Jen Minkman Q&A and Give@way

I am happy to have Jen Minkman, author of Shadow of Time, to stop by today and answer a few questions. She has also offered to giveaway an e-copy of her book to a lucky reader. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form below.

About the bookAll Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship. 

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams? 

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

1. Please tell us about Shadow of Time.

Shadow of Time is a romantic story with a paranormal/spiritual edge, set in the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. The book was originally written in Dutch (and will be published in Holland by a publishing house in Sept 2013), and was translated and re-worked by me for release in the U.S.

2. What inspired you to write about the Navajos?

When I finished reading 'New Moon' by Stephenie Meyer, I was so frustrated that Jacob and Bella didn't end up together! The whole story had me captivated, and the fact that Bella and Jacob were so good together but weren't meant to end up together, inspired me to write a love story where the male lead would be Native American and would have a happy ending with the girl in the book. While researching possible settings for the story, I picked the Navajos because of what I already knew about them (their art and their prayer 'In Beauty May I Walk'.

3. What challenges did you come across while writing this book?

The biggest challenge of all was that I have never been to the U.S. so basically, I was writing a story set in a country I had never seen myself. That meant a lot of research, especially into the Native American culture - you wouldn't believe how many books I have read about their culture, history, language and religion. I was driving everyone around me mad by having a 'Navajo anecdote' for each and every occasion!

4. Hannah is plagued with nightmares. Have you ever experienced anything like that?

I have never really experienced frequent and horrible nightmares, but I have sometimes felt scared in the dark - I could totally imagine someone almost losing her mind because of terrible dreams that seem very real.

5. Is Shadow of Time a stand alone book, or are you planning a sequel?

All my books are stand-alone books so far. I am not planning a sequel, but who knows what the future might bring?

6. What's next for you?

My next book 'The Boy From The Woods' will come out in Holland in 2014. If I want to publish it in the U.S. I will have to do the translation myself, so I'm gathering courage for that daunting task! It's one heck of a job, but in the end, totally worth it. :)

7. What book are you currently reading?

A Dutch paranormal thriller called 'Buiten Zinnen' ('Out of Her Mind') and a book about near-death experiences by Chris Carter (no, not the guy who created the X-files, but a scientist with the same name!).

8. What's on your bedside table?

Patrick Wolf's latest CD. I went to his concert in Amsterdam, which was absolutely fantastic. He's a singer/songwriter from South London and he plays at least 6 different instruments. I also have a glass of water in case I get thirsty, and 'The End of Mr. Y' by Scarlett Thomas, which has been on my to-read list for quite a while now.

9. Do you have any hobbies?

So many I hardly have time to keep up with all of them! I play the piano, the guitar, and the viola, I write songs, stories, poems and books, I paint and I love traveling with my husband or my sister (my two travel buddies). I also love reading.

10. Did you make any New Years Resolutions? 

Yeah, the usual suspects: more excercise, less junk food, more time for myself (and my writing!).

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  1. Thanks for posting! And I spotted a grammar mistake.. it should read so MANY books! Shame on me ;)

    1. Hi Jen, I corrected it :) Thanks for coming on To Read or Not To Read!


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