Interview with Jennifer Juan

Published 2019-05-05.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always felt like writing was what I was supposed to do, but I wanted to have the freedom to create projects in my own way. Being an indie author gives me greater creative freedom and allows me to take my work to new levels.
What do your fans mean to you?
I really enjoy being able to create content to share with people. I love being able to reach out and connect through social media, my podcast, videos, as well as my written work, and being able to share our experiences. I feel very fortunate to be able to share what I love doing with others.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a collection of short stories and poems for Halloween, which is really exciting. I also have my latest poetry collection Ol' Brown Eyes Is Back, which will be released at the end of May.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have so many ideas, and thoughts, so I have to get up every day to create them and make them real, I suppose.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to create music, and video content, but I also really enjoy gardening and spending time with nature.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find a lot of new things through social media. I love going into different creative hashtags to find new things to read or listen to.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think I was around six. It was about a dolphin, who was lost at sea, but I don't really remember much more than that unfortunately ha.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to create a cover that matches with the theme or ideas of a collection. I think it's important to make sure that the cover not only looks attractive, but will give the reader an idea on what they can expect from the book. In my latest book Ol' Brown Eyes Is Back, I used a selection of photos from various times in my life, as the book covers lots of parts of my journey.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like using my phone. I know that some people aren't a fan of reading on a smart phone, but I use my iPhone for almost everything creative I do, both consuming and creating.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I feel very blessed to have grown up in Europe. I remember sitting in Parque De Sant Marti, writing about life, almost growing up through the things I created, and getting to be surrounded by so much beautiful scenery and fascinating people. I spent a lot of time living in the countryside of England, in Kent, and it helped to inspire a lot of what I wrote as well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Forever by Judy Blume

It was one of the first love stories that I read that was realistic about young love, which was very refreshing.

Anthropology: And a Hundred Other Stories by Dan Rhodes

I remember reading this when I was at University, studying creative writing. I was captivated by it, from start to finish.

Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is probably my favourite poet, and for me, this is her most engaging body of work. Every poem is sublime.

Translations by Brian Friel

I know this is a play, but for me, it still counts. I first read it when I was sixteen, and it broke my heart, but fixed it all over again.

A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller

Again, I know this is a play, but, still, it is such a beautifully written creation, and it just moves me so deeply.
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Books by This Author

Confessions of a Self Aware Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,620. Language: British English. Published: May 29, 2020. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Salvaged from the chaos and challenges of the UK wide lockdown, that occurred due to Covid-19, Confessions of a Self Aware Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a refreshingly frank take on the events unfolding around the world, and a human look at the struggles of loneliness, self doubt, and the journey back to hoping.
Deus Ex Machina
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,860. Language: British English. Published: February 7, 2020. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Love is a constant in the lives of every person that inhabits the planet we call home. It is ever evolving, and manifests in a million different ways, and in the brand new poetry collection from Jennifer Juan, Deus Ex Machina, she explores the many ways she has met, experienced and lost love, from one off dates to year long endeavours, through poetry.
Ol' Brown Eyes Is Back
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,220. Language: British English. Published: May 31, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Jennifer Juan’s poetry collection, Ol’ Brown Eyes Is Back is a triumphant cry of freedom, and an emancipation from the old insecurities and ideals that so many find themselves trapped by.