[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Jenny! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jenny Brigalow] I’m a mum, a writer, a dreamer, a chocoholic and a hopeless romantic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Children of the Mist?
[Jenny Brigalow] COTM is a Young Adult paranormal with a strong romantic element. It’s about skater girl Morven Smith who turns sixteen and develops boobs, acute appendicitis and a pair of pointy teeth. Whilst she is stunned by her metamorphosis into vampire, her best mate, the enigmatic Zest, is not. For the young werewolf it’s the answer to a prayer. He’s been alone for a long time. But when fate conspires to push them apart, Zest is filled with dread. In Scotland Morven will discover the truth of an ancient feud. Must the past always repeat itself? And, in the end, can they both survive?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jenny Brigalow] COTM was a bit of a surprise for me really. I have two teenage daughters and the youngest is obsessed with the whole paranormal phenomena. One day we were having a chat and during the conversation I asked her the question, "How would you feel if you woke up on your sixteenth birthday and discovered you had morphed into a vampire?" And so Morven Smith was born. While Morven is an unconventional kind of girl, Zest is even more outside the box and so I had to find an environment where they would be comfortable together. The skateboard scene proved to be perfect. I’ve always loved delving into the past and have become increasingly fascinated by Scottish history. The idea of the werewolves and vampires being once one people stemmed from the historical feud between the Campbell and MacGregor clans. And it just kind of evolved from there. Once Morven and Zest got started, not even I could stop them!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jenny Brigalow] Blondie’s "Dreaming."
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Jenny Brigalow] My handbag.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jenny Brigalow] An idea that refuses to be silenced. Something to write with. And a few hours of time every day.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jenny Brigalow] The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jenny Brigalow] I’ve been reading for a lot longer than I’ve been writing so I’ve had to think long and hard about this! There are so many books that I have read and loved. But in my young years the book series that really sucked me in was The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. In fact I loved anything that she wrote and I think she set me on the path to being the voracious reader that I am today. And I must confess that I am a huge fan of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jenny Brigalow] I read of course! But I also ride my pony, a seven year old Connemara gelding called Romeo. I also love to walk my two dogs. I don’t enjoy cooking but I do adore eating, especially cake. And I love movies too.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jenny Brigalow] You can find me on Face Book and Twitter and also on my Jenny Brigalow author page.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
An original paranormal YA about an unconventional girl, an unconventional boy, their extraordinary transformations, and the secrets of the Scottish Highlands.
When skater girl Morven Smith turns sixteen, she develops boobs, acute appendicitis…and a pair of pointy teeth. While she is stunned by her metamorphosis into vampire, her best mate, the enigmatic Zest, is not. For the young werewolf, Morven’s transformation is an answer to his lonely prayers.
But they are unable to celebrate their mutual paranormalcy for long — there are too many dangers, too much suspicion, and too many questions. It’s only in Scotland that Morven can learn the truth about her past. But she discovers more than she bargained for when she meets her birth family — an ancient feud between vampires and werewolves. They may both be Children of the Mist, but only one species can survive.