J Lenni Dorner

Biography

J was a Penn State Honors and Scholars student majoring in English and Communication. The author has been published (under pseudonyms) in several anthologies, a small press magazine, and three newspapers. The Creative Writing Institute held a writing contest that resulted in J Lenni Dorner being published in "WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014" (Southern Star Publications, December 2014). Signum University’s Mythgard Institute held a creative writing contest in the autumn of 2015 called “Almost an Inkling.” J Lenni Dorner was the Popular Vote Winner in week 6. Published story appears in The Soul of Wit.
Operation Awesome team member -- Debut Author Spotlight interviewer. Blogging from A to Z #AtoZchallenge co-host as of 2017.
When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games (such as The Sims and Sid Meier's Civilization), finding drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I walked into the forest the day after a storm. There, in a burnt section of grass, was a very old tree which now lay on its side. The cut had been cleanly made by the lumberjack known as lighting. Sad to see this once mighty forest soldier fallen, I decided to save it from the slow decay that this new phase, this death, would offer it. Using my ax, I chopped the trunk into pieces which could be hauled away without disrupting the peace of this sanctuary. I spent long hours for the next month carving and crafting, listening to the wood, until at last the new function of the tree came into being. There it stood- my mighty desk- a gift from nature.
Sorry, sorry, sorry… that was all made up. Bummer, I know. But that story was way better than the reality, which is that this desk was on sale at Staples. I do actually have some wood working talents, but the largest thing I ever created was a clock. A very nice clock, mind you, but still. I am related to someone who could turn a tree into a desk. He built a tractor out of wood. I think that’s pretty interesting. He has a full time job at a machine shop now though, so he doesn't exactly have time to go into the forest and find a down tree from which to build me a desk.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The reference guide, Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters, is the result of a discussion about an #MSWL post. A literary agent said that, on her manuscript wishlist, was a book where the setting felt like it was a character in the story. Someone asked me if I knew how to do that. They said they searched online and in various ebook stores, but couldn't find something on the subject. I looked, but there were only two articles with vague information. So, being that I do happen to know how to do this, I decided to write a book on it.
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Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
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This reference guide is a tool to help you organize your thoughts and ideas to obtain the goal of making a setting that feels like a character.

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Smashwords book reviews by J Lenni Dorner

  • Smashwords Style Guide on April 08, 2015

    My assistant and I, both winners of NaNoWriMo 2015, recently downloaded our discount copies of Scrivener. I signed up for an hour long online course on how to use this, and ended up buying into the learnscrivenerfast.com course of Joseph Michael. I thought I had followed along. I thought my book was formatted correctly for Smashwords. I WAS WRONG. (I got an error about my table. I don’t even have a table in my book!) This book by Mark is what saved me. On the first attempt, I tried just the instructions that come after nuclear. Nope. Waste of five hours of my life. But on the second go-round (yes, I read this book twice in 24 hours), I went step-by-step, starting with the Nuclear Method. About three hours later, I was able to proudly call my book PUBLISHED. Booyah. Thank you, Mark Coker.
  • Write Good or Die on April 08, 2015

    Scott Nicholson has created an excellent compilation of the blogged advice of himself and other several published authors. Cut down your research “how-to-write-better” time by reading this book. It starts with a hilarious and visionary comparison of the craft of writing to the effort of Olympians. Then there’s the comfort that writing gets better with practice. There’s the A to Z of the industry. The book hits on the harsh realities that come after finding an agent or publishing, and tells you how to get there. By chapter 31, it’s clear that this book is aimed at indie authors who are ready to succeed with pride. Chapter 33 does have a link to a site that doesn’t exist. Searching leads to a blog post from Feb 2012 that says it’s “coming soon,” a Goodreads group that hasn’t posted since 2012, and a rarely used Twitter hashtag. Overall, this is a very good book, and I recommend that new writers take the time to read it.
  • Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities on April 24, 2015

    Very imaginative. There are some good jokes. (Ricky Rocky... ha! And the abs, omg.) And "drop me off on the way" is an ominous and brilliant line. Gotta watch out for that Aunty Ida! That last story-- I think several writers wish for readers that dedicated to our words. It has a great deal of dialog. There are some fun twists. It's very fast paced (I read the whole book in half an hour.)
  • The Imaginary Friend on May 11, 2015

    A short read well suited for younger readers. It's a story that will assure children that it is okay to come out of their shell and grow-up. This seems aimed at comforting the reader in knowing that imaginary friends left behind will be all right. That they are here to do a job and will move on to do another when it's time.
  • Pirate Dave and his Randy Adventures (Career Ending Romance Spoof) on Sep. 19, 2015

    'tis intentionally bad piece be full 'o humorous nautical nonsense. th' target audience be adults who seek a hoot and hollar 'n some mild adventure in an erotic tale. It be lewd, crude, 'n hardyharhar in that campy obscure kind 'o way. 'tis tale has several curse words that gunna gift some readers a chuckle. Read 'tis fer #TalkLikeAPirateDay matey.
  • Friends and Lovers on June 03, 2016

    A good short story that shows how much one bold statement, one brave moment, can change a life. Believable characters. Good flow. Well-written and easy to read.
  • Cosmic Seasoning: A Collection of Short Stories on Dec. 29, 2016

    This collection of speculative fiction stories was very fun to read. I enjoyed the “Polite Letter of Complaint” with the line: I would never insult such a rotund, mentally-deficient, greedy despot such as yourself. There are some news-relevant, deep stories mixed in with the humor and good times. “Emissary,” for example: How could I help how I was born? I didn’t make the choice to come into the world. And “A Politician Tell the Truth Before Armageddon” has the classic line: So yes, I do in fact believe that you’re all suckers for electing me. I think “Lux in Tenebris, Rendition #7,620” was my favorite story of the bunch.
  • Runaway on May 08, 2017

    I read the book three times (in my quest for the secret scene). I enjoyed all three read-throughs. There is a good amount of suspense, making it more like a mystery-thriller, in several of the choices. It’s easy enough to believe that this could be real; that the characters could exist, as could the scenarios. Runaway was as fun to read as every other choose-your-adventure book I’ve picked up. It might be hardcore, it might be softcore, there are some HEA and some not, or it might just be a suspense with some romance… the reader decides. I read erotica when it is written by someone I know or recommended to me. (This book was a recommendation.) I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this was to read. Perhaps because I was able to decide her fate. The only problem I had was that I didn’t get that secret bonus scene on the first read, so I had to go back! Okay, that’s not a bad problem to have, and speaks more to my stubborn determination. It was a fun journey.
  • It's Illegal, But It's Okay on Sep. 25, 2017

    The author states in the introduction that "the people who lived in New York could be so rude sometimes even when they were trying to be polite." Which, I feel, is an accurate summary with which anyone who has spent more than a week's time in NYC will agree. Fagner faces various problems while living illegally in NYC. His downward spiral into crime is presented with varying degrees of humor as the play goes on. There are so many social issues brought up in this that it's difficult to keep track. An excellent philosophical discussion could (and should) be held after concluding this. The second character, a color-blind man from Iran named Oman, is a Catholic Republican who doesn't look or sound like a "white American," which is the source of most of his problems in the script. Anyone who has ever been mistaken for a culture, nationality, religion, or such to which they do not belong will easily relate. That's what I enjoyed about this.