Interview with Jenna Hines

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Enid Blyton's The Famous Five. As there were five children, including me in our family, I felt that I could relate to the tale and enjoyed the adventures of the famous five; imagining it was me and my siblings joining in. I have re-read the tale many times during my life and still get pleasure from the story.
What is your writing process?
I always start with an idea then choose a genre. I do some research on themes, places, dress etc. I then create some characters. I generally use names relating to the period I am writing in and try to be imaginative with these names. For example I may use a proper name and then give the character a 'pet' name. Then I begin to set out the plot. This does not always stay the same throughout my writing. Sometimes I find the characters writing the 'plot' themselves, which means I have to go back and re-think. Often the words flow, but sometimes I get stuck and when this happens, I leave the story and return to it later. Once I am in the 'flow' of writing I only stop when I have to. Normally I write between 2, 000-3,000 words at each session. I constantly check my research and dip in and out for fine details, which I add where necessary. Once I have finished the first draft, I leave it for several days and return to do my first edit. Once I have read the first edit, I then do several more edits until I am completely satisfied with my MS.
How do you approach cover design?
My husband is an artist and often helps with ideas and sketches. In fact apart from ;The Mill Owners, my trilogy, he has created and designed all my covers. So I expect I'm lucky to have this resource at hand.
What are your five favorite books?
Classics:

Little Women
The Old Curiosity Shop
Pride and Prejudice

Contemporary:

The Book Thief
Call the Midwife (the series)
What do you read for pleasure?
All sorts. Anything I am in the mood for. I like to try new authors, but often read the old favourites.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle paperwhite.
Describe your desk
Compact; tidy; organised.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Liverpool in the swinging sixties. I have always been an avid reader and although academic, I found some of my talents lay in creativity. My Grandfather was an author and poet, so I suppose I found my inspiration from knowing this. I was influenced by many life experiences as I was growing up. I followed my dreams and passions to write from an early age.
When did you first start writing?
From memory I used to 'scribble' when I was about nine or ten. In my teens I started to write short stories for children. I wanted to be a journalist, but other opportunities arose at the time. I suppose I have written on and off for most of my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a 'Trilogy' and is based broadly on my ancestors, who were Mill Owners in Scotland in the Victorian/Edwardian eras. It is a semi-biographical novel about parts of their lives, with additional fictional characters and story-lines to enable a work of fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As many authors these days I felt it quite difficult to break into the mainstream market of traditional publishing and thought it would be fun to have a go myself. At first it was quite difficult and daunting, but after the first couple of attempts it became easier and now I feel it is the best way for me to achieve my goals.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I must admit I have only just started with Smashwords. I uploaded some of my books on Sunday afternoon and by Monday morning I already had sales. I am quite impressed and hope that Smashwords will be an on-going platform, to help sell my books in the future.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The pleasure of seeing words on the page, forming a story and ultimately drawing a close.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the most important people for authors. If readers don't like your work, they will not become fans.
What are you working on next?
I have just started a 'romantic, adventure novel' about a young woman who inherits a property; but to achieve her inheritance she has to travel halfway across the World to South Australia.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens
Emily Bronte
Jane Austen
Pearl S buck
Catherine Cookson
Marian Keyes
Anna Jacobs
Maeve Binchy
Douglas Kennedy

and many more; too numerous to mention
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have two rescued Donkeys whom I adore. I get up each morning at 6.30.a.m to turn them out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading; Gardening; Cooking; Listening to Music; Tinkering on the keyboard; Making Tapestries and relaxing in the garden when weather permits.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From many different sources including Goodreads, Amazon; Book bub etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story about a young cat who was friendly with a puppy and they went on adventures together.
Published 2017-04-04.
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Books by This Author

The Quest of Miss Postlethwaite
Price: $7.51 USD. Words: 103,230. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
A romantic historical, adventurous drama; this tale tells of a young lady’s desire to find her estranged father.
Blood, Capers, Fate and Phantoms
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,260. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
Four awesome tales of Pranks;Misfortunes; Vampires and Ghosts
Kids, Creatures and Curio's
Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Illustrated animal stories in both prose and verse for the younger child to enjoy.
"The Mill Owners"
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 201,100. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
An intriguing family saga with many twists and turns. Some unexpected surprises and many unforeseen happenings linger within the pages of this absorbing tale. The author has interspersed some real facts about her ancestors adding a touch of imagination and inventing other characters, to enable her to tell the tale as a fictional piece.