Jennifer Sowle

Biography

I've lived for many years in both Northern and Southern California, sharing my home with up to eight dogs and cats at any one time. I've been writing since childhood, starting my Animal Guild Series for young adults at age 13, so my characters have borne patiently with me through a whole bunch of revisions and incredibly unbelievable plot twists throughout the years. These plot twists aren't my doing; the characters insist on doing what they want to do.... Feel free to email me at jen.sowle@gmail.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern California, with desert chaparral on one side and ocean on the other, like living between two worlds. The daughter of a scientist and an artist, the imagery of different worlds found its way into my childhood writings and continues today. My young-adult fantasy series The Animal Guild combines the rich "reality" of the California geography with the fantasy of animals living in that geography in secret societies, having adventures that stray into the realm of magic.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started writing The Animal Guild Series when I was 13 years old, and the plots have borne many revisions over the years (I won't say how many years, but the key word is "many"). The first five books in the series—The Animal Guild, Monsters in the Territory, The Marrhob War, The Nhorn and Outcasts—are available, with The Hikum (Book 6) coming soon. I'm currently working on the seventh novel in the series, which is also sort of like the first novel of a concomitant series. This concurrent novel is about a group of (human) kids involved in adventure and magic, and the plot segues into the Animal Guild world in some weird and intriguing ways. But the characters have their own stories to tell, and I try not to get in their way.

While The Animal Guild is a self-contained book, the trio of Monsters in the Territory, The Marrhob War and The Nhorn are a trilogy within the series, complete with cliff-hanger endings. The plot in these books veers toward the fantastic, but the crux is the bond between the two main characters, Corto (a dog) and Renard (a fox), their loyalty to their friends, their sacrifices, their teamwork, and their tolerance toward those who are different. Outcasts and The Hikum -- well, see for yourself!
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Where to find Jennifer Sowle online


Books

Outcasts
Series: The Animal Guild, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,320. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Two outcasts. One is despised because of the past, the other is rejected as a mutant freak. One is the daughter of the deposed tyrant of the Kaffracuss Kingdom, and the other is Bhorg’s heir. Both have been cast out by their people as pariahs, but when Valon’s disappearance leads Corto and Renard into a bloody war, only the outcasts can save them—if they care.
The Hikum
Series: The Animal Guild, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,850. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Returning to the 233rd guild from Kaffracuss isn’t easy for Bhresh or Guelen, facing distrust or the constant reminder of a bloody past. But when the human child of Bhresh’s vision arrives and everyone is exposed to a deadly plague, both leaders must convince their people that beetle magic is behind it, and both leaders must save their people before it is too late.
The Nhorn
Series: The Animal Guild, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,460. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Concluding the adventures of Monsters in the Territory and The Marrhob War, the 233rd guild has forged a rocky alliance with Bhorg, but Hlik and Surm are not only determined to destroy all animals, but also to usurp Bhorg’s rule, pitting Marrhob against Marrhob. Grueling battles, tragic sacrifices and heart-breaking treachery are only some of the surprises that await Corto and Renard.
The Marrhob War
Series: The Animal Guild, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,250. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Continuing the adventures that started in Monsters in the Territory, the 233rd guild faces a deadly enemy—the Marrhob. Will these blood-thirsty “monsters” declare war on the animals and climb above ground to annihilate them? If Corto and Renard can’t convince Rhob Bhorg that tolerance and friendship are possible between species, their world and everyone they love will be destroyed.
Monsters in the Territory
Series: The Animal Guild, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,690. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Two years after the adventures of The Animal Guild, Corto and Renard command a new guild. But things are going wrong in their territory; the guild that had lived there before them has vanished, monstrous creatures abound, and most importantly, something has happened to derail the friendship between them. Can they end their feud before the monsters in the territory end it for them?
The Animal Guild
Series: The Animal Guild, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 113,300. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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What if you think you’re such a perfect leader that you enroll in Guild Officer Training School, but because you once lost someone you loved, you’re so afraid of friendship and trust that you may fail to graduate? Worse, what if a bully has sworn to kill you while a stranger has weird visions about your future? And finally, what if you're not a human, but a dog, and your guild is The Animal Guild?

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