Interview with Jennifer Crowfoot

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I most certainly do, although with the passage of time the memory has become rather...shall we say...hazy around the edges.
But certain points stick with me.

I was in primary school, I think I must have been about 8 or 9 years old and like every girl I knew — utterly and totally horse-mad. This particular day I'd sat myself out on the verandah and curled up in one of those wicker-type moon chairs — mine was a trendy 70's style black and white — and with my little squares of blank paper, a handful of coloured pencils and a story in my head I'd started.

Of course my story revolved around a horse and I believe it was a beautiful black horse just like the one in 'Black Beauty' the classic by Anna Sewell. I don't remember the plot — if there was much of one — but I do remember the excitement of writing and then illustrating it.
How do you approach cover design?
I always try and have a cover which reflects the essence of the story and its characters. All of my covers have been clues as to what is contained within and this was a deliberate action. I have tried to make them eye-catching because I know when I look for something to read a pretty, attractive cover will always catch my eye first.
What is your writing process?
Hmm, I believe I'm what's referred to as a 'fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants' type writer. I very rarely plot anything out on paper, I pretty much have the main characters, ideas and settings in my head as I sit down to write. Although, things can, and nearly always do change, and this is one of the things about writing that I love, the characters and what they have to tell me are never static, never completely set in stone.
Their situations can change at the drop of a hat and I just go with the flow, adjusting the story around them to suit.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, a hard one. My book cases, both real and virtual bulge beneath the weight of my precious books. But I'll attempt to answer as best as possible.

Book#1: Anything with Stephen King's name on it. But if I had to pick 'just one', hands-down it would be: 'Salem's Lot. The reasoning behind this choice is that it was so atmospheric and well written and not to mention scary that I was never able to have it in my room as I slept. I always had to take it out when I'd finished reading it for the night. No other horror book has ever had this effect on me. Before or since.

Book#2: The Ancient Future by Traci Harding. I adore this Australian author's works. But this book was my introduction to her characters of modern girl Tori Alexander and her eternal love from the Dark Ages, 'The Dragon', King Maelgwn. This incredible book set me on a life-long addiction to their time hopping adventures.

Book#3: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice: I adore this book and all of its sequels. Anne's writing is so elegant and descriptive, you literally live and breathe with her characters.

Book#4: The Witching Hour trilogy by Anne Rice: Again a simple sublime trilogy and I simply became lost between the pages of each book.

Book#5: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I literally couldn't wait to read each and every book in this series. The writing was wonderful and I fell into the characters' lives so effortlessly.

I really have so many more favourites, and it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to five. But these would be ones that I will always go back to and re-read. Over and over and over.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read most genres, but I have a soft spot for fantasy, paranormal, horror and adult romance. I love stories with angels, vampires and tattooed bad boys.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have two e-readers and a tablet. Although, for convenience I find I use the tablet to read most of my books on now as I can trawl for books, click buy and instantly download and read straight away. This is pure pleasure.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
For me, the best way to spread the word about my work has been the most effective of all, word of mouth.
I'm always posting small teasers and snippets on my wordpress page and my Facebook page and family and friends help by sharing and telling their friends.
Describe your desk
Glass wraparound desk, laptop, speakers, small carriage clock, printer, a tray containing my story print-outs, 2 owl statues, dragon drink coasters, cork-board and notepads.

When I'm deep in writing my desk is an organised pigsty. I have little scribbled notes to myself and chapter print-outs sprawled everywhere. Pens lay snoozing wherever I've dropped them, usually after doing numerous cross-outs, scribbles and 'reprint this page', scrawled across the top of my printed out work.

Oh, and usually there's a mug of coffee close by as well.

But, when I've finished, or in-between books...well, my desk is a different universe. It fairly sparkles and twinkles, it's tidy and organised.
And, *winking*, you can actually see the floor through the glass top.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is a very important question. Without the support of Smashwords my humble little stories would still be just for my eyes only, they gave my books a home and made them feel welcome and loved.

Through Smashwords my work has been exposed to millions of readers' eyes and for this I'm eternally grateful.

