Today’s guest is author Jennifer N. Adams. Welcome, Jennifer!
Thanks, Book Squirrel!
What inspired you to write?
I moved around a lot because my dad was in the Navy. I didn’t have many friends because of this so, I spend a lot of time with my nose in a book. I always knew that I wanted to by a published author. I can remember making up stories as far back as the second grade. Yet, I was thirty-four before I published my first book. I didn’t publish again until a few years later. I think being a mom gave me more incentive to start publishing my work. My first book, Dana’s First Fish, was a children’s book completely inspired by my daughter, that I used her initials for the character’s name, as well as her likeness.
·What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
My first novel, Chaos. It’s a young adult fantasy fiction and the first book in my Supernatural Realms Series. It has werewolves, shifters, and faeries, which my grandma and I would joke about the entire time I was writing Chaos.
It had taken me eight years to write, edit, and publish. I had written a note at the beginning of the story, or in the back, that explains the reason why it had taken me so long. Mostly, I had a lot going on at the time. However, I persisted and finished my novel and now it’s published.
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
The Beautiful Monsters Series by Jex Lane. I love the world that she has built in her stories and the characters that she has created. I have read her series at least eight times, they are that good!
What are you working on writing now?
I’m working on a few things; an FBI mystery/thriller, that I hope to have out by the beginning of next year. I am also working on the second installment of my Supernatural Realms Series.
What’s your favourite TV show?
Supernatural, of course.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian however, that didn’t happen. I joined the military and travelled the world.
Forest, country, beach or city?
The beach. Since my dad was in the Navy, wherever we moved to, we were always near the beach.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
I love the fall; the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures. It just so happens, orange is my favorite color.
Who designs your book covers?
I actually found a really awesome graphic artist on Fiverr called, Designrans. He wasn’t my first cover designer, but now, he’s the one I go to.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
My first book was traditionally published, and I can say now that I am an indie author, I enjoy being an indie more. I like being in control of my work. I am able to publish more and often, rather than waiting a year or more just to publish one book. I can set my own prices. I get paid more, WAY more, as I receive more in royalties than I did as a traditionally published author.
People always think that being an indie author is more work. That’s true however, you still have to get your name and work out there if you are a traditionally published author. I did a lot of leg work (marketing, promoting, etc) with my first book. I paid my publishing company money to market my book, only for them to pocket the money. After a few years of doing my homework, I decided to self-publish my next book.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Being a single mom to a special needs child. It takes a lot of patience. That’s something that I reserve only for my child.
Another thing that I wish was easy would be having to explain to my child on the spectrum why people are so cruel and mean. It breaks my heart to hear her ask me why people bully her, and this isn’t just children, this includes adults treating her differently.
Where can we find your books?
People can find my published works on the Twisted Crow Press website.
And where can we follow you on social media?
I have a Facebook page where I keep everyone posted on my current projects, as well as my newly published works.