Jennifer Estep, Show Your Work!


This week, I’ve asked some amazing urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors to participate in Show Your Work week and share their processes with you.  Today, please welcome Jennifer Estep!


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket and the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series.


Pens 3 for Show Your Work

Much of publishing is done digitally these days, from authors writing on their computers, to copy editors working on electronic files, to folks reading e-books, and more.

Pens for Show Your Work

Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to read and especially edit on paper. I still print out manuscripts, copy edits, and page proofs, and then mark typos, scribble notes on the pages, and more. It’s just the process that seems to work best for me.

For all this editing, you need pens—lots and lots of pens, as you can tell by my stash here. And since I like my desk to be somewhat organized, I store the pens in mugs.

What about you guys? Do you still like to edit on paper? Or read print books?


Jennifer’s next release, THE SPIDER, the 10th (!!) Elemental Assassin book, hits shelves on December 24, 2013.

The Spider

For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco’s transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider—book ten in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series.

In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her—if she’s going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.

How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands?

Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong …

Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time.

This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control … right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it …



Here are more ways to acquaint yourself with Jennifer and her work:

Her Website:

Her Blog:


Twitter:  (@Jennifer_Estep)


Thanks so much to Jennifer for joining us today!

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