Please welcome Jennifer M. Eaton to the hot seat today as part of her First Day of the New Tomorrow blog tour. Great to have you here! What’s your favorite paragraph from The First Day of the New Tomorrow? No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.
I pondered this for a while, and decided my favorite part of the book is when Maya realizes that having her every thought come true is not necessarily a gift. When things start to go wrong, Maya begins to search herself, and is not happy with what she finds.
The sound of the bell jolted her to jump through the door. She took her seat, lost in a wavy fog eating away at her humanity. In the recesses of her mind, she heard the teacher giving direction, and she saw the test paper slide in front of her, but she couldn’t find the desire to care. How could she have done something so horrible? Did Mrs. Harris have a husband? Kids? Were there people suffering because of a stray thought she couldn’t control?
Ooo, intriguing. Now I want to know what she did. Which, of course, was your plan, right? 🙂 Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?
Yes! I have a few ready or almost ready to meet the world. “Fire in the Woods” is a young adult high-paced, high action science fiction story based in present-day New Jersey. “Fire” is complete, and I hope it will be in reader’s hands sometime next year. I also just finished the first draft of “Optimal Red” which is a prequel to my short story “Last Winter Red” that was published about a year ago as part of the “Make Believe” anthology. I’m really excited about both these books, because up until now I’ve published “shorter” works. These are both full-length novels.
Very cool. I’ve ready one, and am looking forward to reading the others. How much of you is in your heroine?
A whole lot, to be honest. I mirrored her after me at her age, except math was never my favorite subject. Math actually made me think of numbers, and what fun is that?
Oh yeah, I hear you on that. And I went and married a math teacher. *snort* Speaking of school, what kind of high school personality were you? Band dork? Jock? Loner? Brainiac?
I was kind of a brain in High school and college alike. Everything is a competition to me, and my goal in every class was an “A”. I usually achieved it. I was in the middle of the crowd – not a cheerleader, but not a “burnout” either. I was in art club and I acted and sang in the school plays. I guess I was always the creative type.
I think you’re the first author I’ve interviewed that wasn’t a band dork of some flavor. 🙂 If you could be a superhero, what would your power be?
My first reaction, since The First Day of the New Tomorrow is a superhero story, was to say Maya’s power, which is near-omnipotence. However, after seeing what happened to Maya, I might want to choose something a little less dangerous. I think it would be fun to be able to read people’s minds, as long as I could turn it off and on at will.
That would come in handy. No more guessing at what’s going on in people’s heads. Yep, I would definitely be down with that. Do you have any phobias, like run-screaming-at-the-mere-mention-of-it, fears?
Okay. I’ll fess up. I have a fear of places I’ve never been to. It is a HUGE handicap. I’ve made big strides to overcome it in the last year, because I’ve been traveling to make personal appearances and I’ve had to walk into dozens of places I’ve never been to before. The first few times I was practically hyperventilating, but it’s getting better every time. Come to think of it, I didn’t even blink walking into my last speaking engagement. Maybe I’m cured!
Well, now that you’ve braved the new places, tell us…have you ever done something so crazy and reckless you think back on it and wonder how you lived to tell us about it?
I wish I could say I have. I’m the type that tends to be overly cautious. I even research items on the internet before I make a purchase. I don’t like surprises, and I don’t like stress. Does that make me boring?
There’s nothing wrong with cautious. Oftentimes it will save you a crap tonne of pain. If you could have an hour alone with any literary character, who would it be? What would you say to him or her? Or do with, if you’re more adventurous 😉
I’d love to run through an enchanted forest with Legolas. Legolas could double as a handsome date and also a bodyguard in case anything tried to jump out and eat me. (See above. Remember… I like to play it safe.)
I’m more of an Aragorn admirer, but Legolas would do. 🙂 And he does live in a lovely wood. Do you love the country or the city?
I am totally a country girl. I love to get out into the wild where there are no cars and you can’t see anything but nature all around you. Nature relaxes me and makes me forget about all the stress that civilization forces on us.
A girl after my own heart. I am so totally with you on that. If you could build your dream house in the middle of the woods, and you could only paint it one color on the inside, what would it be?
Yellow. I actually decorated my basement all in different shades of yellow. Yellow just seems like a happy and bright color to me.
I have yellow in my house, and I agree. It is a happy color. Best. Movie. Ever. As in, went to the theatre ten times to see it.
Well, I can’t say I went to the theaters ten times, but I do have a few DVD’s that I grab time and time again. Best ever I’d have to say “True Lies”. It is the perfect combination of laughter, action, romance, and explosions. It’s definitely my favorite… followed by “Speed” for exactly the same reasons.
I’ve seen Speed, but not the other one. I’ll have to check it out. If you were to write yourself into a novel, would you be the heroine, or the villain?
Ha! Just for grins and giggles, I’d like to be the villain for once. I tend to be overly nice/helpful to a fault. It’d be fun to see myself and the “bady” for a change.
I always go for the villain, too. They do have more fun, don’t they?
And now that we know Jennifer a little better, it’s time for the pretty!
Back of the Book:
Maya dreams of perfect skin, beautiful hair, good grades, and Eric Brighton—the boy she’s been crushing on since middle school. No matter how hard she tries, all these things elude her, but when a creepy college recruiter arrives with news that Maya has omnipotent powers, things change quickly.
Having everything she wants is a lot harder than Maya expects, though. Will she give it all up for the chance to be normal again, even if it means losing Eric?
Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance. Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for? Writing help did you say? Well, sure! Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! http://www.jennifermeaton.com/
Her contemporary sweet romance, Paper Wishes is currently available in ebook format. The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology. Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.
Paper Wishes: Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.
Last Winter Red: In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world. What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.
The First Day of the New Tomorrow: Maya dreams of having everything she wants, but when she gets it, she can’t give it back fast enough.