Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jennifer Anne Davis Interview

1.In your novel, THE VOICE, can you relate to any of your characters? Is your personality resonating in any of them?

The main character, Audrey, was actually a difficult person for me to create because she goes through this crazy traumatic experience. I had to put myself in her shoes in order to write her. It was a really hard place to go to.

2. Every author has their story about their road to publication. How was your road?
Long! I wrote a book and tried to get it published with little success. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing or even what genre I was writing. Then I entered an essay contest and won! My essay was published in a book and this fueled my desire to keep on writing. I realized then that I loved to read young adult novels and decided to write the book I wanted to read. I outlined THE VOICE, wrote it in four months, revised it for almost a year, then sent it out to agents and publishers. I had several people interested in the story. I ended up going with a small publishing house that specializes in YA books and I couldn’t be happier!

3. How did you come up with the idea for THE VOICE?
I kept having a reoccurring dream involving a girl that was locked in a cabin. At first I planned to have her guardian angel rescue her but then I thought that the angel thing was overdone. I liked the idea of telepathy, so I just kept playing around with the story until I had something that worked.

4. Where do you write? Kitchen, living room, park?
When I’m first outlining and drafting a story, I write curled up on the couch. However, when revising, I always work in my office sitting at a desk. Revising is really hard for me so I need to be in a quiet place.

5. Can you describe yourself and your interests?
Well, I am first and foremost, a mother of three young kids! Writing happens when they are either at school or in bed! But I read whenever I can. On average I read two books a week (always YA books). I also love taking my kids to the beach and just being with my family.

6. How does it feel like being a debut author?
It’s an odd mixture of pure joy and complete and utter fear. I am so excited that my dream of becoming a published author is here! When I saw the advanced reader copy of my book with my picture and name on it, I cried! It was so surreal. But the thought of people reading and judging my work is hard. I really hope people enjoy the story. I’m trying to grow thick skin because I know not everyone will love it, and that’s okay (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about its release day!!

7. Do you plan on writing anymore novels? Can you tell us a bit about them?
I signed a new three book deal with my publisher. The first book is tentatively entitled THE KEY and is slated for a release date in 2014. The first book is written and I’m about to begin edits with my editor. I am currently writing book two in the series. THE KEY series is completely different from THE VOICE. THE VOICE is a contemporary novel whereas THE KEY is a fantasy novel set in a medieval kingdom. It’s about the return of the sole surviving heir, mistakenly left alive after the entire royal family was massacred seventeen years ago, when the kingdom fell. And that’s all I can say for now!

You can visit me at www.JenniferAnneDavis.com for updates and news! Please feel free to follow me on FB, Twitter, and Goodreads! All links can be accessed via my website!

Thanks for the great interview Jennifer!! Check out Jennifer's debut novel, THE VOICE, out on January 29, 2013!

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