- What is on your nightstand?
Oh my gosh, my nightstand is a nightmare! It’s like a repository for stuff that exists just to be knocked to the floor every night as I’m climbing into bed. Right now, book-wise, I’ve got novels by V.E. Schwab, K.A. Tucker, and Julia Debarrizo piled up on top of UFO related books I’m reading for research. Other than that? A bowl of crystals and rocks I’ve collected, or that have been given to me, a large hunk of raw Malachite, ‘miracle’ sand from El Santuario de Chimayó from Chimayo, NM, lip balms, salve, two huge bottles of lotion (it’s so dry here in Santa Fe in the winter!), hairbands, earplugs, my journal, an eraser, a pocket Sudoku book, and about twenty pencils and pens.
- What author would you totally fan?
I’d give a lot to meet my all-time favorite writer, Albert Camus (existential anarchist, activist, journalist, and Nobel prize winner for the book The Stranger). Originally from Alegria, Camus was an anti-colonialist/anti-nationalist who strongly disagreed with authoritative colonialism and the harsh treatment of Arabs and Berbers by French authorities. He worked for the leftist newspaper Alger Republican, and as editor-in-chief at the Paris-Soir, a mainstream French Newspaper, while secretly working with the underground resistance against the Germans during the French Occupation.
Aside from Camus’ gorgeous prose, his ability to peg the human condition continues to astound me. His work puts my world into perspective; his writing, both his prose and the subjects he writes about also challenges me to examine meaning, to dig deeper when I write and when I interact with people. On paper at least, Camus also seemed like the kind of person who stood up for what he believed in, and in the face of awfulness, never lost faith in humans or of his duty, just by nature of being human himself, to society or himself.
- What makes you cringe?
People who eat popcorn loudly in a movie theater, young children running rampant in public spaces (yes, I have my own, and yes, I get it, but still . . .), people who are mean just because, and what seems to be a growing general lack of societal courteousness and human decency when it comes to interacting with strangers. And these days especially, strangers that want to corner me to talk politics.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I don’t traditionally outline my characters’ backstories or map out my plot. I kind of just write and see what ends up on the page. In that way, my writing process is more organic. Also, I’m just really bad at being organized. But for my last book, Wild Open Faces, I did actually do a lot of outlining. Wild Open Faces is a lot more of a plot driven book than I’m used to writing, and a lot of research went into it. So I found myself outlining to stay focused and organized. But the book I’m working on now, True North . . . I’m back to my old ways, unfortunately.
- Is there a word you love to use?
Just one? Ugh! I love words. For now, let’s go with superfluous and ubiquitous, for no other reason than I really love the way they feel in my mouth when I say them.
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Publisher : Bad Apple Books (December 17, 2020)
Language: : English
Paperback : 351 pages
ISBN-10 : 1733514015
ISBN-13 : 978-1733514019
“A powerful book which both stands nicely alone and compliments Between Wild and Ruin . . . absolutely enthralling reading.” —Midwest Book Review
Praise for BETWEEN WILD & RUIN
“What could be a corny premise turns into an exhilarating, fun ride in Edelson’s adept hands. Her characters are smartly drawn, and readers will easily identify with Ruby, a strong yet insecure young artist on the verge of adulthood, who is still recovering from her tragic past . . . Fans of Twilight and modern fairy tales will fall in love with Ruby and root for her eventual romance.” —Blue Ink Review (Starred Review)
“Between Wild and Ruin is a stunning story of legends, romance, and destiny with themes of starting over, small towns, beauty, and community . . . Edelson perfectly breathes new life in mythology by honoring the oral tradition of a small community and the ruins that bring to life Ruby’s destiny.” —Manhattan Book Review
“Highly recommended to mature teens through new adult and adult audiences, this is a story that lingers in the mind long after its final revelation.” —Midwest Book Review
“A great addition to young adult urban fantasy.” —Seattle Book Review
“Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are rich and atmospheric, arousing the senses with references to the scent of smoke and juniper, the predatory roar of mountain lions, and the brilliant dazzle of stars in the desert sky . . . The writing conveys a sense of timelessness, making it easy to believe Ruby’s sense that the land is spirit-haunted and that Leo, the handsome young man she encounters near the ruins, is somehow connected to it all.” —Clarion Forward
“An intriguing historical tale and an over-the-top love-quadrangle romance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The paranormal aspects of the tale are credible and richly steeped in traditional lore, and the plot is finely crafted . . . Between Wild and Ruin is most highly recommended.” —Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)
Surfaces are deceiving . . .
After falling for Ezra and discovering a gateway to the Otherworld, it’s a truism Ruby knows to take to heart. But La Luna finally feels like home, and with graduation just weeks away and a cushy internship on a nearby archeological dig in her pocket, it’s easy to downplay the strange new events taking place in the Glorieta Pass. Even when Angel’s deadbeat father reappears after twenty years, stirring up questions about Angel, the ruin, and Ruby’s mother.
Uncertainty is bad enough, but when Ruby starts having inexplicable visions, and the archeological dig unearths mysterious artifacts connected to both a fabled Aztec city and the Pecos Pueblo, Ruby faces more than an uncertain future — she’s forced to accept the role of True of Heart. Will Ezra and her friends stand by her as she confronts the Otherworld? Love is enigmatic, especially in the heart of New Mexico, but the Otherworld may be the biggest mystery of them all.
Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home).