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Describe Jenny Pox in five words.
Dark, moody, gory, lovely, funny.
The paranormal genre is extremely popular right now and geared more towards teens. What motivated you to write a paranormal for adults using teenage characters instead?
I wrote Jenny Pox in 2009 thinking of it as a horror novel. I wasn't thinking about young-adult paranormal at all, and didn't realize it was such a major genre, so I didn't realize anyone would take a horror novel about teenagers to be a young-adult novel. That's just sort of how the cards have fallen. I am actually writing some young adult books now, since my readers seem to enjoy those.
Jenny Pox is mainly from the perspective of both Jenny and Ashleigh. Was it difficult to write two female points-of-view?
No, I just wrote them as individuals with certain backgrounds, abilities, and motivations instead of focusing on "how to write females." I think that would have stressed me too much :)
If Jenny Pox and the other Paranormal books came to life, would you want to live in them for a day if you could?
No! It's much too dark of a universe. I'd rather not hang out there.
Do you have any other projects you are currently working on?
I've just put out Fairyland, the fourth book in my newer series, Songs of Magic. Those are much lighter and more fun, though they still have some spooky stuff. They're good for all ages, which of course means they're very different from the Jenny Pox books.
What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
I enjoy hanging with my family and dogs at the park, going to farmer's markets, strolling the baby around...these days, I basically just take care of the baby when I'm not doing writing work!
What are three weird facts your readers might not know about you?
Three? I collect Mystery Science Theater DVDs. I like golf, but only miniature golf. I use my cat as my alarm clock.
Series: The Paranormals #1
Author: J.L. Bryan
Genre: Adult - Paranormal
Summary: Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.
Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.