Interview with Jennifer Noel

So, you're a new author?
Yes and no. I am new to being published, that's for sure. But I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I would scribble out little stories on the backs of school worksheets and fill pages upon pages of notebooks.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. My parents bought it for me for Christmas a while back and I've never bothered to change. It's a Kindle Keyboard - I don't think they even make those anymore. Everything is touch screen now.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. When I write, its usually curled up in bed in my pajamas, my boyfriend next to me watching a movie. I'm not a very organized person - well, I like organized chaos. Everything I need is either on my computer or in one of my many notebooks.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Port Huron, Michigan mostly. I bounced around a lot between my mom and my dad. He was always moving so it was never the same place for long. I guess I just wanted an escape from the drama, something I could rely on and enjoy no matter where I was. Whether with Mom or Dad, I could always find a pen and paper.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The truth? I don't have the patience or the money to print out manuscripts and send them to publishers. I'm a broke college girl.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The writing itself. Seeing a story unfold. I get so into it that sometimes I'm even surprised by what happens.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any yet, but when I do, they'll mean everything. I write for me, but I write for them too. I'm the kind of person who wants to hear from them. Email me. Facebook message me. Write me letters. I'll answer as best I can.
What are you working on next?
I'm not. At least not yet. I'm actually revisiting old works and giving them a makeover. Then I'll probably start something. You'll just have to wait and see.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really have very many favorites. I look at the story. Even your favorite author can write a book you don't like. Leigh Talbert Moore is a favorite though. I haven't been disappointed yet!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ha! It's hard sometimes. Especially on my days off. But there are things that need to be done and not many people to do them. Get the work out of the way and it makes the play more fun.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Work and school mostly. Cuddling with my boyfriend, watching movies. Going out with my girls. Shopping. I'm a pretty normal person.
What is your writing process?
Do I even have one? I don't know. It kind of depends on what kind of book I'm writing. I write differently for each genre. It's weird, I know, but I can't write fantasy the same as romance. It's just not me. More often than not, I sit down and just write. I don't plan and plot much. I just go.
How do you approach cover design?
With a general idea in mind. A lot of times, the idea I see for the cover and the end result is totally different, but it helps to have a thought to go off of so you don't lose your mind in the process.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Friends and family are a big help. They are so supportive and will almost always buy your book - and if they don't, chances are, they know someone who will like it and spread the word. Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter - social media. That is going to reach a bunch of people. You post about your book. Someone likes the post, someone else shares it, and now twice as many people as I have friends have seen the post.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Are we talking published or the new story I've started? Shadowland is the most recent book that I've published. I had a great time writing that one. It is the first in a trilogy - I already have the sequel finished! - and it follows the story of a young woman doomed to die. It's a paranormal romance- you'll find that I tend to write a lot of those.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have been looking for a way to publish my books for a long time. Everything is either too expensive or I pretty much get nothing for my hard work. Smashwords is a good balance. it's easy to use and understand, I set the price, I can change anything when I want, and I get a good percentage from each book bought. Smashwords doesn't take an arm and a leg every time someone buys my book.
Published 2015-10-05.
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Books by This Author

Judge Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,590. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Cindi has a problem. Her quiet, little village is about to get a big wake-up call. The Judges are in danger and someone wants her dead to keep her silent. That's the price she pays for being in the wrong place at the right time.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,900. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
With the clock ticking down to an untimely death, Antoinette DuVille takes her life into her own hands. To do this, she must visit the land of the dead. Shadowland. With its own perils and secrets, Annie must survive Shadowland before she can ever have a hope of making it past her birthday
Don't Look
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,990. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Up against a family curse that has been hunting her down for years, Selena Grayson - armed with a unique gift, a blind man, a Labrador, and a demon with an attitude problem - sets out to confront her demons.