Jenna was born in Liverpool and brought up during the swinging sixties. She started writing short stories for children many years ago and completed her first adult novel Annie Logan in 2009. Her second novel, The Quest of Miss Postlethwaite was published in 2014.
Jenna lives in rural France with her husband, and two donkeys. She is a member of the Society of Women’s Writers and Journalist.
Visit her on Facebook; Read extracts of Jenna's work on her web-site http://www.Writzendbook.com
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Enid Blyton's The Famous Five. As there were five children, including me in our family, I felt that I could relate to the tale and enjoyed the adventures of the famous five; imagining it was me and my siblings joining in. I have re-read the tale many times during my life and still get pleasure from the story.
What is your writing process?
I always start with an idea then choose a genre. I do some research on themes, places, dress etc. I then create some characters. I generally use names relating to the period I am writing in and try to be imaginative with these names. For example I may use a proper name and then give the character a 'pet' name. Then I begin to set out the plot. This does not always stay the same throughout my writing. Sometimes I find the characters writing the 'plot' themselves, which means I have to go back and re-think. Often the words flow, but sometimes I get stuck and when this happens, I leave the story and return to it later. Once I am in the 'flow' of writing I only stop when I have to. Normally I write between 2, 000-3,000 words at each session. I constantly check my research and dip in and out for fine details, which I add where necessary. Once I have finished the first draft, I leave it for several days and return to do my first edit. Once I have read the first edit, I then do several more edits until I am completely satisfied with my MS.
An intriguing family saga with many twists and turns. Some unexpected surprises and many unforeseen happenings linger within the pages of this absorbing tale.
The author has interspersed some real facts about her ancestors adding a touch of imagination and inventing other characters, to enable her to tell the tale as a fictional piece.