Close your eyes now ....
no peeking until I say ...
Ok, you can open your eyes NOW! Ta-daaa!
Alexander Death! OMG that title is just perfect! I just don't think there could have been a better title to end this series. And Jenny's back on the cover too! It's just awesome! What do you think guys? Did you also notice the new name for the series? Since I found Jenny Pox last year I've been calling the series 'the Jenny Pox series', but now JL Bryan has given it it's own real name: The Paranormals. I love it!
Now I'm going to hand you over to Mr Bryan as today is Jenny's birthday and he'd like to tell you a little about it.
It's Jenny's birthday!
Today we're celebrating the one-year anniversary of the publication of Jenny Pox, the story of a girl who can't touch anyone without infecting them with a supernatural plague, which can be instantly fatal. Lots of thanks to the Bewitched Bookworms, The Slowest Bookworm and Supernatural Snark for hosting the celebration!
When I develop story ideas, they can come in one of two basic ways. Some story ideas grow very slowly over time, gradually accumulating new elements, and I may think about them for years before actually writing the story—I call these “snowballs.”
At other times, a story can strike you from nowhere, fully formed, and you immediately need to start writing. These are the “lightning bolts.” Jenny was a lightning bolt. I know exactly where I was when I thought of it.
I'd like to say it was someplace cool, like a cafe in Venice, or hiking the Appalachians at sunset, but the truth is that I was just commuting to work on a weekday in August of 2009. One moment, I'd never thought about doing a story remotely like this one. The next, I knew everything about it—the girl's plague touch, how it would shape her life, how she would meet one boy who she could touch. The entire story was just there for the taking, and I took it.
I wrote the first draft in about a month, because I couldn't concentrate on anything else. I wrote lunch breaks, nights, and weekends, getting very little sleep, because the story was coming faster than I could keep up with it. I spent much more time in revision than I did writing that first draft.
So that's the short story of the birth of Jenny Pox. A little-known fact: the first draft of the book actually began with the scene of Jenny's birth, which was horrific. I ended up taking it out, since it wasn't really necessary to the story, but I thought it would be an interesting thing to note on the book's birthday.
I'm always glad to hear from readers who enjoyed the story and really connected with the characters. The many reviews or comments asking for a sequel helped me decide to continue exploring Jenny's story, and make that first book into the first act of a trilogy. I want to offer a huge thanks to all the bloggers and readers who have kept Jenny alive since she was born one year ago!
If you'd like to know more about JL Bryan's awesome books, you can visit his website and you'll also find him on Facebook, Twitter and his own blog.
Alexander Death is out in September so if you'd like to catch up with The Paranormals in time for the release of the final book, you can buy book 1, Jenny Pox at all these places:
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Would you like to win a copy of the first two books in The Paranormals series - Jenny Pox and Tommy Nightmare? I've kept entry easy, - just your name, email and blog if you have one.