Saturday, February 27, 2010

Interview: Jennifer Laurens

We have with us today the author Jennifer Laurens. Laurens is the author of:
"I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family."
-Taken from Lauren's website.
Amber: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Laurens: I've written since I was a teen. My Father's a writer, my Dad's in show biz and I started writing plays, screenplays and stories that were HILariously bad but...they were the seeds of doing something I LOVE.

Amber: How long does it take you to write a book?
Laurens: Three months.

Amber: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Laurens:I have a fountain inside my head. It GUSHES ideas. I can't write fast enough.

Amber: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Laurens: Write. Eat. ( a bad thing ) spend time with my 6 children and DH.

Amber: What was the inspiration for Heavenly?
Laurens: Heavenly is my family. I live this life. I have a daughter with autism. I have a son who's struggled with addiction. My daughters are combined in the character of Zoe. This is us. Everything that happened ( and soo much more ) to Abria, has happened to us with our daughter with autism.  Same with the drug issues. And the teen drinking and partying. But we came through it. I guess that's why I'm so passionate about sharing this novel. The story is real, about a family joining forces to overcome the forces in this world that strive so hard to tear families apart.
Amber: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? 
Laurens: That I can do much more than write. I love the entire creative process that goes into creating a final product.

Amber: Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they? 
Laurens: Join a non-biased critique group. Write as much as you  can and read every genre, just like eating a balanced meal, the insight into other genres will make you more well rounded as a creator.

Amber: What do you think makes a good story? 
Laurens: Obstacles. LOTS of obstacles. Deep, real characters. I've had countless emails from readers saying things like, "Your story gave me  hope." "I felt a peaceful feeling reading Heavenly." "Zoe was a real character - flawed - but the family pulled together, I liked that."
The grass roots elements in my stories ( family, relationships and overcoming obstacles ) are what I think make a good story. 
*Amber: I can agree with these readers' emails.
Amber: Do you think that you will continue to write novels? 
Laurens: The fountain continues to gush. All I need is more time. :)

Thank you so much for letting us get to know you! Make sure you check out Jennifer Lauren's novels, especially her newest one, Heavenly. The sequel, Penitence, will be released in April.

To see my review of Heavenly, click here.
To see the Heavenly trailer, click here

1 comment:

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

This is such a great interview! I'm just dying to read Heavenly :)