Author Interview with Jenny Alexander

Jenny has a story to tell. Her story is one of recovery and hope. She has survived, healed, and thrived after her unhealthy first marriage ended in divorce. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Services Counselling from Liberty University. Her life experience and expertise from years of study give her a unique angle on the subject of healing from divorce. She also has a unique angle on dating, having dated well and unwisely at various points in her life.

She lives in Ontario with her new husband, Curtis. She is a happy housewife and author who loves pursuing creative interests like sketching, playing the violin, and writing.

Where are you from? I was born in the United States but spent most of my growing up years in Nova Scotia, Canada. I now live in Ontario, Canada.

Why do you write? I write to share messages of hope, encouragement, and inspiration.

What do you write about?  I write about relationships and the Christian faith.

Do you have a specific writing style? I’ve been told my writing is succinct with practical wisdom.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing? Perfectionism.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work? My husband said my Divorce Recovery Handbook read like modern-day proverbs. That was quite the compliment!

How long have you been writing? I wrote one of my first pieces of fiction at age 9.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer? In 2012 or 2013, shortly after my divorce.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing? I have the luxury of being a housewife. This gives me as much time to write as needed. I usually write when my husband is at work.

How long does it take to write a book? I write on the Medium writing platform and had enough articles after a couple of months for my first book, Divorce Recovery Handbook.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer? Write consistently. Keep writing. Practice makes perfect, as they say – though no writer is ever perfect.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story? Feeling like I have to write perfectly. I uploaded my first eBook more times than I can count with countless changes to make it as perfect as possible. There are also times when I can’t think of what I’m trying to say or I sometimes wonder if my style should be more like someone else’s. It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap.

What do you think makes a good story? One that stirs emotions and inspires the reader.

What does your family think of your writing? They’re totally supportive, especially my husband. My dad read Divorce Recovery Handbook twice.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes! I’m branching out into a new career as an author.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers? If you’re hurting emotionally from a divorce, be encouraged – healing is possible. It might not seem that way but I’m living proof. Please consider reading my book Divorce Recovery Handbook.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? I’m still processing the fact that writing is my new career. It’s been a long-held dream.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  I hear those doubts and fears but keep pressing on because I believe in my message. I have a story to tell that will help others.

What are you most proud of in your personal life? I’m proud of how I left my unhealthy first marriage. I wasn’t a victim but instead overcame and moved on.

What books did you love growing up? Sweet Valley High, Paddington Bear, Nancy Drew.

What else do you do, other than write? I play the violin, spend time with my husband, I sketch, exercise, bake and cook. I even enjoy housework!

What other jobs have you had in your life? I was a secretary for 30 plus years.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I’m thankful for my husband’s support. He’s my number one fan and encourager.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?  Successful writing is making a living from my books while helping others who were where I once was.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? I wrote Stop Settling When it Comes to Love to encourage woman that they don’t have to settle when it comes to finding a spouse. I wrote it to help them aim higher. They don’t have to settle for less than what they deserve. This book will be available on or before January 11.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel? I want people to walk away from my writing with practical tips for better relationships and strategies for healing. I want them to feel hope for their future.

If you want to connect with me, please do so via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100088275428613

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