Jana Oliver is the author of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter and Soul Thief, releasing on August 30th, 2011. I thoroughly enjoyed The Demon Trapper’s Daughter and have a copy of Soul Thief waiting for me on my bookshelf. Why don’t we get to know the author behind the book, eh?
Jana Oliver: I thought it would be intriguing to examine the bigger issues of good and evil through the eyes of a seventeen-year-old. Young adults have enough of a journey trying to figure out their place in the world, but what if that place was standing between Heaven and Hell? Part of that inspiration came from other urban fantasy books (almost all for adults) and GOOD OMENS (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman).
IceyBooks: Now that your books are ‘out there’ is there anything you would like to change, given the chance?
Jana Oliver: Not really. Everything has fallen out rather well. I did note that I made a mistake in The Demon Trapper’s Daughter in regard to a particular building name up near Lenox Square, but other that I’m really happy with the story.
Jana Oliver: I really like Grand Master Angus Stewart. He’s just so cool. Besides being a warrior and a scholar, he’d be fun to drink with. He’s a great storyteller and loves single malt Scotch. *smiles*
Jana Oliver: Actually no. I had a number of other jobs before this. Besides being a registered nurse, I’ve also been a travel agent, a radio deejay and wrote advertising copy for some of the world’s largest retailers. In many ways all those previous jobs prepared me for what I’m doing now.
Jana Oliver: It’d be to Ray Bradbury (who will be ninety-one later this month). I’d thank him for the marvelous tales I read when I was a teen and tell him that they are still with me now all these years later. He taught me the power of words.