Grace & Peace from the hot and humid region of Central Florida (Leesburg)! (I know, is there a region of Florida that isn’t hot or humid in May? But hey, it’s already Hurricane season…before it’s officially Hurricane season…one storm down…Who knows how many more to come…)
When I was asked to post this interview, I thought, “How ironic.” It’s been a while, but I remember “meeting” this author, so many years ago, on a website dedicated to speculative fiction. There was a contest being held wherein authors could send in portions of their work one phase at a time. First, (If I recall correctly) you sent in the log line and the blurb. If you made to the next round, then you sent in the first page. If you made it to the next round, you sent in more of the WIP. It was American Idol, or sorts. As each stage of the contest progressed, people could weigh in and vote, visit and interact in the chat room, etc. Those with the highest votes made the “cut,” and moved on to the next round. It was an interesting experience for me, and helped me improve at writing log lines and blurbs, for sure.
It’s funny how “Anomalous” paths cross “where the maps ends.” It was definitely a “Gerke” kind of experience.
So, without further ado, I introduce you to Jennifer Allee, better(?) known as “jallee, the Junior Member” in the Spec Fic world.
Welcome, Jennifer! From those days in 2009-10 when publication was a dream, and everyone had an idea for a novel, I’m sure you were like the rest of us. Hopeful. Now, here we are in 2015. The dream is a reality. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?
I’ve had eleven books traditionally published. The latest are Vinnie’s Diner and Last Family Standing (both from Abingdon Press), and A Worthy Suitor (from Heartsong Presents). Last October, I dipped my toe into the self-publishing world with a novella, Nutcracker Christmas.
Wow! Eleven books. That’s awesome. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?
Not to give up. I’ve had some serious road bumps in the last year, the biggest being the passing of my mother in December. I’ve had to step back, take breaks, and put projects aside, but I’ve always come back. When writing is in your blood, you can’t get away from it! Read More →