We cannot express all the excitements we feel when introducing our featured author to you today in our latest Author Talk Podcast Episode: Jeff Zenter, author of the extraordinary The Serpent King! *epicflails* We’re thrilled that he stopped by to chat with us, along with our favorite twinnies from Fiction Fare. We know you’re as excited as we are to hear what Jeff has to say about all the things, so jump right on in, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments.
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- Jeff gives us his elevator pitch for The Serpent King. There’s an echoish noise. We’re sorry about that, but we promise it goes away by the time we get to question two!
- Jeff Zentner admits that he was obsessed with teen fashion bloggers 😉
- We talk about the characters in The Serpent King and lots of interesting things about Jeff’s writing process and how much he likes the editing process.
- We discuss growing up in a small town.
- Jeff (sort of) admits that he totally meant to make us cry. Even though he basically says he didn’t.
- Jeff shares his favorite scenes. And he makes a reference to Friday Night Lights that made us love him even more. #cleareyesfullhearts
- We get a glimpse of what’s on Jeff’s current reads list and massive TBR pile.
- Jeff tells us what he’d include in a letter to his 17-year-old self.
- Then, Jeff tells us what he considers “the hottest thing ever” !!!
- Finally, we play a fun game with Jeff. Where we kind of scare him. And it’s pretty dang funny.
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***Meet Jeff Zentner***
Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.
Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.
He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.
***About The Serpent King***The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on March 8, 2016
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Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.
He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.
Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.
Thanks for listening, everyone!