[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Jennifer! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Jennifer Brassel] History nut, dreaming through life
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Curse?
[Jennifer Brassel] The Curse is a reincarnation story about lovers are kept apart for many lifetimes until the hero can break an ancient curse that began in ancient Egypt. The hero believes in the curse but the heroine won’t take it seriously until her life is threatened.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Jennifer Brassel] There is a scene where the hero and heroine are alone with a statue of the long-dead pharaoh at the centre of the curse. When they join hands over the statues heart … magic kinda happens.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Jennifer Brassel] It was difficult not to include too much of the actual history that underpins the book. Indeed, I’ve written that story as a separate book which I hope to have published soon. There is a lot of romance and mystique in the history behind The Curse … some of which is true!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Jennifer Brassel] Alas, boringly, my phone. I don’t know what we used to do when we weren’t able to be in constant contact with family. Also, I don’t drive, so I use a pedometer on my phone to make me feel good about how much exercise I’m getting dashing about the place.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Jennifer Brassel] Phone, iPad and a book about the Exodus.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?
[Jennifer Brassel] Ricotta cheesecake … inspiringly decadent!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Jennifer Brassel] Zahi Hawass (head of Antiquities in Egypt). Yep, my fascination with all things ancient is THAT bad.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Jennifer Brassel] Depends on what’s meant by superpower. In my dreams I’d love to be able to zap people who annoy me with some kind of laser … but I’d be delirious happy if I could time travel. I’d dearly love to be able to see what really happened in all those times I’ve read about and studied.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Jennifer Brassel] I just finished the Amelia Peabody series from Elizabeth Peters. The characters are amazing. I tend to read crime dramas when I’m writing (to get my head out of that romance space) so I’ve also just finished the latest DI Banks book from Peter Robinson.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jennifer Brassel] Readers can best get me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (which I answer every day).
Or Twitter: @JenniferBrassel and Facebook: Jennifer Brassel (though I must warn that I don’t frequent social media as often as I’d like — I find it distracts from my writing time and can be very addictive).
His search for her has been timeless, eternal, and ultimately thwarted. Until now…
Seth Almose has spent countless lives trying to break the curse that robs him of his soul mate. Each time the cycle begins anew, he meets it with hope, and each time he is left with heartbreak. But as the cycle dawns again, with yet another incarnation, Seth can’t help himself. She is extraordinary; is she the one?
Julia Morrow has reason to be wary of men. After restarting her life to escape an increasingly dangerous stalker, she has no reason to believe Seth and his stories of reincarnation and curses. But his face haunts her dreams, and her canvasses. He claims that it is a matter of life and death — her death. Can she find it in herself to trust again, or will the cycle turn once again, leaving them both broken and alone?