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Between Wild and Ruin by Jennifer G. Edelson is on virtual book tour. The YA paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an aut...

Between Wild and Ruin by Jennifer G. Edelson is on virtual book tour.

The YA paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

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Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!

I’ve been super fortunate to have done a lot of interesting things and have had a lot of interesting things happen to me. More recently, I took a once-in-a-lifetime ‘adventure tour’ with my husband and two boys on the North Island of New Zealand. I’m claustrophobic and afraid of heights, so scaling up two underground waterfalls to get to a subterranean cavern the size of an outhouse about two hundred feet underground, and then army crawling through a subterranean river in a very long, very dark underground tunnel maybe only twice the size of my body, is probably one of the craziest physical thing I’ve done. It’s probably close to one of the most immediately mentally/emotionally challenging thing as well (but worth all the panic and hyperventilation!). Pushing my limits like that really reinforced that I can do anything I put my mind to. And though thinking about it makes me a little panicky even now, I’d probably do it again. I love knowing I’m at least partly made of grit and steel. 

Something kind of interesting from a long time ago is, when I as a kid, I was an extra in the audience during that iconic Pepsi commercial shoot with Michael Jackson.  We did a bunch of takes, and it was like a concert, but on the last take his hair caught on fire. The image is still emblazoned in my brain to this day, as well all the craziness that ensured.  It was wild.

What are some of your pet peeves?

I’m pretty easy going, but I do have a few depending on my mood.  In no particular order, people who pretend to listen but are only really waiting for you to stop talking so they can talk about themselves, people who eat popcorn in a movie theater loudly (I also think that peeve is actually a disorder . . . Misophonia?), young children running rampant in public spaces (yes, I have my own, and yes, I get it, but still . . .), people who are mean just because, people who stand and linger in the center aisle at a market or store when there’s plenty of room to stop off to the side, and what seems to be a growing general lack of courteousness and decency in public settings.  Is that enough? It feels like plenty.

Where did you grow up and do you think having grown up there affects your writing?

I grew up in Los Angeles at a time when Los Angeles still felt really iconic, and there’s no doubt that the city’s vibe informed a lot of my earlier writing.  After moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, my earlier years were split between the Venice/Santa Monica area and the San Fernando Valley, mainly Encino. At the time, the San Fernando Valley was either all the rage or the dregs of L.A. depending on whom you asked, and my ‘Valley Girl’ accent used to be the bane of my existence.  All these years later it still lingers, especially when I get excited. Though now I mostly find it amusing. It’s also a great ice breaker at parties — people always want to hear me lay it on thick. Anyway, at least when people are younger (but probably always), I do think environment really affects personhood, and by extension a person’s writing.  I had a lot of angst as a teen and L.A. definitely fed into that; it’s absolutely thematic in my earlier writing especially, which is pretty angsty. When I’m in a funk, and feel writer’s block is closing in, I often try to go back to that time to access it. For me, there’s nothing like culling up memories of growing up in L.A. to stir up some layered writing.

How does where you live now affect your writing, if at all?

I live in New Mexico now after spending some years in the Tundra (aka Minnesota), and am uber aware of my surroundings.  New Mexico 100% affects my writing. People call New Mexico the land of enchantment, which is pretty apt. Everything about it makes me want to write these wild, whimsical and unbridled stories.  My latest book, Between Wild and Ruin initially came about because I fell in love with the Glorieta Pass and the Pecos Pueblo in Northern New Mexico — which are both magical places — after exploring the area.  I’m a place-centric person overall, and often fall for scenery, land, and the feel of a location, and end up wanting to write novels about an area long before I figure out the plot or story.  In that way, my story’s setting is often as much a character as the people, which is definitely the case in Between Wild and Ruin.  

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

It’s probably cliché, but I’d likely want to spend it surrounded by close family and friends, on a tropical beach in a really exotic place, attended to by the world’s best chefs and masseuses.  Massage in the morning, followed by a great hike or sight-seeing trip with people I love, capped off by the most amazing meal I’ve ever had with family and friends on the beach under the stars. After that, a bonfire and a couple more hours under a star saturated sky before nodding off peacefully.

What are you passionate about these days?

Weird but true . . . UFOs and UFO Disclosure (now rebranded UAPs and UAFs since scientists and government agencies are starting to take the phenomenon more seriously).  Though honestly, I’ve always been into it. I’m working on a new YA book with a publisher I pitched as “Pump Up the Volume” meets “Close Encounters,” and this last September, in the name of research, I went to one of the more serious UFO conferences in the west.  It was a fascinating meeting and I really got into the speakers and panels. I also dragged my mom along, who is pretty skeptical, and by the time we left we were all like, “we should be come MUFON investigators!” Like Mulder and Scully, but repackaged as two tiny, west coast, Jewish attorneys.  Hysterical. Except I really think we might do it.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

What is this word ‘relax?’  

