She is a half-Italian, half-Irish young woman who finds herself in the middle of a bad crime spree. Let’s take a few moments and learn more about her. She’s agreed to join me today to answer some questions about herself.
JC: Hi Jenna and welcome to my blog. We know you’re going to have lots of fans after The e-Murderer comes out in May. We thought it might be a good time to talk to you so people can meet you.
Jenna: Thank you. I’m glad to be here and very excited about the release of The e-Murderer. It was quite an adventure that taught me a lot.
JC: We don’t want to give too much away about the book, but what would you say it is about.
Jenna: In my mind, it was about how a young, curious woman gets caught up in some terrible crimes because she receives mysterious emails. Most of us know not to open emails that are creepy. I usually do not do that and my BFF, Quentin (you’ll hear more about him later) yells at me all the time about not opening suspicious emails. But, you see, I work in a psychiatrist’s office. We have to open all the emails. When I got these, I knew they were strange. I couldn’t just trash them, though.
JC: So you opened these emails and then you started investigating, right?
Jenna: Naturally I told my boss, Dr. Niles Bingham, about them because we thought the sender might be a patient. Then when the emails kept coming and seemed to be coming to me specifically, that’s when I got scared.
JC: Okay, so as not to give too much away, let’s talk a bit about you. Tell us what you love to do when you’re not working.
But, I love to spend time at home with a good book and one of my cats on my lap. Actually Churchill, my big white Persian mix, loves to sit on my lap whenever I sit down. He’s very affectionate. Stalin, my other cat, prefers to eat and for me to wait on him. I also love to travel. I’ve not been too far yet, but I have dreams of going to Italy where my father was born and to Ireland where my mom was born. Both countries have great appeal for me.
JC: You say you’re working on a doctorate. What are you studying?
I became interested in what prompts people to criminal activity. And even more what makes people do bad things to one another. I’m not sure my studies have taught me much about those questions, but I’m still looking. My ex-husband really hurt me, drinking and having affairs. He seemed like such a normal person and yet he hurt me without a second thought. That led me to the question about why people hurt one another. Is there some quirk in us? Again, I haven’t gotten that far in finding answers, but that’s my goal. Someday I hope to be a consultant with the police to help them profile and better understand the criminal mind.
JC: So, your own experiences led you to majoring in criminal psychology. Tell us more about yourself. What do you dislike doing?
Jenna: (Laughing) I really don’t like exercising. Quentin is after me all the time to “Get my butt out the door.” I do it for him, but left on my own, I’d be home by the fire with some hot chocolate or a latte. I run with Quentin and I take belly dancing from him.
JC: Oh, yes, belly dancing. That plays a bit part in The e-Murderer. Let’s talk more about that later. Meantime, we are going to end this interview with one final question. How can readers find out more about you before the book comes out in May?
Jenna: First, thank you for this time on your blog. And, second, there are two ways they can find out more about me.
Second, if they want more there will be a short story available.
Readers who want more can read it as a taste of what’s to come. But, they must request it specifically by contacting Joan Curtis on her website. It’s free and a bonus to everyone who asks.
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