I am starting to suspect that I am creepy looking.
These are the last three pictures of myself that I have posted to twitter. EXHIBIT A: EXHIBIT B EXHIBIT C I am starting to understand why people (dear friends, strangers at bars, my entire high school class) are always telling me I look evil. I am not doing this on purpose, I swear.
Anonymous asked: Who's your favorite character in Every Other Day????!!!
Anonymous asked: I'm reading your book Every Other Day and LOVE IT!!!!! It is the first amazing book that I've read in a while. Anyway, I have to do a paper over you and was wondering: What's your life like just everyday and what's some history on you?
Anonymous asked: Raised by wolves needs a fourth book, although I don't know how you are going to fix the diasaster of taken by storm and its tragic and cliffhanger ending. Loved the first two books, but I don't understand why you did what you did in the third book. I read your explanation and I still don't understand it.
Anonymous asked: What job and education do you have?
Double Life: Writing
This is what the writing half of my life looks like right now, in tweets. (Updates on the academic half, including Ally Carter and Rachel Vincent visiting my Writing YA class and recent scientific victories, to come). So, basically, right now I am working on TV pilots (for two cable networks) as I await my revision letter for Naturals #2. This is what me working on a TV pilot looks like. But...
My life this week, in 3 tweets...
Anonymous asked: When are the rest of your books going to be on audible?
Anonymous asked: STEFERINE OR KALIJAH. STELENA OR ELEJAH. OT4? What are your thoughts???
Anonymous asked: Is there any chance you will bring Golden to ebook format? I'd love to be able to read it on my Kindle :D
The Intuitive Cosmology of Fictional Worlds →
This week, in my cognitive science of fiction class, we’re discussing this paper, in which (among other things), young children are asked whether Batman thinks SpongeBob is real. Awesome article also includes: discussion of whether James Bond is one character or many; a proposal about what makes two fictional worlds prime candidates for a crossover; the age-old question of why exactly it is...
Anonymous asked: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your existence what would it be?
Anonymous asked: Did you see Lake as Chloe Moretz, Devon as Luke Benward and Bryn as Isabelle Fuhman or is that just me having crazy major crushes on them?
brookieb94 asked: Hi there, first off, HUGE fan! :D You are an AMAZING author. I just have one question; I know you've said you won't be returning to this arc of Bryn's story. Does that mean if you DO return, it'll be to an older, changed Bryn, with years -possibly even decades- in between the Raised by Wolves trilogy and the new arc?
Parasocial Break-Ups (SCIENCE!) →
For those of you who would like to play along with my “Cognitive Science of Fiction” class (at the University of Oklahoma), next week, we’re discussing the psychology of our relationships with fictional characters. The study linked above (Eval and Cohen, 2006) looked at the psychological effects of saying goodbye to your favorite characters when a show goes off air and...
Favorite Twitter Conversation of the Day
Answering Your Questions: Lake (and Lake's...
When I write, I often discover things in the process of writing. That was the case with Lake. She showed up on the page as this gun-toting, blond bombshell of a female werewolf who treated her firearms like pets (or possibly very deadly teddy bears). This is a re-enactment of what happened next. HEAD JEN: Oh, she’s going to be so much fun! But why don’t she and her dad live with...
Anonymous asked: Do you think (know?) if pretty much all of the werewolves knew of Callum's knack but the younger generation?
Anonymous asked: how does it make you feel when you think about the fact that the raised by wolves series metaphorically tore my heart out and created a river of tears but it was so mind-blowingly amazing it pulled me back in to read the entire series again?
I just caught up on Vampire Diaries. OH MY GOODNESS! I was so busy tweeting about how awesome Caroline is that I almost missed the end of the episode. Those last three minutes! OH MY GOODNESS! Katherine, how I have missed you! Please never go away. Shirtless Jeremy, are you really dead? But… but… Also, I’m psyched that Rebekah has joined the cast of the ORIGINALS...
Anonymous asked: I just finished your book Every Other Day and I really loved it. I'm also a huge fan of your Raised by Wolves trilogy. You create the characters and the world so well that I can't stop thinking about them after I put the book down. Anyway, I have recently been seriously considering pursuing a career in psychology and I'm curious to know how you realized it was the right fit for you...
So I was walking to my office on campus today, when lo and behold, I saw the most marvelous sight… Psychology! Superhero jokes! What could be better than this? I’ll tell you what… Sigmund Freud as Iron Man! (Totally something Freudian going on there). Carl Jung as Captain America (somehow, the expression on his face is just priceless… you know, just from looking...
Anonymous asked: I wanna know what happens with Natalie! Will we ever find out what happens with her?
THE NATURALS cover reveal!
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that...
I will soon be revealing the cover for THE NATURALS, my YA thriller series about an FBI think tank that uses teenagers to profile serial killers. But first, I give you… a screen cap of the first few lines of the book. For the most part, the series is narrated by a girl named Cassie who is gifted at the (very much so real-world) science of psychological profiling. But every now and then,...
WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF COFFEE:
wheninacademia: Once again, “when in academia” and “when a writer” are more or less the same thing.
Who do you think looks like Devon and Callum?
Well, Devon is tall and blond, with that whole broad shoulders/big muscles/just looks powerful kind of thing going on. So my gut instinct is “You know the Hemsworth brothers? And how there are three of them, and they are all kind of big and tall and blond? Like that one Hemsworth who played Thor? Well, imagine there was a fourth Hemsworth, and he was seventeen and big and tall and...
I hadn’t given much thought to the idea of Bryn/Archer, but since the Archer-in-my-Head is played by Ian Somerhalder, I’m pretty sure he could have chemistry with just about anyone. I have, however, thought about doing Ali’s back story as a short story of its own. If I had a time turner, one of the first things I would do, upon being granted unlimited time, is to write short...
Guest Blog: Nobodies, Nulls, and Real-World... →
Also known as: how I used the science of psychopaths as the basis for world-building in my science fiction assassin romance. :)
Anonymous asked: When you first wrote Raised By Wolves did you always know (trying to say this w/o spoilers) what would happen with Chase in Taken By Storm?
Anonymous asked: Hi! Will 'Nobody' have a sequel? I loved the book!
Anonymous asked: I know that this is an"ask" box but I would just like to take this opportunity to fangirl and compliment you on how amazing Nobody is. I just finished it. As in 5 minutes ago. I was blown away by this book, it is so wonderful. I have no words. This book made me cry. I never cry when I read. Ever. and when i do it is because the book was so horrifyingly sad that I cant help it. I cried...
Anonymous asked: Why was it important to you to mention to the reader in Raised By Wolves that Bryn saw Callum as an uncle or older brother instead of as a father-figure?
On Nobody, Emily Dickinson, and Finding Your... →
NOBODY dedication and acknowledgements
My dedication and acknowledgements accidentally got left out of the NOBODY final copies. This is sad (and hopefully my publisher will be able to fix it for the paperback), but it also seems somewhat appropriate, given that Nobody is about teenagers that are supernaturally unnoticeable. No one ever really looks at them. People are continually forgetting they exist at all. This is obviously a...
Anonymous asked: Did the possibility of Devon and Lake mating ever occur to you? (It might be just me but I really hoped they did.)
withhernosestuckinabook asked: Hi Jennifer. I was just wondering whether you knew if Nobody and The Naturals are being published in the UK?
Shipping (and Writer Friends)
I think SRB is trying to tell me that she has a Raised By Wolves ship? And this… So. There you have it. Friends bully friends to write kissing they want to read.
Anonymous asked: Will there be a giant plot twist in NOBODY that readers won't see coming?