Jennifer’s passion is writing and she has been writing as a freelance writer and copywriter for 2 years. She is proud to publish her first debut novel. She has finished her 2nd and 3rd novels and is halfway through her 4th and will be publishing them over the next two months. She loves to write about things she can relate to and social issues and stories that need to be told. When she isn’t writing (which isn’t often) she loves to spend time with her grandchildren and she loves to read and to go for long walks in her rural community. She is a mom to five grown children and grandma to a boy and a girl. She lives in upstate, New York with her husband, son, a dog, and two cats.
Where are you from?
I live in upstate, New York in the United States in a quiet rural community. It is about 5 hours from New York City. I grew up down near the city on Long Island and moved upstate when I was 18.
Why do you write?
I am a creative person and writing releases that creativity. I am always thinking about stories whether it is the one I am writing or it is one I want to write or sometimes it is a completely new idea. I also write because it bolsters my self-esteem. Theirs nothing like seeing your name on a book to feel great inside at that accomplishment.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes, I have been writing something or another since I was a child. I would write short stories even as a small child. I excelled in English and got great grades whenever there was a writing assignment. That love for writing continued to grow as I became an adult. It kind of got put on hold as I had my children. I had 5 children in 5 years so I was quite busy but once they were grown, and I had the time, that love came flowing back.
What motivates you to write?
I am motivated by the final product. I envision what the end will be like and envision it as a book, and that keeps me going to get to that goal. I am also motivated by my love for doing it. I am never happier than when I am writing. I try to find time whenever I can to write.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
Well, while I always loved to write it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I came up with a story idea for my first book. The story kept coming to me and finally, I got a notebook and started to write it down. Finally, I realized I had enough for a novel so I began writing it. And that became my debut novel, No Other Choice which was released January 31st.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, my first book took the longest and that was a year. But since then I have written 2 more books I have to publish and I have started on my 4th book. So it’s been only taking me about 5-7 weeks to write a book and this 4th book will only take me 4-5 weeks. When the story comes, it comes quickly and the words just flow onto the screen.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think it depends on your audience because everybody is different but the main thing is having a character or two that people can relate to and can cheer for when they are in trouble. If they can connect with the characters then they will connect with the story and the story will be a good one. It’s also good to have a villain that people can hate and can root for the good guy to win against. The villain should also have some redeeming characteristics to be made human and be relatable too.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are mostly supportive. Some think it’s a hobby, some realize it’s a dream of mine, and they are my cheerleaders. There are one or two who sneer and think it’s a bit silly but I plan on proving them wrong just by keeping writing and going forward.
What’s the most memorable thing a writer said about your work?
I got an astounding review that was almost as long as a book. She wrote that my book was stupendous and remarkable and that everyone should read it. She said that my characterization and storyline were as real as they can get and my writing was superb and flawless. She felt I hit the nail on the head with the subject matter of my book and that I really knew my stuff. She gave me 5 stars and a thumbs up.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to be a full-time writer but I am not there yet. I have a ways to go. My book sales would need to increase and I would need to publish more books. But I do see it as a possibility if I put my mind to it and make the effort. It can’t hurt to strive for it.
Do you have any links you would like to share with the readers?
Sure. Here is my website and my blog https://jennfercorgan.net
And here is my Facebook https://facebook/jennifercorganauthor
And my Instagram https://instagram/jenniferanncorganauthor
And my Twitter https://twitter/corganjennifer
And my Pinterest https://pinterest/jenniferanncorganauthor
And here is the link to my debut novel, No Other Choice