05 October 2011

Author Interview: Jenna Lynne Duncan and Giveaway

Posted by Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea at 9:10 PM





  Jenna Lynne Duncan

  Website | Book Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

  I got to interview Jenna and she kindly offered up a swag pack for her first novel, Hurricane. All proceeds of her book go towards the charity, Habitat for Humanity.


General Questions:

1. What made you want to be an author? Was there a specific moment where you knew that's what you wanted to do? If you weren't an author, what would you be instead?

I love to read and write. About a year ago, my sister and I were talking about our goals and following our dreams. Mine was to write a book so I went for it and started writing down a story that had been in my head for while. I have always loved to write, short stories and poetry. Hurricane is my first novel.

2. If you had one million dollars to do with what you pleased, what would you do with it?

After paying off school and taking care of my family, there are a few charities I would like to give to. Since a portion of the proceeds from Hurricane are going to Habitat for Humanity, I would like to help organizations that give books to schools in New Orleans and help with the Gulf Coast. I also would want to open my own scholarship program to help disadvantage youth go to college. Sorry, nothing crazy. Maybe if I had a billion dollars I would buy my own island. I love tropical weather and the beach.

3. If you could collaborate on a book with any author, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?

A few authors I had in mind are dead so there would be some challenges in writing from different time periods.

Questions about your book:

4. What made you decide to write a book about hurricanes? Was it from a personal experience or just an interest of yours?

The title is a double entendre. Hurricane both describes Hurricane Katrina, the storm that hit New Orleans in 2005 but also the main character, Adriana Alexander’s, life. I am from New Orleans and so the setting came naturally for me.

5. Are any of these characters based on you or anyone you know? If not, where do you draw your inspiration from for their personalities?

No, they are completely fictional. I’ve tried to base a character off someone I knew in real life but that didn’t work out too well. I felt constricted to do certain things that person would say or do.

6. Was it hard coming up with the characters' names, or did they just come naturally? Were they names you liked before you started writing Hurricane?

I always loved the name Adriana and wanted to use it in a story. The heroes’ names were harder to come up with but I am pleased with them. I always like the names Hayden and Luke. My sister helped me come up with Luke’s name. We knew a Luke and it fit perfectly with his personality.

7. What sort of reaction do you wish for most from the reader for Hurricane? What emotions do you wish to spark in them?

I wish for Hurricane to be a fun, enjoyable read. I hope people will like the love story and fall in love with the characters. If nothing else, readers can gain a new perspective on Hurricane Katrina and the supernatural. It is all set in the culturally rich, mysterious atmosphere of New Orleans, LA. and by transporting readers there, I hope they will love the city as much as I do.

8. Do you have any plans on more novels? Do you think you'd ever stray from realistic fiction?

Yes, I have many more novels planned in my future! I am currently working on Book two, the sequel to Hurricane. I’m also working on another YA novel and have plans for more books in the Hurricane series.

Now for some this or that. I love these sorts of questions:

9. Coffee or Tea? Coffee.

10. Black or White? Black!

11. Hardcover or paperback? Paperback.

12. M&Ms or Skittles? M&Ms. Unfortunately, Skittles have gelatin.

13. Shakespeare or Edgar Allen Poe? Ooh, Poe. No Shakespeare. Ok, Poe!


I’d like to thank Jenna for taking the time to answer my questions! I hope she and you, the audience, enjoyed this interview and I really hope you check out her book!


Hurricane (Hurricane #1)

  Title: Hurricane
  Publisher: Divertir Publishing
  Published: August 9, 2011
  Pages: 208
  Buy from: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

  Website | Goodreads

I anxiously looked around, my heart palpitating, just in time to see an alligator slink into the green algae covered water that was on either side of us. I swallowed hard, and my heart raced even faster. Alligators were a different type of predator—the one thing I was afraid of. Now I was on my own personal swamp tour. What if my kidnappers left me in the middle of a swamp with five of them creeping up on me? I’ve had that nightmare before and—oh no, if my dreams really are a sign of the future—I couldn’t breathe now.

Adriana couldn’t decide what was worse—that Hurricane Katrina was heading for New Orleans, or that she might not survive her kidnapping to see its potential effects. She had trusted Hayden, even fallen for him, and now he and his brother Luke were taking her deeper and deeper into the Bayou. Why had two of her classmates, the mysterious Boudreaux brothers, kidnapped her? Why had Adriana’s dreams started predicting the future? Most importantly, would she make it out of the Bayou alive…


One lucky winner will win a swag pack for Hurricane including one bookmark, one button, and one signed cover.



1. Must be 13 years or older or have parent permission.
2. Must fill out the form below, comments will not counted but are still welcome.
3. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, October 19th.
4. Giveaway is only open to entrants residing in USA.
5. I will contact the winners by email. You will have 48 hours to contact me back before I pick another winner.
6. One entry per person. All duplicated entries will be deleted.
7. Winners will be chosen via random.org.

Please use this form to enter.


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