Today, we are pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins. We have an exclusive Q&A with Jennifer, then keep reading for more about her new book and your chance to win a copy, courtesy of Month 9 Books!
The idea for the NAMELESS world came from my love of history. In college I took the most fascinating Greek History course, which included an in-depth study of Ancient Sparta. I’d always wondered about the personal histories of both the Spartan people and their slaves (called helots).
Most books ideas find roots in “What If?” questions, and NAMELESS was no different. I wondered, “What if a Spartan Warrior fell in love with a helot?” And then that idea/question grew to, “What if I included multiple cultures throughout history to live in a fictional setting?”
That’s part of how the NAMELESS world was born. I took a page from the brutal training methods of the Spartans, the ingenuity of the Navajo, the simple diplomacy of the Vikings, and the intimidation element of the Maori. This diverse mix of cultures was intended to form a hotbed of prejudice and clashing viewpoints.
Which came first: Zo or the world of NAMELESS?
I’d been kicking around the Spartan/Clan society idea for a while, but didn’t decide to write in that world until Zo’s character smacked me upside the head and demanded I tell her story. 🙂
NAMELESS touches on a lot of different relationships: siblings, friendship, parents, romance, etc. Do your relationships influence your writing at all?
Absolutely. Every relationship in my life contributes to my writing. I relate on some levels to Gryphon’s desire to please his clan and family. I relate to Zo’s determination to protect her little sister. I played a lot of competitive sports growing up and channel the brotherhood mentality from my time as a teammate. And romance, well, I know how it feels to be swept off your feet and find love when you’re not looking for it.
Early reviews for NAMELESS have been very enthusiastic! And one common element in those I’ve seen is readers eager for the sequel. Can you give us a taste of what to expect?
Thank you! I’ve been so flattered by the reviews. Readers don’t know the power they wield. 🙂
Yes, I recently signed a contract for books 2 and 3 in the series and am currently writing the third and final book.
You can expect a closer look at the both the Raven and Kodiak Clans in the second book as well as several new characters that play major roles in how the region survives what is to come. Gryphon and Zo’s love story in the second and third book is some of the most satisfying romance I’ve ever written.
Favorite Halloween candy?
Hmm. Tooties Rolls. Not the fancy, flavored kind. I like the old school chocolate. I used to unwrap all of them, roll them into a giant Tooties Roll baseball, and pick at it for days.
Starbucks beverage of choice?
Call me a kid, but I’d probably have to say hot chocolate with caramel (extra whipped cream, please)
French fries or tater tots?
Skill you wish you possessed?
I wish I could split myself in two and complete double the work.
Can’t miss TV show?
Vikings (I’m addicted to all things History Channel)
Favorite member of the Avengers?
Hawkeye! (I like strong, silent types)
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
Visit her online at jajenkins.com
1 winner will receive a signed paperback of NAMELESS. US Only.
3 winners will receive a signed NAMELESS Swag including a “Clan Club” Card and Clan temporary tattoos. US Only.
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