One of our favorite authors, Jen Blood, has an excellent promotion going on in honor of her heroine, Erin Solomon’s “birthday!” Tomorrow and Thursday, the first novel in the series, All the Blue Eyed Angels, will be free, and the newly-released second novel Sins of the Father will be on sale for $2.99. You can pick up both books for $3.00!
I’ve asked Jen to share six fun facts about her new novel (which has already garnered rave reviews!) as a teaser for tomorrow’s feature, where she will share an exclusive audio excerpt. Enjoy!
1. Sins of the Father takes place in northern Maine, where a large contingent of the population still speaks a combination of Acadian French and English. For me, one of the most challenging aspects of the novel was ensuring that the dialect and the Acadian were accurate.
2. In the novel, the case of Hank Gendreau – in prison for allegedly murdering his daughter at the beginning of the book – is based on the widely-publicized Dennis Dechaine case. Dechaine was convicted of raping and murdering a twelve-year-old girl in Maine in 1988, when the girl’s body was found in the same stretch of woods where Dechaine had been doing drugs the day before. Books have been written and documentaries filmed on the case, with many maintaining Dechaine’s innocence over the past twenty-five years. Though there are obvious differences between Dechaine and Gendreau’s alleged crimes, many of the details surrounding the two cases are similar.
3. It took ten years to write the first novel in the Erin Solomon series, All the Blue-Eyed Angels. It took four months to write the second.
4. One of my favorite discoveries in researching and writing Sins of the Father was in learning of an elaborate network of caves in northern Maine. Those caves are a focal point in part of the novel, providing the perfect, creepy hiding space for Diggs and Erin during their race to escape the mysterious serial killer known only as ‘J.’
5. Originally, Erin’s devoted mutt Einstein was with Diggs and Erin during their fight for survival in the Maine woods, but I quickly realized that the dog would be the first victim J. would target in terrorizing Erin. Thus, for his own safety, Einstein had to stay home.
6. While many of the towns and businesses in the Erin Solomon series are real, Littlehope and Black Falls – the central locations in Sins of the Father – are fictional, in order to tailor the layout and tone of the towns to my needs in the novel.
About the Author: Jen Blood was born and raised in midcoast Maine. She has worked as a dog trainer, an actress, a hideously inept waitress, and - in between - a freelance writer and editor. Her work has been published in Down East, Bark, Pif, and a number of newspapers and periodicals around the country. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and leads seminars and workshops on writing, indie publishing, and social media for authors. Check out her website or find her on Facebook.