Another interview is about to start, so grab a cup of your favorite beverage and let’s begin our chat with Jenny Hickman!
P.S…The PAN comes out next month! Be sure to pre-order now.
1. What do you believe are some challenges that are faced while writing Sci-Fi Romance?
This is my first Sci-fi-leaning novel, but my true genre is romance. I think the biggest challenge facing romance authors is the stigma attached to the genre. Every time I tell someone I write romance, they automatically think of the cheap paperbacks you find at the end of the checkout aisle in the Dollar Store. (Although I love those too!). A lot of people don’t understand that the only requirement for a romance novel is a HEA (happily-ever-after). And this world could use more of those.
2. What character do you relate to the most in The P.A.N.?
I’d say Emily. She’s Vivienne’s best friend and she’s bubbly and outgoing, like me. My nickname in high school was Bubbles.
3. Do you have a playlist for the book that we can listen to?
I write best with music blaring through my headphones, creating vibey white noise. Some of my staples include: James Gillespie, Lewis Capaldi, Dermot Kennedy, Freya Ridings, James Arthur, Craig Stickland, and Amber Run.
[Sissy: OMG… Seriously some of my favorites here!]
4. If you could have any celebrity play as the characters who would they be and why?
Vivienne- Isabela Merced
Deacon- Tom Holland
5. What book do you think has influenced your writing?
I can’t think of one specific book, it’s more a combination of books and authors and a general love of the romance genre that has influenced my writing. I can’t imagine writing a book without some sort of love story.
6. When do you usually write?
Every spare moment I get—much to my husband’s dismay! In the mornings from 630-10 and most evenings between 830-1130.
7. What are your top 5 favorite books?
This list is constantly evolving, but my current faves are:
A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)
Emmie and the Tudor King (Natalie Murray)
Caraval (Stephanie Garber)
A Curse so Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer)
Regretting You (Colleen Hoover)
[Sissy: I see some of my favorites in here, too!]
8. Are you currently working on anything else?
Right now, I’m working on an untitled YA Fantasy/Romance combining Irish myths and legends, complete with curses, witches, and faeries.
9. What inspired you to write The P.A.N.?
I’ve always, always loved Peter Pan. I remember jumping around my backyard with my sisters, pretending to fly and fight pirates. The child in me who always wished Peter Pan was real prompted me to create a world where he really exists.
10. And lastly, book or movie?
Books always and forever. Movies are great, but they can only provide so much insight in 1.5-2 hours. Give me a book with all the details!
Fantastic answers! Thanks so much, Jenny, where can readers find more about you and your books?
Jenny grew up in Oakland, Maryland and currently lives in County Tipperary, Ireland with her lilting husband and two tyrannical children. Her love of reading blossomed the summer after graduating high school, when she borrowed a paperback romance from her mother during the annual family beach vacation.
From that sunny day forward, she has been a lover of stories with Happily-Ever-Afters. In early 2008, she wrote her first novel, The Mirrors at Barnard Hall. But it was not until she moved to Nashville, TN and met her mentor, Billy Block, that she was encouraged to self-publish the work in 2012.
Seven years, and two additional self-published works later, Jenny has signed with Filles Vertes Publishing for her next novel, The P.A.N., a Peter Pan re-imagining and the first book in a NA Sci-Fi-Romance trilogy.
Since her parents were killed, Vivienne has always felt ungrounded, shuffled through the foster care system. Just when liberation finally seems possible—days before her eighteenth birthday—Vivienne is hospitalized with symptoms no one can explain.
The doctors may be puzzled, but Deacon, her mysterious new friend, claims she has an active Nevergene. His far-fetched diagnosis comes with a warning: she is about to become an involuntary test subject for Humanitarian Organization for Order and Knowledge—or H.O.O.K.
Vivienne can either escape to Neverland’s Kensington Academy and learn to fly (Did he really just say fly?) or risk sticking around to become a human lab rat.
But accepting a place among The P.A.N. means Vivienne must abandon her life and foster family to safeguard their secrets and hide in Neverland’s shadows… forever.