Interview with Jennifer Cornet

Describe your desk
It’s an absolute mess! Who ever said engineers are tidy people, clearly never met me. I have stacks of papers and CDs all over the place, and endless amounts of post-it notes and photos covering the walls. But even in its most chaotic state, I know exactly where everything is.
When did you first start writing?
I’m an engineer by profession; so much of my life has been technical writing which isn’t exactly thrilling. In school, I felt that forced writing prompts were a pain and took valuable time away from subjects I actually enjoyed like math and science. It wasn’t until much later in life that I came to discover the freeing nature of writing. I love the creative process now and try to write every day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Order of Fire is the much awaited sequel to Order of Earth. It’s the second book in the Elements of Ink series and it picks up a few months after the last one ended. Writing this book was a much difference process than the first one. It was much more restrictive and I had to flex my creative muscles. With Order of Earth, I had never written a novel before so I could pretty much do whatever I wanted. But with Order of Fire, I had established characters and story arches I had to work with. It was a whole difference experience, but I couldn’t be happier with the final product.
What are you working on next?
I have so many irons I the fire, it’s hard to keep track some times. I am currently writing book 3 of the Elements of Ink series. I’m hoping to have it out in early 2016. While I’m churning on that, I’ve also got a new series in the works that pair modern music with the art of storytelling. I’m truly excited to share it with the world.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have a single favorite. Douglas Adams is the first author I ever loved. The Hitchhiker series is quite literally the reason I enjoy reading today. Before that, reading was always a chore or assignment. His books opened up a whole new world to me.

Harlan Coben, however, has been my favorite author for the last few years. I love his writing style. It’s fast and punchy and I can’t get enough. After I first read Tell No One I was hooked and have read nearly everything he’s ever written.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and my husband inspire me every day. They really make it all worthwhile.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not writing, I’m typically spending time with my family. I have newborn twins and they take up every ounce of free time I have, and I love it. If I can sneak away for an hour or two, I try to get some sewing done. I have a small studio in my house where I create my own clothing. It’s always been a very fun hobby for me that I love doing.
What do you read for pleasure?
My tastes for reading are all over the map. I love action-adventure, thrillers, young adult, and funny memoirs. I’m currently reading Amy Poehler’s “Yes, Please” and having problems not laughing out loud at my desk.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle that is probably six years old now. My husband surprised me with it for Christmas one year and it has been with me constantly ever since. I used to travel a lot for work and it made a world of difference to have an endless library in my purse at all times.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a sucker for the "People who bought this also bought" feature. Unless I've gotten a good recommendation from friends or family, that’s how I usually find my next read.
What is your writing process?
I do have a writing schedule when I am working on a book. I tend approach it much like a project at work. I outline my story, break it into chuck based on what percentage of the story I think it should take up, and then I set a word count. I set up an excel file with a daily word goal. I mark on that goal around where I think the scenes should fall. Then I plot my progress on a chart so I know if I’m on track. It’s not a method that works for everyone, but I like a certain amount of structure in my progress
Published 2015-06-18.
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Books by This Author

Best I Ever Had
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,500. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
After signing the record contract of his dreams, Mack is willing to give up anything to become the next big thing in the rap game until he realizes he will have to give up is his first love. Set to the powerful lyrics of Drake, Mack navigates his way through the temptations filled waters of the music industry, and struggles to remain true to the only two things he loves: music and Alisha.
Order of Fire
Series: Elements of Ink. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,460. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The epic journey continues in book 2 of the Elements of Ink series. Onyx Bay finds herself inching closer to the death the prophet Madam May had predicted. There is a wolf on the prowl and it’s coming for Onyx.
Journey to the Order
Series: Elements of Ink. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,020. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Journey to the Order sheds a light on the pasts of Talos, Jade, Anya, Steele, and Zack to reveal more about the Keepers and the inner working of the Orders than ever before. Each of the five stories focuses on a member of the family and their unique journey leading to the life changing decision to accept their destiny and join the Order of Earth.
Order of Earth
Series: Elements of Ink. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,720. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Set in Modern day Miami, Florida, “Order of Earth” is the story of Onyx Bay, an artist turned live-in girlfriend of a controlling millionaire boyfriend, as she discovers there is more to her family lineage than she ever knew. A blood test at a local tattoo shop reveals that she is the descendant of a fantastical race of creatures who control the elements, known as the Orders.