Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wicked by Jillian Kleine Der Lowe Blog Tour




Wicked
(Seven Deadly Sins #1)
Jillian Kleine Der Lowe

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The universe started with a bang... And so does Wicked!

Angels and demons and dragons... Oh my!
Earth: it is the promised land for Kin, beings from the Astral Planes.
Some, beings of light.
Others, the Fallen, beings of unimaginable evil...

Seven Cyn is Kin and a CIA Operative. With her best friend Leon in tow, she flies to Wales in pursuit of an ancient relic, the Spear of Destiny.

Then throw the enigmatic Luc into the mix as he and Sev discover a love that defies the stars. Yet, there is a catch... Sev has been tasked with ending his life.

Together, they uncover the location of the Spear and end up in a race against time with the survival of the whole entire Universe left hanging in the balance in a battle between good verses evil.

Has Sev finally bitten off more than she can chew?

   






Why do you write?
I write because it’s my dharma. It’s my true path. I have to be true to my true inner nature and my inner nature is a writer… Among other things.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
I did learn many things. I was not looking forward to formatting in Scrivener, but it turned out to be so easy. I’ve learned a lot about other people. Like, writing and publishing this book really did teach me who my real friends were, because they were supportive and happy for me when my book was published.

What writing are you most proud of? (Add a link if you like)
I’m most proud of my first novel, Wicked. Although, I absolutely love everything I have ever written and hold it all dearly in my heart. http://amzn.to/19L8SuW

Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I feel like this story chose me. I’m a vessel to tell this story, almost like automatic writing. I was shown a glimpse of what was, what is and what could be.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
I haven’t really included people I know so much, although certain elements of Luc and Michael are based on my husband. I went through a period in my life from 2008 - 2012 where a lot of my friends passed away and for the first time in my life, I knew what it felt like to be sad. Before that, I had never really experienced loss or sadness. I handled it all very well. I also endured a few major betrayals during that time and they influenced certain elements of Wicked.

How much of the book is realistic?
Even though Wicked is a fantasy, some elements are very realistic. The CIA really did have a Project Stargate that researched military application of psychic abilities. The Otherkin community is very real and vast. The locations in my book are described as how they actually are. All of the locations visited on the Earthly plane really do exist.

Tell us a bit about your family.
My family is very close. My parents are still married, but separated. They own a very successful business that’s global. My mothers boyfriend is like my step-father since they’ve been together for 20 years. My step-father is a captain with a commercial airline. My father and my step-father get on like a house on fire. They’re as thick as thieves those two. I have a younger brother. He’s a total genius.

What makes you happiest?
That’s a tough once, since pretty much anything and everything makes me happy. I’m like a kid in that I’m very excitable and the simplest things bring me such immense joy. When it comes down to it, the thing that makes me happiest is laughing with others.

What books did you love growing up?
As a child my favorite books were Lord of the Files and The Neverending Story.

Is there any books you really don’t enjoy?
Yes, there are. It’s not that there’s a certain genre that I don’t like… But there are themes that I don’t enjoy. I won’t read anything that involves abuse, antifeminism, bondage, fetishes, prejudices, rape, sadomasochism, tasteless sex, etc. I can’t stand anything raunchy. I like light reads.

Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have a favorite author, but I do have favorite comedians and favorite comedic writers… They’re all Brits… Ben Elton, Monty Python, Rowan Atkinson, etc.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
I hope I never stop, but when I look back on my life I want to know that I was true to myself and that everything I did, I did with integrity.



This book at first, kind of put me off because of the main character's rambling. Yes, I said rambling. The main character loves to spew out many words at one time. Though, after I got into it, I started to try and look past the main character and her ramblings and come to like the plot of the story. I really liked the idea of the romance thrown in with a slew of paranormal creatures. I really enjoyed the humor and in the end a really fun read. I did think the plot was ingenious and well written, and the character name were extraordinary, it just wasn't for me. As a final note, this book is the first one in a the series and I am intrigued enough to want to read more, and I do suggest that you DO give this book a try.



I guess it really all started in 1985. I saw an interview on television with George Lucas. He was talking about making Star Wars. Before that I thought that movies just were. I didn’t realize that there was a whole process that went into making them. I was only 5, so it’s understandable why I thought that. Yet, from the moment I saw George Lucas talking about the production process, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I started writing scripts and performing them with my family and friends. I was first published in elementary school and then again in high school. I started modeling during my junior or senior year of high school, that was my first exposure to the publishing world. I stopped modeling because I wanted to be recognized for my mind and not my appearance. So, I focused on my schoolwork. I went to college. I was accepted to Grad school for art, but I’ve not started yet. I’d really like to teach both art and literature. I worked in the South Florida indie film community, but there was no money in it and it wasn’t going anywhere… Because I would work on all of these other peoples projects for free, just because I loved film. Yet, when it came time for them to work on my projects… They’d all disappear. And then I felt very dejected, because some of my ideas were stolen and turned into successful projects that I had nothing to do with and I hadn’t received any credit. I became very wary of sharing my ideas, except with the people I was collaborating with. I fell back on graphic arts. I worked my way up to Creative Director and VP of Art & Design within the publishing world, before switching to the communications end. I did advertising, marketing, promotions and public relations. I ended up working for Kim Weiss, the Director of Communications at HCI. I just fell in love with publishing and decided to publish my scripts as novels. I had been working on collaborative teams, where nothing was getting done since the other people weren’t as dedicated to the work as I was. So, I struck out on my own. It all happened rather quickly once I struck out on my own. Rather than spending months trying to get other people to work with me, while nothing was getting done… On my own, I had Wicked written and edited and the cover designed within a few months time. The first edition was published in July of 2013. People have already been calling me the bastard love child of Da Vinci, Douglas Adams, Monty Python and Shakespeare… Because of my wit, the fact that I have so many skills and since I’m good at writing a balance between high comedy-low tragedy and low comedy-high tragedy. Although comedy is my preference. And I also invent things as well. The rest is history. Hopefully, the next part of the journey will entail me paying it forward and helping other aspiring authors get published.



Jillian Kleine Der Löwe, oft described as the bastard love child of Douglas Adams and Monty Python, is the author of the bestselling Seven Deadly Sins series. She is a writer by day and (not your average) space cadet by night. With many years of experience in advertising, art, design, filmmaking, marketing, public relations, publishing and writing; she decided that the time had finally come for her to self-publish the novel which she had always dreamt of writing. With a steady supply of tea streaming through her veins, she enthusiastically and excitedly battles each day passionately crafting stories, one chapter at a time equipped with only her sarcasm and wit!

She lives with her adoring husband Michael (whom she has somehow managed to remain madly in love and enamored with after eleven years) and their three mischievous albeit cute feline children.

She is currently working on Lured, the second novel in the Seven Deadly Sins series.
   


Stay Wicked!

4 comments:

  1. Jenny I just got serious blog envy. WOW. How beautiful are you little accessories on this blog. I cannot even comment anymore I'm so jealous.....maybe I'll be too rude if I dont thank you.....well....thank you

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    1. You are very welcome, I did have a lot of fun putting this together!!

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  2. Hi Jenny! Thank you for hosting me! I really appreciate it! I love the font on your header graphic! :)

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    1. You are very welcome and I am glad to have been a part of the tour!

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