Interview: Jennifer Renson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 
I loved to
write since childhood and as I grew I was able to figure out what I wanted to
write. High school was when I began to take my writing seriously as I wrote for
the school newspaper and worked on the school literary magazine. I worked on a
lot of different story ideas that I wanted to flush out when I had the time.
While
attending Monmouth University obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Public
Relations/Journalism with a minor in History I wrote for the university
newspaper and was the managing editor and then editor-in-chief for the
university literary magazine The Monmouth Review. During college was when I
first participated in Open Mics and I still attend them today. I read at Open
Mics in New Jersey, performed my poetry and attend book signings for my poetry.
I self
published three books of my poetry: Delightfully
Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel

and Uncharted. I actually had the
opportunity to meet actor and photography Norman Reedus and give him a copy of
my first book Delightfully Dark. My first book Carousel was published through Pulse LLC, released in August 2015. I
since finished the prequel The Cottontail
and am waiting on a release date. I freelance write for Lost Treasure Magazine
covering topics from The Arthur Stone, Richard III, Captain Kidd and The
Library of Alexandria.
I’ve been
actively looking for a literary agent so that I can take my writing to the next
level. I want to make writing my career. I can only do so much on my own so
until I am able to find a literary agent I’ve been seeking out for book
reviews, interviews, attending events, planning more book signings, achieving
more of my personal goals and spreading word about my books. I plan to attend a
few more Wizard World Comic Con conventions in 2016 and meet more new faces. I’ve
been able to get a few interviews here and there and getting my hands involved
in other projects but until I achieve my goal I will not stop. Writing is my
passion and there is no apology for passion.  
Which writers inspire you? 
Several writers inspired me from Oscar Wilde who wrote
my favorite book in the world Picture
Portrait of Dorian Gray
, to the imaginative and life changing stories like The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, and the poetic
styles of T.S Elliot to name a few.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
No I have not.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Ever since I
was a child I loved writing. As your reading different books you realize that
there is such a thing as writing for a living. I knew that was all I wanted to
do. That was what I wanted to be. A writer.
Do you write full-time or part-time? 
As of now I
write part time. After the completion of Carousel,
I finished the prequel The Cottontail
and am waiting to hear as to when that will be released. I also freelance write
for Lost Treasure Magazine when I can. I want to make writing full time. To make
it my life.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer
just see where an idea takes you?
 
I love seeing
where an idea takes me. I love it. Probably the main reason why I have so many
unfinished stories. I’ll think of an idea for one story, work on it and then
I’ll have another idea for another story. I’ll stop the first one I was working
on and then jump to the new one before I forget it. It’s a habit I am trying to
break by returning to the stories I started and finishing them. But that moment
you have an idea and you start to develop it it’s the most exciting feeling
because even you don’t know where the idea is going to take you.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 
Until I find a literary agent I have been searching for reviewers on my
own using social media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr as well as doing
searches on the internet. In general I think it is hard to find people to
review your book. You want people to care about what you wrote. You want your
book to get noticed. I just keep going. Everyday, keep going, keep searching
and not giving up.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
As a writer
you have to look at the good and the bad reviews with caution. Good reviews are
always wonderful to read because you know that there are others who love your
story as much as you do if not more. Bad reviews can be seen as either, someone
pointing out some of your writing flaws which can happen, no one is perfect or
someone who is just nit picking at every little thing that isn’t really
relevant to the overall scope of the story. You are going to get both and its
best to not let the good ones give you a big head or the bad ones to bring you
down.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Readers can find me on several social media platforms where I post
updates about my work, events I attend, videos of my poetry and a lot of other
fun stuff:
To find my books:
Even a simple Google search of my name, you will find me. 
Any Comments for the Blog readers?
I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read through the blogs, for
reading the reviews and for your support. Even something as small as mentioning
the book to another person builds into something bigger. Thank you very much.
Any feedback for me or the blog?
I think the
fact that you have the blog in both English and Spanish is both productive and
clever. This enables you to engage a larger group of interested readers and
writers. The twitter posts, and resources on the right side also very helpful and
a clever idea! Thank you for interviewing me! I greatly appreciate it!

 

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