This month Monstrous Friends shares a 5Q Interview with Jeanne C. Stein, author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and The Fallen Siren series, written in collaboration with Samantha Sommersby. Jeanne is an award-winning, best-selling author, who still finds time to publish short fiction in the best anthologies.
Q1: What can you tell us about your partnership with Hex Publishers on your latest work in the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles, Anna and The Vampire Prince?
A1: Hex and Josh Viola came forward with the idea of publishing the novella, Anna and The Vampire Prince. It wasn’t hard to decide to let them do it! Hex is very professionally run, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
Q2: What’s next for Anna Strong?
A2: I may do a tenth Anna Strong. I’m working on it now, and Hex again has offered to publish it. It has characters from previous books and as usual, two threads—a paranormal mystery and an all too human mystery involving a Ponzi scheme that Anna’s business partner has gotten caught up in.
Q3: The award-winning Fallen Siren Series is written with Samantha Sommersby. What can you tell us about one of the most successful collaborations in dark fantasy?
A3: Well, as a matter of fact, I’m going to San Diego the week of Comic-Con to meet with Samantha and discuss where we go from here with The Fallen Siren Series. We also have a couple of ideas for new books. Our agent has given us feedback on the new projects so we’ll have plenty to talk about when we get together.
Q4: You have a featured story in the new anthology Blood And Gasoline. How did the tale come about?
A4: “Desert Run,” the story in Blood and Gasoline, is taken from a book I wrote many years ago and am in the process of editing at the request of my agent. It fit the theme of the anthology and its esteemed editor, Mario Acevedo, encouraged me to submit it.
Q5: Rumors suggest you survived the move to Arizona. Are they true?
A5: Yes, and yes. I live in Arizona now and miss my Denver writing buddies like crazy. Lake Havasu is a small town, and there isn’t much in the way of writers’ groups so I’m looking for other ways to become involved with the community. There is a satellite campus for Arizona State here so I may inquire about mentoring students or giving informal writing seminars. I need the interaction with other writers. I’m still volunteering to judge the HWA Bram Stoker Awards® so in that regards, I’m keeping my fingers in. I miss our Denver HWA programs. You did a great job with those, Larry, and I’m proud to have been a part of it!