Welcome, Ladies and Gentelnerds, to my very first ever interview!
Today we speak to author and Creator of “A Grim Trilogy” Jennifer Reinfried.
is the first book in “A Grim Trilogy”. It is a dark, exciting thriller in which we meet a superhero who is teetering on the edge of becoming a villain. The story follows the personal lives of the criminals that are attempting to take him down. Overshadowing it all is a menacing, complication that none of them are prepared to battle, which they face in the chaotic climax.
begins during the aftermath, and we come across synthetic humans that were bred for war in an experiment that was shut down years prior. Few escaped, but those that did have extremely powerful abilities. With the lines between good and evil completely blurred, these people are forced to team up with their enemies to fight against someone whose terrifying powers could wipe out cities at a time in a devastating final battle that takes place in book three, Grim Vengeance. Which drops Dec. 2 2017..
Please, give a warm welcome to…. JENNIFER REINFRIED!
*band plays as Jennifer steps out from behind the curtains. Audiance cheers*
SP: Hello, How Are You?
JR: Fantastic! Thanks for having me!
SP- thank you, first off. for joining me in studio. Really appreciate it. This is my first actual interview.. Probably ever!
SP: Where did the inspiration for A Grim Trilogy come from?
JR: Well, I was actually watching an episode of Daredevil on Netflix. Absolutely love the show. I was, however, pretty mad they killed off my favorite character pretty early on, and it got me thinking about that person’s life and how it would have gone had he not been killed. Then I started thinking, “Why do superheroes always have to turn the criminals over to the cops? Why not just kill them to make sure they never get free and roam the streets again?” I started thinking about what something like that would do to a hero, how it would affect them, and Grim was born along with Alex, the main antagonist in Grim Ambition.
SP: what got you into writing? Who was your biggest inspiration?
JR: Actually, the first time I tried my hand at writing was Grim. I dabbled in a couple of short stories prior to it, but this was the first time I sat down with an idea that would span not only over a full book, but a full series. As far as inspirations, Stephen King is by far my biggest one. Something I love about his writing is how he always either ties in or at least mentions other characters from other books. I’m so impressed with that, in fact, that you’ll see a direct link between A Grim Trilogy and my following two novels. One is The Souls of the Lash, a Western thriller, and the other, to be released after that, is a military sci-fi thriller. If you read either of them on their own, they’ll make perfect sense, but if you’ve read A Grim Trilogy, you’ll get so, so much more out of the stories.
SP:what was your very first serious piece of writing?
JR: That would be something called Like An Animal, a short story I attempted to see if I could get published in a horror publication journal. Sadly, it didn’t get accepted, but I plan on releasing it in a collection of shorts that I’ll do after the Western and Sci-Fi are out.
SP: fav author?
JR: Joe Hill, hands down. A close second is Peter Clines.
SP: As a fellow writer.. We can sometimes create characters or concepts that we absolutely love.. Ik i do. I have my favorites.. What are your favorite creations? If you have any
JR: One word: BRUCE. Bruce is almost everyone’s favorite character in A Grim Trilogy. I feel like I not only developed him the best, but he also has a hilarious sense of humor. Another would be Alex, a villain that I felt was intense to write but also someone who showed true potential and change in his future, which was fun to watch develop. Outside of A Grim Trilogy it is without a doubt Harker from The Souls of the Lash. Actually, Etta, too. And Luke. Luke has Bruce’s hilarity times ten. Seriously, I can’t wait for The Souls of the Lash to come out, it’s so full of awesome characters!
SP: what was your creative process for A Grim Trilogy?
JR: I always, always, always write the ending first. It gives me the chance to make it as exciting and action-packed as I can, without my mind being bogged down with the stuff in between the start and finish. Then, I write any scenes that come to mind that are full of action, whether I end up using them or not. So fights, chases, near deaths, etc. I daydream. I daydream a LOT. And many of those daydreams have become scenes in my books. I’m able to put myself in each character’s shoes mentally and react to dialogue as I know they would if they were real, so often, I’m found talking to myself (which is really fun when the character I’m writing about has an accent, like Ivan Vance does … my husband is now just used to me cursing in Russian). Once I have a scene thought out enough, I sit down and write it all, as much as I can.
I’ve tried outlines like many other writers use, but honestly, that just slows me down, and I’m much more prone to getting stuck. It’s easiest for me to just have at it, write everything out as much as I can, then put the parts together just like a puzzle, and finally, I fill in the gaps until I have the full novel.
SP: who, or, what is Grim? With out giving away spoilers
JR: Grim is Shawn (trust me, not a spoiler), a vigilante with superpowers which he uses to eliminate the criminals that were responsible for the death of his brother’s fiancee. Instead of bringing them to the law, though, he kills them, thinking that is the right thing to do. However, as the story goes along, he begins to wonder if it truly is.
