Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter

Interview with Jana Oliver

After reading The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver, I wanted to speak with the creator of the fascinating Riley and sexy Denver Beck. I really loved this novel and if you don't believe me, check out my review! I contacted Ms. Oliver and she was nice enough to answer some questions. Check out what she had to say!

1) I read on your blog that you wrote The Demon Trapper's Daughter because you wanted to bring the adult type of paranormal novels to YA. I think you totally nailed this. What I'd love to know is the after. How did you come up with this concept?

The initial concept came from reading GOOD OMENS by Sir Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I liked the notion of Heaven and Hell being like the CIA and the KGB during the Cold War – each jockeying for position yet trying not to tip the world into an all-out war. Putting Riley in the middle of this strategic chess game offered many opportunities to explore the role of good vs. evil, light vs. dark.

2) I know you write adult novels as well. How was writing a YA different or was it?

The main difference is that I had to put myself in the mind of a modern teen. That’s not easy when it’s been a *few* years since I was seventeen. I tapped back into what I was like at that age and then made Riley a LOT cooler. She was what I would have loved to have been, but wasn’t. Young adults have an entirely different perception of events than older adults, they live on the edge of every moment. The raging hormones don’t help that much. In the end I needed a believable teen who found herself in dangerous situations, but didn’t come off as a wimp. Headstrong maybe, but never a wimp. Once I understood what Riley was thinking and what she wanted out of life, it just came down to writing her story.

3) I loved that this novel followed around both Riley and Beck. Was it always meant for dual perspectives or is this something that happened later on? Which one was easier for you to write, if either?

The dual perspective was there from the start. My writer instincts told me it was important to see inside Beck’s head as he’s coming to deliver the horrible news that will forever change Riley’s (and his) life forever. For me, Beck is easier to write than Riley. Guys are always like that since it takes me longer to get inside a woman’s head, but once I “hear” her, I’ve got her. Beck was always there from the first time he appeared on the page. In SOUL THIEF (the second book) I added Ori’s perspective as he’s a major player in the story and he has insights that the others do not.

4) In the novel, a lot of characters had Klepto-Fiends. You have one in your room now. What five things are going to show up in its bag?

Gold glitter, my wedding ring, an old Victorian stickpin, a broken earring and a thumb tack.

5) Atlanta in 2018 is a scary place to be but I loved every minute of it. Can you tell me your favorite aspect of building a world overrun by demons?

It was so much fun turning my mind loose to go anywhere it wanted. I had to figure out just what kind of demons there would be, how they would act and how to trap them (that was the hard part). Nothing was off the table, but still I wanted the city to seem plausible, a logical extension of what might happen if the economy never improved. Or grew worse. That particular aspect took a lot of time and thought, but often it’s the small details that make all the difference especially if the reader is from Atlanta. I did a lot of “what if this happens?” and then extrapolated from there what the consequences might be.

6) Was there anything that got cut during the editing process that you loved? Reversely, was there anything that you added that you really liked?

Before the series sold the first scene was Riley trapping a Biblio-Fiend (a book-hating demon) who is hiding in a child’s dollhouse. That scene was cut and the one in the university law library was added. I used that deleted scene as frame for the very short story RETRO DEMONOLOGY where Riley goes on her first solo trapping adventure and encounters some folks who are still groovin’ to the Sixties.

7) Do you listen to music when you write? Is there a song or band that really represents The Demon Trapper's Daughter?

I do have songs that represent each of the characters, Atlanta and some of the themes in the books. Here’s the playlist 

8) What are some essentials you have to have when writing, if any?

Music is good. I can disconnect with all the other distractions in my life by listening to certain artists’ tracks. I already have a cool office (it’s called the Oriental Room because of the objects I collected when I was in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan). When the office no longer feels good, I go portable to our sunroom and keep working. The key thing is getting the story onto the computer, so I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Deadlines wait for no author.

9) Have you read anything that you loved lately?

Just finished “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins. Anna has a really enjoyable voice and the book is full of quirky and fun characters. The young adults sound real and it reminded me of all those insecurities we try to overcome across the years. It’s a sweet romance. Sometimes I like to read something that isn’t all dark and gritty. This was it.

10) I know you are finished with book 2 and are working on book 3. Anything you can tell us about book 2?

I hate to say this, but it’s just going to get harder for dear Riley in SOUL THIEF. (What? You’re surprised?) Sometimes you have to hit bottom before you can claw your way back up. Simon and Riley’s relationship is going to come under severe pressure. We will learn more about Ori and his personal agenda and we’ll learn some personal secrets about Beck. All the while the Grand Game between Heaven and Hell is heating up.


