Interview with Jenn Rekka

What do you read for pleasure?
Ellis Peters/Edith Pargeter, Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, and as a child, Walter Farley.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Last Assault on Oak Island and Room of Fire are both based on existing unsolved mysteries from history. They're always fascinated me. All the storylines in Rediscovered are still unsolved.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, maps everywhere, sticky-notes on every surface, scraps of things to add into books or prompts for new books. It's really terrible. It looks more like a mess than inspiration.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Back in the age of typewriters, there were few options for writers. Traditional publishers could only say "yes" so many times, and not often to an unproven author. Smashwords has opened up opportunities for writers to make their own way and take their own chances without a hardcopy publisher behind their work.

The distribution avenues Smashwords provides, like Kobo and Barnes and Noble, are excellent. It's great to see the traditional publishers recognize and work hand-in-hand with Smashwords and its authors. There's always room for another book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing a reader say they're glad they read the book and they want another story.
What are you working on next?
More of the Rediscovered series.
Published 2013-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Room of Fire
Series: Rediscovered, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,950. Language: American English. Published: October 18, 2013 by Echo. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Swallowed in time and believed to be burned by Nazis, the Amber Chamber is a treasure lost in war and chaos. A chance purchase in France leads museum curator Carlos Sheldon and his assistant Lauren on a broken chase through Europe for the lost Amber Room. Pursued by deadly mercenaries with their own agendas, staying one step ahead of the hunt ends in a stumble as the lines between sides blur.
Last Assault on Oak Island
Series: Rediscovered, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,060. Language: American English. Published: March 15, 2013 by Echo. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Historical » Canada
For 200 years, Oak Island in Mahone Bay kept its secrets. Treasure hunters came and left, spirits broken and bank accounts drained. A British admiral's wartime journal brings new hope – and new dangers – to museum curator Carlos Sheldon and his student assistant, Lauren Gates, as they join the hunt. With mounting tensions between rival treasure hunters already on the island, timing is everything.