I run a fairly large social group here in Santa Fe as well as a pretty awesome writing group, so I plan a lot of social events and outings.  And I love being outdoors, which means since I live in New Mexico, I get out a lot to hike and explore. I’m all about adventure especially. It fuels my writing.  In general, I also really enjoy cooking, history, research, nerdy sci-fi stuff, movies and people . . . honestly, it’s virtually impossible to bore me and I secretly sometimes wish I was just less interested in the world.  I do things to ‘relax’ and end up really tiring myself out sometimes. Which is both a blessing and a curse.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear about writing?  

In the past I’ve tried everything from hard-core psychoanalysis to psychotropic and psychiatric meds.  But I find overall, that time, lots of magical thinking, exercise and a bit of journaling seems to do the trick.  Perspective is also really helpful. Every time I think, “That’s it, I’m never writing again, my life is over,” it comes back to me.  When I’m in a bad headspace I try to hold on to that. I recently had an extra-long bout of writer’s block that drove me nuts, and it terrified me to think that maybe that time around it was permanent.  It was harder than normal to focus and find perspective and I wanted to give up. But I rode it out, and low and behold, a couple months later, just like every other time, I found myself writing again (and loving it).  

Describe yourself in 5 words!

Adaptable.  Adventurous.  Sensitive. Ferocious.  Extroverted.  

Do you have a favorite movie?

I am a rabid movie fan.  I tell people it’s because I grew up in L.A. in the heart of the industry, and that I went to school with a bunch of actors, but I think even if I grew up in say, Goodhue, Minnesota, I’d still love the experience.  I love movie theaters and how going to the movies feels like an event. And I love sharing the experience with all the other people in the theater. Plus I really love popcorn! That’s a super wordy explanation for — I couldn’t possible pick just one.

Here’s my baker’s dozen, which definitely varies depending on my mood.  My movie favorites tend to run toward darker, gritter fare but I honestly love them all, especially musicals.

Favorites: Goodfellas, A History of Violence, Hell or Highwater, Grease, Moulin Rouge, The Godfather, Notorious, An American Werewolf in London, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inglorious Bastards, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Doom 2 (Bollywood), Spirited Away

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

All of them.  But especially Between Wild and Ruin.  One of the most frequent comments I get about my books and writing is that the reader saw the story in their head like a movie as they read.  I especially get that a lot about Between Wild and Ruin.  I’m a super descriptive writer and my strongest suit is probably dialogue.  Plus, I’m really influenced by cinema. I think I write more like I’m watching a movie unfold in my head than like I’m actually telling the story.

What would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I used to love whales and went through a period where I was really into panthers and jaguars. After I found a natural Buffalo-shaped piece of serpentine in a stream in the Pecos Wilderness, I also wondered if maybe a Buffalo was my spirit animal. But for a while now, I’ve been all about Cuttlefish. If you haven’t seen one, Google it immediately! Cuttlefish are masters of camouflage, have a unique internal shell (soft on the outside tough on the inside), communicate using color and pattern signals, have three hearts, are present all over the world expect America, and are among the most intelligent invertebrates. For many odd reasons they really resonate with me!

What scares you the most? 

My super personal answer would require me to dig deep, and that would take pages to answer, so how about I just stick with something a little less philosophical . . . . drowning, suffocating, or being buried alive top my list.

What makes you happiest? 

Spending time with family, writing, traveling, feeling unbound and being outdoors.

Between Wild and Ruin 
by Jennifer G. Edelson 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance 

Truth, like love, isn't always obvious. 

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Brooks has never had a boyfriend. After moving to small-town La Luna, New Mexico following her mother’s untimely death, boys aren’t even on her radar. Ruby just wants to forget the last horrible year and blend in. But when she discovers an ancient pueblo ruin in the forest behind her house, and meets Ezra, a bitter recluse whose once-perfect face was destroyed in an accident he won’t talk about; Angel, La Luna’s handsome sheriff’s deputy, and Leo, a stranger who only appears near the ruin, Ruby finds herself teetering between love, mystery, and other worlds. What happened to Ezra’s face? And why is she so attracted to the one boy in town everyone despises? As Ruby unravels her own connections to both Ezra and the pueblo ruin, she’ll learn surfaces are deceiving. Especially in the heart of New Mexico, where spirits and legends aren’t always just campfire stories. 

Set against a Northern New Mexico backdrop, Between Wild and Ruin is a young adult coming of age story that captures the wild and whimsical pulse of New Mexico through the eyes of teens Ruby Brooks, Angel Ruiz, and Ezra Lucero. The first book in the Wild and Ruin series, Between Wild and Ruin explores the time-tested credo ‘never judge a book by its cover’ through a paranormal lens, weaving Puebloan and Hispanic folklore and Southwest cultural narratives into tightly written, high-concept fiction ‘brimming with mystery, intrigue,’ and as Kirkus Reviews puts it, an “intriguing historical drama and an over-the top quadrangle romance.” 

Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, trained artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home). Other than writing, Jennifer loves hiking, traveling, Albert Camus, Dr. Seuss, dark chocolate, drinking copious amounts of coffee, exploring mysterious places, and meeting new people—if you’re human (or otherwise), odds are she’ll probably love you. 

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  1. The cover looks amazing, and the book sounds so good! I'm definitely going to have to read this.

  2. Sounds interesting to read! Thanks for sharing with us!


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