In the US the first book in the series is entitled THE DEMON TRAPPER’S DAUGHTER
In the UK the book is called THE DEMON TRAPPERS: FORSAKEN

The pub schedule:

St. Martin's Press (U.S. Editions)
The Demon Trapper's Daughter - Feb. 2011
Soul Thief - Aug. 2011

Macmillan Children's Books (U.K. Editions)
Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jan. 2011
Demon Trappers: Forbidden - Sept. 2011
Demon Trappers: Forgiven - Feb. 2012

Want to contact Jana Oliver?:

Twitter: @crazyauthorgirl

Win a copy of The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver

Because I loved this novel so much, I want to offer one lucky follower the chance to snag a copy for themselves. Read the rules and enter below!

  • Must be a follower
  • Must be 13 years or older
  • 1 entry per person
  • This is an International giveaway
  • This giveaway ends March 30th
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  1. Tremendous interview! I've been really looking forward to this novel.

  2. Thanks for the interview. I am very excited for this book.

  3. That's so cool that she wrote it based on Good Omens - one of my favorite books! I really want to read this one, but this just made me want it more!

  4. I also loved Anna & the French Kiss. I don't know how anyone couldn't love it. Thanks for the interview. I definitely have to get myself a copy of this book. It sounds so fun!

  5. I hate it when the book title changes depending on where it's published, but I guess ont he other hand, it allows for a variety of cool titles, right?

  6. Wow, thanks for the giveaway! I haven't got a chance to read it yet, but I read a lot about it and can't wait :) So thanks and thanks for the interview, too, it was great!

  7. thank you thank you for making it international! I can't find the book in my country, fingers crossed I win :D

  8. Jana is going to be a force to be reckoned with. I'm so happy for her success.

  9. I love the playlist! And it's cool that each of the songs represents each of the characters.

  10. I would love to read this! Riley sounds like a great character.

  11. Thanks for having me by, Amber! I really enjoyed the interview.

  12. Great interview. I love that there is dual perspectives ! I always like that in stories. :) I canot wait to read this book.

  13. Thanks for the interview! I enjoyed reading it. I've heard so much about this book so it is definitely in my TBR list, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  14. Thank you for the giveaway !

    There are some really cool titles on the book playlist! Muse, Death Cab for Cuties, Chemical Brothers... <3

  15. This book sounds awesome - thanks for the giveaway! I'm now a follower :)

  16. I like the fact there are two points of view - I think it helps you get to know the characters better. Great interview, and I love the covers for both the UK and US versions!

  17. Been hearing a lot of good things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I love the premise of the book. Can's wait to get my hands on a copy :D

  19. the demon trappers daughter... title just sounds so adventurous, it has to be a great book!

  20. At first I really wasn't sure about this book but now I keep reading more and more good reviews about it that convinced me to check it out after all.

  21. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. The title really grabbed my attention.

  22. This sounds really good! Thanks for interview and giveaway!

  23. Great interview! I'm really looking forward to when I finally get to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Wow...Good Omens...really? I have that somewhere in my TBR...may have to pull it out for a read. Ah the Biblio-Fiend (which I loved/ know what I mean) was there from the start...good to know. I too LOVED this first book and can't wait to see what happens next. Adding SOUL THIEF to my Wish List now....
    Great post guys....thanks for sharing! ^_^

  25. Thanks for the interview. I love her Time Rover series. I need to check this one out!

  26. I soo want to read this book! thank you for the interview and the giveaway!


  27. Loved the book....LOVE beck!! Thanx for having a contest where canadians can win yay!!

  28. Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

  29. Awesome interview! Thanks for the giveaway, I can't wait to read this!

  30. Thank you for interview and giveaway! :) It is perfect! :)

  31. Nice interview! I really want to read the book!

  32. Jana sounds so cool! I can't wait to read her book!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  33. Great interview! I can't wait to read her book!


  34. Thanks for the giveaway :)


  35. Thanks SO SO much for the giveaway!

    -Carina L. Tai

  36. Thanks for the interview!! Great!!

  37. I'm even more excited to read this book now! It's so unique and cool looking!

  38. thanks for the giveaway!

  39. This looks really good! Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win!

  40. Thanks for the interview and for the giveaway! This is on my TBR list.

  41. I'm crazy to read this book, Riley seems a tough girl, just the way I like it! And I love its cover!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  42. Sounds just like my cup of tea!
    fingers crossed!

  43. Thanks for the interview. I am very excited for this book.

  44. Thanks for the giveaway. I want this book so much.

  45. Great interview and book sounds very interesting. The playlist is amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks!

  47. I loved this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Thanks for the giveaway! I absolutely adore the synopsis of this book!

    I want to take a look at the Oriental Room! ^_^

  49. I Love the interview and it's got me that much more excited to read Demon Trapper's Daughter!

  50. I've read the Retro Demonology eBook and thought it was really imaginative and clever. Thank you for this interview and giveaway!


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