Hello & welcome to my first ever author spotlight…as a USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR!!! That’s right, you guys! Thanks to your awesomeness and support, I was able to reach my dream of securing that elusive and prestigious title! So thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Now, for what you’re actually here for 😉
The November interview with USA Today bestselling author, Jen L. Grey!
ELLE: Who’s your favorite Fantasy/PNR/Dystopian, etc. heroine? Why do you love her so much?
JEN: Dal from Donna Augustine’s The Wilds Series. I love her because she is more human than most other heroines. You don’t like her at first but sympathize with her. She had a rough life and doesn’t trust people. As the story continues, she softens but she still keeps her edges. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the stories where the heroine becomes amazing, but what made this story unique to me is the character changed and grew, but she still kept some of her personality from the beginning. She began to care for others, but she still had her edges. I was like, dude, yes!
ELLE: What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?
J: I wish I had a typical day, but I guess the best one I have is wake up, get ready for work, herd my kids to school, work, come home, herd the kids with homework, make dinner, get them to bed, and then hope to write for an hour or two before I pass out myself. That’s a good day when I don’t need to pay bills, work on promotions, etc.
ELLE: If you could have ONE magical power… what would you choose, and why?
J: I’m going to cheat a little on this. Well, I never knew this until I began writing, but I would love to become an elemental. (See what I did there.) I think it would be awesome to control Earth’s elementals at a whim.
ELLE: What is your strangest habit? (Doesn’t have to be writing related)
J: I don’t know if it’s a strange habit, but, if I meet a goal of mine, I don’t celebrate it. Not because I don’t want to, but because I figured I didn’t set my goal high enough. So then I immediately set a higher goal.
ELLE: How many words-per-book (and words-per-day) do you aim to write? How long does it usually take you to complete a novel of that length?
J: This is a hard question since I attempt to write full time, but I have a full time day job. I aim to write five chapters a week (I hope for more). A chapter can be anywhere from 2 – 4K words. So that would be around 10-20K a week. So I have more of a weekly chapter goal then a daily writing goal.
ELLE: What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
J: Not a huge fan of book to movie adaptation because come on. We all know the book is better. But, if I had to pick one, I guess it would be Hunger Games. Only because it was nice to know what was going on behind in the scenes in the control room!
ELLE: What’s the most effective marketing strategy you’ve tried? And how did you go about implementing it?
J: Still working on figuring this out. In general, I think for an indie author, it’s connecting with your reader base. When I was a reader, that was what made me love an indie author and gain my undying loyalty. I try to be hands on with my readers and be accessible to them.
ELLE: You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team in the zombie apocalypse… Who are they?
J: Dax from the Wilds, Emma from the Born Trilogy, and Abigail from The After Light Saga
ELLE: What’s the best writing tip you’ve received, or would give to a fellow author?
J: That the cheapest price isn’t always the best. Sometimes you have to pay for quality. It sounds snobbish but it’s true when it comes to some things.
ELLE: In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind). If you could control ONE… which would you choose, and why?
J: Fire because it’s awesome.
ELLE: Please tell us a bit about your latest release!
J: On October 25th, I released Reaper of Earth. Book two comes out December 26th. It’s about a young reaper that struggles with her powers and messes up. Her parents aren’t on her side and her best friend died two years ago, and it’s about her finding her way when the council puts her in a very precarious situation.
Thank you so much Jen!
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Until next time everyone!