5/7/13

Interview with Jen S Severson

 Welcome to Julies Book Review! Jen S. Severson is visiting JBR today!

We are all very glad you came here to JBR. Can you tell us a little about yourself?


Happily! I graduated from college with a degree in English, and worked for several years in marketing communications before leaping into the fray of proposal writing for the health care insurance industry, where I’ve been for about 14 years. 

I have a treasured 19-year-old daughter in college, a beloved husband who is also a published author, and a small zoo of three cats, one dog and a miniature rabbit.

What genres do you write?

I write a series of psychic mysteries.

As a reader I love all genres but my followers want to know what to except from your books. Action, adventure, romance, sex, magic??


My books offer a bit of many elements, but magic (the spiritual sort), mystery and romance (reaching across past lives) lead the parade.

My goal as an author of psychic mysteries is to tell rollicking good stories that also open windows of understanding to the greater metaphor of life. I also want to help readers release their fear of death, and take comfort from my abiding belief that life never ends, it just changes form.

Who is your favorite character(s) from your books?
Without a doubt, Hamden, Zoe’s spiritual guide, is my favorite. He’s witty, wise and very loving, but best of all he leavens truth with good-hearted humor.

What is your newest release? can you tell us a little about it?


My newest is also my first release is A Deadly Tapestry, the first book in the series. It was released by Musa Publishing last August. 
Here’s the lovely blurb that provides a nice encapsulation:
Zoe has spent her adult life denying her psychic abilities. All that changes when she finds herself conversing with a tiny man only she can see and seeing details to a murder that only the murderer should know. Can she convince the annoyingly handsome detective that she was sent to help before he convicts her of the crime? Will she learn to trust herself —and her own heart—before more people are hurt? Or will the detective be the murderer’s next victim?

What about future projects? any hints?

I just learned last week that Musa Publishing is publishing my next book, A Karma to Kill For. I am VERY excited that Zoe’s mysteries are moving along nicely, with the same cast of recurring characters, plus a few new ones.  I don’t know what the release date is yet, but I’m hoping late summer or early fall. I’m also working on Zoe’s third book A Telling Tarot, and having great fun with that.

Can you give aspiring authors any advice?

I can only pass on what helped me. Trust in your creative self, and do your best to keep your ego out of the way. The heart writes in the language of wisdom and truth. Most of all, believe in yourself and in your ability to prevail. I keep a fortune cookie bit of inspiration on my cube wall at work: You will become an accomplished writer. Pave your way to success with positive thoughts, and keep on keeping on!

How about some "fun" personal stuff!


I’m also a psychic, so I can write Zoe’s role knowledgably and pull in my own experiences to lend credence and substance.  About 20 years ago already I studied metaphysics and psychic teachings, and became a trained clairvoyant, ethics and all. I still give psychic readings on the side.  We all have some psychic ability, as its standard operating equipment when we inhabit a body.

What book have they read that touched you deeply? and why? (yours or someone elses)

There are so many inspirational books available now, but one by psychic medium James Van Praagh touches me deeply. Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life. It contains so many lovely stories of healing on both sides of the veil, and every time I gain something new and uplifting in those stories.

Favorite past time activity?


I love knitting, bird watching, reading fiction and inspirational books of varying stripes, and spending time exploring the Meaning of Life and its Many Joys with my dear friends.

a favorite book or author you can recommend (not your own)? and WHY?

I highly recommend another Musa Publishing book Finding Grace, by Rhea Rhodan.  It has vibrant threads to its weave: adventure and mystery and psychic happenings, all leading to healing.  Just my cup of tea, as Hamden would say.

Favorite place to travel to?


England. I am a non-recovering Anglophile.

What kind of music do you listen too?

I love nature music – birdsong is my favorite – but I love folksingers like Ann Reed and Neal and Leandra too.


And finally where can we find your books?(please include any links you want including buy links)
Musa Publishing link:

Amazon link:

Barnes & Noble link:

Well I know I learned a lot and have added to our TBR list. I hope you all have had fun as well as well. Thanks you again Jen S. Severson for coming and talking with me here on JBR. I hope you had fun and I hope to see you again. Good Luck and wishing you lots of success!



Thanks so much for this lovely opportunity, Julie!

1 comment:

  1. So sorry I missed this when it came up! Thanks for the mention, Jen!

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