Interview with Gretchen Jeannette

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally on Amazon, public forums or through word of mouth. I have many avid readers in my family who love recommending good books!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Researching topics and material for my next book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first attempt at story writing occurred in 5th grade. We were given an assignment to write a short story about any facet of American history. I chose to write the tale of a frontiersman caught between two world--the settlers he helped to defend and the Indians whose way of life he had adopted. My teacher loved the story and encouraged me to write more. The history.
What is your writing process?
Since I work a full-time day job, most of my writing occurs at night (sometimes later than I like) or on weekends. I devote as much time as possible to writing. When I get stuck or feel uninspired, l immerse myself in someone else's hard work. That usually jumpstarts me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Dr. Seuss sparked my imagination as a child. In grade school, The Young Trailers series and The Light in the Forest inspired me to become an avid reader.
How do you approach cover design?
Over the past two years, I've learned to use several graphic art applications. I've designed two of my book covers and continue to learn the trade. Also, an artist friend has done two paintings for me, one of which became part of a book cover, the other an advertising image.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm a lover and student of American history, particularly the Revolutionary War period, so I continually look for stories in that vein. My five favorites are: "Redcoat" by Bernard Cornwell; "The Traitor" by Dan Sherman; "Johnny One-Eye" by Jerome Charyn; "The Frontiersmen" by Allan Eckert; and "From Sea to Shining Sea" by James Alexander Thom.
What do you read for pleasure?
American historical fiction, hands down.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As I'm still learning the marketing aspect of self-publishing, I have a way to go before I can call my efforts "effective." However, submitting books for free reviews is never a bad move in my opinion!
Describe your desk
What desk? Oh, you mean this pile of research materials, reference books, file folders, maps and such? And my computer, of course. As for the surface of my desk, I haven't seen it in years.
When did you first start writing?
I've dabbled in writing since the fifth grade. I took a more serious approach in my early thirties. Now, at sixty, I've taken off the gloves, all or nothing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in Chester County, Pennsylvania, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Colonial American history. Philadelphia, the cradle of liberty, lies a scant 25 miles to the east. The inspiration to write about the founding of our nation just came naturally.
Published 2015-07-05.
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