Interview with Jenny Rose

What are you working on next?
What AREN'T I working on next? I constantly have all sorts of projects on the go - I'm writing and publishing new fan fictions, working on tabletop campaigns (when I'm not playing them for myself!), writing up new scripts for The Unseen, world-building for Black Sunlight, competing on DeviantArt (and finding new competitions when there's a lull in my schedule!), working on some of my independent projects for school like H4CKERS... I'm a whirlwind of activity. I get bored and unfocused when I have too few projects to work on. So what am I working on next? Same thing I'm always working on - everything!
What is your writing process?
#1. Find your inspiration. Watch that one episode of that show again. Reread that chapter in that book you really like. Replay that video game you're totally not ripping off, or at least find that section and those cut-scenes on YouTube by that Let's Player who did that great series that one time. Find the thing that gets your creative juices flowing and go indulge before you start.

#2. Get comfy. Find your favorite spot - your favorite couch, by your favorite window, at your favorite park... I do most of my writing in bed, honestly. Then get everything you need: drink, snack, put on your moodiest writing music, put on an extra-comfy shirt if you have to. Find your center. You'll be here for the next few hours at least, so do what you have to do to zone out.

#3. WRITE. It could be the worst starting line you've ever written. It doesn't matter. All that matters is that you START. Start in the middle if you have to. Start at the end if you have to. Start with that one scene you REALLY want to write even though your inner editor knows it'll just be cut later because it serves no purpose other than looking really cool. IT DOESN'T MATTER. The only thing that matters is that you're writing. Once you get over that hurdle of "ugh, where do I start?", you'll hit your workflow, and the rest will only get easier from there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm allowed to have free time that's not writing?? Oh, sh--excuse me, I have a world to discover.

No, but seriously. If I'm not working on my own stories, I'm indulging in other peoples'. I watch TV (especially anime) and I play tons of board games and tabletop games and video games. (Not to mention, I spend tons of time reading, but that's probably a given.) If I'm not doing any of that, you've caught me on a lazy day. Sometimes you just want to eat ice cream out of the carton and play with your cats and watch DVR'ed reality competition shows with your mom all day, right?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Short answer: spite.

The first thing you have to know is that I'm pretty socially anxious. The reason I stayed away from getting my writing degree for so long was because I couldn't handle the idea of going Hollywood and having to pitch. It wasn't anything against triple-A studios, it was a problem on my end, and I didn't know how to handle it. Still don't, really.

The real rage against the triple-A machine came from my years studying game design. When half of your education is listening to horror stories of projects being shut down and executives cranking up quality standards while strangling budgets and watching god-awful triple-A flop after god-awful triple-A flop get cycled through the shelves and trip over the same problems of "if you had taken your time and prioritized the product over your bottom line, this would not be happening," you start to lose your palate for brand-name publishers, regardless of the industry.

Indie anything and everything means control. I own my stories, and I control the production of it. It goes live when I say it's done, not six weeks early because some fat man with a cigar and an unmarked sack of money wants to slam an unfinished products at Christmas-shopping moms. It means getting down and dirty with my fans and readers, and taking the time to really connect with them and get their feedback and make sure the best possible product is being made. And most importantly, it means I get to enjoy what I do, and I get to enjoy doing it at my own pace.
Describe your desk
Like the rest of my room; a little messy, a lot of disorganized chaos, more pencils than I will ever use, and all free space has been sacrificed to My Little Pony figurines.
I don't really use my desk, though. It's actually the home of Blackjack, my gaming laptop. Opal, my writing Mac, lives on a side table that sits next to my bed. And when I'm not writing in bed, I'm writing on the couch in the living room, or I'm brainstorming characters with a notebook in my basement while I'm working out. I couldn't possibly be confined to the limitations of a desk; I'd go crazy if I couldn't move around my house throughout the day! (Not to mention, that old office chair of mine does absolute murder on my back.)
There is a special spot on my desk for my two laptops to co-exist, though. I need something to do between loading screens, don't I?
When did you first start writing?
I think I've been writing for as long as I've been able to hold a pencil. I've been an accelerated reader since...well, ever since I learned how to read, so stories have always been in my blood. (You're talking to the girl who read the entirety of Little House on the Prairie before she figured out how to tie her shoes.) I can't say I was a GOOD writer; honestly, I couldn't even tell you what kind of writing it was. But the creative juices were definitely flowing, even if they were just playing imagination games on the playground during recess.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm sure it was a fan fiction. That's how most of us started, right? I have vague memories of novelizing one of those McDonalds promo movies with my gifted tutor when I was, like, five. The first one I can really remember is trying to write up my own season of Pokemon when I was nine - I had stats drawn up for starters, made my own gym leaders, designed a spunky female protagonist before the annual "replacing the spunky female protagonist" became a thing, it was...terrible, let's change the subject.

The funny thing is, I didn't start as a writer. I started as an illustrator! Up until probably middle school, I was known for drawing and being an artist, so I made illustrations for other peoples' stories instead of focusing on my own. (Thank God that changed. The art hasn't sharpened up in all those years, at least not as much as my writing has.)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My grandmother read books to me from the time I was a toddler. (My parents are both deaf, so she had to step in and be my linguist tutor growing up.) My favorites were the Amelia Bedelia books. If you want no greater sign of a nerd baby, find a three-year-old with hearing and speech problems that laughs at puns and clever wordplay. (If you find that baby, get them a pencil immediately. Nurture the next generation of writers!)

I think it inspired my writing because it gave me a head-start on understanding the art of careful word choice. Granted, I first had to suffer through an awkward few years of elementary school where trying to use bigger words than I really understood just made me look silly in front of teachers and like a total try-hard in front of the other kids. But hey, everyone has an awkward phase growing up, right? (Also, learning at a young age the importance of lovable comic relief is never a bad lesson to have in your pocket, right?)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write for the same reason that I read, or watch TV or movies or play games or however else anyone intakes media these days. I feed on escapism. Medieval fantasy, paranormal adventure, JRPGs, vampires, demons, cultists, dungeons, dragons, magical boarding schools - I love disappearing into fantastic worlds and going on incredible adventures. For me, writing is paying it forward for all of the amazing stories that I've had to help me when I was growing up, and trying to raise the bar for the less-than-amazing stories we've all had to grumble and sit through. I want to put together a world that's just as beautiful as the ones I've spent hours upon hours living in and learning about, and fill it with characters and adventures that readers never want to put down. Let's be honest, reality's a terrible place to be. If I can make a story that helps just one person forget about that for a few hours and enjoy themselves, I've done my job.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! I love to connect with my readers because I know when they're not reading my stories, they're reading other stories and getting involved in other fandoms - and I'm right there with them, getting excited about the newest episode or waiting on the edge of my seat for the next issue to launch. Having fans love my story as much as I've loved and continue to love other peoples' stories is all I've ever wanted since I was a little girl. Now that I have it, I want to make sure they have everything they could ever want from me.
Published 2015-05-26.
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Books by This Author

H4CKERS: The Liquid Crystal
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Take a sneak peek into the world of the upcoming graphic novel series H4CKERS with this illustrated flash fiction! Experience the streets of Lower Saibun by spending a few minutes amongst the body hackers in their favorite hang-out, a hole in the sewer system that they call The Liquid Crystal.