Interview with Jennifer Reynolds

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my newest project.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my free time with my mother or my husband. I also create stained glass pieces.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A large number of the books I read are recommendations from those I am friends with on Goodreads and other social networks I am a part of.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. The piece was a love story about a young girl who moved to Hawaii and met her soul mate.
What is your writing process?
Story ideas come to me at random and at odd times. In order to keep them coming, I force my self to write at least a thousand words a day and read a chapter or two of something I've set aside or am currently reworking. This keeps my creative juices flowing. I also read or listen to books on audio a lot. Seeing how others weave their worlds help me work through scenes, chapters, or storylines that aren't coming together as well as I would like.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first full length novel I ever read was Stephen King's The Dark Half. That novel changed my life. I was twelve years old, and I knew then that I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to create strange worlds. I wanted to explore life in as many different ways possible.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen King's "The Stand" has to be my all time favorite. I love the depth of the book, the massive world King creates, the detail of the lives of his characters. Every aspect of this novel inspires me every time I read it, listen to it on audio, and even watch the movie.

"The Prisoner of Azkaban" in the Harry Potter series is my next favorite. This book stood out for me because I got to see Harry as the person he would become in this novel. I saw his world for what it was not just the magic of it, but the pain, the sorrow, the hope, the love that is in it.

Oroonoko by Aphra Behn is third in line. This short story was my first real glimpse at how cruel our world can be. Even though it is fiction it reads as true. You see how people's perceptions of the world are much different than they are today or were a hundred years before. The casual way the narrator tells the story, shows that she is sympathetic, but she also excepts the ways of her world. This a powerful story that shows us how strong we truly can be if we hold onto who we are and don't let others break us.

"Acheron" by Sherrilyn Kenyon is next in line. This novel a very powerful look at how people can overcome the horrors of their lives and be whom they want to be, not who the world has created.

I think the "Othello" is my fifth favorite piece of fiction. This play shows us our world as it and as it will always be. We are all slaves to our fears, our insecurities, our lust, and our hearts.
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever is available, but I prefer post apocalyptic novels, young adult and adult dystopian, and anything related to the supernatural world.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south. I think living in small town, rural American has greatly effected my writing. The quietness, the security, the togetherness shows in my work because even amongst the apocalypse in "Alone," Eve's world is tame and normal. We have violence in the south, we have rapists, we have alcoholics, we have drug addicts, we have those who are destructive, but we also have a sense of community, and a knowledge that if we don't stick together through the hard times, we'll never make it out alive. I channel this mindset to show the world that it is possible to keep your humanity no matter what happens to you.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a writer. I remember writing at a very young age. When I was seven or eight, I was writing poetry, though at the time I knew very little about poetry, and giving them to my step-dad to give to radio stations so they could turn them into songs. I didn't know any better, and he didn't have the heart to burst my bubble.

I wrote what I consider my very first novel at the age of about fourteen. It was a love story of about a hundred and fifty pages, and I don't have a clue as to where it is now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Seeing how widely successful and happy so many indie authors have been with doing this on their own, I decided I would put my feet in the water, so to speak, and try it myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Snashwords has give me a wider distribution base that I ever thought I would have, and it has helped me greatly in maneuvering the world of indie publishing with every one of its many guides.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exploring different worlds, personalities, and emotions. I've lived so many lives through my characters. I also love sharing these worlds with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me. I'm amazed at how drawn my fans are to my worlds and my characters. They are all the time telling me how much they enjoyed experiencing these worlds, and they even beg me fore more. The love and support of everything I do touches me and makes me strive to be better so that I can give them everything they want.
What are you working on next?
My next novel, which will be out this summer, is a supernatural romance titled Shifter. You can read more about it my liking the novel's Facebook page. You can find the novel's page under the notes section of author page.
Published 2014-03-12.
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Books by This Author

In the Dark
Price: Free! Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hiding in the shadows, lurking in the dark is a monster waiting to pounce, to suck the life from Alisa’s body, but what the monster doesn’t know is that Alisa will not be easy prey.
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 93,280. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
What do you do when you suddenly find yourself transformed from a human to an animal with no ability or hope of ever changing back? What do you do when you find yourself in this form far from home without your supernatural link to your family and pack? Furthermore, what do you do if someone unexpected enters your life in the midst of all of this? Do you allow yourself to love or do you let her go?
Charles Wallace's Favorite Toy
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(3.50 from 4 reviews)
We’ve all had the fear while lying in bed, looking up, and watching it spin. What would happen if it fell? Can it really fall? How bad would it hurt if it did? Charles Wallace’s Favorite Toy is a short story that takes its reader through the normal life and thoughts of a woman who was unlucky enough to still be in bed when the unlikely happens.