Welcome to Author Jana Oliver!
I’ve always been a bit “outside the box” and when I started writing I didn’t deviate from that plan. Flaunting conventional wisdom, I self-published my first three books in an effort to learn how publishing actually works. I learned a lot, including such arcane skills as how to calculate a book’s spine size and typeset a manuscript.
After spending a couple years honing my skills, I sold my Time Rovers® Series to Dragon Moon Press in 2005. That series (SOJOURN, VIRTUAL EVIL and MADMAN’S DANCE) was nominated for fifteen awards and has won twelve to date. Which still amazes me. I’ve also sold short stories and non-fiction articles for various anthologies.
My ultimate goal was a contract with one of the major publishing houses and that came to fruition in April 2009 when I signed with St. Martin’s Press. The Demon Trappers Series, a Young Adult Urban Fantasy series set in Atlanta, will debut in January 2011 in the United Kingdom and February 2011 in the United States.
Though I’m an Iowan by birth, I live in Atlanta. I credit my crazy imagination for my success and honestly believe I have the best job in the world. And I love single malt scotch and expensive chocolate. Not a bad combination.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d go into the past and leave the future to its own devices. What era? I’d want to go to 1888 London and have a look around. I’d love to visit the Crystal Palace and see Jeckyll and Hyde at the Lyceum Theatre. And of course, read the newspapers during the Ripper murders.
One food you would never eat?
I’m leery of the “never” word, but let’s say that I am HIGHLY UNINCLINED to eat ants or scorpions and anything of the insect nature. Euuuu!
Narrow-minded people. Just because someone is different than you doesn’t mean they’re not cool.
Skittles or M&M’s?
There is no question – M&M’s.
Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.
If you don’t, demons will steal your car keys. And your TV remote. Hey, I gave you fair warning. Being serious, I’d say you should read the book because it’s a new take on than the usual Y.A. demons/angels story.
What is your dream cast for your book?
Riley = Alexandra Daddario or Emma Roberts
Beck = Lex Shrapnel (a British actor but I’m sure he can do a South Georgia drawl)
Simon = Alex Pettyfer
Ori = Hugh Jackman (drool)
Is there a song you could list as a theme song for the book or any of your characters?
For Riley: “Breakaway” (Kelly Clarkson)
For Beck: “Copperhead Road” (Steve Earle)
For Simon: “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood)
One piece of advice for aspiring writers?
Writing is a wonderful profession and with it there are ups and down. Just be sure to enjoy the journey.
What is your favourite quote?
”Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” — E.L. Doctorow
How do you react to a bad interview?
In public, I hold my tongue. It is, after all, one reader’s opinion. In private, depending on how vicious the review, I grumble to my friends. And then I reread the review just in case there is a kernel of wisdom in there for a future book. If not, that’s the breaks.
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
An owl. Great eyesight, skilled hunter and awesome feathers.
What authors have influenced you the most?
I would like to be like these authors when I grow up:
Terry Pratchett – for his immensely imaginative mind.
Jim Butcher – I want to steal a portion of his brain so I can figure out how to write a long series and keep the stories fresh
Ilona Andrews – I adore this husband and wife team’s complex characters and their incredible world building.
Finish the sentence – one book I wish I had written is:
Hunger Games. It rocked.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
That’s a toughie. Jim Butcher would be so cool. Maybe Neil Gaiman. Though I’d probably never get any work done because I’d be entranced by his Scottish accent.
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver:
Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…
Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.
But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter (signed and personalized)
Demon Trapper’s Guild Iron-on Patch
Demon Trapper Series Logo Decal
Open to US & Canada