I love to be reading a book, eating chocolate, and watching bad sci-fi and horror marathons on TV. All at once.
Author Interview with Jennifer James
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A flint fire starter thingie. I’m not sure what they’re called, but it’s a scraper and it makes sparks.
Dental floss . I have no desire to pull a Tom Hanks and do my own extraction. Plus, it would double as fishing line and even sewing thread! Versatility!
A hatchet. Shelter is a must. If I was desperate to write, I could bogart some charcoal from the fire or even go cave man and do some paintings with the pigment from flowers and berries.
Night owl, or early bird?
Complete night owl. I remodeled the bathroom one weekend and did all the work after 2 am.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series is phenomenal: funny, imaginative, full of twists and turns…and it’s a complete playground for writers.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Letting fear and uncertainty overwhelm you is a waste of time and energy. Never be afraid to ask for help from fellow authors and bloggers. Shrug off rejection and bad reviews. Writing is an art, and everyone’s taste is different. If you have a story to tell, tell it boldly.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
My father told me in regard to marriage: “The little things don’t matter.” He was talking about the small things that happen between couples and drive a wedge into what was a happy relationship. I think it applies to life in general. Don’t focus on small irritations and disappointments. They’re over and done with so fast, why focus on them?
What was your favorite children’s book?
Charlotte’s Web and 101Dalmations.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Reese’s Cups. They’re delicious. Anything chocolate and peanut butter pretty much do me in.
What do you do in your free time?
What’s that? J I work, attend university, have 2 kids, and write. I try to read as much as possible, and I love to sew when I have the time. I also enjoy being outside, and engaging in sporty type things.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Here in N.E. Ohio the best time of year is the Fall. The skies are an unmatched blue, the deciduous trees turn fabulous colors that filter the sun, the temperatures are perfect, and there’s no humidity. Even the air smells better.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Wolfman by Nicholas Petarko. Amazing, haunting, clean prose, humanizes a monster ravenous for human flesh, and yet terrifying. I love that book. I wish the author were still alive, I think he was a real gift to the world.
Depends. I like everything from Country to Rap. Throwaway Pop to Classical. What mood am I in? What story am I writing? I’m always on the lookout for more. I went through a phase a few months ago where all I wanted to listen to was 70’s Punk.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To purify water with a touch. Like a unicorn. So many people in developing (and our own) country don’t have access to clean drinking water. Wars are fought and people slaughtered over farm land with viable water sources. Industrial growth is running unchecked in many places and ruining the ground water, killing ecosystems, and bringing illness.
Skittles or M&Ms?
I like both. How can I choose only one?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Hmm…at this point in my life I’d say out west in the mountains where I could learn to ski, mountain climb, and lay in the grass of a field and not see anything but more grass. Perhaps in 5 years I’ll say Europe.
How did you know you should become an author?
When I was busy writing scenes instead of programming code for class. I couldn’t get the characters out of my head, and I looked for excuses to fill notebooks with page after page of plot ideas, rambles, and questions about character development.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Between The Covers: Reading In Snippets, Writing In Bursts.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Patricia Briggs. She’s amazing. Her Mercy Thompson series is some of the best urban fantasy you can buy. Briggs’s world building ability blows me away.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I jumped around a lot. Called people and acted like a fool. Then I sat down at the computer and got back to being busy writing.
What is your guilty pleasure?