About Jennifer Tempest:
Jennifer Tempest was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her partner and large cat. Starting writing stories at age eight, the love of sharing her imagination has always been there and continued to grow over the years as she wrote longer and more in-depth stories.
Jennifer loves to read and travel to gain inspiration for her creations. Often including her friends in her works of fiction, Jennifer writes to make people smile and feel enjoyment
What inspires you to write?
Everything. I love to travel so I sometimes take inspiration from elements of cities that I have been to, especially Europe. Characteristics of my friends make their way into my characters and various experiences will influence actions my characters take, decorations in rooms that may appear or even food that is described.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Mercedes Lackey is my all time favorite author but I also lean towards Kristian Britain and Naomi Novik. In terms of newer writers I really enjoy JMD Reid and Connie Reed.
Tell us about your writing process.
I will start my writing with a brief outline, a couple sentences for each chapter so I know what I want to cover. After that I am a seat of the pants writer. I will write the ending first generally, but otherwise I write whatever chapter speaks to me in the moment. This may mean writing an entire chapter at once, or potentially in segments as I jump between chapters. Some days I will focus on editing and reviewing what I have already written to expand on it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I like to focus on what they would be thinking in the moment and how they would react. So rather then talking to my characters, I feel like I try and get in their heads and listen to what they are telling me they feel in a particular moment or how telling me how they want to take action.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write with your heart and do not be afraid to share your work with the world. One thing that held me back from publishing my book was the fear that no one would like it. But I realized I wrote my story to share with others and I knew while not everyone would love my story there will be people that do and in publishing my art it may inspire others to do the same.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew that I wanted to publish my book sooner rather than later and I was unfamiliar with the traditional publishing process. I ended up searching self publishing options and stumbled upon Tellwell Publishing as a Canadian option.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more people will go with the self publishing options as this method becomes easier to do. There are so many ways to go about the process but I think the freedom that self publishing allows is encouraging and allows for people to share their hard work.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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