Q & A with Jenna Ryan author of the Shadow Series
Q & A with Jenna Ryan author of Dark Lily
and the Shadow Series
What books have influenced your life most?
I started writing because I read a Harlequin Intrigue called HAND IN GLOVE by Anne Stuart. She remains a favorite of mine. I’ve read everything Edgar Allan Poe has written and I’ve always enjoyed the rich, lush works of Anne Rice, particularly her vampire series. I’m also a Nora Roberts fan. Her Irish trilogies take me straight to the land of my grandfather’s birth.
Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?
At the moment, no, although I am reading an autobiography about Katherine Hepburn which is fascinating. Right now though, I’m doing more writing than reading.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The series I’m currently working on – and I hope this is what you mean – moves between the Black Hills and Las Vega. I’m trying to mix a dark sort of wilderness danger with the flash and glitter of the Strip. There is an overarching villain who’s ice-cold and unquestionably insane together with a group of burned-out cops and federal agents. The heroes are pulled together and assigned to impossible cases by a mystery man. The heroines are strong, feisty and more than capable of adapting to the peril in which they find themselves. I hope readers will find this series exciting and suspenseful.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I know this has been said many times before, but I write the kinds of stories I like to read. That translates to a great deal of interaction and verbal bi-play between the hero and heroine, plenty of twists and endings that leave readers feeling satisfied. I appreciate feedback of any kind, and I always respond to emails or Facebook comments. I love my readers!
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
The best place would be on Facebook. I have a website, but I tend not to keep it updated. On the other hand, I do go to Facebook – both to my personal page and my author page quite often. Twitter works too, although when I’m immersed in a story I could be offline for a day or two.
Dark Lily: Shadows Book 4 by Jenna Ryan
Date of Publication: June 7, 2016
Curses, ghosts, a serial killer, and little voodoo.
Shadows, Book 4
Gaby Jordan has always been able to see and talk to ghosts. While creepy at times, this extraordinary ability has never put her in danger. But since her voodoo-queen grandmother placed a curse on a serial killer, Gaby's in all kinds of trouble. The killer wants the curse removed, and he believes Gaby can do it.
Former cop Mitchell Stone might be reluctant to help Gaby at first, but once he meets the fiery beauty, he vows to do everything he can to keep her safe from the madman who is determined to capture her.
Danger abounds in the Louisiana bayou. The attraction between Mitchell and Gaby is fast and intense. But there are ghosts, voodoo spells, and murder at work here. The race to escape the deadly madman is on. And the curse is only the beginning of the shadowy magic.
Warning: Curses, killers, and crocodiles are just some of the things that can get you in this bayou.
About Jenna Ryan
Jenna Ryan was born in Victoria, British Columbia. After long stints in different cities across Canada, she returned home to Vancouver Island where she has lived ever since. She has had thirty-one books published in the Harlequin Intrigue series. Her ideas come from real life, and she is helped in her writing by her sister Kathy.
She enjoys reading and is a big fan of women's fiction, psychological suspense and mystery novels. She also enjoys watching classic suspense movies. She loves strong heroines, heroes with character, romance stories and a good whodunit by the fire on a rainy night.
Her heritage is a blend of English and Irish — which is probably where the gift of blarney comes from. She is unmarried, but involved with a wonderful man. She also has a little white cat named Sheena.
Whenever she is not writing, she travels as much as time and finances will allow. After North America, Europe is her favorite continent to explore, because it was in those countries that many of the myths and legends she drew upon in her early years of writing were born.
Growing up, she considered various careers and dabbled in several of them, including, after university, the travel industry, tourism, sales and modeling. Work in the fashion industry in Toronto and Montreal gave her an interesting peek into various aspects of that world. She learned that where money, power and people come together, there will always be unpredictability — an element she feels is essential to a strong mystery. Add a healthy measure of personal conflict, an intriguing setting and a spicy romance into the mix, and you have the ingredients for what she believes to be the best of all possible stories — a great romantic suspense.