Interview with Jen Nipps

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am also a photographer. I shoot portraits (head shots, lifestyle shoots, family settings, pets, etc.), landscapes, and florals. I also knit and crochet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I read are generally suggested by friends, mentors, and other writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was writing long before I knew I was writing. When I was growing up, my mom was a babysitter. My "job" was to help tell stories to the kids. I told bedtime stories to my brother, too.
What is your writing process?
For book-length works, I have to let an idea percolate for a while. I take notes while this is going on. Then, when I'm ready to write it, I have to come at it sideways. If I start straight on, I invariably get stuck and don't know what to do. If I do something else, something related, then I can sneak in and start working on it and make some substantial progress before I think about what I'm actually doing. After I get it written, I let it sit. Then I go back in and add, delete, and rearrange until I'm satisfied with how it looks. My process is similar whether it's fiction or nonfiction.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I am an avid reader. I don't remember the first story I ever read. The ones that had the most impact on me were Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I remember thinking I would like to do that. I would like for someone to read what I write someday.
What do you read for pleasure?
When I read for pleasure, I love paranormal romance. Katie McAllister, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Christine Feehan are my favorites.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am on my third Kindle Fire. (The first one just stopped working and the screen got shattered on the second one.)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am always willing to listen to new ideas and learn what I can about book marketing.
Describe your desk
Describe my desk? Right now? Since I just finished a project, it's a bit of a chaotic mess. The things that are always on my desk, though, from left to right, are my laptop, an external monitor and keyboard (for easy viewing and comfort), an external mouse, and a desk lamp.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing is telling a story I'm excited about (for fiction) and sharing something new with people (for nonfiction).
What are you working on next?
Next up, I'm working on a Nancy Drew-style novel following a 9th grade girl as she solves her first mystery.
Published 2017-05-23.
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Books by This Author

2018 Project Planner for Creatives
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
2018 Project Planning for Creatives is a flexible planning system that allows for a variety of planning styles, whether written notes or sketches. There are no ruled lines on the weekly pages or on the project planning pages to accommodate your planning style. The project pages include an extra page per project for additional notes or sketches and blank pages at the end of content ideas.
Create Your Own DIY Planner
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: American English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success
Create Your Own DIY Planner will help you develop your own planner that works best for you. It is a flexible system that allows for forgetting. Just turn to the next blank page and start again. You will learn the key components to your planner, common styles, and other elements you can include, such as collections, lists, challenges, and trackers.