When not on maternity leave (which she has been for most of the time over the last nine years) Jennifer Wenn works on an Adult College with Financial Management. She is married to her best friend who happens to also be the proud father to her four monsters… ehrm… sorry… children. As soon as she gets a minute or two for herself she ignores the stacks of dirty dishes and piles of clean laundry and instead throws herself all over her poor laptop and taps away about whatever is in her head at that moment.
Home is where the heart is, which in Jennifer’s case is the west coast of Sweden.
What inspires you to write?
Lyrics mostly. It’s fascinating how much a good songwriter can tell in just a few short minutes. But mostly it’s just one line which grabs my attention and makes my head start working, creating a new story for my poor tormented characters.
Tell us about your writing process.
The first thing I do is write a sort of prolonged blurb. As my stories centers mostly about the heroine I always write down who she is and what drives her. Then I add the hero and what their conflict is. There has to be a conflict, its romance after all! I never write down the ending. It will come to me in time. That’s what’s so great with my genre – there is always a HEA!
I start with writing the words Chapter One and then continue word for word, page for page until I reach the last page where I can put a The End.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk for them. Wording their every line when I write. It drives my husband crazy, my mumbling in the kitchen, but it works for me. Then I can hear what they say and it’s so much easier to see if they need to say something more, say something differently or just say no more.
What advice would you give other writers?
Finish that draft. Don’t go back and edit as you write. Finish the darn thing and then go back.
When I’ve finished a draft I always put it aside, or close the application, and then I don’t look at the book for at least two months. I’ve learnt that I look at it with fresh eyes and do a much better job editing when it’s not too old for me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Being from Sweden and not having English as my first language made me feel that I needed the tender guidance from an editor and was lucky enough to bump into the one editor in the world, or at least I think she is, who happens to have been to Sweden, who understands my sometimes strange way of rearranging words and who thought I was someone to give a chance.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the future of book publishing is wide open.
I mean, I love the feel of a paper book in my hands and to turn page after page when I read. But in the same time, eBooks are a great thing; especially considering you can even read them in your Smartphone. But what will rule in a year, a couple of years, and a decade? I don’t know.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Romance, Regency Historical
What formats are your books in?