About Jennifer Sivec:
Suspense, Women’s Fiction, and Young Adult Fantasy author, Jennifer Sivec, has always found an escape in books and beautiful stories. As a child, she was the girl who hid under her blankets with a flashlight reading late into the night and would rather read than do anything else. In reading and writing she has discovered refuge and sanctity her entire life, which quiets the chaos, while giving her perspective and peace of mind. She finds inspiration in the balance of beauty and tragedy, which is something she has experienced herself her entire life.
Born in Seoul, Korea, and then abandoned at a very young age, she was adopted when she was three and has lived in Ohio for most of her life. She is married to her best friend, Jeff, and together they share two incredible, imaginative, and funny boys.
Jennifer is the author of the Eva Series and the standalone novel, I Run to You. The Eva Series is a suspense series that is centered on Brynn, a woman who was abandoned as a child, and is an intense journey into the aftermath of abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, and cutting. There are numerous twists and turns to keep the reader holding their breath until the very end. Her young adult fantasy novel, The Forgotten, is the first book in the Lost Children Series, which explores a world where all of the children have been completely forgotten, in a land that is put in jeopardy by the evil choice of one devious creature.
When she isn’t writing she’s hanging out with her family, either watching one of her boys at a basketball or baseball game, or just enjoying her role as mom.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by other authors, books, and life. I’m drawn to stories of love, survival, family, and heartbreak. I’m also inspired by my own children as well as simply observing life. It’s true when they say that truth is stranger than fiction.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a “pantser” which means that I write by the seat of my pants. I’ll often take notes on ideas or moments where I find inspiration, and then I store it away for later. If I’m stuck with a story that I’m writing, I’ll revisit my notes and sometimes I’ll start writing a new story just to get my brain moving. By doing that I will either find inspiration for the story that I’m currently writing or I’ll begin an entirely new story which later becomes a book.
I’ve often tried to outline a story with a beginning, middle, and end, but then the story and characters will take on a life of their own and the outline goes out the window which is very similar to real life.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. Each character will begin to become who they choose to be, as I write them. When they go silent, I leave them alone because I think they are a lot like I am, and sometimes just need space to breathe and recharge.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to other writes would be that they shouldn’t compare their journey to anyone else but their own. Writing is a journey and like all journeys, they are personal and beautiful with their own timeline. Our personal success can’t be measured by someone else’s and we have to find joy in our own journey or we should stop writing altogether.
I would also tell them that all reviews are good because it means that people are reading, and even the one star reviews can often render some good advice if we choose not to take them too personally.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Writing a book has been on my bucket list since I was young, and as I approached a very significant birthday, I decided that it was either now or never and I decided to take the leap. I felt strangely incomplete in my life until I published my first book and I knew that I would remain that way unless I finally did it. The moment I hit publish on my first book I almost had a panic attack. Thank goodness, my husband talked me off of the ledge and I haven’t regretted it since.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the future of book publishing remains to be seen as the publishing industry changes all of the time. I think that authors have to be flexible and not become discouraged as things do change. Our audience will find us regardless of any obstacles which means that we have to be diligent in our commitment to writing good books for our readers to consume.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Suspense, Women’s Fiction, YA Fantasy, Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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