Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Malone Wright

Hi Jennifer, please tell us about yourself and your writing.

My name is Jennifer Malone Wright and I am a mother of five, military wife, and author. I live in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho and its great in the summer but a snow bound hell in the winter. J

What does your writing space look like? 

I have an office, but I never use it, it is full of boxes and junk. I usually have to write in the living room with a notebook or at the kitchen table with my laptop. My house is always a mess because  of my kiddos, but I like my immediate surrounding area to at least look clean. lol

Do you have a process for coming up with character names and book titles?

I am very particular about names. I want them to mean something. Not so much with titles, but character names are very important to me. For example, Chloe (in The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter) is descended from vampire hunters and her last name is Greek, Kallistrate. The hunters are descended from Greek Gods and I wanted to have the family line have names that meant something. Kallistrate means “Beautiful Army”  in ancient Greek. Honestly, I can’t remember if it is that one or “Safe Army,” But Sostrate, Chloe’s demi-god descendent, has one of those meanings. So, either or, they are both good meanings for hunters. Chloe, is actually a Greek name as well that means “green shoot.”

In Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse, we did chose the title very carefully. The names are chosen with a J and a K for the first letters because the characters are loosely based off ourselves. We wanted to give the little girl, Cheri, a rare name as well and she is named Cherimoya which is an exotic fruit. 

Tell us about your current book. What is it about? What inspired it?

Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse is my most current release and it is for mature audiences due to language and violence. It is written by both myself and author K.B. Miller. Here is our description.

Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse or (OUAZA) as the fans call it, is a short story episodic saga written by K.B. Miller and Jennifer Malone Wright. The first episode is from both Jade and Kylee's perspective and is two separate novella's. The same story, but from two different characters. It is done this way with the first episode only, so that you can meet our girls and really get to know and love them like we do.

Each following episode will be written solely by one of the authors and available through their links.

Novella 1. KB. Miller and Jennifer Malone Wright
Novella 2. Jennifer Malone Wright
Novella 3. K.B. Miller
Novella 4. Jennifer Malone Wright
Novella 5. K.B Miller
and so on...

Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse came about after many discussions on how they would survive the zombie apocalypse. Their survival strategies were so different from each other on some accounts; they decided it would be fun to see the two differences trying to survive together. K.B. and Jennifer met as mere acquaintances and have now formed a life-long friendship.



Quick quiz:

Favorite food? Bread

Favorite color? Purple

Favorite animal? Fish

Biggest pet peeve? I have a lot of pet peeves. Probably drama queens would be way up there on my list.

Name one person, living or dead, you'd most like to meet.

Oh, so many to choose from. I’m going to go with Stephen King or Anne Rice because it would be awesome to sit around and chat with them about books and writing.

Where to find Jennifer on the web:

Author web links:
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Goodreads   Amazon Author Page


  1. I find I'm drifting to novellas more and more lately, I just don't seem to have the time or patience for longer books...(Is there a form of middle-age ADHD?)...and the concept sounds very interesting, but I have a question. I see Jade by Malone Write and Kylee by Miller...can I assume these are both book 1 but the 2 POV novellas? or are these books 2 and 3, and I can't find book 1?

    1. Thank you Melissa! And Thanks for the comment Charlotte. The first book is the same story from two different POV. They are both novella 1. Novella 2 will be only me (Jade) and book 3 will be only Miller (Kylee)Don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions. :)

  2. I'm a great fan of multiple POV stories and zombies, and I read in the reviews that Jennifer's new book is really quite funny. Definitely on my list of books to pick up asap. Great interview.

    1. Lori,
      What's really neat is that Jennifer's stories are first person so it's like having account of the adventure as it's unfolding. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I hope you enjoy her story. :)