Let's keep your Monday rolling along with another interview with a great author!
Joining us now is 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.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
Coffee, tea, or cacao? Tea
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In 2012 or 2013, shortly after my divorce.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Mostly from life experience and lessons learned. I also have an Masters in Human Services Counselling so can draw from my education.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book at age 50, which was last year.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to play my violin, ukulele, draw/sketch, walk, and spend time with my husband.
What does your family think of your writing?
They’re super supportive.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written four so far. I don’t know if I have a favorite but the book on divorce recovery is my first. It holds a special place.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Keep writing. Be consistent. Practice makes perfect, as they say.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
One reader said she took notes from my divorce recovery book. Another reader said they wish they’d had the book when they’d gone through divorce years ago.
Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes, but I’d like to write a children’s book someday.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is inspirational, educational, and touches the emotions.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
You have to weed through spam-type offers. You should never have to pay for an interview or to write a chapter in a book.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
You don’t have to wait until you feel like writing. We all think we’re not good enough to write at some point.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Sure they can. If they want to educate people, they could write textbooks. Textbooks don’t tug at the heart strings, do they? J
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you building a body of work with connections between each book?
My first two books relate to each other.
What is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
Jesus Christ! He’s the one true God, our creator, the answer to everything. He’s left us the Bible with all we need to know.
What do you have coming next?
I’m self-publishing a book called Food for the Soul:A Bible Study for Deep Thinkers. It should be released around the middle of March.