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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t
the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.
Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
Interview with Jennifer M. Eaton
1. There's not a lot of alien novels out there so what made you write about one?
Well, that’s an easy question to answer. I wrote FIRE IN THE WOODS because there were not a lot of alien stories out there—At least not ones I was interested in. Most of what I could find was strict science-fiction with galactic wars, space ships and other planets. I wanted something a little more down to Earth. I wrote the book that I wanted to read, since I could not find it on the bookshelves.
2. Have you read The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Alienated by Melissa Landers? Or any other alien books out there? (Also alien books)
Funny, the Lux Series came out when I was nearing the end of the first draft of FIRE IN THE WOODS. I did finally pick up the first book a few months ago, and I have to admit that I loved it. I was a little heartbroken at first, because it was a teen-alien romance like my story, but I relaxed when I realized that our aliens are polar-opposites, and the plotlines are nothing alike.
Alienated is on my “To Read” list, but I am going to hold off on picking this up until I am done writing my series, because I don’t want to be influenced by reading something that might have a similar premise.
3. What can we expect from Fire in the Woods?
FIRE IN THE WOODS is a fast-paced, high-action, chase romance story. I set out to write something fun to read. I think everyone will have a good time losing themselves in this story… as long as they are not the ones running from the US military. [Grins]
4. What genres do you like to read?
I like to read most types of speculative fiction, but High Fantasy is my sweet spot. I love cuddling up with a good book about dragons.
5. How do you think you would react to finding an alien? Would you be the same as Jess?
Hmm, great question!
I’m not really sure. I’d probably wouldn’t have had the guts to keep helping him when I knew something weird was going on. I like to play it on the safe side. I’d rather write an exciting story than live one.
6. Will Fire in the Woods be a standalone or can we expect a sequel?
FIRE IN THE WOODS was written as a stand-alone, but my publisher loved it so much they contracted me for a series of books. So, if you love FIRE IN THE WOODS, you will be able to pick up the sequel, ASHES IN THE SKY in early 2015, and book three, tentatively titled EMBERS IN THE SEA in late 2015.
7. How do you feel when a new book of yours is about to be published?
Having a book come out rallies up a combination of excitement and a little fear. On one side, I am thrilled that people will have the opportunity to read, and hopefully love, my story as much as I do. On the other hand, I always worry about what I might have missed that may come out in the reviews. That’s why I try not to read the “text” of reviews unless someone gives me the okay first.
8. What was the hardest part of writing Fire in the Woods?
The hardest part of writing FIRE IN THE WOODS was actually trimming it down. There was a whole lot of “wandering” in the early revisions, but something happened in each “wandering session” that was important. Trimming the walking down to pick up the pace, while not losing all the valuable information intrinsic to the story was a challenge.
9. How do you develop your characters and keep track of them?
In most cases, I just start with a description in my head and let the character develop as I write. Jess is a photographer in FIRE IN THE WOODS, but she didn’t have any interest in pictures in the first several drafts. I decided she needed a hobby that would help get her into trouble, and that hobby developed into an undying passion that left her at odds with her father’s dreams for her future. It was perfect, and I can no longer even think of Jess without a camera in her hand.
FIRE IN THE WOODS has a relatively small cast, so I didn’t have to do anything special to keep track of them, but I have used spreadsheets in the past.
10. Do you have certain authors that you look up to?
I Really liked Robert Jordan’s early Wheel of Time books. His stories really drew me in. I am also a big fan of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. (Am I dating myself?) For newer authors, I am a big fan of Jocelyn Adams. She is fearless in her use of voice, and I think it sets her apart.
11. What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
Number one, keep writing.
Number two, be honest with yourself and find out what the weak point in your writing is, and find someone to help make you stronger.
Never stop working on making your writing better.
This or That Questions:
Paperback or E-book?
Both! But I do like the convenience of grabbing my E-reader and having all my books in one hand.
Kindle or Nook?
I must admit, I love my Kindle. It’s fun for word games, too.
Vampires or Werewolves?
Neither! Aliens, baby. Always aliens! But if I had to choose, it would be werewolves. Vampires never interested me.
Night or Morning?
Definitely night. Mornings were made to be slept through.
Winter or Summer?
Summer! I don’t like to be cold.
Gentlemen or Bad Boys?
Hmmm. I like to LOOK at a bad bod, but when it comes right down to it, I prefer a gentleman. But why can’t a guy be both?
Paranormal or Contemporary?
Definitely paranormal. I do read a lot of contemporary to absorb other writer’s styles and see what else “out there” is being published, but I’d rather cuddle up with a bit of speculative fiction.
Young Adult or New Adult books?
There are not too many new adult books out there right now that interest me. At the moment, publishers are forcing the genre to be “contemporary” which I personally believe is wrong. So I would have to say young adult is more my style. There is a lot more flexibility there and young adult touches every genre.
Thank you so much for having me. It’s been fun!
ABOUT JENNIFER M. EATON:Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.
Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
Winner will be drawn October 25, 2014
*Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton (INT)
*One (1) custom made necklace (used as inspiration for the necklace in Fire in the Woods). Adjustable chain from 10 to 12 inches. T (US ONLY)