Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Party with Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Our final party girl is Jen Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She'll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

The low down on her latest book, RAISED BY WOLVES:

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian'
s basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?

Her numbers:

Your compound value numbers are 11, 14, 18 and 16.

Eleven, is a master number. It is associated with wisdom, and exists on the highest plane of intellect and spirituality. Elevens are altruistic, sensitive, artistic, visionary, idealistic, have a sense of community. Eleven can also be a warning of hidden dangers, treachery from others, or a person who has a great deal to contend with.

Fourteen holds a strong element of risk attached to it, usually caused by the actions and foolhardiness of others.

Sixteen gives warning of danger of accidents and defeat of one's plans. It should be carefully noted and plans made in advance to avert its fatalistic tendency. Sixteens should trust their intuition to avoid hardship.

Eighteen is an ambiguous number. It can be a warning of materialism striving to destroy the spiritual side of nature, but it can also indicate counsel and the promise of being led in the right direction if one listens to the guidance they are given.

The number seven indicates someone who is intuitive and introspective, philosophical and spiritual. They will seek answers about their existence and things unseen. Sevens are happiest near water. They can be witty and composed in front of large groups. They often have terrific imaginations and make good entertainers, actors and writers

And her response:

Wow! According to this, my future sounds pretty dicey--full of risk, danger, defeat, and warning. I'm *hoping* that side of things isn't true (it certainly doesn't bode well for the book I have due in three weeks!), but the other descriptions sound pretty accurate--I'd say that idealistic and sensitive (11) are a pretty good fit, and my favorite place in the world is a lake near my parents house, so it's also fair to say I'm pretty happy around water (7). And coming off of tour, I can also say that I am comfortable performing in front of large crowds (I find mingling infinitely more terrifying than standing up on a stage talking).

That said, there's a lot of my personality that didn't show up in my numbers! I'm as much of a scientist as I am an artist and tend to think of things (even creative ones) in really analytical ways--I think I rely on facts more often than intuition!

Today's daily giveaway is a signed copy of NEED. Reminder - comment on any of the party posts to earn an entry toward the grand prizes to be announced TOMORROW. RELEASE DAY!!! Yay!