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.
Writes: urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Author of: Gallowglass, The Chronicles of Parthalan, Copper Girl
Tell us a little about yourself.
In addition to being a writer, I’m a serial learner. I have degrees in both environmental science and business, and I’m familiar (not fluent) in several languages, including Russian, French, Italian, Gaelic, and Latin. You could say that I’m always on the lookout for a new project.
Tell us about your latest release.
Gallowglass follows Karina Stewart and she accidentally frees the Seelie Queen’s assassin. As you can imagine, the queen wants him back, and Karina ends up challenging her for his soul.
What can readers expect from you in the rest of 2017?
There will be the sequel to Gallowglass, Walker, and the fourth Chronicle of Parthalan, Golem.
Have you got anything planned for 2018 (book releases, signings etc.)?
So far I’ve got Homecoming (Gallowglass #3), Elfsong (Parthalan #5), a spot in an anthology (Wicked Fools), and I’m cooking a YA mermaid mystery that may or may not be ready for release next year. Whew!
What is your favourite genre to write?
Urban fantasy! I love blending fantastical elements with modern life.
Do you see yourself writing in any other genres in the future?
I always said I’d never write YA, but I’m in the midst of one now. I guess anything’s possible!
Which book was your favourite to write, and why?
Without a doubt, Gallowglass. I had so much fun researching Scotland and its legends, and the main character is a geologist, so I got to use some things I’d learned while studying for my environmental science degree.
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
Either Gallowglass or (if they prefer epic fantasy) Heir to the Sun.
How do you find names for your characters? And can you write them until you’ve found the perfect one?
I do struggle to find the perfect name, but I can write with what I call placeholder names. For instance, Aeolmar (a hero in my Parthalan series) was originally called Blueberry!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on a desert island with, and why?
Hmm, probably Robert from Gallowglass, since he’s a 6’2” Scot who can swing a mean sword. I’d want him there for, uh, protection. Yeah, that’s it, protection from the native wildlife ;)
Do you have a character you feel more connected to?
There’s a lot of me in Karina, the main character from Gallowglass. We both studied earth sciences, and feel a connection to the natural world. And since my husband’s name is Robert we have that in common too!
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever received over one of your books?
The third book in my Copper series was delayed by the publisher, and readers started emailing me left and right demanding to know when it would be available. While I hated making them wait, it was great to know how many had been looking forward to it!
Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband, Robb.
Who are your must-read/one-click authors?
Nalini Singh, Jacqueline Carey, Kevin Hearne, Kylie Scott, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs… Really, I could go forever!
What book has made you laugh most?
Hmm, I don’t know, since I don’t read a lot of humor. Probably a horror book where I laughed inappropriately.
What book has made you cry most?
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Were you an avid reader as a child?
Oh, yes. I read anything I could get my hands on, including a set of encyclopaedias. (IT was a dare, and I made it all the way to R before I gave up.)
Are any of your heroes based on real men in your life?
Somewhat. I take bits and pieces of character traits from everyone I know, so most characters have a smattering of my friends best (and worst) attributes.
Are any of the experiences in your books based on events that have happened to you/someone you know?
Some individual scenes are, but the overall plots are from my imagination.
Are you a sporty or curl up with a good book type of person?
Until a few months ago I’d say I prefer curling up with a good book, but now it’s gardening season! That means I’m out at the crack of dawn watering, weeding, etc.
What is the strangest thing you’ve done in the name of book research?
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Coffee, of course.
What is your favourite writing snack?
I don’t usually eat while I write, since it distracts me.
Do you have any pets?
Yep, we have a rescue dog named Maggie and an attack parrot named Baby.
Are you a morning person?
I really am. I love getting up early and accomplishing things while the rest of the family sleeps. I find I get my best writing in then, too.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. The power to stop time while reading?
What book are you reading now?
I’ve been reading a lot of Ireland travel guides as research for my YA fantasy.
Name 3 books everyone needs to read (excluding yours).
The Hero and the Crown by Robin Mckinley
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
The Onion Girl by Charles DeLint