Interview with Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Pleasant Hill, California, right outside San Francisco. It wasn't Mayberry but there were times people knew your business before you knew it. My characters usually live in the suburbs, for I write what I know. P Hill definitely influenced what I'm writing now: An elegy to the Dome, Pleasant Hill's oldest movie theater.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten! I was reading Nancy Drew that summer and something clicked in my head: I want to write. I want to create stories. I started writing about the adventures of Skye Patterson, who was very Nancy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm borderline ADD, so I'm working on several projects. I mentioned my movie ebook that hopefully will be out before Christmas. Then I'm hoping to get another collection of essays together. I'm working on another YA novel, which is going...very...slowly. But slow is good!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ego, pure ego baby!
I wanted to have a book out there in the world before I turned forty. A friend sent me a story about Amanda Hocking and said "This girl could be your little sister." The article went into detail how Hocking found out there was going to be a Jim Henson tribute at a Chicago museum. She was underemployed, so she put her novels out on smashwords to get the money for the trip. I just thought that was so brave. I thought if she could do it, I could do it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is when I'm in the Zone. I forget about everything and I'm just writing, writing, writing. This rarely happens. But when it does it's just lovely.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're wonderful! I've met so many people the past year and a half. One day I was having an off writing day, so I headed home. I found out on Goodreads a girl from Pakistan gave I Woke Up In Love This Morning five stars. My head is still swelled over this.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh dear, do we have room for this???? As Margo Channing once said: Fasten your seat belts. It's not a bumpy ride but a long one!

Dorothy Allison,Laurie Halse Anderson,Lynda Barry,Elizabeth Berg, Judy Blume,Erma Bombeck,Susan Browne,Frances Hodgson Burnett,Meg Cabot,Beverly Cleary, Diablo Cody, Justin Cronin,Jennifer Crusie, Paula Danziger,Sarah Dessen,Connie May Fowler,Kaye Gibbons (no relation!),Ariel Gore, Cynthia D. Grant, Susan Harris, Alice Hoffman, Ellen Hopkins, Jessica Barksdale Inclan,John Irving, Alice Kahn, Marian Keyes, Haven Kimmel, Barbara Kingsolver,Claire Labine, Wally Lamb, Anne Lamott,Lorna Landvik,Adair Lara, J.C. Lillis, Maud Hart Lovelace,Jo-Ann Mapson,Douglas Marland, Armistead Maupin, Linda McCarriston,Larry McMurtry,Christopher Moore, Lauren Myracle, Laurie Notaro, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor,Sharon Olds,Leonard Pitts,Amy Sherman-Palladino,Jodi Picoult,Cornelia Read, Joni Rodgers, Marilyn Sachs, David Sedaris, Betty Smith, Sydney Taylor, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason,Wendelin Van Draanen, James Wilcox, Jennifer Weiner,Michael Lee West, Bailey White, Phyllis Whitney, and Jacqueline Winspear.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process. I just do it. Not very poetic, but it's the truth, Ruth.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That's a hard one. I remember in eighth grade reading A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote and thought it was beautiful. The next year I read In Cold Blood and it amazed me it was from the same author.
How do you approach cover design?
I've designed two covers on my own. They aren't perfect, but I'm glad I gave it a go. I always try to find a good picture that will catch the reader's eye.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Here we go:
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
All the Klickitat books by Beverly Cleary
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Published 2013-09-02.
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Books by This Author

Ella Bella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 63,830. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
When your world falls apart, the only way is through. Ella Drake has to make her way through...
I Woke Up In Love This Morning
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,910. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
Three short stories that highlight two girls' coming of age in different eras. From a girl's first period to another girl risking punishment in a parking lot, Gibbons explores what it's like to be a young girl in suburban Northern California.