Isn’t this cover pretty? The stories inside are even better. Jennifer M. Eaton joins us today as first in a series of interviews featuring authors from this exciting anthology. So without further ado…
Q. Welcome Jennifer. Tell us about your book!
A. Yay! Last Winter Red is a Dystopian Romance, although I didn’t know that is what I was writing at the time. It takes place far into the future after a nuclear holocaust. Emily lives in one of the few remaining cities, but ventures outside in hopes of finding a husband. What she finds there, will change her life forever.
Q. How did you come up with the idea?
A. For this anthology, we each had to write a story based on a picture prompt of a woman in red. (Which, of course, became the cover) I was actually going to pass on it, because nothing came to mind. After two weeks, I decided to write what the character looked like. I had her take a step, and her red shoe slipped into the snow. From there, the story “snowballed” so to speak. It flew out of me. Funny how that happens.
Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?
A. Her greatest strength is her resolve. Emily believes it is her duty to have as many babies as possible, and she’s not going to let a little thing like not having a husband stand in her way. This is also her biggest flaw, because she is so blinded to everything else, that she cannot see what is really going on around her.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
A. In the case of Last Winter Red, it was coming up with the original idea. I need to trust my muse more, and if I cannot think of anything, just start writing until my creativity takes hold.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?
A. Would you like a box of Godiva dark chocolate truffles. Oh! Does that mean you’re gonna ask me that? Because the answer is YES!
Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?
A. Right now I am working on a full length Young Adult novel called Fire in the Woods. I haven’t been this excited about something I’ve written in a long time. It is a new spin on a classic story, intermingled with wild chase scenes and lots of explosions. I hope everyone finds it as fun to read as it was to write. Normally, I try to write one thing at a time, but I did take a break from writing Fire in the Woods twice to write some short stories– One of which has been published by Still Moments Publishing in their Christmas Anthology this year, so that was awesome.
Q. What is your favorite line from this book?
A. Oh! What an awesome question! Oh, Wow. Probably the last line, but I can’t spoil the story by writing it here. I guess it would have to be one of the quirky things Paul says to our heroine, Emily when she first arrives in his village, and he thinks she’s insane. Oh! I know… “You’re not too good to get your hands dirty, are you?” I just love that. It makes her so mad!
Q. Did you always want to be a writer?
A. No. I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid. I think all kids go through that, don’t they? Since the teens though, writing has always been in the back of my mind.
Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?
A. I always struggle with the beginning. Seriously. Always … No matter what I write. Last Winter Red has a completely new scene in the beginning that was not there when I originally submitted my manuscript. Starting any story in exactly the right place is just so hard.
Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?
A. Right now I am reading Surrender by Aimee Lane. It’s a mystery-like story about shape shifters. I always read one novel at a time. I get confused if I try to read several stories. Same when I write. My characters end up sounding like each other if I write two at once, so I try to be as monogamous as I can while I write until I’m completely done.
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
A. Right now, Writing is my personal joy. I do enjoy the relaxation time of grooming my sixty pound poodle. I’m also involved in training her for competition agility. I’m sure I’ll have great goofy stories about all that some day.
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?
A. I didn’t read a lot when I was younger. Everything I was exposed to (in school) was boring. One day though, my father bought home The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. I couldn’t believe how an author could suck me into a story. I was hooked!
Q. Who is your favorite writer now?
A. Out of all the books I’ve read this year, I have to say the best writer is Claire Gillian. She wrote a mystery book called “The P.U.R.E” that just knocked my socks off, and I don’t even like mysteries. I hope she comes out with something new, soon.
Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 1012?
A. Awe, Shoot… it’s not something I can talk about yet. It’s in beta-form right now… but watch out for Jenny Keller Ford (a fellow anthology buddy) Her WIP is awesomesauce waiting to splash all over the page. (umm… my son told me to say that. What is awesome sauce anyway? Marinara? Alfredo?)
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?
A. Oh! I hope Science Fiction! That’s my true love. Funny, I’d rather read Epic Fantasy, but I love to write about other planets. I guess you could consider that space fantasy you know… Fantasy on another world… not all that overly-technical stuff like in Star Trek. Anything having to do with aliens would be fun. Love it.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?
A. I have never EVER wanted to quit writing. I did have to once, because I looked at it as a hobby, and I didn’t have time… but I felt like I had lost a part of me. Writing is in my blood. I just can’t stop.
Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?
A. I would love to be an MIB (Men in Black). I mean really, I would look awesome in that black suit. And those sunglasses? But I’d insist on being Will Smith’s partner, because he’s probably the only person who’d look as good as me in that suit. Oh, Yeah… it would also be fun to run around and chase aliens. I want the little cricket gun.. Yeah… blow things up at will. That’s my idea of a fun day at the office. Wahoooo!
Thanks for being here today, Jennifer. It was awesome having you!!!
Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle. She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.
Her Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology from J.Taylor Publishing. Her Christmas Romance “Connect the Dots” is available as part of Still Moments publishing’s “For the Love of Christmas” Anthology. Both are available in ebook format from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords
Connect the Dots: Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.
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