We take a break from our Christmas vacation to welcome Jennifer Estep to Romancing the Book as she celebrates the release of Crimson Frost. Today, Valerie is interviewing Jennifer about one of her favorite characters, Vic.
Valerie: Vic is one of the most unexpected characters in this series yet he is actually endearing and brings comedic relief during tense times.
JE: Thanks! Glad you are enjoying Vic. He’s a really fun character for me to write.
Valerie: What was the inspiration for Vic?
JE: Well, since my heroine, Gwen, goes to Mythos Academy, a school for warrior whiz kids, I thought it made sense for her to have some sort of special weapon. Somewhere along the way, I thought it would be cool if the weapon was its own unique character, complete with a face, a voice, and a really snarky personality. So that was sort of the beginning of the idea for Vic.
Valerie: Is he based on any particular mythological weapon?
JE: Not really. One of the fun things about writing a fantasy series, especially one that’s mythology-based, is that you can really come up with anything you want to or take a myth and put your own spin on it. I had the idea for a talking sword with a lot of attitude, so that’s what I went with. So far, folks seem to be enjoying Vic’s character.
Valerie: Can you hint whether or not he is actually a man trapped and will possibly be “released” from the weapon?
JE: I’m sorry, but I really can’t comment on that. I would maybe like to write a short story from Vic’s point of view someday and reveal more of his backstory (and write some stories from the other characters’ POVs as well), but my writing schedule is pretty full right now. We’ll see what happens.
Valerie: What’s next for you?
JE: CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book in my Mythos Academy series, was released on Dec. 24. MIDNIGHT FROST, the fifth book in the series, is tentatively scheduled to be published in August 2013, and there will be at least one more book in the series after that one.
Also, DEADLY STING, the eighth book in my Elemental Assassin series, will be out on March 26.
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more. Books in the series are Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, and Dark Frost.
Jennifer also writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books, and she is the author of the Bigtime superhero paranormal romance series.