Interview with Jennie Lyne Hiott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Although I was born in New York State, I only spent a few years of my youth there. I was raised in South Carolina, the exact location depended on which parent or grandparent I was living with. It's not so much where I grew up, but how that has influenced my writing. Hard work and sacrifice was a constant. My past is not a fairy tale. I've been happy and sad. I've been hopeful and despaired. I believe personal experiences is the greatest tool any writer has when it comes to writing dramatic scenes and every author leaves some part of themselves in their writing, even if it's not based on true life events.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fear, I guess. But probably not for the reason you'd think. Writing is my hobby and I'm scared I wouldn't love it as much if it became my job. I enjoy every part of making my books from the first draft to the cover. Honestly, I don't want to give up doing any part of that. I don't want to go on book tours and I don't want deadlines. My biggest dream as a writer has always been to have it read by others and I have accomplished that as an Indie Author.
What is your writing process?
I don't know if I have a process. If an idea comes to me I write it and see if turns into anything. I write about ten drafts. Edit during the last two drafts. Then I format. Create the Cover and write the synopsis.
Why do all your books take place in Jenithiyah?
I created Jenithiyah when I was writing Son of a Mobster. It originally took place in Houston, Texas, a place I have never been. During the research process I realized that I hate looking up facts about places and after speaking with a true undercover agent I decided I didn't like the limitations of the real world. I've always been interested in the stories of the Bermuda Triangle and I created my fantasy world from the thoughts I've had about where people ended up after they disappeared. This world is the reason I put my books in the fantasy genre.
What's in Jenithiyah's future?
I have all kinds of ideas for Jenithiyah that will launch my stories deeper into the scify/fantasy genre. I have a few rough drafts already for a series based on the first days of the world. I don't have a name for the series yet, but it will introduce characters called the Ivex. The laws of this time period are more barbaric than they are in present day Jenithiyah. Criminals are sentenced to life no matter how minor the crime. They and their descendants are categorized as animals and are treated the same as livestock on farms, but not everyone believes this is right.
There will be other stories that talk about a tribe that has been in Jenithiyah long before the first soul washed upon its shores, but I haven't begun any stories for this idea. There may be kings and queens of different regions. Nothing has really come together on this idea yet.
There is also a series in the works for Jenithiyah centuries in the future. The island has been destroyed by The Rain of Fire and is found again by archaeologist named Scerenia Knowles. She will meet descendants of the same tribe that appears in the past series. In this series I will tell how these people are really aliens and it will be revealed that Jenithiyah is not on Earth. It is a planet and the gateway to the world is created by forces that still spark in the lost city of Atlantis.

Like I said there are many ideas in store for Jenithiyah. I have hundreds of potential story ideas. I don't know if I will ever be able to write them all. What I do know for sure is that every story will be a love story and I hope that the craziness of Jenithiyah makes them a little more interesting.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh, this is a hard one to explain. Reading the reviews, talking to the readers is a feeling above and beyond any words I could write. All I can say is that my fans are my biggest inspiration. When I know readers are loving my books and wanting more, the more I want to write the next for them. So don't forget to write those reviews. :D
Describe your desk
My desk is an antique console table that needs a serious make over. I have an extra monitor to my right that I only use when making my covers. To my left is a paperback copy of Webster's dictionary that hasn't been opened since 2005. (Wow. That book used to be one of my can't be without tools, now it's only decoration.) My desk doubles as my craft table so there's E600 and hot glue stuck to it here and there. There's splattered paint, scratches and a burned spot from when it used to be a buffet table in my dining room.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time as a certified nurses aide. I love what I do even if there are days I don't want to go into work. It tires me out but there is nothing more fulfilling then helping others. I guess I would love to be able to leave work and depend solely on my writing income, but only because that would let me volunteer my time and I would be able to sit and talk to my residents more and do the fun activities with them that I rarely get to be a part of as their caregiver.
Published 2017-11-14.
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Books by This Author

Son of a Mobster
Series: Jenithiyah: Criminal Desires, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 72,910. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Is it love? Or is it a setup? After his wife was murdered, Sean Gianetti never planned to fall in love again. Jessie Cicconi gave up her career for a man. When happily ever after fails, she's forced to hide among people she used to hunt.