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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Interview with Jennifer Dean

1.    Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete? 

It always depends on each project. Although, it’s never before I begin outlining the main storyline. I need to contemplate what the theme of the individual plot will be first, before I even begin to throw out title suggestions. Sometimes that may be halfway in or after a full written draft. But for me, to choose a title before I have a complete idea of where the story is going, would be like titling a blank canvas before pulling out the brush to paint.

2.    Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Not a message but I would hope readers don’t have to think too hard with how the title ties into the story. I would also love to know that they can pick out the layered meanings that reach out to more than one relationship in the story.

3.    Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life? 

Wouldn’t that be fun to say the story is based on my own experience but no, my life’s too boring for that. Probably why I get a kick out of creating stories in my head. Although, the one character who is actually loosely based on a real person is Emma’s mother. Those who know my own mother can easily see some familiar traits in Angelia Morgan.

4.    What books/authors have influenced your life? 

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was the reason I fell in love with reading. But after reading The Chronicles of Narnia I found a new desire to actually write a story that would inspire someone else the way reading had for me.

5.    If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

I would probably say J.K. Rowling because I have always been mesmerized with the vastness of her imagination.

6.    What books are in your to read pile? 

I have so many that I want to get to but writing my own stories takes priority. It’s almost a catch 22 of guilt. I feel bad if I’m writing and not reading and vice versa. But the ones at the top of the pile are Dead Reckoning, Vampire Diaries:The Hunters, and Eragon.

7.    What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects? 

My focus right now is completing the Bound series. Currently I’m in the middle of writing book two, Withered Roots.

8.    Do you have to travel much to do research for your books? 

I don’t travel but I love to do tons of research on the internet about places and things I am writing about. It’s a fun part of creating a story and actually the very way I found the real town of Washington, North Carolina.

9.    Do you have any advice for other writers? 

I would say to remember that not everyone is going to love or even like what you do. But that’s life and we all have to accept that. So when you write, write for yourself. Write the story you want to read not what you think others want to read.

Jennifer Dean

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 9781300196211

Number of pages: 254
Word Count: 89,600

Book Description:

17-year-old Emma Morgan believes she finally has the chance at happiness again when she relocates back to her hometown of Washington, North Carolina and reunites with her older brother, Sean.

But after three years apart, their unique bond is tested when Sean protests her meeting of the oddly charming and bright-eyed, Liam Alexander.  A boy who holds a very deep secret from the rest of the residents in Washington.

A secret that will change Emma’s life forever and lead her to discovering the beginning of something she never believed could exist...true love.

About the Author:

Jennifer lives in Dallas, Texas with her family. When not immersed in her writing, she is either engaged in a book or one of her favorite television shows.