“Jen, you are one sick puppy.”
- Barb Galler-Smith, author of DRUIDS, after hearing me read from Wicked Initiations.
To my academic mentors, past and present: relax, The Longevity Thesis is not about you. For the record, my PhD supervisor was awesome and I had one of the best times of my life writing my dissertation. Yes, I set the story in the realm of graduate studies, and had a LOT of fun doing so, but this novel is an examination of self-esteem, and how damage to it can take away power, and how such damage must be overcome.
In contrast, Wicked Initiations is all about love: weird love, complex love, impossible love - and of course it's all put into the most unrealistic context possible. Afterall, I am a writer, and I do this for my own amusement.
My writing tends to be dark. After reading The Longevity Thesis, my Mum asked if I wanted to "see someone" about it, and at conventions I've been asked if I actually wrote it. Thinking I was being questioned about plagarism, I answered, "Of course!" The follow up comments are usually along the lines of, "But you seem like such a nice, well-adjusted person."
Heh. Mission accomplished.