Jennifer Ann Shore is a writer and an Amazon bestselling author based in Seattle, Washington.
She has written two novels: "New Wave," a young adult dystopian, and "The Extended Summer of Anna and Jeremy," a young adult romance — published in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
In her decade of working in journalism, marketing, and book publishing, she has won numerous awards for her work, from companies such as Hearst and SIIA.
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When did you first start writing?
Growing up, I struggled with reading and writing, so I can't say it was an easy practice for me. If I think back, I can distinctly remember the moment I thought "Huh, I kind of love this!" It was in eighth grade, during a poetry unit. The assignment was to write a "found poem" — rearranging words someone else had written and turning it into something else. I grabbed a newspaper that my dad left on the kitchen table and got to work, kind of surprised at how easy it was to string words together. It honestly kind of blew through the mental block I had in my head. The teacher liked my poem so much that he read it aloud. I don't remember it all (wish I still had a copy), but I do remember the first line: "Las Vegas is an assault on the senses."
What's the story behind your first book?
My first book, "New Wave," is a young adult dystopian, and it came to me in a dream. It was one of those fuzzy, "What the hell did I just come up with?" kind of experiences, but it centered on ships and young love. I started writing it immediately, moving from my bed to the couch and not looking up for six hours. Within the next week, I was on a trip to Ecuador with some friends, and so the series is loosely based in the Galapagos Islands. As much as I wanted to write a book just to tell the story, I thought it was really important to create an honest, strong female whose mission in life didn't center around her love interest, and while her relationship with Sebastian is central to the story, I tend to focus more on her own self-discovery and how she interacts with everything (and everyone else) around her.
When seventeen-year-old Mol is caught committing a crime, she kicks and screams her way into a dull existence of servitude in the Authority, the suffocating patriarchal regime that oversees The Network of Islands. Her penance makes her restless, and she soon finds an outlet to direct her attention — the young Commander who is at the root of her unhappiness.