October 14, 2015
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Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins!
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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Are you kidding? It’s my pleasure! Thank you for having me!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Holy Mother, that’s tough! Let’s see…
Pissed off, healer-girl seeks revenge in deadly enemy clan. Warrior-boy with wounded pride and mad skills works to repair family dishonour.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I studied history in college, and have always been obsessed with the social practices of Ancient Sparta. There are a lot of similarities between the Ram Clan and Sparta in the book.
Aside from that, I’m always inspired by great love stories with gigantic walls of conflict separating the main characters. I wanted to write a star-crossed romance that had potential to be deep and meaningful.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Zo is a healer with a vendetta who volunteers to enter Ram’s Gate as a slave so she can gather information that can help her clan defeat the Ram. She knows that her mission is suicidal, but her hatred outweighs the inherent danger. Though not a fighter herself, Zo is one of the strongest characters I’ve ever written.
Gryphon is a Ram warrior with great promise. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and feels responsible for both his mother’s happiness and his father’s failings. He’s incredibly driven to be the best at what he loves, but when faced with a moral dilemma, he’s willing to sacrifice everything simply because it’s the honorable thing to do.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
Gryphon looked away, grateful for the cover of night. “Despite what you think, I am not a monster.”
“No.” Zo picked up her kit from the ground and wiped blood from the corner of her mouth. “You are a Ram.”
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Zo’s pain was very difficult to write. Just before starting NAMELESS, a family member who was battling some pretty severe depression and anxiety came to live with me. This girl’s struggle was so very dark, and real, it was as though Zo literally stepped into my life.
In a way, writing Zo was my own kind of therapy. I needed to see this girl overcome impossible odds. I needed to see her fight back.
She did just that, and I’m happy to report that she is living a very happy, healthy life now.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
Right now I’m working on the third and final book in the NAMELESS series. I’m so happy with the way it’s all coming together and hope it will be a satisfying conclusion for my readers. The second book is contracted to release in the Fall of 2016, and the third in the Spring of 2017.
Outside of the NAMELESS world, I’ve been writing an Italian Superstition/Romance/Pirate/Gypsy Adventure story set in the 1600’s. It’s been a lot of fun! I also have a few other projects waiting in the wings I’m anxious to get back to writing.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for having me!
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