The League of Scribes: Interview With Jennifer Redmille

Welcome to The League of Scribes!

Each week, The L. Palmer Chronicles unites the Three Magical Staffs of Wizardliness to open up a portal through the universe to bring you a member of The League of Scribes.

The League of Scribes is a legendary group of authors who write grand adventures in the realms of science fiction and fantasy. They are able to write rich, compelling stories while keeping content in the PG –PG-13 range.

If you have been on a quest to find clean sci-fi and fantasy novels, you have reached the right place.

This week, we present:

Jennifer Redmille

Jennifer Redmille, Author

About the Author:

Jennifer Redmile grew up on the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney NSW, and now lives in Geraldton WA with her husband and two gorgeous puppy dogs. She has always been an avid fantasy fiction reader, and always worked with children, so when she decided to write a novel, it was a natural progression to combine the two and make it a children’s fantasy novel.

In 1997 she also wrote a children’s musical, entitled Beyond the Stars, for the local Catholic primary school, with a cast of over 300.

She has three published books. The Children of When. What Ghost? and The Morwitch and the Dragon.

Jennifer Redmile’s Work:

Morwitch and the Dragon by the Jennifer Redmile

The Morwitch and the Dragon

Ellie Fiora is just another normal teenager finishing school and pondering her future until a shock family reunion uncovers her heritage as half witch, half mortal.

Jayce Rawthorn is a dragon shifter, living in the mortal world to finish school and learn its ways, and questioning his desire to fulfil his pre-ordained role in the Dragon Realm.

A chance meeting sparks an irresistible attraction between the two, and they unknowingly ignite the age-old bond between a witch and her familiar.

In a cruel twist of fate, they discover their bonding is forbidden in the magical realms. Together they are forced to flee their homes in search of a sanctuary, and must survive the penalty for their unwitting actions – death.

Hunted by their own kind, they learn of a threat to destroy the mortal world, the only place that will accept their union.

Ellie and Jayce, the Morwitch and her Dragon, must risk everything in a race against time to save their home and any possible chance of a life together.

Interview

Who would love your books?

Anyone who loves reading a fantasy that includes romance – especially fans of dragons. The book is set in the real world, with random jaunts into the magical realms. So it’s predominately an urban fantasy.

What was the inspiration for your latest book/series?

I’ve always wanted to write a book about a witch, and also wanted to write about dragons, so I decided to combine the two and came up with the idea of a witch who bonds with a dragon as her familiar by accident.

If a movie of your book were made, what movie(s) would it be most similar to?

I’m not sure really. Maybe a cross between the fantasy of Harry Potter and Eragon, with a huge slice of romance thrown in.

Do you use music while writing? If so, what music do you use? Is there a theme song for your book?

I’m one of those writers who likes silence. As I’m writing, the book is unfolding in my head like a movie, so there’s no room for anything else in there. Besides, I may not hear my characters telling me what they will and won’t do over the music.

What authors or books inspire you most?

I loved the Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games series and the Divergent series. But I’ve also recently read some great books written by totally unknown, mostly Indie, authors. I write very much character driven novels, and like to read the same. The world and the story mean nothing if I don’t care what happens to the characters.

If you were called in as an impartial ambassador in a war between ninjas and pirates, how would you create a peace treaty?

Ummm…interesting question. To be honest, I’d probably decline the invitation and ask them to find someone else. I’ve never been good at dealing with conflict, and I’m way too busy with dragons and witches to deal with Ninjas and pirates as well.

When did you decide to be a professional writer?

Exactly one year ago. I finished a contract for full-time work, and my husband suggested I have some time off before looking for another job. With way too much time on my hands, I heard about NaNoWriMo and thought I’d give it a go. I wrote the first book in The Children of When series during NaNo, and on, Christmas Eve, I was offered a contract by a publisher. I’ve been writing fulltime ever since.

Are you a planner, a discovery writer, or a hybrid?

Very much a hybrid. I learned right at the beginning that plans and plots were great, but the characters often don’t agree with where I want them to go. I’ve also learned to listen to them, because they’re usually right!

Are you traditionally or independently published? Why did you choose this path?

My first book was traditionally published, but I soon discovered I don’t have the patience to wait for the traditional publishing process. I am now happily trotting down the road of self-publishing and loving the freedom and control I have over my writing and my books.

What is your number one piece of advice for aspiring writers?

Just keep writing. Listen to ALL feedback, and take on-board only what you agree with. Learn as you go, continue to improve, and try everything once.

Where do your books fall on the Rating Scale of PG to PG-13 Content (1 = How To Train Your Dragon, 8 = The Dark Knight, 10 = Borderline R-rating).

The Children of When and What Ghost? are definitely both 1’s.

The Morwitch and the Dragon has some curse words (‘damn’ and ‘hell’) and hints at sexual interludes, so not really sure where that would fall into. (Editor’s Note: That sounds like the 5-6 range).

What would you choose as your magical/technological steed, vehicle, or other mode of transportation?

No question there…I’d love either a flying horse like in The Children of When or my own personal dragon, like in the Morwitch series.

To explore the worlds Jennifer Redmile has created, check out the books below:

To Interact with Jennifer Redmile online, check out the links below:

Readers:

  • Do you have any more questions for Jennifer Redmile?
  • What famous witches and dragons would be best friends?
  • What are cooler? Space wizards or space dragons?

If you would like to join the League of Scribes, please e-mail lpalmer@lpalmerchronicles.com

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