Saturday, March 19, 2011
Author Interview - Turtle Hope by Jennifer Brown
Describe your book in five words or less.
Infertile woman's inspirational memoir
How did the ideas for your books come to you?
Somebody told me to write "what you know." At the time, there was nothing I knew better than infertility. Writing became part of my healing process.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
The hardest part of writing is completing my fragmented sentences.
The easiest part is just relaxing and letting the words flow...
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I recently decided to write a second book. I have written ten pages! It's another healing project. This one will be about dealing with family members that destroy their lives through addictions (drugs, alcohol, food). I know how much it hurts to watch somebody you love kill themselves with cigarettes, sugar, and booze! I would like to explore that while I write, The Friendship Quilt. This book will be fiction. I would like to see where my imagination will take me.
Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I wasn't writing for the genre. I wrote for myself.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
I was very excited to finally feel like I completed my project. However, I was very nervous to have people read my very personal thoughts.
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Why did you leave the reader with this particular ending?
So the reader would know exactly how it feels to deal with infertility.
What was your road to publications like?
It took a short three months (maybe four) to actually write Turtle Hope. Then, I had a friend edit my first draft. Two years flew by, and I was still in the editing process. Seriously, not that much had changed. I started sending out query letters to agents. After two query letters and three more months; I realized it was more important for me to get this book out to the world than to wait for the perfect agent with the perfect publisher. I decided to go with 2 Moon Press which is small publisher near my home. I let go of my author ego and I haven't looked back!