Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Author Stop: Jennifer Jenkins

I'm super happy today to have the lovely Jennifer Jenkins, author of Nameless, here to talk about things like chicken dinosaurs and healthy hot chocolate.

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1. Your bio on Goodreads says you're secretly afraid of your three chickens (which I completely get!). So let's do some therapy on the blog today: Name your top three chicken dishes! ;)

Have you seen those feet? It's like gathering eggs from velociraptors! I appreciate the opportunity for therapy, and will name Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Pesto Chicken as my three favorite chicken dishes.

2. When a book is currently in development for film like Nameless is, what does that look like on the author's end? 

Having a book under development for film has been a very surreal experience. You've probably heard about the limited role the author plays in the process. For me that has been true to a certain extent, but I was able to have several in-depth phone conversations with Ashleigh Powell (the screen writer) and others as they were putting together a script and pitch. I've been impressed with the level of enthusiasm they have for the project. From the beginning, they've been extremely invested in understanding character motivations, the grittiness of the world, and also the inspiration behind the book. I think the greatest part of the process, so far, has been seeing other people fall in love with a story that is the product of my imagination and hard work. Talk about gratifying!

3. Beach, mountains, or a day in the big city?

As much as I love the ocean, I have to say mountains take the cake. I'm a huge hiker/snow skier/mountain biker/horseback rider and live in the shadow of some beautiful mountains. I almost consider them extensions of my family. :)

4. Preferred drink (alcholic/non/or both!):

Easy: Crio Bru. It's a healthy alternative to hot chocolate. Combine that with a pair of fuzzy socks and yoga pants and you have my definition of a writing trifecta! I've pumped out several books with that mug by my side.

5. What is a fav line(s) from Nameless?

Wow. I don't know.

Maybe this little narrative from Gryphon's point of view regarding Zo.

"It didn’t make any sense, but somewhere beneath the pretty face of his enemy was a person he wanted to know. To understand.

Gryphon never realized treason could be so complicated."

I also like this little exchange between Gryphon and Zo because it shows the complexity of their situation:

(Gryphon talking to Zo about the Gate Master)

“He can’t touch you now, Zo. I won’t let him.”

Zo stopped walking. She peered at him from the corner of her eyes. Untrusting. “Why, because I belong to you?”

Gryphon winced. The suggestion made his cheeks warm. He looked away, grateful for the cover of night. “Despite what you think, I am not a monster.”

“No.” She picked up her kit from the ground and wiped blood from the corner of her mouth. “You are a Ram.”

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta . . . until the writing began. Author of Young Adult fantasy and co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, she divides her time between reading, writing music, taking spontaneous trips, and researching random events from the past. NAMELESS, a Young Adult tribal fantasy, releases October 6, 2015 with Month9Books.
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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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P.S. Remember, one lucky commenter will win a $5 Amazon gift card. Just remember to follow Jennifer at one or more of her social media sites! 


  1. Ooh, I love this cover. And I don't blame Jennifer. Chicken feet are like mini velociraptors!

  2. I've never heard of Crio Bru, but now I have to try it! The book sounds amazing as well!

  3. healthy hot chocolate! um sign me up please! this time of year is hot cocoa heaven, but I'd life a healthier version! And this book sounds awesoomeeee

  4. How cool that she has a movie in development! That is a total game changer for any author.

  5. That sounds fascinating!! And I'm totally googling crio bru right now! I'm so all on that.

  6. I went to look this up: Crio Bru. And now, I must have it.

  7. Wow. What a cool concept. Great interview too.

  8. Nice interview and best of luck with your book and movie! Like some of the others, I had to look up Crio Bru and add it to my list--sounds great.

  9. Chicken do have very scaly feet!

  10. I love your author stops, Leandra! You always ask the coolest questions! I love that you asked Jennifer about her favorite chicken dishes as therapy. Lol. Too funny!

    I love the premise for Nameless! And how cool that Jennifer's book is being made into a movie. What a dream!!! :)

  11. Okay, this sounds like a fantastic read! And I totally laughed at the chickens--they can be kind of scary beast :) Great introduction to a new (to me) author!


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