They took my freshly published work and gave it prime exposure, guaranteeing it would be seen all over the world. They are a blessing for Indie Authors world-wide.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is an easy answer. Sharing the stories and characters who lurk in my imagination with other people. I get such happiness out of hearing and reading other peoples' reactions to what I write. And I particularly love when they adore my characters as much as I do.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom to tell my story the way I envisaged it in my imagination. Without the restraints of rules and what is /isn't cool/ popular/selling like hotcakes/ trendy. I can take my stories directly to the people who may be interested in reading them.
Published 2014-01-31.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Right Time (Book 2: Twisted Time Duet)
Series: Twisted Time Duet. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,170. Language: Australian English. Published: November 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
You just never know what life's going to throw at you, do you? Despite my initial stress about tumbling through time and the gig I lied my way into, working as a Governess in the late 1880's has turned out to be a blast. Kids, I've discovered to my surprise, aren't devious little flesh-eating Imps. They're actually pretty rad little people who love my stories of Superheroes and Flying Muscle cars.
Misfit in Time (Book 1:Twisted Time Duet)
Series: Twisted Time Duet. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,350. Language: Australian English. Published: February 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
*I blamed my predicament on a Wombat...when in actuality it all started with an Australian creature so much more ancient.* I used to live in the twenty-first century with my older brother, Erik, on our family property, Willowbrook, in rural New South Wales, Australia. But because of the whims of fate, a Wombat, and a creature so ancient it saw the birth of man, that situation was about to change.
Bryn
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 120,940. Language: Australian English. Published: January 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hello ladies, name's Bryn. I'm wealthy, gorgeous, sexy as sin. I'm the man your mummas' warned you 'bout. So, my pretty bitches you'd better watch out. One sultry look from my emerald eyes. Some whispered words in your ear, and you'll never know what hit you, when I fulfil all your hidden fears. I'm the monster you're warned about. **Bryn:Contains coarse language. Violence. Read with caution.**
Wicked Good
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 114,050. Language: Australian English. Published: March 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Built like an ancient God, singer Liam Donahue, has the kind of sultry husky growl that makes women pant and throw their underwear on stage. Tall and gorgeous, he's all animal magnetism, velvety sin, and pure-sex on a stick; but sadly for his female fans and groupies, he's also recently deceased.
Blind Desire. A Novella.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,280. Language: Australian English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
On a let-your-hair-down, girl's night out at the club, Willow never expected to end her night with anything but hazy memories of a fun time, aching feet, a possible hangover and the definite promise of a killer headache in the morning. But, when her best friend, Tamsin, shows up at their table with two men in tow, Willow soon realises that not everything in life goes to plan. Standalone. H.E.A.
Crossroads
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 125,190. Language: Australian English. Published: March 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
2 Men 1Woman 2 Devastatingly Wrong Choices All Cassandra has wanted since high school was to marry Christopher and live happily ever after. One terrible night Cass sees the dark side he's kept hidden from her and her world crumbles. For Jeremy, the man who has loved her all of his life and has been unable to get over her, fate finally hands him the second chance at happiness that he craves.
Pleasure and Pain.
Price: Free! Words: 107,880. Language: Australian English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
Brandon McAllister had it all; steady employment, stacks of cash from his profitable fights and a never-ending supply of women all panting and willing to share his bed. But the night he locked eyes with a gorgeous redhead was the night his world flipped upside-down. Christina-Rose hated the fight her sister had dragged her to until she saw the sexy, ripped, tattooed fighter Brandon and fell. Hard.
Sins of Oz
Series: Tales of Oz, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 52,880. Language: Australian English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Heartbreak sneaks into Lucifer and Annabelle's blissful life in the form of an old and vengeful enemy. His actions force Lucifer into disobeying the only rule he has yet to break. From the wide-open landscape of Dis to the gaudy lights of Kings Cross, Lucifer is forced to hunt down one nearly as powerful as he and settle a few scores along the way.
Lust, Lies and Promises.
Series: Amareth, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 106,400. Language: Australian English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Two months have passed since the nightmare in the north. Whilst on a visit with Killane's human family before their child's birth, things go horribly wrong. Their every move is being watched. And now someone else, someone very powerful, has their eye on Killane and in particular, the unborn child. In order to save his family,Morcane must venture to the Otherworld and face the mighty Queen,Bébhinn.
Tainted Magic
Series: Amareth, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,420. Language: Australian English. Published: February 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Every family has a skeleton or two lurking in their wardrobes, but when your family is royalty these secrets can be potentially explosive. As King of the Fayre realm of Amareth, Morcane Le Gris must deal with a murderous family member who is set on destroying not only him, but stealing his greatest treasure, his wife Killane. To save his Kingdom, he must risk losing the one thing he loves most.
Matilda
Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: Australian English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
As Matilda Warner reminisces back over her long life she remembers her wedding day, the day her life was made complete. She knows that true happiness is not found in a jeweller's glass case, nor is it found in the bottom of a gift wrapped box. For Matilda, her Nirvana was found in the look of unconditional love and passion on her beloved's face.
The Devil Of Oz
Series: Tales of Oz, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 28,630. Language: Australian English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Summers in Australia are always scorchers,and Annabelle Nordstrom is about to discover that it can get a lot hotter. Devilishly hotter.
Death and the Call Girl
Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
People deal with pain in a myriad of ways. Drink, drugs,wild partying, chocolate even. For one woman, her way is the highway,literally. After years of selling herself, she looks for something more.That mythical man.That special someone to rescue her and most importantly give her the unconditional love she craves. But, sometimes the universe has already made prior arrangements.