13 Questions with Jennifer Rahn

In an interesting turn of events our newest featured author for Horror Addicts hasn’t been on HA before…but she has interviewed Emerian. http://magnix.blogspot.com/2010/03/big-heart-big-smile-big-voice-interview.html

“I’m loving it! I love interacting with other creative people, regardless of their form of expression, and I’ve always been drawn to gothic art, music and books.”

Jennifer Rahn’s theme for Horror Addicts episode 50 is Outer Space. The story she has written for this episode is titled Fallen. Jennifer told me “[she] took some liberties with the subject, so it ended up being more science fiction than space opera.”

Want a little peek into her story? Well here you go: “It’s told from the perspective of an alien, Tharn, who finds himself cast into the company of a psychotic human, who decides he needs part of Tharn’s body. Tharn comes up with some pretty creative notions of how he might exact revenge . . .”

If you have read The Longevity Thesis, then you’re familiar with Rahn’s work. Jennifer shared with me that, “[the] tag line is “Apprenticed to the Graduate Supervisor from Hell”, which amuses my friends who have also gone through graduate school. It’s about a new medical doctor who decides he wants to write a graduate thesis on longevity. He unwittingly ends up the student of a *very* old professor, whose methods of prolonging life are rather unethical. It also has multiple subplots woven into it, which deal with racism, political machinations, the devastating impacts of low self esteem, and the power of interpersonal connections.”

Another novel of Jennifer’s is Wicked Initiations, which in fact is the prequel to The Longevity Thesis. This particular novel is very special to Rahn…

“It’s all about love, but presented as a rather twisted and non-traditional vampire story, where death is no impediment to being manipulated and controlled. As it is dark *fantasy*, there is a king, who bears a curse, and must fight against a mysterious priest who controls a supernatural army. What determines the success or failure of the characters, is their ability to understand life energy, and how to use it to balance personal power. There are, of course, all sorts of magic users and undead running around and causing trouble everywhere they go. It’s release has been delayed due to my publisher’s server crashing with the book on the harddrive, but I’m happy to report that it has been reconstructed and should be heading out to the printers very soon.”

The inspiration for these novels is something I think almost everyone can relate to. “The first one (The Longevity Thesis) was inspired by my need to purge my own negative emotions and examine them thoroughly. It might seem like it’s a story about grad school, but it really isn’t. It’s about growing up and accepting that life will never be fair, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find our place in it.”
“The second one (Wicked Initiations) was just pure creative expression. I suppose it was inspired by the first novel, since it is a prequel, but the only driving motivation I had in writing it was the joy of putting together a really great, multi-leveled story.”

In Rahn’s opinion, the hardest thing about being a writer it “rejection letters and bad reviews. Especially when the reviewer didn’t “get” it. I try to still take something from what they say, because the fact that someone didn’t understand the point I was trying to make, means that I did not write effectively. However, I get so hyped and excited about what I’ve written that it really hurts to hear that someone hated it.”

Return readers will notice that I like to find out what our authors day jobs are. It’s always interesting to see that just your everyday, average Joe can be an author. You just have to put your heart into it. But, before I get off track let me just tell you…Jennifer has one of the most interesting day jobs out there.

“I am a scientist, currently researching brain tumors. I did a stint in the biotech industry after my Msc (sic) in Pharmacology and then did my PhD in breast cancer, so I’ve got quite a wide range of experiences that I could use to build up a story environment. I think it all gave me a lot of background fodder for the first novel, and I have an idea for a scifi whodunit, so it probably will provide me with background again, but the nice thing about writing fantasy is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be scientifically accurate!”

And on a scientific note, little known fact about Rahn: she carries “a blonde gene.”

Fans of Jennifer need to be on the look out for her future work. “I’ve got a short story coming out in the Strange Worlds Anthology, and I’ve been stuck about halfway through a werewolf novel for over a year. However, after talking and listening to writers at ConVersion26, I am now unstuck. I know how to fix it and make it really good.”

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