Today I am interviewing Jennifer Estep, author of the new fantasy novel, Tear Down the Throne, second book in the Gargoyle Queen series
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DJ: Hi Jennifer! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jennifer Estep: Thanks for hosting me! I appreciate it.
I am a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author. I have written more than 40 fantasy books, along with several novellas and short stories.
In addition to the Gargoyle Queen series, I am also the author of the Crown of Shards, Elemental Assassin, Section 47, and other series.
Basically, I write all kinds of fantasy books – epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and young adult fantasy.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. I also watch way too much TV and love all things related to superheroes.
DJ: What is Tear Down the Throne and then the Gargoyle Queen series about?
Jennifer: TEAR DOWN THE THRONE is book #2 in my Gargoyle Queen adult epic fantasy series, which focuses on Gemma Ripley, a princess who secretly moonlights as a spy.
In TEAR DOWN THE THRONE, Gemma is trying to get to the bottom of a dangerous plot, so she goes to a Summit between the various kingdoms. While there, snhe encounters far more problems than she expects, and she has to figure out how she really feels about Leonidas Morricone, a handsome, charming prince from an enemy kingdom.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Gargoyle Queen series?
Jennifer: I’ve always loved stories with a little bit of everything in them – action, adventure, danger, magic, and romance. So writing epic fantasy lets me put all those elements into my books and tell the stories that I want to tell.
TEAR DOWN THE THRONE features a strong heroine, enemies-to-lovers, epic battles, an evil queen you love to hate, and gargoyles (obviously!).
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers sympathize with them?
Jennifer: Gemma Ripley is a bit of a Robin Hood-type character. Everyone thinks she is a spoiled, pampered princess, but she is really using that persona to hide how strong she truly is. Gemma witnessed a royal massacre as a child, and she is still dealing with that trauma as an adult, as well as trying to figure out who she wants to be as a person and how she can make her own mark on her kingdom.
Leonidas Morricone is also trying to make his own mark and step out of the shadow of his other family members, many of whom have done horrible things. So in some ways, Gemma and Leo are a lot alike, and in other ways, they are completely different and have very different goals.
DJ: Aside from the main characters in the story, who is a favorite side character or a character with a smaller role in the story? Why?
Jennifer: One of my favorite side characters is Grimley, Gemma’s beloved gargoyle. He gets some of the best/funniest lines, and he is very devoted to his nap schedule. LOL.
DJ: What is the world and setting of the Gargoyle Queen series like?
Jennifer: My Gargoyle Queen series is the second series in my Crown of Shards world. Both book series are set on the continent of Buchovia, which consists of several kingdoms that are all jockeying for power, resources, and more. Gladiator troupes – where people watch gladiators fight in arenas – are also very popular in Buchovia, so the Gargoyle Queen and Crown of Shards series both have a bit of a Gladiator movie vibe.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Jennifer_Estep (@Jennifer_Estep)
Newsletter signup: http://www.jenniferestep.com/contact-jennifer/newsletter/
DJ: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Jennifer: I hope everyone enjoys reading Gemma’s newest adventure. Happy reading!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
Jennifer: Thanks again for hosting me. I appreciate it!
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***Tear Down the Thrown is published by Harper Voyager and is available TODAY!!!***
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About the Book:
Bestselling author Jennifer Estep continues her Gargoyle Queen epic fantasy series where magic reigns, alliances are tested, and a dangerous attraction could tear down a throne. . .
Crown princess. Clever spy. Powerful mind magier. Gemma Ripley of Andvari is all those things–and determined to stop an enemy from using magical tearstone weapons to conquer her kingdom.
Gemma’s quest for answers leads her to a trade Summit between the various kingdoms. Among the other royals in attendance is Queen Maeven Morricone of Morta and her son, Prince Leonidas–Gemma’s charming and dangerous nemesis.
Gemma knows that Maeven always has a long game in motion, and sure enough, the cunning queen invokes an arcane tradition that threatens the fragile truce between Andvari and the other kingdoms. Despite her best intentions, Gemma once again finds herself thrown together with Leo and battling her growing feelings for the enemy prince.
When a series of deadly attacks shatters the Summit’s peaceful negotiations, Gemma realizes that someone wants to tear the royals down from their thrones–and that this enemy just might succeed.
About the Author:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer is the author of the Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, Elemental Assassin, Section 47, Mythos Academy, Mythos Academy spinoff, Black Blade, and Bigtimefantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and loves all things related to superheroes.
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at www.jenniferestep.com or follow her online on Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, Amazon, and Twitter. You can also sign up for her newsletter.
Happy reading, everyone! 😎