The synopses of fellow blogger Jeri Smith-Ready‘s first two books recently caught my eye. Requiem for the Devil is a book exploring what might happen if Lucifer himself fell in love. Jeri’s new Aspect of Crow fantasy series, published by LUNA books, is also unique, exploring the interconnectedness of man and nature when animals become Guardian Spirits.
“Sort of X-Men meets Clan of the Cave Bear,” Jeri says on her site.
While Jeri has been preparing for the October ’07 release of the second book in that series, Voice of Crow, she’s also been wracking up awards and nods for its predecessor. Eyes of Crow was just named a finalist for the prestigious RITA award (both as a book with Strong Romantic Elements and–since Requiem was e-published–as a contender in the Best First Book category), as well as the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence. And here’s steaming-hot news from the presses: Jeri has just won the 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel! Congratulations, Jeri!
I enjoyed reading Eyes of Crow and interviewing Jeri Smith-Ready, who is a pure delight. Here is the first of our in-depth, three-part interview.
Part 1: Interview with Jeri Smith-Ready
Q: Tell me about your start in the industry. What moment defined your career as writer and author?
JSR: I wrote my first book in 1995-1996, about an environmental crusader-type guy fighting a coal mining company. That didn’t sell and probably didn’t deserve to. I consider it my “zero-th” or practice novel. My second novel, Requiem for the Devil, sold in 2000 as an e-book to Time Warner’s erstwhile e-publishing arm, iPublish.com.
(You can read more about that novel HERE.)
Requiem garnered a cult following (which is a nice way of saying only a few people read it, but those who did, loved it), including Stacy Boyd, who would later become one of the editors for a new imprint of female-focused fantasy, Luna Books. She asked me to submit a proposal, and the Aspect of Crow series was born.
Q: What stumbling blocks (if any) have you had along the way? [Read more…]