SP:out of the trilogy. What was the most difficult part to do? And why?
JR: Publish. Well, and format for publishing. Honestly, writing is the easiest part! I also love the editing process, because I have a fantastic editor who makes it enjoyable every single time I have to revise or edit anything. But publishing is the most annoying. Oh, that, and formatting and publishing for Kindle. It is crazy how difficult that can be!
SP: what is your cure for writers block?
JR: Talking to my editor/beta readers about how the story is going and potential plot lines is seriously the only way I can overcome it, and it works every single time. Once I start discussing and brainstorming with other people, I get super excited and it immediately puts me back in the writing mood.
SP: tell us the journey from concept to publication.
JR: Basically, you start with an idea. Jot down some notes, name the characters, figure out the beginning, middle, and end of your novel. It might not be the same start to finish by the time you’re done, but you need some basic idea of where you want it all to go. Then you write everything out. Put everything together. Once you have a first draft completed, you want what is called beta readers (it’s also helpful to have an alpha) who read through it for content to let you know if everything is good, if it flows well, and so on. They can go through multiple times if you’d like, reading changes you make after their first pass, and pointing out any flaws. Once that’s done, it’s time to send it to an editor. That process can take a long time, as there’s a lot of back and forth going on. Discussion of revisions, grammar edits, holes in the plot, etc. After the editing process, if you have a manuscript you are happy with, you can either decide to pitch agents or publish on your own. It is also wise to promote the hell out of your book from beginning to end. Make sure you have a website up and running even before you start writing, if possible. The more you get your brand out there, the bigger following you will have when your book is released.
SP: what is your advice for other aspiring writers, like myself?
JR: Do NOT give up. You have something important, something huge: a story to tell. And you have the ability to tell it. Do whatever it takes to keep going, but do NOT get discouraged. Yes, writer’s block happens, regardless of what others may say. But it is something you can overcome, something you can defeat. Do not let it get the best of you, and KEEP GOING.
SP: stuck on a deserted island. Out of your character list.. Who’s with you? Why? And what 3 things are with you that you couldnt be without?
There is no way you can be in any situation and actually regret hanging out with Bruce. Trust me. A close second is Luke from my Western thriller The Souls of the Lash because he’s handsome and hilarious.
Three things? Do books as a plural count as one thing? Haha! Well, I couldn’t ever be without books, but honestly, I think my computer (there’s gonna be WiFi, right?) so I can continue to write book after book after book. That and tacos. And puppies!
SP:if you could write for any comic company. Image, dark horse, dc, marvel, dynamite, valiant, Idw… Who would it be and why?
JR: I’m a huge DC fan, but I’d love to write some Marvel stories. I love their characters and how things develop in their comics.
SP: is there a popular character out today, or a fav of yours that you have ideas for. That you would love to write about?
JR: I’d really enjoy exploring a new background for the Penguin and Scarecrow. Those are two of my favorite villains, and I greatly respect and adore Robin Lord Taylor’s version of Cobblepot in Gotham.
SP: whats next for Grim?
JR: After Grim Vengeance comes out (the final Grim book), I also have plans to make an RPG (which I’ve already play tested … it’s super fun!) as well as graphic novels. I also have a plan to release a children’s book here and there with the characters in Grim as kids dealing with every day issues kids have (fighting over a toy, bullies, etc). And yes, it actually will be safe for kids to read!
SP: whats next for you?
JR: The final Grim book, Grim Vengeance, comes out on December 2nd, 2017. After that I’m actually releasing my Western thriller, The Souls of the Lash, which may or may not do what Stephen King does and directly ties into the Grim universe…but you can read it perfectly fine without having read any Grim. After that, a military sci-fi thriller that yep, also ties in directly with the Western AND Grim. After that, though, I’ll be releasing a haunted house book and a few other horror novels. I’m also planning a short story collection!
SP: Where can the fine folks reading this find you on social media?
JR: They can follow me on Twitter using @ChirpyJen (I need more followers!) and on Facebook. The Grim page is: https://www.facebook.com/agrimtrilogy/ and my personal author page is https://www.facebook.com/ReinfriedBooks/.
SP: and where can folks find your works? Where can they find Grim?
JR: There’s some AWESOME artwork for Grim at its site agrimtrilogy.com where you can also buy autographed copies of my books. To keep up on books outside of the Grim universe that I have planned, visit www.reinfriedbooks.com!
Sp- i think thats all the time we have.. Bummer. Thank you so very very much for joining me and popping my interview cherry. Do you have any parting words for the readers?
JR- *To quote my favorite movie, “Never give up. Never surrender.” Seriously, the hard work is so, so worth it. Oh, and if you have read any of my books, it helps me more than anything else to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads! If there aren’t a lot of reviews, the sites “bury” the book and people don’t get to see it unless they directly search for it, but the more reviews there are, the more visibility I get, which is the best thing to have on those sites!*