Please welcome author Jennifer Tubbiolo to my blog. Her book, Protector, the third book in “The Narthex Academy Series,” was released in September 2015.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Orange County, California, but now I call Mount Pleasant, South Carolina home. We’ve been here since 2003. Two of my three kids were born here, so it’s definitely home now.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have been writing all my life and just putting it in files “for later”, but it wasn’t until I had a story idea I couldn’t get out of my head that I actually decided to talk to someone about it. I told a good friend of mine that I felt this story was different than all the story/book outlines “we all have” stored in files, never to be used. She looked at me (laughing), and said “Normal people don’t just have story outlines in files in there house. You are a writer!” Until that I had never considered actually pursuing writing seriously.
What is the best and worst advice you ever received?
The best writing advice I’ve ever received is to write, write, write! That will make you a better writer, and will help you, in the long run, sell more books. The worst advice I’ve ever received was probably to try to become traditionally published. Not that I don’t think traditional publishing is wrong for everyone, because it definitely isn’t. Just like self/indie publishing isn’t right for everyone. But for me, it wasn’t the right route.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
Since my protagonist is a 16-year-old boy, I don’t think I have much in common with him on the surface. But a lot of his insecurities and his inability to believe the good things people say about him may have some basis in my own experience,
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
I have always been fascinated by the little known and little talked about Biblical supernatural stories. Kids grow up on the stories of Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, and Daniel and the Lion’s Den, but as they get older, that gets boring. I love digging out stories of powerful evil sorcerers, epic battles of angels vs. demons, and paranormal gifts. Then I use them to create action/adventure stories for Asher, my protagonist, and his friends.
Please tell us about your current release.
My most current release is Protector, the third book in “The Narthex Academy Series.”
“The Narthex Academy Series” is set in South Carolina, in a town called Awendaw, just outside Charleston. Asher is a 16 year old who attends Narthex Academy, as 300 year old school with secrets. His father is a general in the Army Corps of Engineers, his step-mother is a think-tank operative turned florist, and his little brother is obsession with Spiderman. But because of an evil headmaster, Asher finds himself drawn into a battle of good vs. evil. He is surrounded by his friends, Maclaine, (who is his love interest if he can ever get himself to pursue it) and also a very powerful prophet, his friend, Jackson, who makes up for his lack of knowledge or common sense with loyalty and comic relief, and other characters that make up the “Seer Team.” In the beginning of the series, Asher is constantly trying to disengage himself from the battle, but now, in Protector, a close friend of his has been taken by the army of the Dark Prince and he has jumped in with both feet. Protector takes the reader from the charm of Charleston to the desert of Cairo, Egypt.
If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?
The next book in the series Warrior will be out in March and will follow Asher, the Warriors of the Third Heaven and the last remaining members of the Seer Team as the try to free their friends from the heavily guarded fortress of the Dark Prince. We will see the return of one of Asher’s most terrifying antagonists and this *may* be the book Asher builds up the courage to tell Maclaine how he feels about her. Then again… maybe not.
Do you have an all-time favorite book?
Yes! My all-time favorite book is actually a memoir. It’s A Trip to the Beach by Melinda Blanchard about her and her husband’s experience moving to Anguilla and beginning a restaurant there.
It has been written that at the end of the age dreams and visions will be poured out on the young and that the demonic forces of the Dark Prince will come against them in ways we have never seen before. It has already begun.
Sixteen-year-old Asher Haynes barely survived The Battle for the Gates. Now he and his friends are being called up by the Seer Team to join a new battle of good versus evil. This battle will take him far from his home in Charleston to the land of sorcery, secret societies, and the burning sand of the Sinai desert.
Three thousand years ago, with a very powerful weapon called the “Matteh” in his hand, a warrior named Moshe defeated the dark magic of Egypt’s sorcerers. Moshe horribly cursed their land, and freed their slaves. The Order of Heka, an ancient brotherhood led by descendants of the defeated sorcerers has been searching for the Matteh ever since.
If the Matteh comes under the control of The Order of Heka, the Dark Prince’s army will possess its power. Asher and his friends must risk everything to find it and protect it. This time, Seer Team agents are missing, the stakes are higher, and the desert is unforgiving.
About the Author
Jennifer Tubbiolo is an Amazon.com bestselling author in Young Adult fiction. The books in her series, The Narthex Academy Series, are supernatural action adventure stories. They center on 16-year-old Asher Haynes, his friends Maclaine and Jackson, and their fight against the demonic army of the Dark Prince alongside the angel warriors of Elohim.
Jennifer majored in English at San Diego State University and wrote a thesis her senior year on children’s literature. Early on in her career, she was a children’s book buyer and worked in traditional publishing. She now writes full time. In addition to fiction, she is a contributor to print and online publications, and is a contributing writer of ReINVENT Magazine. Jennifer also wrote the script for a recent South Carolina Aquarium commercial.
She is the co-owner of Relevant Pages Press, an author-focused hybrid publisher in Charleston, South Carolina. RPP guides authors through writing, publishing, and marketing their books in this new frontier in the publishing industry.
Jennifer and her husband, Mickey, live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with their three children, and three dogs. They are avid New York Yankees fans and love to cook together.
You can buy Protector (and the rest of the series) on Amazon.