want to give away the ending of "The Hollow of Mont Noir" and (b) I haven't finished "Ochre Sky" yet, so it's still subject to change. I am also working on a short story that is a fairy tale with a paranormal twist. I'm not sure whether I'll complete that or the book first... I just need a good case of insomnia so I can do both!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Many thanks to all of my readers! I really appreciate all of the support that my readers have given me so far. It was kind of scary publishing my first book, but everyone has been so nice and so positive that it's taken the anxiety out of it. Now I can't wait to finish the sequel to "The Hollow of Mont Noir"!

About the Book

Allison Spencer was no stranger to the paranormal. An animal empath, she had the unique capacity to sense the feelings of animals around her - an ability she liked to call "Crittervision." She had never met anyone else with unusual powers and had gotten used to the fact that she was just an eccentric in a world full of normal people.

Allison lived an otherwise ordinary life and was looking forward to finishing high school along with her friends and her boyfriend in her hometown of Ocean City, Maryland. But when her older brother, Logan, suddenly disappeared from a small college town near the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Allison's entire world was turned upside down.

Logan still hadn't been found after several months, so Allison's parents decided to move the family to the Hollow of Mont Noir, New York to look for him themselves. In addition to leaving behind her home and her friends and being dumped by her boyfriend, Allison suddenly had to deal with life in a small town, a strange creature that seemed to be stalking her, a new school full of cliques and cattiness, parents who were preoccupied with her missing brother, and an illogical fascination with an outcast boy who didn't talk to anyone at school.

As Allison settled into her new home, she began to realize that not everything - and everyone - was what they seemed. She soon learned of the existence of supernatural creatures living side-by-side with humans and was faced with a whole new set of questions - and some shocking answers - about herself and her family.

Price: Paperback $7.99, ebook $2.99
Pages: 222 pages
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: March 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Smashwords

About the Author

Jennifer Krey resides in New York State with her wonderful husband and two adorable little boys. She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys swimming, cooking, and reading, and her favorite things include ice cream, sharks, thunderstorms, and ebooks. Jennifer also likes to write in her free time.

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1 comment:

  1. This book sounds really interesting! I'm definitely checking it out!