Friday, 23 January 2015

Jen Minkman Interview

Here is an interview with Jen Minkman author of the Space in Between.

1.where do your ideas come from?
If I knew that, I'd go out to the place where they float around and put them in a bottle :) Honestly, I don't know. Inspiration is a mysterious thing, but I think it helps that I read a lot of books besides writing them. long have you been writing?
I started writing stories when I was nine, but my first 'real' book was finished in 2009 and published in 2012.

3.can you tell what your next project is?
I'm currently in the middle of a fantasy/dystopian series called Tales of Skylge. Book 2 is almost done and book 3 should be available in April! do you categorize you are writing style?
It's always YA style. Either that or NA. My stories are always about love, the state of the world, and/or the supernatural. you have any advice for young writers?
Just write a lot so you get better and better! Don't think you'll get the hang of it in a few months' time - take time to invest in yourself.

6. Do you have any particular writing process that you go through to get your work from idea to publishable?
Not really, but I do need to be able to devote entire days to writing if I want to get anywhere, so I make sure I have at least one day a week where I can focus solely on writing. Sometimes, I take two afternoons or mornings, that works as well.

7.Do you have a favorite book you've written?
All my books are my favorites, in a way :) It just depends on the mood I'm in which one I'll pick at any given time. 

8.Do you have a favorite character from your books?
I liked writing Alisa and Saul in The Deep, especially their relationship. Saul was initially a bad guy, and then he surprised me by being far more three-dimensional than I expected. Sometimes, my own characters take me by surprise.

9. Are there any authors you look up to or look too for inspiration?
No, I like reading certain authors, but I'll never consciously look at them or their work for inspiration. The world around me inspires me enough!

10. How are you hoping to see yourself in 10 years career wise?
I'll hopefully be a full-time writer and translator by then, living abroad in different countries around the world with my husband (who works for an international company, so we wouldn't be traveling around without any financial security!)

11.  what is your favorite part of being an author?
Being your own boss, in many ways.

12. How to come up with your characters?
They are all a part of me. It just depends on which part of me is most vocal at the time of writing a new book. Sometimes, I also let people around me inspire me to come up with supporting characters, but I guess the main character is always 'me' in a certain way.

13. Can you tell me a little bit about what inspired you to start writing?
I think it was because I read so many books at a young age. Reading all those stories and having a vivid imagination prompted me to want to write my own stories down.

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