Interview with Jen Christopherson

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my life. I get to stay home and take care of my momma. I am a freelance writer to help pay the bills. I write books I would love to read! What could be better than that? Oh! And I have a new boyfriend! What's not to get out of bed for?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I take care of my momma. I mow our pasture. I spend some time with my boyfriend, best friend, and my higher power.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Wow! What a question. There are so many joys of writing for me.

I think the biggest joy for me is to hear a reader say, "That was awesome!" or something like that. I get the biggest thrill when others enjoy my work, it makes me want to do better in the future.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
To be completely honest, no. My momma tells me I was "making stories before I could write". Apparently, I would spend time drawing pictures with squiggles at the bottom and I would bring them to her and "read" it to her.
What do your fans mean to you?
As much as love hearing how much someone likes my writing, it's nothing compared to how I feel when I hear someone tell someone else about my writing. I'm not sure I have fans, at this point, but I know I would love to have some!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided to become an indie author because I found out I would have to do the same work for the big five as I would for myself. Why turn my hard work over to them, if I have to do the work for it myself anyway? I couldn't find a good answer for that question and decided to go it on my own.
What are you working on next?
I'm in between projects right now. I'm unsure what to work on.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find them through my writer friends. I usually end up reading their books or something they've posted about. Recently, I have discovered Smashwords to be a great place to find good reads! Be prepared for me to write a review of a book on my blog, you just never know when the review bug will hit me!
What do you read for pleasure?
This my surprise you, but I read fantasy for pleasure. I know, what a shocker, right? Here I am a fantasy author and I'm reading the stuff for pleasure?

Okay, enough with the sarcasm...

I love fantasy. I just can't get enough of the stuff. I love the pictures (not the half naked women) and the worlds, the scenes and the creatures.
How do you approach cover design?
I like it when the cover is a scene in the book or relates very well to the subject of the book. I mean, if you've written a book about a knight fighting a green dragon, I want to see a knight and a green dragon on the cover, you know?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The place(s) I grew up didn't influence my writing nearly as much as the atmosphere I grew up in. This, of course, I can't talk much about because it's another person's story, too. I don't have their permission to write about their story online, so I have to be very careful how much I tell.
Describe your desk
*Arms crossed, pouty face" I don't wanna!

Okay, my desk is practically my living space. It's kinda like a car, I got all this stuff all over it. Things I've used, will use and am using... I really need to clean it off and start over...
When did you first start writing?
I began writing before I could write. I wrote stories, simple and incomplete stories, from the time I could hold a pencil. I would read them to anyone who would listen and each time I read them the story would change and morph into whatever interested me at the moment. Or, at least, that's what I'm told...

My own memory of writing is in the sixth grade. I went to the library and found no books I hadn't already read. At least out of the choices offered to my grade level...

I, still, had half a year of school to go and nothing to read. The librarian said, "You could write your own story." Thus, my battles with dragons and mages continued. I created my own monsters and stole some from previously read books. I did all this in the privacy of my own notebooks. I threw most of them away, because within a year those books were "old" and "stupid". This continued until about eight years ago.

I wrote a book and asked a friend to read it and tell me what they thought of it. They liked it so much, they researched publishers and found me one. I was thrilled! I didn't care what the contract said, I was ready to sign it. Oh! The hard lessons learned during that time!

It took me another three years to complete a story I thought was good enough for another person to read. My momma. Yes, I read my second book to her so often, she nearly memorized it! By this time, we had the internet. I researched publishers this time and I found a good one. When my book was ready, I published. Oh! The heart breaking lessons this one taught!

More lessons to be learned, but I will cover those another time...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one. I don't own an e-reader. I have a desktop for all my internet stuff and my momma has my tablet. We don't even get internet on our phones! I know, right? Dinosaurs!
Published 2015-05-03.
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