A Bookish Conversation with Jennifer Ott, author of ‘Desperate Moon’
Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle. In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.
Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.
Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.
Jennifer’s latest book is the Victorian era historical romance, Desperate Moon.
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About the Book:
A thought-provoking take on the vampire mythos that makes you consider how the natural-spiritual and scientific worlds might intersect.
For six hundred years, vampire Katerina Vaduva roamed Europe witnessing civilization’s altering events—knights on crusade, the suffering of plague, enlightening of the humanist movement, among others. Throughout her years and separated from the normal human condition, she gained knowledge, riches and personal power the greatest kings and mightiest leaders failed to acquire.
During the latter half of the 19th century, while married to a Prussian Colonel, Katerina meets and falls passionately in love with a young ambitious scientist who desires to understand her condition and the life she had lived. He wants more than to possess her body, but her heart, her mind and her soul. It is for him, she would risk everything. True desire is not just a physical matter; it is in the mind and the heart of your lover.
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- Desperate Moon is available at Amazon.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Jennifer Ott! Can you tell us where you are from?
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
I started the book over twenty years ago, to be honest I don’t remember why. I think it has to do with how when we’re lonely we always look to the moon. I’m not sure what it is about the moon brings us hope, but somehow it makes of feel better. Perhaps because no matter how lonely we are, when looking at the moon, we realize we are not alone. We have the whole world surrounding us.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
I designed my cover. Usually I work with a freelance cover designer, but when I found the front cover image it just struck me. The cover model image is tempting, daring and dangerous. These are the qualities of my main character.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
There is sex in it. LOL. What I love about the story and the characters is not just about sex, but the depth they go to understand not only each other, but themselves. The main character is a vampire trying to come to terms with her “condition,” and the love interest is a scientist trying to find a way to understand her and humanity as a whole. It is a multi-layered love story.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
There is often way more to a person what want we perceive, which is the reason we need to really get to know a person and ourselves. The book also reflects on historical events and how they compare to her condition of being a vampire.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I believe it was the meeting of the two main characters. Writing romantic sex scenes is one thing, but I love writing the subtleness of attraction and flirtation through character action and dialog.
My favorite chapter is my main character’s experience with the plague. For some reason that captivates me as a writer.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I was inspired to write this book by a dark and soulful German painter and Sarah McLachlan’s song “Possession.” I had a longing inside me that needed fulfilled. When a romance doesn’t work out, a writer writes a book and immortalizes their crush in story.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I am scared of ghosts and things that go bump in the night.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Peru. I would love to see Machu Picchu.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Despite writing a book about a vampire, I am a morning person.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
My father started writing a book years ago, but never finished.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Major dreamer. I am still a dreamer.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
The perfect man for me.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thank you for the opportunity and I hope those who read my book enjoy it.