About Jennie Arnold:
My name is Jenni Arnold and I have always been a writer. I just did not know it when I worked as a teacher, a banker, and a pizza cook. I have no plans to stop writing and see no reason to stop believing in imaginary friends.
You can learn more about me and my books on the website: kingdomsbooks.webs.com
What inspires you to write?
This story started when I was a child (every story I have ever written began when I was a child.) because my sister would not let me be the hero when we played. She wanted to be the hero and she was older. Logic like that makes sense only to the young. I figured that a story should have more than one hero. The bad guy has minions so the good guys should be a team too! My sister didn’t always agree but I have always been more stubborn than she. Each story needed a host of characters. As I grew the stories got more complex and often needed more characters.
The seven kingdoms got their start in my playroom and jungle gym but the stories stayed with me in college, when I started writing them down. Short stories were sent to different children's magazines and some were published but most found their way into my desk drawers. I added to the short stories and ended up with a 60,000-word novel!
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
My favorite book series are the Riddlemaster by Patricia McKillip, the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a home office but I rarely write there. I like to be outside while I write. I bring my tablet and keyboard to our outdoor patio and write there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The stories come from my childhood but most of them are a jumble. I use story charts and webs to add order and motion to the stories. I divide the web into chapters as the story progresses. Sometimes the charts need to be changed as I write but the webs are usually vague enough to leave as is.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I got came from a middle school history teacher: never be afraid to write.
Put your thoughts to paper even when they are nothing but a jumbled mess. Get the thoughts down first and make them sound good when you edit. The first goal is to get your ideas down.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried self-publishing and found that it was not for everyone. It was a nightmare! People took my money and made promises but never delivered. It takes a community to publish a novel just like it takes a village to raise a child. I was lucky enough to find Trient Press. They treat my book like an investment and help me every step of the way!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope to turn my book into a series and am already working on the next novel.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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