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Tonight we have another very special guest for the Author Interview series. May I present to you all author Jenna Greene, as she fills us in on the details of her Young Adult Fantasy books and writing experiences.
Have a fantastic weekend folks and as always, thanks for reading 🙂
Hi there Jenna, fantastic to have you over here with us today to talk about your enchanting works of magical Fantasy.
Let’s start with your trio of Young Adult Fantasy novels – “Imagine”, “Heroine” and “Reality”. I take it that all three of these books are linked with their protagonists and the world that they inhabit. Can you please tell us more about their particular story arcs and the sequence of events that lead us across the course of the adventures for all of them.
Sure! First of all, “Imagine” is the first book in the series, and “Reality” is the sequel. I’m diligently editing the third book in the series, “Heritage”.
“Heroine” is a contemporary YA book, not part of any series. Yet. It is about a girl named Morgaine who is struggling to determine the difference between the fantasies in her head and the reality around her. Perhaps with reason.
In “Imagine” we are introduced to teenage Kat Bowers and pre-teen Becky Thatcher as they are ripped from their earthly realm and transported to Oren. Abandoned almost immediately by the presence that brought them there, they have to survive on their own in strange territory, armed only with the information that they each have special skills that will help defeat a powerful warlord named Nandor.
“Reality” takes place several weeks after the final events of the first novel. Kat begins a self-imposed quest to find a way to send Becky back to earth, even though this means traveling to a remote, treacherous part of Oren and searching for a portal that may not exist. Characters introduced in the first book have their own journeys and struggles to overcome here, as they deal with an organization called the Coalition, which seeks to eradicate all magic from Oren.
I find it fascinating how Fantasy Authors build their worlds and the things that inhabit them. How do you go about picking and choosing the names for your characters, objects and the places in your world?
Some character names come from people I know. Kat is named after two former room-mates: Cathy and Kate. Becky’s name has literary roots: she’s named after Tom Sawyer’s girlfriend. Other names I invent because I like the sound or how they look on the page.
If your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
I’d want to make sure the characters were played by actors that actually are a similar age. I don’t want ten-year-old Becky Thatcher played by a 29 year-old actress. I think we’d have to scour for new talent – fresh faces that can do the parts justice. I’ll bet there are lots of talent that I don’t know about yet.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
EDITING! Editing is important but quite tedious. And sometimes I can get really down on myself if a section isn’t going well.
The best part of writing is the first draft, where ideas and words spill out and characters sometimes take me places I wasn’t expecting to go.
Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?
Jane Austen – how can you not love her?
I adore so many YA writers: Suzanne Collins, Ally Condie, Maureen Fergus, Victoria Aveyard, Veronica Roth…
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
I don’t do a lot of research, but I do keep PLENTY of notes. Since I mostly write fantasy, I get to make up a lot of details. I can invent cultures, places, creatures…but I want to make sure I keep the details consistent.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since kindergarten. I’m not 100% sure what first put the idea in my head. I do know, though, that writing is my sanity. My creativity and immortality. My adventure and my soul.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I try and take a break and come back fresh the next day. Some days I just realize, “Nope, it’s not going to happen today.” And that’s OK.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Write more. And good job on all you’re doing.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I read. Dance. Dragonboat. Clean up after my husband and daughter.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I have the third book in the “Reality” series which I’m busily editing. I also have a new YA fantasy, “RE-BORN” which I’m seeking a publisher for.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Write. And don’t go back and critique your work right away. Just keep going and fix details later.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for spending time with us Jenna, we can’t wait to discover more and explore the worlds on display in your books 🙂
Jenna (Butrenchuk) Greene is a writer from Alberta, Canada. She is also a middle school teacher, so writing is not just a career, but a path to sanity! She lives with her husband and their two dogs: Thor, Dog of Thunder and Tyko.
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