Interview with Jennifer L. Rowlands

What motivated you to become an indie author?
There were a lot of factors. It's a big world full of a lot of great authors. A lot of them, admittedly, better than me! I had little time to research agents and publishers well enough to write the perfect, individualized query letters. I started to hear great things about self-publishing, so I dug in.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a middle-grade fiction book. This started with a friend of mine giving me one word (cinnamon) and challenging me to write something about that word in 20 minutes. In 20 minutes I had created a whole story. I'm about half-way through writing that story now. I can't wait to see what happens!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Goodness. Where do I begin? I have a full time job, two young boys, a house that simply does not want to stay clean. You can usually find me playing with my boys, reading, sewing, making jewelry (basically anything crafty), or having sit-com marathons with my husband. Our latest is Psych.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I prefer word of mouth so I can find the right book for me. Other than that I check out what is posted on Twitter and, when someone writes a review for one of my books, I try to read at least one of theirs, as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't. I think I was too young to remember. However, I recently discovered a small book of poems that I created in 6th grade as a school project. They weren't great.
What is your writing process?
Get an idea, write it down, and just keep going. I usually start a book after coming up with one scene. For example, “Love & Daisies” began with the scene where poor Ella was locked outside wearing, well, not much. As I go, I may think of other ideas for later in the book, so I take notes and try to pull them in as I go. I usually try to form a general idea of where the story will go, but I never plan or write an outline or push my own agenda. Once I get it going, the story writes itself and I just jot it all down.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm always very nervous about this. I don't have a lot of time to spend on cover design and I would, honestly, prefer to just write the next story in line. What I do is consider two things:
1. How will it look on a tiny smartphone screen?
2. Can I pull it off myself?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A book. I love the smell of books, the only thing better is the smell of a baby's head. I will use my phone if I can't find or there simply isn't a printed copy or for convenience, but a real, solid book is always my preference.
What do you read for pleasure?
I never thought I had a genre that I prefer but, in reading different ones, I've discovered that my favorites are dystopia, fantasy, and children's poetry (for my boys! besides, it's bouncy and fun!).
Describe your desk.
What desk? My favorite writing device is a laptop, simply because it's mobile. In the summer, my favorite place to write is outside on my patio at night. Kids asleep, soft, patio lights and stars above, maybe a candle, preferably no bugs but I'll take what I can get.
What is the most interesting thing about you as an author?
I'm a terrible in-person story teller. My friends will tell you they love my books. But, when I tell a story aloud they just want it to end, and end quickly.
Published 2016-09-12.
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Books by This Author

The Girl in the Mirror
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,470. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Samantha Campbell was a stay-at-home mother of two with a crumbling marriage when she watched a handprint form on her bathroom mirror before her eyes. The handprint of a missing girl: Annie Landy.
The Wee Ones Series
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Educational
This series includes four stories about a group of wildlife babies. Learn from Turtle how to be patient. Find out from Skunk what it means to be unique. Join Raccoon on an adventure where he faces his fears and learns to be brave. Follow Rabbit in a race that teaches her what it means to be a good sport.
The Power of a Flower
Price: Free! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
Lilah is in love with a lie. What she learns will shock her. Her mother's secret past and her lover's hidden truth will test the strength of her devotion.
The Locket
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,740. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Homeless and hungry, David wanders through a Pittsburgh blizzard, dangerously close to death. Something rumbles in his subconscious, drawing him to a house that is both unknown and familiar to him. When a mysterious old woman invites him in, David eagerly abandons the cold for the warmth of the house. David finds himself surrounded by whispered secrets and locked doors.
Catch the Sky
Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Charlie and Annie were playing on the playground until they jumped off the swings and onto a cloud! Come along and join Charlie and Annie on an adventure in the sky.
Missing Bedtime Sheep
Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Oli is ready for bed, but the sheep he counts as he falls asleep are missing! Come along with Oli in this fun, illustrated poem as he finds each of his missing sheep. You'll never guess where he'll find himself in the end.
Mommy's Always With You
Price: Free! Words: 270. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A poem from a mother to her child showing him that she is with him always, in his heart.
Love and Daisies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,070. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
The usually level-headed Ella falls clumsily into a past never forgotten. Join her as she tumbles through romance and comedy into the arms of a man she never imagined she'd find.
Spring Paintings
Price: Free! Words: 330. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this poem, three little butterflies paint flowers in a garden. As they paint together, they find they can make new colors.
Where My Shadow Goes At Night
Price: Free! Words: 800. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sammy and his shadow spend all of their time together, but tonight Shadow is going to venture out on his own. Come along and see what adventures he has on his own while Sammy is sleeping soundly.
Santa's Gift
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sam and Charlie are just a regular couple of kids writing their wish lists to Santa, when they get an idea... deliver a gift to Santa! The two friends, joined by the town bully, begin their journey to the North Pole with the help of a mysterious magic. Tag along on their adventure as they learn to work together and discover that they can help Santa.
A Nutty Day in the Rain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
Squirrel is so anxious to play outside, but is disappointed when he looks out the window and finds that it’s raining! Despite the damp ground and raindrops falling from the sky, he heads out to enjoy the day. Come along with Squirrel as he makes some new friends and has a blast playing in the rain.
The Pirate Witch Switch
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
(5.00 from 1 review)
Wendy wanted so badly to be a witch for Halloween, but there were no witch costumes left! As she sets out for trick-or-treating, she meets people along the way in need of help. She selflessly helps them all and, in the end, finds that they were able to help her too.
The Good Sport Rabbit
Series: Wee Ones. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Rebecca Rabbit was so excited to beat her friends in a race. She was so determined to win, that she didn't even stop for her friends when they needed her help. But she quickly learns that winning doesn't always mean coming in first place. It is also important to be a good sport.
The Brave Little Raccoon
Series: Wee Ones. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
Rodney Raccoon is nocturnal but he's afraid of the dark! When his friends find out, they have a sleep over to help Rodney face his fears.
The Unique Little Skunk
Series: Wee Ones. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
Today there is a new kid in class, Sydney Skunk. His new classmates do not accept him at first because he is different (stinky). But one of them becomes his friend and teaches the others that we are all unique and that is what makes us special.
The Patient Little Turtle
Series: Wee Ones. Price: Free! Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Timmy Turtle is the slowest in his class of woodland babies. When Mrs. Fox asked the class what animal they most hope to be like when they grow up, Timmy Turtle can't wait to share! But he is not as quick as his classmates. Timmy waits, and waits, and waits. When it's finally his turn, he shares his animal and gives the class a lesson in patience.