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Jennifer Snyder for Lost in Young Adults

by Louisa Klein

1) Why young adult? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I have always read Young Adult books, so writing in that genre just seemed
natural to me. I still feel connected to the young characters. Whether they
are falling in love for the first time or learning something about
themselves such as discovering their weaknesses or strengths. They still
resonate with me. Sometimes it’s a reminder of what I felt at a certain
age. Others it’s a mirror image of something I’m feeling in the present.
2) Is there an author, living or dead, who inspired you particularly?
I can’t say that there is any one author who has inspired me. There are
numerous authors who inspire me on a day to day basis. I’m always finding
new authors that I love for different reasons. I do have some favorites
though, Anne Rice being one of them.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
The last book I released was a Young Adult Paranormal Romance titled Marked
(Marked Duology Book 1). It’s about a seventeen-year-old girl who has a
birthmark with a hidden meaning, falls for a boy she should probably stay
away from, and survives an animal attack that changes her life forever.
I’m currently working on the finishing touches of the sequel, Changed
(Marked Duology Book 2). It will be released on May 21.
4) How was your writing journey?
My journey was full of ups and downs just like most authors. I was (and
still am) a stay at home mom of two children who wrote during nap time and
early in the morning. In 2010, after querying for months for a YA
Paranormal Romance project of mine I got an idea for something completely
different. Something so different for myself that I didn’t even know the
type of genre it fell into. This was when I sat down and wrote Shattered
Soul. A novel that I later found out to be YA Contemporary. I wrote
Shattered Soul in three months from start to finish. I sent query after
query and the rejections just kept filling up my inbox. Around September of
2010 I hit an all time low with my writing and began thinking of it as a
hobby or pass time until my daughter became old enough to start
kindergarten and I could begin looking for work outside of the home. I
stopped querying and also stopped writing for a few months.
In December my husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas and that was a
pivotal point for me. I read a book called Hollowland by an author I’m sure
you’ve all heard of, Amanda Hocking. I enjoyed the book and went online to
find out more about her books, that was when I learned she was
self-published. It was like a light bulb went off. Now, mind you, I had
thought of self-publishing a few years before this but the site that I
looked at charged you for self- publishing with them so I immediately ruled
it out. But this, this was different. I began to buy How To books on
self-publishing and researching authors in the top spots on my Kindle to
see which were self-published and which weren’t.
May 14th 2011 I took the plunge. I self-published Shattered Soul and
haven’t looked back since. I currently have three titles out with a fourth
coming soon. Sales have began increasing. It was slow to start, but lately
things have been mind blowing for me. In February of this year I sold more
copies of my books than May- December of 2011 combined. This is a big
achievement for me and I am eternally grateful to every new reader who
finds me.
5) What’s your opinion about this E-book revolution?
I think it’s wonderful. It’s definitely changing the way things work in the
publishing industry. I’m not saying that the traditional route is becoming
obsolete, but I am saying that as a writer we now have more options for
ourselves.
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 enjoy connecting with other authors and especially my readers. I try to
stay active on Twitter and post on my blog a few times a week. As with
anything else in life I believe there has to be a balance.
Info about the author:
A girl who loves the color green, hates milk, likes it when her nail polish chips because it gives
her nails more character, enjoys peanut butter on pancakes, and daydreams often. She writes YA contemporary and
paranormal romance fiction.
To know more about her, please visit her blog: http://jennifersnydersblog.blogspot.com
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below:



			
			
			
												
									

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