Interview with urban fantasy author JW Troemner

Author JW Troemner is chatting with me today about
her new urban fantasy,
Mark of the Dragon.


During her
virtual book tour, JW will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s
choice) gift card to one lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a
chance to win,
use the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to
visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too.

Bio:
JW Troemner was born in Germany and
immigrated to the United States, where she lives with her partner in a house
full of pets. Most days she can be found gazing longingly at sinkholes and
abandoned buildings.
Welcome, JW. Please
share a little bit about your current release.
Mark of the Dragon is the first book of an
experimental serial. It was originally written for the now defunct Cliffhanger
Press to imitate the style of modern TV shows, with each book acting like a
bite-sized and self-contained “episode” within a larger series.
It’s an
urban fantasy story featuring a homeless woman named Rosario and a dragon named
Arkay who has gotten it in her head that Rosario is her princess. It goes about
as well as you’d expect.

What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always
loved monster-hunting stories like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Dresden Files,
and Supernatural. But with longer-running works especially, I find more and
more cases where I sympathize more with the monsters than the heroes who are
hunting them. Inevitably there’s a monster who’s getting by without hurting
anybody, pretending to be human and running a yoga studio or whatever, just
minding its business. Next thing they know, a bunch of weirdos are shouting Latin
at them and trying to light them on fire.
Arkay is my
answer to that.

Excerpt from Mark of the Dragon:

“Kay?” I
called, following her into the second room. “I found a way to get these things
off me.”
“Good,” she
said. “I think I found something, too.”
Oh, yes she
did.
The room
was lined with dozens, maybe hundreds, of unlit candles in shades of white and
red and black. The line of candles only stopped at a bookshelf full of old,
leather-bound tomes and even older-looking brass weapons. An iron circle had
been pounded into the concrete floor, which had been liberally smeared with
rust-brown stains. The far wall was shiny and steel with a big door that looked
like a walk-in refrigerator, the kind you’d find in a restaurant kitchen.
Arkay had apparently
ignored Occult ‘R’ Us entirely, except to stack the old books under a window
and try to pry open the glass with a rune-covered dagger. “Think you can fit?”
“I’ll suck
it in,” I said.
“Then give
me just a minute. I’ve almost got it.”
So, during
that minute, I did The Thing. You know, that one thing you usually see people
in horror movies doing. The one that makes you facepalm and shake your head at
the sheer stupidity.
Because
Arkay was busy with the window, and Matheson and his goons were scratching at
the door with what sounded like a screwdriver, and I had nothing else occupying
my time or my mind.
Nothing but
that giant freakin’ door in the shiny metal wall, just begging to be opened.
Three
guesses what I did.
The door
was vacuum sealed, and it sucked at the wall when I yanked it open. A wave of
stale, cold air flooded out, along with a sterile white light.
“Oh my
God!” I yelped, slamming it shut.
Arkay was
on the floor in an instant, ducking under my arm to get in front of me.
“What is
it?” she demanded. Curling forward for an attack, she wrapped her hand around
the handle and pulled open the massive door. The dagger in her other hand was
out and ready to kill.
But the
people inside were already dead.

What exciting story are you working
on next?
I’m working on a
joint project with another writer. We’ll be divulging more details on that one
when we’re closer to the finish line.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If
not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I’m
incredibly lucky that my partner’s job gives me the opportunity to write
full-time. As such, there’s not a set schedule to my writing. While I was
working on the Urban Dragon series, I was trying to write about 2,000 words a
day (some days failing dramatically), and I’d spend pretty much every waking
hour either outlining, researching, or editing whatever I’d already written.
Now that it’s out, I’m trying to juggle my next project with the minutia of publishing.
Beyond
that, what the work day looks like is up for grabs. I suffer from a sleep
disorder where my sleeping patterns shift by a couple of hours each night. My
day might start at eight in the morning one week, and three in the afternoon
the next. It makes for an interesting time trying to plan anything.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

Brevity.
When I
worked at Nuvo Magazine, most of my job involved taking full-length articles
and condensing them into 100-word blurbs for the website and annual city
guides, and I’d often be pulled in to creatively cut articles when they ran
over the allotted length. When Urban Dragon got picked up by Cliffhanger Press,
my biggest stipulation was that it had to be exactly nine books long, and each
of those books had to be no more than 25,000 words, so I had to get ruthless
about what to keep and what to cut. I’ve gotten a chance to expand on the
finished books a little bit since then, but they’re still laconic.
Some of my readers
love the fact that you can read any one of the books in a couple of hours, but
other readers can’t stand it.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

A knight.
Sword, shield, damsel-saving— the whole shebang.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I want to
wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

Links:

Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
Thank you
for having me!



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13 thoughts on “Interview with urban fantasy author JW Troemner

  1. Victoria Alexander says:

    Great interview! I love that you compared this book to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, gives me an idea of what to look forward to 😀

  2. Bernie Wallace says:

    What is the best book that you read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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