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Jenn Sterling for Lost in Young Adults

by Louisa Klein

1) Why ya books? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I definitely chose this genre because it’s what fit my personality. I’m so freaking
immature, silly and not a grown up- that I couldn’t fathom trying to write books for
them! lol
2) Is there a children’s/ya author, living or dead, who inspired you particularly?
To be completely honest, there isn’t anyone who inspired me before I started writing
my books. But there are people who inspire me NOW as I move forward and try to grow
as a writer/storyteller. Colleen Hoover (the Slammed series) & Rachel Higginson
(Star-Crossed series) to name a couple.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
I just released Chance Encounters. It’s a story about following your heart- and what
happens when you think your life is perfectly wonderfully, until you meet that
person that throws it all out of whack! It’s an honest love story about how
difficult life can be sometimes.
And then I literally went through In Dreams (my debut novel) and rewrote the entire
thing. The story didn’t change- the order of the story didn’t change- but there was
a ton of exposition and “head hopping” that needed to be addressed. I tried to let
it go and chalk it up to it simply being my first book that I didn’t have
professionally edited- but that wasn’t good enough for me. I couldn’t stop obsessing
about the shape it was in and I would cring when someone said they were about to
read it. I took out most of the exposition and replaced it with dialogue. I
addressed the majority of the head hopping issues, but I’ll admit- I like the
varying points of view at times, so I left some of it in. But i’m happy to say that
the book is in MUCH better shape than it was before. And I sincerely hope it helps
people enjoy the story more.
Right now i’m working on the follow up to In Dreams- which actually takes place in
the past. In Dreams hints at the idea of reincarnation and past lives, so Before the
Dreams is a one of those lifetimes. It’s going to be so cool. And sad. lol
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
published? + 5) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution? Would you consider
the indie route?
I couldn’t get an agent for the life of me! I tried- oh, did I try. And at first I
chalked “self publishing” up to failing. But I can’t even begin to tell you how
happy I am that it all worked out the way it did. Self publishing, while a TON of
work, is the most rewarding, gratifying and humbling experience. I love the control
I have over my content, my story, my designs, my release dates and my prices. 🙂
6) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot to
promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
I have a twitter account and a facebook fan page. I admit that I barely ever tweet.
It’s just not as personal in my opinion. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my facebook page because
my actual readers find me there! And that’s who I want to talk to. That’s whose
opinions I want. The whole social media aspect IS very time consuming. And all the
time you are doing things like that, you are aren’t writing- it’s hard to find the
balance. But, I enjoy meeting, talking to and getting to know my readers. So it’s
all worth it to me. 🙂
Info about the author:
Jenn is a woman who can’t be defined or put into some little box with labels and categories. she might be a mom, but it’s not all she is. She might love Taco Bell to ridiculous levels, but that’s not all she loves. She might like the foam in her Chai Tea Latte more than she likes the Chai itself, but that’s … well, that’s just weird. She is definitely weird. As a whole though, She’s pretty undefineable. At least, that’s how she feels 🙂
To know more about her and her work, please visit her website:  http://www.j-sterling.com/
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:


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