Saturday, September 08, 2012

Interview with Agnes Jayne

What inspired you to become an author?

 I’ve always written in one form or another, mostly nonfiction. When I saw that some of my friends were making a go of their fiction work, I decided to submit some of my work as well.  To my happy surprise, Crescent Moon picked up The Problem with Power, my first attempt at a paranormal novel.

Do you write in different genres?

I do. Under my given name, I publish literary fiction and poetry.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

I like to write paranormal novels, because they’re what I like to read.  I’m really interested in folklore and mythology, so this genre gives me a place to try my hand at that.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I really struggled with it, to be honest. I wanted something catchy and memorable, and also a title that was not already on the market. The only other “Problem with Power” is a He-Man episode from the 1980s.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Question everything, especially any institution that is supposedly working for your own good.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

The characters, the situations, and the interactions are complete fiction. I set the story in Albany, but I try not to be too specific with the landmarks.  Laurel Grove, the House, is based on a real house that I visited when I lived in Albany, though it was not the ancestral home of a family of witches and it did not have that name.

What books/authors have influenced your life? 

I have a special place in my heart for Anne Rice, who introduced me to this genre and inspired many trips to New Orleans over the years.

What book are you reading now?

Right now, I am brushing up on my British Literature. I am a community college instructor by day. I am fascinated by the mythology of ancient Britain and I think that there are a lot of wonderful tales that could be re-told here.

I am also an avid reader of all manner of folklore and herbals.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My work in progress is a sequel to The Problem with Power called The Devil You Know. I feel like I’m not quite done with my characters yet.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love Neil Gaiman for his villains and Charles DeLint for his heroes.

The Problem with Power
Agnes Jayne

Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

ISBN: 978-1-937254-63-6

Number of pages:306
Word Count:  96,000

Book Description:

Emily VonPeer hopes that she never meets the man of her dreams. For years, she's been haunted by visions of an unknown lover destined to die in her arms. When her aunt's death brings her home to her family's estate in Upstate New York, she meets Nicholas Flynn, an agent of Paladin, an enterprise dedicated to the study and eradication of demons, and the hero of her nighttime fantasies. He arrives on her doorstep seeking answers for a slew of magically-related murders tied to the VonPeer family.

Although his intentions are suspect, Emily follows Nicholas into the investigation, hoping to spare him the fate promised by her premonitions - at least, that's what she tells herself. When their exchange with a demon goes awry, Emily sustains an injury that threatens to turn her into a monster. Her transformation places her in the crosshairs of sorcerers, senators, and a seductive stranger who promises eternity.

 About the Author :

Agnes Jayne began her writing career as a reporter for her high school newspaper in a small town in Northern New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Binghamton University. Upon her graduation from Binghamton University, she won a prestigious journalism fellowship at the New York State Senate, and went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in English at the University of Albany. Following this, she worked as a political writer, producing speeches and other government documents for state and local politicians.

These days, she splits her time between writing and teaching classes in composition and literature at a small college in Maryland. She lives high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia with her husband, son, and a plethora of adopted pets.


Twitter: @AgnesJayne