Interview with Haley Jenner

Who are your favorite authors?
We have a wide variety, but most of what we read is romance, so looking at this genre, our top picks would have to be: Diana Gabaldon, Christina Lauren, Kristen Ashely, Sylvia Day, Tessa Bailey, Madeline Sheehan - just to name a few. We could literally go on and on - we have SO many authors we love reading.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We're both working Mum's, so if we're not writing or editing, we're usually working at our day jobs or running around after our kids (we have two each). It's busy but we love it :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations are a big part of what we choose to read. That and we tend to follow the authors we enjoy, eagerly awaiting one of their new releases.
What is your writing process?
We discuss the storyline and where we think it should go to begin with. We jot down ideas, scenes, characters as we're doing this, allowing the story to begin to unfold. From there, we'll nut out a timeline, a chapter by chapter process of how the story will come to life. This doesn't always go to plan come writing. We find a lot of the time, characters, situations, scenes, all tend to unfold on themselves for us. If that happens, we discuss and move with where the story needs to go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
We're both HUGE book lovers and avid readers. Personally, the first books I used to read were Roald Dahl books when I was young. My love of reading definitely stemmed from there when I realised how easily you can become lost in the world of make believe.
How do you approach cover design?
We each talk through what we see the cover looking like and go from there. We meld our ideas together and speak to the artist helping us in creating the piece and work to ensure our covers are reflective of what the book is to us and how impactful it will be to the reader.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
We both read on our phones. We've each had iPads, but prefer our phones for convenience. They're with us always and so we always have books on hand. Perfect :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
We love reading and thoroughly enjoy discussing the stories we read; the characters, their stories etc. Our conversations always morphed into hypotheticals of what characters we'd like to see and what their stories would be. From there we made the decision to give the stories in our heads a chance. It's been a major learning curve for us, one we've very much enjoyed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting a story unfold as it needs to. It's amazing how you can have a story in your mind, but in the end, it can change completely because of the characters and the path THEY want to take. They honestly do begin to write themselves and it's amazing to watch that happen, to be a part of something you created, turn into something more real.
What are you working on next?
We're still in the process of finalising the last two books in our 'Leaves of a Maple' series. We're in edit mode on book 2, getting ready to finalise that and prepare it for its release into the world. Book 3 and 4 are both part-way written and unfolding nicely :) We have many ideas in our heads, jotted down for future books, but right now our focus is on our debut series.
Being co-authors, is it difficult to write if you have different ideas about a story?
Not at all. We find that there are many times when our opinions differ on how something should unfold, but we talk it out in depth. We discuss what it means for the characters and their story as a whole and make a decision from there. Having two people, who are significantly different, write together, for us, gives the characters greater layers to who they are.
Published 2016-12-07.
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