Interview with Jennifer Word author of The Society.
Why are you taking part in the author blog challenge and what do you hope to achieve?
I hope to spread the word about my debut novel, The Society, and reach a few more readers.
How long have you been writing for?
I started writing when I was ten years old. I entered a ‘Make-A-Book’ contest at my elementary school, in the fourth grade, and I won first place! It inspired me to continue writing and dreaming.
What would you say is the most difficult part of writing a book?
The ending….I usually do a ‘sketch-thru’ before hand at this point, so I have some idea where the story is going, and how it might end. Endings are difficult for me.
What genre do you generally write?
I’ve written in all genres, almost. I’ve been dubbed a ‘horror’ writer, but that is so far from the truth. I’ve written historical fiction, and I have a trilogy series coming out, including book one of The Society, and it’s science fiction, not horror! I’ve written drama, screenplays, poems (I’m an award winning poet), flash fiction, novellas, and several novels. Some are horror, but some are not. I’ve written a novel that is science fiction/thriller. I’ve also written a Paranormal Romance, and I’ve dabbled in the Y.A. genre as well as Urban Fantasy.
Do you have a favourite author and why?
Yes, I love Stephen King, simply for his imagination and his prolificacy, if that is even a word. The man has written in every medium imaginable, from screenplays to full novels, to short stories, to flash fiction….he’s broken the rules in so many areas of writing, it’s insane. He was the first author to put his book up for sale online one chapter at a time, for a dollar a-piece! I admire his entrepreneurial spirit in writing, as well as his un-ending creativity. He can spin a tale like no one else, that’s for sure!
What is your book called and how did you choose this title?
My trilogy series is called ‘The Society’ and I chose it because my books are about a ‘society’ of specific people with genetically enhanced superpowers, who band together to form their own special group.
The Society is about a group of ‘special’ people, who have genetic abnormalities that grant them super powers and amazing abilities. They learn that they are being sought after by both the U.S. government AND an alien race who wants to use their powers to fight an intergalactic war for them. It’s a trilogy series, and it’s also very spiritual and dramatic in nature, as well as sequeing into a space opera! There’s a little bit of something in this series for almost any reader who enjoys a good tale of action, adventure and science fiction rolled into one!
Has your book been published and how did you go about this?
Yes, my trilogy has been picked up by Stony Meadow Publishing, and I achieved this the normal way. I queried, got a response to my first three chapters, sent more of my MS, got a request for the full MS, and finally my trilogy was accepted for publication and I signed a publishing contract. It was all very exciting for me!
Approximately how long did it take you to finish your book?
Oh, I wrote The Society very quickly, actually. I wrote all three books of the trilogy in only five months time! I had an idea burning in my brain and it wanted out!
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Write out your ideas, you never know where they will take you. Even if you think you are suffering from writer’s block, there are still little ideas that bounce around in your head. Just write one sentence about any idea, and see where it takes you. You’d be surprised what might come out, that you weren’t expecting.
Do you use social media to promote your book, if yes then which social networks do you like the most?
Yes, I’ve used Facebook and Twitter the most, but I’ve also been featured on fellow writer’s blogs, and I belong to several writers’ groups that have promoted my book as well. I have a lot of writer friends who blog and tweet about my book for me, and I’m SO grateful for all the help the writing community has provided to spread the word about my trilogy!
Have you enrolled your book onto Amazon’s KDP Select and how have you found it?
No, my publisher has made my trilogy (book one at this point) available for e-readers through Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. You can find me on those e-formats fairly easily. It’s ‘The Society by Jennifer Word’.
If you had to do it all over again what would you do differently?
Nothing. My experience so far with Stony Meadow Publishing has been fabulous.
What books do you like to read in your spare time?
I work for a horror digest as an associate editor, so I spend a lot of my spare time reading submissions to the magazine, actually. I read mostly horror, but some poetry and flash fiction pieces as well.
What do you feel is the most important stage of writing a book?
Sketching it thru, from the beginning. Making at outline from beginning to end, where you define your main characters, your story arc, the general plot, and the ending. Then you can begin to go crazy creating within that outline. The “sketch-thru’ is a basic outline that leaves room for the author to play around, and there are no set parameters. Things can always change as you go along, but a general diagram is very helpful.
How did you go about designing the cover for your book?
My publisher designed the cover of my book, with my input. I’m very happy with how it turned out. It’s very simplistic, but I feel it captures the general feel of book one pretty decently. Please see the attached image.
Are you writing or considering writing a follow-up to your book?
The Society is book one of a trilogy, so yes, lol…I’m planning on turning out three books in the series, ultimately. Book two is scheduled for a fall/winter 2012 release, and book one is already available to purchase and read.
Do you have a day job (if so, what do you do?) or do you write full-time?
Yes, I have a day job, in an office. It’s difficult managing my work life with my writing life, but most modern day authors are in the same boat as me. We can’t quite quit our day jobs just yet, but writing is my ultimate passion, so no matter how limited my time becomes, I’ll always make room to jot down my ideas and keep writing my tales.
Where is your book available to buy?
It is also available for the Kindle and the Nook.