With me today is Jana Oliver, award winning author of the ‘Demon Trapper‘ series, the ‘Time Rover‘ series and now the stand alone novel ‘Briar Rose‘. Welcome, Jana.
Jana Oliver: Hi there.
JMW: Your last series was about demons in present day Atlanta. The new book however is about fairy tale curses and more than a few pistons. How hard was it to, pardon the pun, switch gears?
Jana Oliver: Briar Rose is a young adult retelling of Sleeping Beauty and I set it in a small town, a very mythical small town, of Southern Georgia, about 600 inhabitants. But when Briar’s curse comes to fruition, she ends up in this alternate sort of nightmare. And that’s where I had fun because I could introduce all sorts of medieval characters, steam punk characters, all sorts of stuff and it was actually amazingly easy to switch gears, pardon the pun, because I had done the same with the demons and heaven and hell and Atlanta. It was really kind of fun to just let my imagination off of its leash for one book because I had to plan for a whole series. I had great fun with the clockwork wolves, and all sorts of fun.
So it really wasn’t that difficult. It was kind of like a palate cleanser, as my editor called it. So it was kind of fun to do that thing between those two series.
JMW: That does sound cool. Briar Rose is a little unusual in that it was contracted by an English publisher. How can your fans get a copy?