Our Author of the Week is Jennifer Renson! Welcome, Jennifer. When did you begin writing?
I have been writing since childhood. I am not sure how I started writing but I remember being able to create stories since Middle School and as I got older I was able to expand my writing skills.
What is your chosen genre?
My poetry books and Carousel fall under the genres of young adult/mystery/thriller/fantasy/fiction.
I do not have a specific genre that I stick to. Mostly because I want to see how well I can write in a specific genre.
Can you please tell us about your most recent release?
Carousel is my first published book that started easily enough with the villain of the story. I do not usually write stories of this nature and I wanted to see if I could. Needless to say I was more than pleased that Pulse LLC wanted to publish it. Carousel takes places in a alternative Lucca, Italy. Lucca is a tiny Kingdom ruled by a King and Queen. When news of a plague approaches they abandoned their Kingdom to live in the countryside. Their son, Princio, unbeknownst of his past is raised by his grandfather when his parents die and tells him to return to Lucca but never show his face. Upon his return he meets the mysterious doll maker Feletti at the abandoned carousel knowing all about the prince's past and refusing to tell him. Princio believes him to be a friend until he meets Marian. Young, beautiful and curious she is terrified of Feletti and as her relationship with Princio develops so does the unanswered questions. Feletti knows everyone's secrets... What happens when Princio uncovers his as well as Marian's?
What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
The most challenging aspect I had writing Carousel was deciding how the story should end. I had multiple ideas and in the end I am most happy with the result.
Of all your published books, which is your favorite and why?
It is very hard to choose between all of my works. I love them all equally. Each one is a part of me in some way.
Are there certain themes or lessons you tend to explore in your books?
I like to explore a variety of themes. Though my skills mostly reside in the whimsical, story telling, and mystery, I've been trying to explore the more historical and scary.
What is your primary goal as an author?
My goal is to have my stories and poems reach as many readers as possible and be able to sustain a career in writing. Writing is my passion, my life and I want to be able to write forever.
Which authors and/or books have inspired you as a writer?
I've been inspires by several writers including J.R.R Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Thomas Malory. All three have written some of my favorite books.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently putting the finishing touches on the prequel to Carousel titled The Cottontail which will take readers into the lives of the royals before their abandonment of their kingdom, introduce two new compelling characters and provide further insight into Feletti's past.
What advice would you like to share with new or aspiring authors?
Do not give up on your dreams and passions. If you want to write, write. Tell the stories you want to tell. Be fearless. Be open to advice and criticism. There is no apology for passion.
About the Author:
After graduation, she began writing for Lost Treasure Magazine, covering a variety of topics, including that of Captain Kidd, The Library of Alexandria, Richard III, Cesare Borgia, and The Arthur Stone.
Jennifer acquired a Masters Degree in Counselor Education, with a New Jersey State Certificate for School Counselor. Her passionfor writing continued as her poetry was published into three books: Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel and Uncharted.
Her first published book Carousel through Pulse LLC, follows the life of a young man, returning to the homeland Lucca he never knew, meeting a mysterious doll maker and befriending a beautiful young woman at the site of the old carousel once belonging to royalty. Fascinated by history, she’s been a volunteer archaeologist. Hoping to turn her passion into a career, she continues to write poetry and stories hoping her works will inspire.
Connect with Jennifer Renson:Twitter:https://twitter.com/JennyRenson
Buy the books:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carousel-jennifer-renson/1122546076?ean=2940150889392
Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/delightfully-dark-jennifer-renson/1121244971?ean=9781499285437
Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eo-jennifer-renson/1120313107?ean=9781500991074