Interview with Jana Oliver – Author of The Demon Trappers Series

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?

IceyBooks: Thank you so much for joining us today! Describe Soul Thief in 7-9 words for us.

Jana Oliver: Smoke and mirrors, love and heartbreak. Unintended consequences.

Jana OliverIceyBooks: Where did you find the inspiration for your YA series?

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). 

Soul Thief: A Demon Trappers NovelIceyBooks: 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.

IceyBooks: Which character do you most relate to and how so?

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*

IceyBooks: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

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.

The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers #1) 
IceyBooks: If you could write a letter to anyone in anytime (let’s say George Washington), who would it be and what would you say?

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.

IceyBooks: What’s one question you wish you were asked, and what would be your answer?

Jana Oliver: I wish someone would ask, “Do you ever yell at your characters?” The answer would be “YES!” In Soul Thief I did a lot of shouting at my computer monitor because certain characters (I’m looking at you Riley and Beck) were making some really bad moves. But that’s where the story headed so I had to let it play out or it wouldn’t be true to the tale.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Lauren M

    August 16, 2011

    What a fun interview! I loved GOOD OMENS, so it's neat to hear that Jana was inspired by it. There's definitely a good-vs-evil theme in her books. :)

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    August 16, 2011

    This is a great interview. I particularly love the last question and answer. I'm in love with this series.

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    Gina @ My Precious

    August 16, 2011

    Exciting interview. I enjoyed learning more about this author. I haven't read either of the books, but they are on my TBR list. I especially am fond of that second cover. I'd like to know how it ties into the book.

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    Jana Oliver

    August 16, 2011

    @ Hafsah — Thanks for having me by!

    @Lauren – I've lost track of how many times I've read GOOD OMENS. I adore the angel/demon conversations.

    @Amber – Luckily I work at home, alone, so no one heard me shouting things like, “What? Are you freakin' kidding me? Do you not see what “X” is up to? Hello?” LOL

    @Gina – If by the second cover you mean SOUL THIEF — Riley spends a fair amount of time in Oakland Cemetery for a number of reasons.

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    Liz. R

    August 16, 2011

    Great interview! I really like Master Stewart too, he's the best. And I loved the last question – I can just imagine Riley and Beck looking around and wondering why someone would be yelling at them! :p

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    August 16, 2011

    Great interview! I haven't had a chance to read these books yet but they seem like they would be right up my alley. Sounds like an exciting series.
    And if I was a writer I would probably yell at my characters too.

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    August 16, 2011

    Fun interview! I've had this one on my shelf for ages and really need to read it soon!

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    August 16, 2011

    I need to read this series! It sounds exciting! =D Too funny that she yells at her characters. LOL

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    Jana Oliver

    August 16, 2011

    @Liz – I'll admit a certain fondness for Angus Stewart. He's one very cool guy. And he has good taste in single malt whisky (LOL)

    @Lucy – if you were a writer you'd yell at your characters a lot. Fortunately I do this when no one else is around.

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    A Canadian Girl

    August 17, 2011

    I haven't read this series yet but I loved the way Jana described Soul Thief. Guess I'll have to bump up The Demon Trapper's Daughter in my TBR pile.

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    YA Book Queen

    August 17, 2011

    Last answer = Awesome!! ;)

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    August 24, 2011

    Awesome interview, Hafsah! I've been wanting to read The Demon Trapper's Daughter for a long time now. These covers are really great. I love how the two relate to each other. =)