Writer Chat Wednesday: Janine Caldwell

I am so pleased to have as my guest today for Writer Chat Wednesday Janine Caldwell, a fellow Arizonan and debut YA author. Janine just released her first two novels and I’m glad she was able to stop by so you have a chance to get to know this dynamic woman.

Natalie Wright (NW): Do you have any news to share about your work?

Janine Caldwell (JC): I just released my debut YA fantasy series
called The Vortex Series. The e-versions are available everywhere and the print
versions will be available soon through Amazon.
NW: That is exciting news!  What books have you written so far?

JC: Rematch and Double Fault are the first two
books of The Vortex Series.

NW: What was the inspiration for The Vortex Series? 

JC: A few years ago I was leading a Bible
study in my house for a group of eighth grade girls when they introduced me to
The Twilight Series. Not only did I fall in love with the books, my girls also
informed me that Stephenie Myers lived in the next town over from us. Now, as
an English major I’ve always loved literature and have even dabbled in
screenwriting, but I had never tried to write a novel. Something about knowing
an author such as Stephenie was creating these stories miles from my house
inspired me to write again. I’m a sucker for all things fantasy and romance, so
I dreamed up a story that I myself would want to read. Living about an hour
from Sedona, naturally I was drawn to the mysterious nature of the Sedona
vortexes and what hidden power they might have. Combine all that with learning
that I’m a direct descendant of The Brothers Grimm, I felt my true calling was
to write YA fantasy.
NW: What is one of  your favorite scenes from one of your books and why?

JC: In REMATCH, it has to be the last scene of
the book when Trent’s heart is truly revealed to Cassie. We learn that even the
best of intentions can still cause life to go terribly wrong if it’s not the
destiny you are to follow.
NW: What genre do you write in?

JC: YA fantasy
NW: What works in progress do you have?

JC: I’ve completed about a third of a new
novel entitled VISITED and am outlining DEUCE, the final book of The Vortex
NW: Which character from your books do you like most / are
most like?

JC:  I would have to
say that in high school, I was most like Kelli, Cassie’s best friend. She’s
sort of tough and mistrustful of high school boys and is very selective about
who she gives her heart away to.
NW: Which book do you wish you had written?

JC: The Hunger Games–doesn’t everyone?
NW: What is your favorite movie – the one you can watch over and
over again?

JC: Jane Austen’s “Pride
and Prejudice” with Keira Knightley and every single Harry Potter movie. I
could never get tired of either story.
NW:  What is your favorite band or musical performer?

JC: I’m hopelessly addicted to alternative
rock and have been an avid fan of the Foo Fighters since Dave Grohl started the
band. I wish I could’ve quoted every line from “Times Like These” in REMATCH
because the song depicts Trent’s agony and crossroads in life perfectly. In
fact, “Times Like These” would’ve been a great alternative title to REMATCH
since there is an element of time traveling in the series.

NW: What do you hope readers will take with them from your

JC: I hope that they will be entertained first and foremost, but for my teen readers, I also hope Cassie
and Trent’s story will make them pause before they make any major decisions 
in their lives that
will influence their future forever.

You can connect with Janine here:

Janine Caldwell, YA Fantasy Author



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