From The Fox Inheritance:
DPL: Mary, it’s great to have you here at DPL BookTalk! I loved reading The Fox Inheritance because it has so many wonderful characters. Who is your favorite?
MEP: The main characters in my books are always my favorite—at least the one I am most wrapped up in because I have spent so much time in their head! I worry, fear, and fret for Locke and think about him a lot. But I have to admit the secondary character who stole my heart was Dot. She was a surprise, and even for me, I loved watching her personality unfold as I wrote the story.
DPL: Do you base any of your characters on real people?
MEP: No, not fully, but of course they all are based on pieces of a lot of people I’ve known or met through the years.
DPL: What subject did you like the best in high school? Why?
MEP: English! Because I got to read and discuss a lot of books and I also had the opportunity to study language and play with words. I suppose for a writer, this is not a surprise answer. But other subjects I loved were art and science.
DPL: Did you always want to be an author?
MEP: Yes. Well, when I didn’t want to be a ballerina, or a secret agent, or—you get the idea. I had a wild imagination and lots of different interests, but writing always felt like it was at my core. A day never went by when I wasn’t writing some sort of story in my head.
DPL: What has had the biggest influence on your work?
MEP: I think a lot of the poetry I loved and studied in my early years has had a direct effect on my writing process. I love playing with language and finding just the right word and flow.
DPL: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
MEP: Being with my family, cooking, working out in the yard, cleaning up the clutter that accumulates so quickly when I’m writing. Oddly, I don’t like disorganization, but when I’m writing it seems almost necessary—my desk and office become a clutter zone of piles of paper and notes that I rarely look at, but they’re there if I need them. I call it Comfort Clutter.
DPL: There so many great details about our futuristic world in The Fox Inheritance! How did you do research for a story that is 260 years in the future?
MEP: I went to the library of course! The library had all kinds of science and technology magazines and journals where I could learn what some of the newest discoveries were, and what scientists were seeing on the horizon.
DPL: Is there one message that you hope readers take away from The Fox Inheritance?
MEP: No specific message. I just always hope my books make readers think and contemplate their own viewpoints and perspectives.
DPL: Are you working on a third Jenna Fox book?