Jennifer Preston


Jennifer Preston was born in California, grew up in Utah, and now lives outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband and three kiddos. She is an obsessive reader, who never goes anywhere without her trusty e-reader (best invention ever!). When she's not busy being a mom, writing, or reading, she enjoys running, shopping, sleeping in, and singing along (loudly and badly) with the radio as she drives. Beautiful Mess is her first book, with more to follow... hopefully!

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Can I narrow it down to five? I have so many favorites, but here it goes (In no particular order. That would be like asking me to choose between my kids!)...

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. I could seriously read this book a million times and not get sick of it. I love the characters, the language, the story. But most of all I love how much Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy change and grow as they fall in love.

2. Cabinet of Curiosities, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. I love all the Agent Pendergast novels, but this is still my favorite. Great story, unusual characters, action, suspense, this book has it all.

3. The Elemental Mysteries Series, Elizabeth Hunter. Beautifully written; unique, lovable characters; romance and action; everything that I love in a story. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Elizabeth Hunter. I seriously want to be her when I grow up!

4. The Infernal Devices Series, Cassandra Claire. I loved this series even more than The Mortal Instruments. I fell in love with Tessa, Will, and Jem, and the pure love they had for each other. This series has the best, most satisfying endings I've ever read, and put a perfect finish on a perfect series.

5. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. This book changed my life, at the tender age of 14. This is epic story still calls to me, 14+ years later. I'll always be a sucker for Rhett Butler.
When did you first start writing?
I've wanted to be a writer since I was in 9th grade. I started writing for my junior high school newspaper, and got to write some creative stories in my English classes. But then I had to start writing essays in high school, and after three years of essay writing, I was done. I lost all desire to write anything, ever again. Then I got to college, and that whole no more writing thing didn't last long! But then I read Harry Potter, and I remembered how much I loved a good story, and how much I missed writing my own. and I started thinking about writing again. It took many years, and a few kids later, but one day I just decided to do it. I had a couple ideas floating around inside my head, and I took the one that was speaking to me and started writing it down. A year and a half later, that story became my first book, Beautiful Mess. So, to all you aspiring high school authors out there... don't let English essays discourage and demoralize you! There is still fun in writing!
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Where to find Jennifer Preston online

Twitter: @jen_m_preston
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