Folks, please welcome author Jennifer Allis Provost to the blog today. We talk about Star Wars, inviting fictional characters out for a drink, most difficult job, and plenty more. Come join us and be entertained!
If you could be an extra on a movie or TV series, what would it be?
Probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve seen every episode, read every comic, and I bet I could stake a few vampires. Or get bitten, who knows.
Myths and beliefs that we would consider fiction or fantasy in modern literature once upon a time shaped history (think of all the hunts for unicorns & dragons). Do you see modern fantasy fiction affecting human cultures today and how?
I think they already are. Take unicorns, for example; before Peter S. Beagle wrote The Last Unicorn, all unicorns were male. His solitary unicorn in a lilac wood was the first female unicorn, and paved the way for such franchises as My Little Pony and the like.
If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?
I’d love to see Star Wars all over again. I was only two or three when I saw it in the theater; local legend says that when Darth Vader was about to torture Princess Leia I yelled out, “Don’t hurt the lady!” I’d just love to fall in love with the movie all over again.
Given the opportunity, what fantastical beast of fiction would you like to encounter in the wild? Which would you avoid at all costs? Would you take a selfie with the beastie?
A unicorn would be pretty cool! And of course I would take a selfie 🙂 As for what I would avoid, chupacabra tops that list *shudders*
My worst job and my most difficult job were two different jobs. My worst job was a senior benefit analyst for a company that shall remain nameless (mostly so I don’t get hit with a libel suit). Anyway, the job was horrendous, and one day I had enough, grabbed a copy paper box, packed up my desk and left. Man, walking out the last time really felt good.
As for my most difficult job, I once worked for a conservation commission in as a wetland delineator. I used a GPS (which was cutting edge technology at the time) to remap many wetlands in Western Massachusetts. It was incredibly hard, from the physical aspect of hiking in varied terrain and weather conditions to the cognitive aspect of translating the GPS coordinates and drawing the maps. That job was a lot like writing; both immensely difficult and immensely rewarding.
Do you have any superstitions?
Well, I won’t step on cracks, the first things I moved into my new house were bread and salt, and I always wish upon stars. So yeah, maybe a little.
If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you chose to do?
I’d probably return to my environmental science roots and do more field work, maybe on invasive plants.
If you could sit down and have tea (or a beer) with 5 fictional characters, who would you invite to the table?
Who to invite, who to invite… Aerin from The Hero and the Crown, Phedre from Kushiel’s Dart, R2D2 from Star Wars (I guess he’d have motor oil), Cordelia from Buffy/Angel, and Max from Where the Wild Things Are.
Sara had always been careful.
She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.
Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara’s dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.
A mad king. An escaped slave. One warrior to save the realm…
When Asherah, stripped of both her memory and her dignity, learns that King Sahlgren is responsible for her torment it nearly breaks her. Instead, she leads her fellow slaves to freedom. More prisons are scattered across Parthalan, and Asherah vows to burn them all.
Caol’nir, a warrior descended from the gods, is sworn to serve and defend the king. Then a priestess is murdered, and Caol’nir learns that Sahlgren is to blame. Determined to stop the king, sacred oath or no, Caol’nir joins Asherah’s rebellion.
What Caol’nir doesn’t know is that Sahlgren has promised the demon lord a woman of rare and singular beauty, a woman whose abilities are rumored to rival the sun god’s themselves…a woman Caol’nir knows all too well.
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