Interview with Jenna Wimshurst

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating story lines and characters which grew from a small silly idea I had on the bus or at work or whilst sitting in the bath with a beer and an e cigarette (i've recently quit.)
What do your fans mean to you?
They provide cool relief when it's too hot outside, i especially like the spanish ones with the flamenco dancers on.
What are you working on next?
A dark comedy about a funeral director
Who are your favorite authors?
Steig Larsson, Jonas Jonasson, Sandi Toksvig, Emma Kennedy, Caitlin Moran and lots more. obviously… it would be poor if that was it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The toilet. Food. And eventually the thought of going back to bed later on that day. I love sleep and if I worked from home full time I doubt i'd ever get anything done, I'd have to make a schedule to take my mac to the coffee shop to write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at my other job, gigging, eating and drinking. I go to the gym sometimes and mainly wonder around London feeling all slushy about how much I love the city.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By going into WHSmith or Waterstones and then going to see if there is an ebook version… Sometimes on the amazon kindle website too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but i remember the first novel I tried to write was last year and i got to 25,000 words before I decided that my chosen storyline was too complex for me as it involved africans in Nazi Germany travelling from England to France etc… I will go back to it once i'm a better writer and human being.
What is your writing process?
I think of the basic structure then i add to it and when i'm out i get extra ideas that will add to the story or the characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Harry Potter was the best book i read as a child and i still remember the smell of it, the new book smell will always remind me of the philosopher's stone….
How do you approach cover design?
I like drawing, i'm probably not that great at it but since i have a degree in digital media i can make it look better using Photoshop.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All the Harry Potters - I grew up reading them so they mean a lot to me (God how pretentious)
The Hundred year old man who jumped out of the window - Such a funny book, it's the first time i've really laughed out loud in hysterics at a book
The Book thief - so beautifully written and i love the idea that it's written by death, plus it's my favourite subject
the millennium series - the main character is so strong and powerful i love these books mainly because of her
Da Vinci Code - i couldn't wait to read this as soon as i got my Kindle, it was so adventurous and gripping I didn't put it down
Published 2014-05-23.
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Books by This Author

Gallivanting in Barbados: An Idiot's Journal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
A humorous journal of my trip to Barbados where I went to a wedding, swam with turtles, snorkelled over shipwrecks, partied on the beach, came close to death by puffer fish and realised that jumping off a trampoline in the sea is no longer my idea of fun.
Gallivanting in Thailand: An Idiot's Journal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,270. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Gay and lesbian
A humorous journal of my trip to Phuket, Thailand exploring Patong, Kata, Karon, Phi Phi islands, Big Buddha, the elephant sanctuary and much more. This comedic and realistic piece of travel writing takes you on a journey through the island of Phuket with Jenna, a lesbian writer from London and her Scottish girlfriend, Suz.
Pecan Pie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,140. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Freya is in her first year at university when suddenly her funeral directing father almost dies from eating a pecan pie. With a drunken mother and a coma-ridden father, it's now up to Freya to run the funeral parlour without totally cocking the whole thing up.
Suicidal Janice
You set the price! Words: 4,040. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Janice is a 48-year-old marketing manager, who has decided to commit suicide by jumping off the roof of a building in Malford. However before she can jump she needs to sort her life out. This dark comedy explores how Janice plans for the big day.