Sunshine Jen


Sunshine Jen has blogged about culture, travel, and her real and fictional lives in Los Angeles on since 2004. The Slacker Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago is her first ebook. In 2013, she published her second ebook, a book of short stories called Beautiful Collisions.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in high school. I had a great English teacher who encouraged us to not just write but to rewrite. I was shy (and still am in certain situations), but I could put it all down on the page. The page didn't judge me, and I could change things if I wanted to. I decided to seriously pursue writing as an art in college and learned the craft of dramatic writing. I continued to write plays and screenplays after college, but prose scared me. There were so many words. In 2004, I started blogging under the name Sunshine Jen, and well, writing prose no longer scares me.
What made you decide to write The Slacker Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago?
I decided to write the Slacker Pilgrim Guide while I was walking the Camino de Santiago in 2012. To prepare for the 500 mile walk, I had read a lot of memoirs and books about the Camino, but I had specific questions that none of the books seemed to answer. On the Camino, I realized that I wanted to write a book that answered all the trivial questions about the experience. What is the terrain like? What are the people like? Is there good coffee?

The coffee is excellent by the way.
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Where to find Sunshine Jen online


Dragon's Mate
Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 49,210. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When a time travelling sorcerer jumps into present day Manhattan and steals her engagement ring, Kate Reilly must travel with her two kickass female friends to the time of dragons to get it back.
Stumbling to Rome on the Via Francigena
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,080. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
In autumn 2014, Sunshine Jen and her partner D walked for a month on the Via Francigena, an old pilgrim trail ending at St. Peter's Square. Trekking from Fidenza, through Tuscany, and into Rome, they encountered rain, prickly bushes, and delicious pizza while experiencing Italy at a walking pace. In addition to being a memoir, this book contains travel tips for walking the Via Francigena.
Beautiful Collisions: Stories from Los Angeles
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 47,080. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Beautiful Collisions is a book of interconnected short stories about women in Los Angeles in the first decade of the new millennium. Some of their collisions are romantic. Some collisions are adventurous, but the ladies all keep driving in the city of sun and stars.
The Slacker Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,370. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks
Half travel tips and half travel memoir, The Slacker Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago is a humorous book about the famous pilgrim trail across the north of Spain. In April and May 2012, Sunshine Jen walked 550 miles on the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela then onto Finnisterre on the coast. She went looking for answers, but she came back with more questions and no blisters.

Smashwords book reviews by Sunshine Jen

  • Living from the Heart with Lessons from the Camino de Santiago on Nov. 26, 2012

    Brooke Broadbent walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2003. He shows us that one's Camino is not just steps in a landscape but a journey from fear to love. A life coach and cheerleader, he reminds us that the Camino continues long after one leaves Spain. This book embraces the spirit of the Camino.
  • Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino on Nov. 26, 2012

    In 2011, Jane V. Blanchard walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain with her husband. As she walked, she recorded the stories of women she met. These women form the heart of the book and show us that the Camino is not one story but a collection of many. I read this book after I walked my own Camino this year, and I could not put it down.