Friday, December 5, 2014

Jenna Black

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation.

Black's new book is Revolution, the third installment in the Replica Trilogy Series.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
In September, I went to the Writer's Police Academy (my third time!), and went to a presentation by thriller writer and explosives expert John Gilstrap. He was such an entertaining presenter that I just had to read one of his books. At the autographing at the end of the weekend, I picked up Threat Warning, which was a middle book in his Jonathan Graves thriller series. I read it and became completely addicted, so I've been working my way through the entire series as well as a couple of his standalone thrillers. The one I finished most recently was Hostage Zero. A couple of kids are kidnapped, and hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Graves sets out to find the kids and rescue them. Gilstrap's thrillers are great page-turners, and I'm having to teach myself not to start reading too close to bedtime, because if I do I'll never get to bed.
Visit Jenna Black's website.

--Marshal Zeringue