About Jennifer Shriver:
I grew up just outside of Chicago with my mom and my sister. I enlisted for the Army when I was old enough and ended up stationed in Hawaii where I met my wonderful husband. We now reside just outside Denver with our two beautiful daughters and two giant lap dogs. I am a writer, an accountant and a volleyball coach right now. In my free time, I enjoy running and hiking.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired mostly by the world. I’ve read many authors from many genres and like them all for many different reasons and incorporate a little bit of everything, I think, in my writing. But, for the most part, it is the world that inspires me. The beauty, the turmoil, the everyday lives of everyday people with everyday happenings. That’s the inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve gone both ways with my writing. There’s been more times that I’ll just sit down and let my the words flow through my fingers and next thing you know, I have 30 pages and am not even sure what is there. Other times, there will be something very specific I want to convey so I will sit down and write a list of things I want to include whether it be how the character is developing or things I would just like to talk about or a title of a chapter so I know where I want to go with it. With that, I am still quite old-fashioned and generally use scrap paper. I’ve tried many times to organize it on boards or tablets or computers but I always go back to having 72 pieces of scrap paper with notes on it. The organized mess is what works best for me when I’m not in a sit down and let it flow type of mood.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. That’s the best advice I’ve been given and that’s the best advice I can give. Just write. Write what makes you happy, don’t worry about everything else. Just do it. Just go with it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided on self-publishing because my first book was something that I needed said and needed to get out of my hands as soon as I could. I didn’t want to wait to submit and resubmit and be rejected and rejected again. I needed it to get out there as soon as I felt it was ready. Self-publishing allowed me to do that, it allowed me to be proud of my work without dealing with negativity.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will become more and more prominent because authors can feel in complete control and don’t have to be in the “waiting place” for long periods of time. There are more authors out there than anyone realizes. Of course, the publishers will stay strong for a long time because there are plenty of people who would prefer someone to do the work for them.
What genres do you write?: non-fiction, fiction, memoir, biography
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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