Interview with Jennifer M Weiner

Published 2015-07-18.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting my thoughts out of my head. Seriously, sometimes it gets loud in there! Five or six trains of thoughts wanting attention and I can only focus on one at a time! Plus, things are easier to put "on paper" sometimes-- at least for me. Takes a load of my shoulders as well as my mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have any just yet, other than my husband! But when I do have more than just him, they will mean a lot to me. They will be the ones who give my work life. Words are just words until they are read by someone who finds meaning and enjoyment from them! Plus, they will also be helping me support my family eventually, and I'll really appreciate them parting with their hard earned money to buy something I wrote.

I will always do my absolute best to make sure everything I put out is at least worth the price I put on it. I would prefer for it to be worth more, but sometimes opinions vary.
Why do you give some of your books away for free?
If you look, it's usually the first book of a series or something very short. I give away the short ones because I probably didn't spend a lot of time on them and I appreciate my readers and love to give something back to them.

I give away the first book of the series so you can try it out without risk. Sure, you can get a sample here. But I'd rather try the whole first book of a series myself before pulling out my cash. So you treat my readers the way I want to be treated. It's just how I was raised.
How much of your advice to you use in your daily life?
Actually, at this time, quite a bit of the Love Letter Ideas. My husband and I are currently apart for very personal reasons (not of our own choosing). I've also used those ideas a lot in the past in other long distance relationships.

I also use tips that are included the rest of the books I am working on in my marriage when we are not apart . Some tips I may use daily when I am living with my husband. Others I may only need to pull out on a rare occasion.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Getting picked up by a "regular publisher" is a real crap shoot, excuse my language. I want to put my thoughts and stories out there for others now, not after I'm gone! I saw how "easy" it is to self publish and went for to actually write some of the non-fiction series and fiction ideas I have!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Either reading, playing online games like World of Warcraft or watching TV/movies--after the usual boring adult stuff like paying bills, buying groceries and so forth.
How do you approach cover design?
Despite some of the popular advice (which I should probably follow), I tend to make my own now. I'm broker than a joke, so it's my only option! I tend to use the KISS (keep it simple, silly) philosophy too. Not too cluttered, but gives a good idea of whats inside---that's the goal!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and currently live in small town America. And it's in the so-called Bible Belt. I am not sure how it will affect any fiction writing I do, but it's had a huge impact on who I am. However, to speak about that impact with via written word without a ton of background could make me sound mean spirited at best!

Let's just say I have a mistrust of organize religion, a huge dislike for hypocrisy, and strong opinions about almost everything.

I'm also very open minded, thanks to a mother who not only encouraged me to read but also encouraged me to think for myself-- so my region of the world was not the only major impact on who I am, how I think, or how I act. Thank the gods!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have tons of favorite authors. But if I had to choose one, I'd go with Steven King. I've been reading him since middle school and it's rare I find a book that I can't get into. Even then it's usually me! Some days I can't get into reading anything!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now, It's the Kindle App on my iPhone. I destroyed my old android phone by accident and the iPhone was the penny smart phone so here I am! Both phone types have good and bad points, but I stick with Kindle mostly. One day I'll actually buy a real kindle!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually go for free books, so I am signed up for several free book emails like Fussy Librarian and Book Bub. I also follow several authors, book bloggers, and book addicts like myself on Facebook. I'll catch a post by one of them now and then with a book on sale or free. I also search Kindle books and sort them by price.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've been opting for a lot of non-fiction lately. Books on Wicca, Paganism, and similar topics. Also books on writing and self publishing.

With fiction I like many genres. Thriller, Crime, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Erotica, some Romance, Mystery. If the plot sounds interesting, I'll usually give it a try.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
With non-fiction titles, it's pretty much from my life. I've been in a lot of relationships. Some were good but just not with the right person for me. Some were very very bad. Took me a long time to learn what a good relationship looks like and how to maintain it. I'm still learning, but I also have learned a lot along the way.

I have a few fiction ideas I am working on. For those, I draw upon things I have read and watched as well as what if's that I ask myself. I have a vivid--if sometimes "crazy"--imagination. I think it is going to be fun to share some of that with those who also walk a fine line between reality and insanity.
Who do you write for?
Mostly myself.

Oh! You mean who do I hope to reach with my books!

With my No BS Relationship Talk series, I am hoping to help everyone improve their relationships. My main focus is for those in long term relationships who are living busy lives and maybe seeing their love affair struggle to remain solid and loving because of that. It's one reason why I work to keep those books short, no fluff and mo woo-woo BS.

For the fiction I am working on, I'm just barely in the concept stage. Therefore, I am not really sure yet. I'm trying to pin down one idea and one genre. I hate making decisions sometimes!
How much outside input to you accept regarding your ideas?
I'm always open to outside input! I love hearing how others have improved upon my ideas. I like getting new ideas, and the best way to get those is talking to others and reading new books and articles!

If you have some input you want to send me, go to my fan page on Facebook (it's linked on my profile here) and drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you!
How would you deal with a critic who focuses on the fact that you don't have any educational or professional experience in some of the fields you write about?
Great question! First, let me say I am happy to get constructive critism that helps me improve. Doesn't matter if it relates to my formatting, writing, or information-- any improvement I can make allows me to give more to the reader, including a better experience! I even love grammar and spelling Nazis. I'm one myself LOL

As to the person who focus on my formal education and professional experiences, those aren't as important as real life experience in my less than humble opinion. As a wife, knowing the psychological reasons something works isn't as important as finding something that actually works in my relationship! And the truth is, every relationship is different, so even the most educated and well respected professional will still have to work through trial and error when helping a couple who are having issues.

Also, i have years of experience. That does give me a unique perspective that no formal training or professional practice can give. I would never discourage anyone from seeking out a professional. However, you must do the work! And sometimes that means finding your own ideas to present to your professional for evaluation. Just my two cents worth-- your mileage may vary.
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Books by This Author

24 Love Letter Ideas
Series: No BS Relationship Talk. Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Marriage
Looking for a quick and easy way to put some romance back into you relationship? Want to add more romance into an already great relationship? Then you will love the simple and easy to use ideas in 24 Love Letter Ideas! You will find 24 different ways to send letters and other gifts to your loved one. Just imagine their smile as they open up that unexpected mail from you!