Thursday, November 28, 2013

Interview with Jennifer Anne Davis, Author of The Key!!

Title: The Key
Author:  Jennifer Anne Davis
Published:  November 15th, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  80,000
Genre:  YA Fantasy Romance
Recommended Age:  14+
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.
His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough. 

1.          How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, but professionally, I’ve been writing for the past 8 years.

2.         What or who inspires you to write?
I wanted to write a story that I would want to read! I love fantasy, but sometimes, the story is too heavy on the magical element and not focused enough on character development. I wanted a story that was totally made up, grounded in reality, and had characters I would fall in love with and root for!

3.         What genre do you like to read?
As long as it’s YA, I love to read it! I have a soft spot for light fantasy and romance stories (think Graceling, Poison Study). When I sit down to devour a book, I want to get lost in it. I also love dystopian and paranormal.

4.         What is your favorite genre to write?
Writing this fantasy series was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I assumed because it was all made-up that it would be easy to write. So not the case! I had to do even more research so it sounded like I knew what I was talking about! Contemporary is by far the easiest for me to write.

5.         Who is your favorite author and why?
I always think asking this question is so mean! How can I only choose ONE???? There are so many that I love, all for different reasons. One of my favorite authors is Rae Carson. I adore her books, storytelling ability, and the characters she creates. I think she’s everything I hope to be as a writer.

6.         What do you love about writing and why?
I love creating a story. For me, it’s like putting a puzzle together and I find immense satisfaction when I’m done.

7.         What is the book about?
Simply put, the book is about a girl and a guy discovering themselves—who they really are, what they want from life, finding love, and fighting for what they believe in!

8.         Who are the characters in the book?
The book is told from two main characters, and the POV switches back and forth between them. The first one is Rema—a seventeen-year-old commoner, and the other is Darmik—a nineteen-year-old Prince and Commander of the King’s Army. There are some other important characters like Lennek—Darmik’s evil brother. Lennek was tremendous fun to write! Also, Darmik’s best friend is Neco, a fellow soldier. But the main characters are Rema and Darmik and the story centers around them.

9.         If you could have five authors, alive or dead, who would they be and why?
Five authors? To do what? Over for dinner? Or in a book club?

If I could have five authors in a book club with me, I would choose Kristin Cashore, Marie Lu, Cassandra Clare, Rae Carson, and Suzanne Collins. I think that would be a very interesting mix of authors and we’d have a great time discussing books! Each of these authors incorporates action and adventure with a romantic element. As far as I’m concerned, what more could you ask for in a story?

Rema politely curtsied. Prince Lennek stepped forward, closing the distance between them. The music started and he placed his hands on her, expertly gliding her around the dance floor. At first Rema was afraid she would trip over her own feet and fall, embarrassing herself and probably meeting everyone’s expectations, but she didn’t. Surprise washed through her, especially since she hadn’t danced with anyone other than her aunt and uncle. But Lennek was dancing a basic four-step foot pattern of which she was well acquainted.
                        “We haven’t properly met,” Prince Lennek commented. His voice was soft and smooth, like butter. She had the urge to reach out and caress his handsome face. He looked very much like his brother, Prince Darmik. Even Prince Lennek’s tattoo was similar to his brother’s, although Lennek’s black swirls appeared more like knives than flames, especially when the light shone on the silver in the marks. Rema forced herself to focus on the prince’s face, instead of his body.
                        “No, we haven’t met, Your Highness,” Rema said sarcastically, wanting to stand her ground. She wouldn’t allow him to see the slightest amount of infatuation or intimidation on her part. “So I find it rather interesting that you would summon me here. You are aware that I am engaged to be married?”
                        He twirled Rema around and pulled her back to him, his eyes sparkling with amusement. Rema felt everyone watching and appraising her. She tried to focus on the dance and Lennek, not allowing the people’s silent judgments to overwhelm her thoughts.
“I am Prince Lennek and you are Rema, the local horse merchant’s niece.” His voice was seductive. “And yes, you are currently engaged.” His head bent forward, his lips only inches from her ear. “But things can change. Nothing is set in stone,” he whispered.
She wasn’t sure what he was implying. Did he know she secretly didn’t want to marry? His strong arm slid lower on her back. Rema stumbled, but Prince Lennek changed directions, keeping her upright. She quickly regained her footing, only missing one beat.
“Who taught you to dance?” he pleasantly asked.
Her thoughts refocused on Lennek. “My aunt.”
“Interesting. Most people in the merchant class do not know the dances of the upper class—especially dances done with royalty.” His eyes held a questioning look, awaiting her answer.
“We are dancing ‘The Courting Dance,’” Rema replied. “It was so named because it is only danced at court, also because it is usually done when a member of the royal family has decided to court someone. It reveals his intentions to his court.”
Lennek’s eyebrows lifted up, surprised. “Why do you know the dance, then?” he inquired.
Was he insulting her? Before she could think her response through, she said, “Perhaps my aunt thought such a beautiful dance shouldn’t be wasted on a select group of people who truly can’t appreciate it.” She smiled sweetly.
“Do you have an answer to everything?” he asked, amused.
“Usually,” she replied, holding her head high.
Prince Lennek laughed and twirled her around again. This time, he pulled her in a little closer. Rema’s chest touched his. His warm hand held her tight. Without meaning to, she glanced up into his eyes. There was something hypnotic about them, and she was unable to look away.
“I am so glad you wandered into my life.” Prince Lennek chuckled, like it was a private joke. “You are the key to everything.”
                        The music ended and the prince glanced away from her, breaking the spell. She stepped back, about to return to her seat when Lennek grabbed her arm.
                        Shocked, Rema stared at him. His smile vanished. His eyes were cold, as if a mask had been ripped from his face. She tried to step away, but his grip only tightened.
                        “What do you want?” she whispered.
                        It felt like spiders crawling over her skin. “You can’t have me,” she said.
                        His features softened. “Really? We’ll see.” He snickered, his mask of charm instantaneously back on and the harshness gone.
                        Prince Lennek motioned for his steward.

                        “Rema is leaving the party now.”
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity. 


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1 comment:

love to read said...

Just bought it can't wait to read it.

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