MY name is Jennifer Malone Wright. I am the author of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series and The Birth of Jaiden, my full length vampire/paranormal novel. I am a mother of five crazy children, wife of an awesome man, and lover of all things books. I have moved around a lot because my husband has been in the military for the last 11 years, but now we live in the mountains of northern Idaho. It’s very beautiful here, but winters suck.
How old were you when you decided that you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t ever remember not wanting to write. I think I was in grade school when I decided I wanted to be a writer. That was after I got over wanting to be a princess though. Lol
For those readers that haven’t had the pleasure of reading your work, can you tell us a little about it?
The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter is my most popular work. It is a series of short stories that make up one novel. People are calling this a serial novel. The easiest way to explain it is to let you read the blurb…
Fourteen-year-old Chloe witnesses her mother’s murder at the hands of a vampire. Before the vampire can kidnap her, there is an unexpected rescue by a group of vampire hunters. Overwhelmed by the feeling of safety, Chloe passes out and they whisk her away to their small community.
When Chloe wakes, she comes face to face with the only other living relative, besides her mother, whom she has ever met: her grandfather. Chloe’s mother kept her hidden from the family; now, Chloe tries to unveil the family secrets.
Through her grandfather, she learns her mother was a vampire hunter. In fact, her entire family is descended from the powerful bloodlines of vampire hunters. Chloe agrees to join the family she has never known for one reason only: Chloe vows to kill the vampire responsible for her mother’s murder.
With vengeance in her soul, Chloe is even more determined to follow through on her vow when she discovers the true identity of her enemy and how he is connected to her
Do you see yourself in any of these characters?
I do, a little bit, see myself in Chloe, but more than that I see my kids in her. She’s like a combo of all of them. Lol, I am a 33 year old writing from the perspective of a teenager, so it can be hard to relate sometimes.
Do you have any odd writing habits or rituals?
Not really odd, but I like to have my hair up, I like to have my ear buds in even if there is no music playing. I am also able to concentrate better if the area I’m working in is clean. But…I have five kids, the odds of that happening are pretty rare. With all these kids I’ve learned I have to work anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances.
All writers have them, but what was that a-ha moment that inspired you?
Lol, for this work, it was when I created the breed of vampire hunters. They are descended from angels and demi-gods…the blood of both the warrior angel and the warrior woman created the new race of human, called the vampire hunter. That was my a-ha moment.
What are your most difficult scenes to write?
Long drawn out dialog. I like action and write the action scenes way better than people sitting around talking.
Describe your ideal writing place.
Oh, my recliner. In the quiet, with no kids running around and music for a soundtrack to whatever I’m writing. Its my best place to write.
When you first started out as a writer, what were some of your biggest challenges?
The technical aspect is always the hardest part for me. It was when I started and is still. I tell a good story, but I suck at the other stuff. I’m learning, but it helps to have great editors.
Any advice for other writers that are just starting out?
I always tell people who are just starting out that research is your best friend. Research your genre, research the craft of writing, research the publishing industry, and research everything that has anything to do with writing. If you research, you can make well informed decisions about your work and your career.
Are your family and friends supportive of you?
Yes, my husband has been the most supportive. But, my friends and family are really some of the most supportive people. I feel very lucky to have everyone I do in my life.
What writers have inspired you?
I have always been a fan of Stephen King, Anne Rice, V.C Andrews, Christopher Pike, and many others. But the ones I mentioned are really the authors who inspired me to write.
Who is your favorite character from another author’s work?
Hmmm, well… it’s so hard to choose. I think, right now, my favorite character from another authors work is Rion, from Pulse of Heroes by A. Jacob Sweeny. If you haven’t read that book, you should really go check it out.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Oh man, when I’m not writing I’m chasing kids, cleaning, cooking, changing diapers, and all that fun stuff that comes along with the kiddos. I also enjoy reading, watching my TV shows , and doing stuff outside.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect a lot more of The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. I am finishing up part 6 and then compiling that one into print. After that there will be more from Chloe, but I will also be doing other characters stories from the series. Also in the future you can expect a sequel to The Birth of Jaiden.
When she grew up, Jennifer always had her nose in a book. She has been writing stories and poems since grade school. This love of the written word and her strong interest in the paranormal is what has led to her first novel “The Birth of Jaiden.”
In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Jennifer is also a very proud military wife. Moving around the country for the last eleven years has made her a bit of a nomad and she finds it difficult to be in one place for too long.
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