About Jennifer Farwell:
Jennifer Farwell has been writing since the day she picked up a navy blue Crayola as a toddler and began scribbling on her parents’ freshly painted white walls. She’s the author of SEVEN WEEKS TO FOREVER and ROCK STAR’S GIRL. When not writing novels, she can often be found at a Kundalini yoga class, cheering on the L.A. Kings during hockey season, or curled up with a good book. Her love of storytelling led to completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts degree in English, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Pico.
What inspires you to write?
I love creating characters and worlds and bringing them to life. It’s something I’ve been doing for most of my life, even before I could write my stories down by myself.
For story ideas, I’m inspired by my experiences, the experiences of people close to me, and things I hear about, read about, or dream about. Inspiration can come from anywhere.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline my books or how I think I’d like them to go when I first begin plotting, but I also find myself creating unplanned scenes when new ideas pop into my head while writing. I also never write a book in order from start to finish. I’ll know how I’d like the book to end and the basic plot points, but there’s always room for changing things up as I write, and as I revise.
I usually try to write 1,500 to 2,500 words each time I sit down to work on a book. This doesn’t always happen, but it’s a goal! The most important thing for me is to do something related to my book every day, like writing, getting ideas down, or re-visiting how I thought the book would be structured and fine-tuning that.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sometimes do interviews with my characters. As for listening to them, sometimes an idea for a thought they have or a conversation they have with another character will pop into my head, and I’ll make a note of it or stop whatever else I’m doing to write the scene.
What advice would you give other writers?
First, make sure you write something–anything–every single day. It can be a sentence or two, or it can be several thousand words. This is the way that your book draft will get done.
Second, most of writing is re-writing. Make sure that you revise, revise, revise and that your book is read by other people before you start looking to publish. If you’re self-publishing, hire a professional editor and make sure that your book is proofread several times after it’s been edited.
Third, don’t go it alone. Get involved in the author and reader community. There are tons of us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, Tsu, Wattpad, and lots of other places. It’s not about being sales-pitchy and constantly advertising your book, but about creating real relationships with other authors and with the people out there who love to read. You’ll learn so much from all of them. The best part of publishing books has been the friendships I’ve made as a result.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My books are published by Booktrope, a great, innovative publisher that uses a team-publishing model. What I love most about Booktrope, and one of the major reasons I wanted to be a Booktrope author, is how supportive the entire Booktrope community is. Booktrope authors and book managers go the extra mile to help out and support other authors and book managers, and it’s a wonderful community to be part of.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is promising. Readers are more empowered than ever to find and read books they think they’ll enjoy, and that’s what it’s all about: the love of reading and readers having access to the books they enjoy.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA romance, contemporary women’s fiction, metaphysical fiction, chick lit
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print