Interview with Jennifer C Thorson

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride and Prejudice
~ I love Jane Austen. Her books are full of wonderful dialogue and observations.

Anne of Green Gables
~ Anne was the first novel I read over and over and over again. Anne threw herself into everything she did with such a wonderful fervor.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
~Hitchhiker's was a the key to a secret clubhouse. Like knowing where your towel is, knowing Hitchhiker's told the other nerds you were one of them. And looking at humanity through an alien lens really resonated with me as an outsider.

Master and Commander
~I started reading the Aubrey-Maturin novels in my early twenties. They are a wonderful mix of adventure, science, and intimate looks at daily life. It's hard to imagine that they take place at the same time as Austen's novels. I think anyone who loves Austen should read O'Brien, and vice versa.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Lunch in the Park started as a very short daydream about a couple that meets in the park. I had to add some conflict, some extra characters and give my main character a life outside of the romance, and suddenly it was a novel.
What are you working on next?
My next novel, Touch, is a very different story about a very different kind of heroine, but I think people who like Kate will also like Maggie. It's a little funny, a little sexy, a little magical, and it has a lot of heart.
When did you first start writing?
The cliche answer is that I've always been a writer. I was lucky to have some really great writing teachers who encouraged narrative writing early on. I always had short stories going as a kid.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Douglass Adams, Kathi Appelt, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Megan Frazer Blakemore
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't know about the first story, but the first book I ever wrote was called Princess Little Frog and the Seagrass about the Princess of an island frog kingdom that was facing twin threats of erosion and invasion from the neighboring cricket kingdom. I wrote it for school in the sixth grade. It was four chapters long, my mom did the illustrations, and we sewed the pages and made covers out of cardboard. I was very proud of it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A cup of tea and some time to think before my kids get up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teaching, mothering, pulling thistles out of the garden, vacuuming up endless piles of dog hair.
What is your writing process?
I write and write and write and then I go back to edit.
Describe your desk
I write at the dining room table or sprawled out on my bed. I dream of having a big desk with room to spread out.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Lunch in the Park
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,740. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Kate had always taught her niece that when a dragon comes along, you slay it yourself. She rescued herself, Priscilla, her students, her friends, and everyone else who loved and depended on her on a daily basis. When a yellow Labrador bounded into her picnic in the park, Kate's life got even more complicated. She almost forgot that you don't always have to do the rescuing alone.