Author Interview: Jen Ponce

Hi Jen,
Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I live in the Panhandle of NE with my boys, my cats, and my dogs. I have been creating stories since I was little but didn’t start writing until 6th grade. I have an English degree and I currently work as an advocate for a sexual and domestic violence program.

Who are some writers that inspire you?

There are so many. I credit Stephen King’s book On Writing with getting me to finish my first novel. All the romance writers I read in my formative years helped inspire me to write, people such as Julie Garwood, Rebecca Brandywine, Johannah Lindsey, Jennifer Cruisie, Julia Quinn and more. Sarah Lyons Flemming writes amazing zombie novels. Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs, Lilith Saintcrow, and Kim Harrison write amazing UF, and Sarah J. Maas and other YA writers have kept me inspired.

What have you written?

Devany Miller Series (Dark Fantasy):
Book 1: The Bazaar
Book 2: Slip Song
Book 3: Demon’s Cradle
Book 4: World Weaver
Book 5: Soul Hook (Coming in 2018)
Alien Apocalypse Trilogy (Campy Horror)
Book 1: Bug Queen
Blood Tetralogy (Lesbian Vampire Horror):
Book 1: Blood Curse
Stand-alone Psychological Horror:
Burning the Devil
Short Story Collections:
Things That Creep
Touch but a Web
Tied in Pink (romance)
Winter Wishes (fantasy)
Sins of the Past (horror)
Sins of the Future (horror)
Sins of the Gods (horror)
The Dragon’s Rocketship Presents: The Scribe’s Journal (fantasy)
Hex Support (urban fantasy)

Where can we buy or see them?

You can find them all on Amazon! Just search for Jen Ponce and you’ll see my author page with a listing of all my books.

Give us some insight into your story for the DeadSteam anthology. What makes your story unique? Perhaps you could share a brief excerpt from your story?

I’d been watching a lot of historical series as well as reading a bunch of historical fiction. At my day job, I do a lot of presentations about gender roles and stereotypes that keep people in abusive relationships. Plus, I’m just interested in how women navigate the systems put in place to hold them back. (Also, I just love vampires.) I had this image of a woman staring across the table at her oblivious, checked-out husband, a fork clutched in her hand and knew she was someone I wanted to write about.

For fifteen years I’d been sitting across from him, watching him chew, watching him ignore me, watching him stuff himself with food I helped prepare and all I could do was think about the interminable years of the same stretching before me. Hell wasn’t filled with sinners and murderers; it was filled with men like Mr. Wold and women like me who have to suffer them.
He wiped his mouth, folded his paper, and adjusted his stout body in his seat as was his habit. Next, he would smile at me as if I were three and he’d like to pat me on the head. “Delicious as usual, Mrs. Wold.”
The formality stuck in my throat and my words came out strangled. His smile didn’t change.
“I shall see the children at half past seven, before they go to bed. See to it that they are quiet until then.”
I had a fork in my hand, the silver heavy and cold. The tines weren’t sharp but if I used enough force I could plunge it into the jelly of his eyeball and elicit a scream from him that would cut through that endless, dark monotony of my life.
“Evelyn?” His smile slipped, returned, as if he were unsure of what to do with whatever he saw on my face.

What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?

I’m doing rewrites and edits on the fifth book in my Devany Miller Series, which carries on the story of Devany as she tries to put out all the fires started the moment she stepped into Midia, an alternate world filled with magic.
I’m also working on an urban fantasy trilogy and I’m dabbling with a fantasy on Wattpad.

What genre are your books, mainly? Are you new to the dreadpunk or steampunk genre, or have you written in the genre before? What compelled you to write or submit a story to this particular anthology?

I’m new to dreadpunk, though I have a steampunk book started that’s set in the world of my Devany Miller books. I love horror which is why I wanted to have a story in this anthology. I’m so excited to be part of something so cool!

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors? Do you enjoy reading the classics or do you tend to read more contemporary writers?

I read everything. As an English major, I’ve had to, but I’ve found myself revisiting books I had to read in school and learning to love them. (And some I will always hate–looking at you, Sir Walter Scott.) I’ve been gobbling up YA books lately because there are so many great fantasies out there. Right now, I’m really digging Sarah Lyons Flemming (she writes about zombies!!!) and Sarah J Maas. Faith Hunter’s latest in the Jane Yellowrock series is playing on my Audible account.

Where do your ideas come from?

I get a lot of ideas from dreams I’ve had. The start of the Bazaar comes from a dream. Burning the Devil comes straight from a dream I had. Otherwise, I take in all sorts of interesting things, my imagination digests them and then my brain puts the disparate pieces together to make something new.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I love the wild adventure of sitting down and letting the story take me where it wants to go. I usually plot out the bare bones and then I work from a place of creation.

If your story is part of a series, could you tell us a little about the series?

It’s not.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hardback books?

I take my books any way I can get them.

What book/s are you reading at present?

Dark Queen by Faith Hunter is on my phone and I’m reading A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Amazon Author Page:


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