Today I’m welcoming Jenna Lehne to the Spooky Middle Grade blog. Her debut middle grade novel, BONE TREE, releases today! Let’s take a look at that gorgeous cover with artwork by Uliana Babenko.
Kim: First things first, can you describe your book Twitter-style, in 280 characters or less?
Jenna: When Elsie’s best friend dies, she uses an ancient tree with resurrection powers to bring him back, angering a spirit in the process. When she discovers the tree is powered by tortured souls, she has to choose between keeping her BFF or freeing the ghosts.
Kim: Ooh, intriguing! Now for the real challenge. Can you finish these sentence starters?
My main character wants…
Her best friend back and her life back to normal…the way it was before Roman got sick.
My favorite scene to write was…
I think the final scene is my favourite. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’m a sucker for a great goodbye scene. It was really cathartic to get to write out my own goodbye to Elsie, Roman, and the Bone Tree and still have it be a part of the story.
The hardest scene to write was…
When Elsie wakes up to the phone ringing in the middle of the night, announcing that Roman had died. The whole chapter was like carving my worst memories out of my head and putting them on paper.
I hope readers will…
Enjoy the story. I’d love it if it creeped them out, be stoked if they cried haha, but really I just want BONE TREE to be something they finish reading with a smile on their face.
Spooky stories can…
Open up new genres to reluctant readers. Ghosts freaked you out? You should try dragons next!
One surprising thing about me is…
I never wear matching socks and I love freeze-dried candy.
Kim: Love it! If you have more questions for Jenna, I’m doing a live interview with her TONIGHT on my Facebook page. If you miss the live recording, don’t worry. You can always watch later at https://www.facebook.com/kimventrella.
Kim: Jenna’s debut novel BONE TREE is available now! Pick it up wherever books are sold.
ABOUT JENNA LEHNE
Jenna Lehne is a tea-sipping, horror-loving mom of two boys and a cat named Lemons. They live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, though unfortunately not in an igloo. Jenna is a former Pitch Wars mentor, contributor on the blog MidnightSocietyTales.com, and her middle grade debut, BONE TREE, is out April 2021 from Blue Bronco Books.