Jenniffer Wardell’s latest release, Beast Charming, just released. If it’s anything like her debut novel, we’re in for a real treat! Read below to get to know the author and learn more about Beast Charming.
I can’t listen to music while I write, because the lyrics start a fistfight with the words of the story and it ends up in a big mess all over the page.
2: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?
I like writing heroes better, but only if they’re flawed heroes. Perfection is dull.
3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
For writers, the characters in our books are distressingly similar to our children, and if I tried to pick one as a favorite I’d feel far too guilty any time I even thought about the other ones. Generally, though, I’m fondest of whichever character is being most witty at the moment.
4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
Depends on my craving.
5: What authors do you look up to and why?
Terry Pratchett was a genius, and the world is a duller place now that he’s not in it. He could combine humor and truth better than anyone, and he had a way of turning fantasy inside out that made it both seem incredibly real and somehow more magical at the same time.
6: Which author do you think you write like the most?
I had someone compare me to Terry Pratchett, once. I nearly cried I was so happy.
7: What’s your favorite food?
There’s too many to list.
8: What’s your favorite movie?
Same as above. The world is a varied, magical place, full of delicious things for both the mind and the body, and I’m delighted by nearly all of it.
9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
I have to admit that Kat Dennings is my fantasy Beauty, mostly because of the sarcasm that radiates out of her every pore. James (aka Beast) would probably require major CGI, but I’d love it if he was voiced by Karl Urban. The man can get such a great growl in his voice.
10: Describe your book in one sentence.
Beauty and the Beast with a better sense of humor, family drama, and some aggression issues.
11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?
I’d love to have them talk to me, whatever their preferred format is. (If you want to go straight to e-mail, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org)
12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Somewhere in between. I go quiet in big crowds, but if it’s someone I’m comfortable with I will absolutely talk their ear off (often with dramatic hand gestures, which have thankfully not injured anyone so far).
13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Terry Pratchett. I’d like to have had a chance to give him a hug and tell him thank you.
Beauty Tremain had spent her life being thrown into the path
of ogres and noblemen by her title-hungry father, Noble Tremain (whose name is really Frank.) Escaping the bonds of her sadistic matchmaker father to work for a dragon-owned temp agency, Beauty hesitantly takes a mysterious job working for a butler in an enormous mansion. When the mansion’s owner,
James Hightower, proves to be a seven-foot-tall brooding beast
with the bad habit of hurling statuary from the rooftop, it’s up to Beauty to roll up her sleeves and argue her way to a paycheck.
When Beauty and James start having feelings for each other, however, they determine their relationship is the least of their concerns. Beauty’s father re-enters the scene armed with lawsuits and threats. To add to the chaos, James’s mischievous ex-fiancee shows up to reclaim him. Beauty and the beast need to somehow control their tempers long enough to return the favors with schemes of their own.