B&T: How did you come up with the idea to combine the mythology in the Mythos Academy books?
JE: I’ve always loved mythology and all the stories of all the gods, goddesses, warriors, creatures, and more battling each other and going on these epic quests. I like reading mythology and mythology-based stories, but it seems like most of them only focus on one type of mythology. So I thought it would be fun to make the Mythos Academy books a little more open-ended and include all types of mythology. There’s a lot of Greek and Norse mythology in the books, but I also try to include bits and pieces of other mythologies too.
B&T: How did you come up with the idea of Vic?
JE: Well, since Gwen goes to a school for warriors, I thought she should have some sort of weapon. Somewhere along the way, I thought it would be interesting if the weapon could talk and could be another character in the story – one who was a little bloodthirsty (he is a sword, after all). So that was sort of the beginning of Vic, Gwen’s talking sword. Readers really seem to like his character and his snarky comments, and I’ve had a lot of fun writing him.
B&T: I just love Vic! He's my fave sword! ;D
B&T: Within the idea of a 6 word story, explain the Mythos Academy books.
JE: Myths, magic, monsters, warrior whiz kids.
B&T: Do you have any more ideas for YA books in the future?
JE: I have a couple of ideas for new urban fantasy series that I am mulling over. I’m not sure if they’ll be YA series or not, although I’d certainly like to write more YA books. Right now, I’m pretty busy writing my Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy series, so we’ll see what happens.
B&T: I would love a new series, but I also love to have more of the Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy books!
B&T: For fans of your work, like me, what is going to be published next?
JE: DARK FROST, the third Mythos Academy book, was published on May 29. CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book, will be out in January 2013.
Also, WIDOW’S WEB, the seventh Elemental Assassin book, will be out on Aug. 21. Folks can visit my website at www.jenniferestep.com for excerpts and more information about my books. Happy reading!
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