Jennifer Wixson

Biography

Maine farmer, author and itinerant Quaker minister, Jennifer Wixson writes from her home in Troy, Maine, where she and her husband (fondly known as the Cranberry Man) raise Scottish Highland cattle and keep bees. A Maine native, Jennifer was educated at the School of Hard Knocks, and also admits to a Master's degree in Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
In 1992, I wrote a self-help book and began to look around for a publisher. Although I'd been a successful free-lance writer in Maine for nearly two decades, my book was turned down by 21 publishers. After banging my head against the wall, I decided to take an alternative direction and I started my own publishing company, White Wave. I published "Learning to SOAR!" in 1993, and the book sold more than 1,000 copies in the first year, more than exceeding my expectations (and easily paying for itself). Thus, it was only natural that when I conceived of the Sovereign Series in 2012 I follow the self-publishing route. I love having control over my book from start to finish. I work very closely with my artist, Peter Harris Creative, to come up with the perfect covers (and layouts) for the books, and I decide the price, and when and where to sell the novels. The social medias help me get the word out about the Sovereign Series, plus I still have a few friends in the Maine press who have been great at getting me publicity.
You're a farmer, beekeeper and Quaker minister. How do you get everything done?
(laughs) Well, like farmers of old, I organize my year according to the agricultural calendar. I plant in the spring (we grow most of our own food), make hay in the summer, harvest in the fall, and write books in the winter. It's a perfect fit. Also, when I'm dragging the tedder (a piece of haying equipment) around the field in June and August, I'm also working on the next book in my head, running dialogue and creating scenes. So when I throw another piece of maple into the woodstove on January 1st and sit down at the laptop to start my next book, the words come flooding out of me. I'm so ready to write that the book practically writes itself!
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Where to find Jennifer Wixson online


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Books

The Songbird of Sovereign (Book 3 in The Sovereign Series)
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Series: The Sovereign Series, Book 3. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 87,210. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
While recovering from TB at a sanatorium in Maine during WWII, a teenage musical prodigy evolves to become a mature, loving woman.
Hens and Chickens (Book 1 in the Sovereign Series)
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Series: The Sovereign Series, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 85,860. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Two women downsized by corporate America move to Maine to raise chickens & sell organic eggs, & discover more than they bargained -- including love! A gentle-read romance, "Hens & Chickens" is the first book in the four-novel Sovereign Series, by Maine farmer, author & itinerant Quaker minister Jennifer Wixson. Book 2, "Peas, Beans & Corn," was published June 2013, and Book 3 is due in July 2014.