Everyone join me in welcoming the beautiful Jennifer Sights to Little Read Riding Hood. Her first book, Divided, is available TODAY. Make sure you check it out. There is more information at the end of this post! Plus, since it is release day, she is making it free for everyone!
Let’s kick off this shindig with a brief intro – tell us a little about yourself, whatever you want us to know.
Well, you asked so many great questions below this one. I’ll be honest, I came back to this one last to be sure I wouldn’t repeat myself, and you covered a lot about me later on in the interview. The biggest thing about me is I really, really love dogs. I have an 80 pound Black Lab mix names Tiberius, and a 40 pound mutt name Emmy. They’re basically my kids, only it’s legal to put them in a crate when I go out haha. I turned John, my husband, into a dog lover, which is awesome. I knew he was a keeper the first time he spent the night and didn’t complain about sharing the bed with the dogs. Well, I actually knew he was a keeper the night I met him when I was 18. It just took another 13 years for the romance to actually work out. But it finally did, and here we are, happily married. We dated for a few weeks back then, stayed friends for several years, lost touch, then found each other on MySpace again years later. I love the internet.
I see in your “About Me” section that you live in St. Louis. I lived in downtown for about 6 months, and grew up on the other side of the state, just outside Kansas City. When most people find out I am from MO, I get the, “Oh, well that’s …” and they don’t know what to say. What would you say to sell our state to people that have never been there? And what’s your favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
There’s actually a lot to do in Missouri, though I’m not as familiar with anything outside of St. Louis. There are a lot of beautiful state parks (Elephant Rocks State Park is my favorite!) And St. Louis has a ton of amazing, free things to do, like the Zoo, Science Center and Art Museum. We have great restaurants, and The Fox theater for Broadway shows. It’s kind of a small town with a lot of big town amenities.
My favorite thing to do in St. Louis is a tossup between the Zoo and Science Center. I guess it depends on the weather, but I’m a sucker for space related stuff, and love seeing the star shows at the planetarium.
I can certainly vouch for the zoo, I was an intern there one summer. I worked in the Herpetarium. GREAT place! At what point did you decide/realize you wanted to be a writer? Was there a moment of realization or is it something you’ve always thought about doing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never thought about doing it seriously until about 6 years ago. I’d been part of a writing group off and on, and one of the times I went back I found that everyone was working on full length novels they hoped to publish. I didn’t think it was something I could do, but felt a bit left out so gave it a shot. Turned out I could write a novel, and loved doing it so much I wanted to someday make a living out of it.
That’s awesome! When you aren’t writing, what can you be found doing?
Reading (what author doesn’t read?), riding my motorcycle – I have a 2006 Honda Shadow, playing with my dogs, walking dogs at the local humane society, or just hanging out with friends and my husband, John. I also love to go to concerts. A lot of the bands John and I like don’t stop in St. Louis, so at least once or twice a year we find ourselves road-tripping to the nearest stop, often Chicago.
I’ve made that drive a few times, it’s not bad. Boring as hell, but I digress. If you became independently wealthy, what would you do with your time? Would you still write?
Definitely! God, that’s my dream, so I can quit my day job and spend all my time writing. I’d also move to New York City and travel a lot – I think my first choice would be Ireland and Scotland, with Italy or a Mediterranean cruise a close second, though there isn’t really any place on this planet I wouldn’t love to visit. I love the energy of NYC, and every time I step foot there I feel like I’ve come home. And Italy – well, my character Vittorio made me fall in love with Italy!
Lord I would love to travel to all those places. Take me with you?
What are your favorite:
How on earth am I supposed to pick just one?! I’ll try to limit it to 2 each.
- Authors – Laurell K. Hamilton and Ann Brashares.
- Book genres to read – urban fantasy, though I’ll read anything with a good story
- Band/song – Band: Emilie Autumn, Dream Theater, and David Bowie. Song: Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
- Desserts – Chocolate lava cake smothered in whipped cream. If I’m not in the mood for chocolate, strawberry cheesecake.
Can I add favorite book? I can? Thanks. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time specifically. All time favorite book, and the one I go to when I need a comfort read. And The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. Holy cow, best book ever and really deserves to much more publicity.
Tell me about your best (or worst!) vacation.
Best vacation – John and I drove from St. Louis to Washington, D.C. To see Dream Theater perform with Queensryche. That was the only stop on Dream Theater’s tour they were playing together. We had VIP tickets so got to meet Dream Theater, get autographs, and have our picture taken with them. We spent a week in D.C. and walked till we thought our feet would fall off. It was amazing!
Worst vacation – I went to Santa Rosa Beach, FL with some friends. It would have been great, but I got food poisoning our second day there and spent 3 days trapped in the condo because I was so sick. I’d love to go back sometime to really enjoy the white beach there.
This or that:
- Vampires or werewolves? Vampires. I’ve been drawn to them since I was in grade school. I read a lot of R.L. Stine, but don’t remember him ever writing about werewolves. I also loved Bunnicula, and somehow convinced my mom to take my best friend and me to see Bram Stoker’s Dracula, even though we were only 12 when it came out. And if I was choosing which I’d want to be, I’m a night owl anyway, and wouldn’t want to be forced to shift every full moon. There’s also so much I want to do, I don’t feel like one (human) lifetime is enough.
- TV or Movies? Movies. I don’t get cable or anything, so I watch all my TV on Netflix. It’s far too easy get caught up in a good show and end up watching half the season all in one sitting. At least a movie ends after 2 hours and I can get on with my life.
- Beach or Mountains? Beach. I may only say that because I’ve never been to the mountains, but I love the sound of the waves rolling onto the sand.
- Cat or Dog? Dog. If I’m going to spend the time to take care of a living creature, I want some love in return. With few exceptions, cats are jerks. Dogs have tons of love to give.
- Beer or Wine? Yes please.
- Spiders or Snakes? Snakes. I’m not a big fan of either, but I do like lizards, and snakes are close enough in my book.
What is something we may not know about you?
I’m a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I love playing with makeup, and helping other women learn good skin care habits and makeup application techniques is so rewarding. To see a woman feel good about herself because her skin feels and looks amazing after a facial is such a great feeling. And back to the independently wealthy question, I’d keep doing this as well because it’s just so much fun.
- If one of your characters could suddenly become real for a limited amount of time, say 48 hours, who would it be, why would you pick that one, and what would you do?
I think spending a few days with Kevin would be an absolute blast. He’s such a fun, carefree guy. I’d dust off my video game skills, Halo in particular, and we’d drink beer and watch UFC fights. I’d also have him teach me a few things about car maintenance so I could do some simple stuff on my own, like change my oil.
Well thank you so much Jennifer for coming by today. It was lovely to have you and to get to know you. I will be calling to order makeup soon!
Jennifer Sights has been writing since she was a kid, but veered off track for college and a more traditional office job. She lives in St. Louis, MO, with her husband, John, and their two dogs, Tiberius and Emmy. When she isn’t writing or reading she loves hiking, riding her motorcycle, traveling, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. She loves to hear from readers. You can find her at www.jennifersights.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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During a routine case, private investigator Elena Ronen meets and falls in love with Vittorio Santini, member of a secret coven, and a kiss awakens her dormant magical powers. Because Elena wields an extremely powerful form of magic, she struggles to convince her enemies she has no desire to take over the coven. When loyalties are questioned, and Elena can no longer tell friend from foe, she must prove she wants nothing more than to live her life quietly. When this wish falls on deaf ears, Elena and Vittorio must work together to defeat their enemies as they try to save their love, their lives, and the lives of those they care about.