Today’s interview is with the incredible Jenna Morland, who’s debut novel will be out TODAY!
Her debut novel, is this amazing and beautiful book; Empress Unveiled.
One thing I think is extremely amazing about Jenna, is that she’s a stay-at-home mom, with two children, and still she managed to write a novel, and work on her active Instagram. Jenna does something that inspired me greatly. She’s the Queen of Moodboards. I used this myself a bit, but seeing Jenna’s amazing work, made me wanna expand that. She seems like a girl of many talents, and I am deeply excited to be reading her book in a couple of days.
I have been following Jenna for a while now, through her Instagram and what I could out from that; is that she’s is an amazing person, with a special view of life. She ceases every opportunity she gets to write and to enjoy her life. She’s a beautiful woman, with a crazy personality, colors her hair in crazy colors. She’s an inspiring woman, who does something to the writing community, just by existing. She’s interacting with people and readers, creating an opportunity to get to know her. I wrote her and asked her a few questions, and she answered with her own personality which I think is rare. I have tried to message some other Authors who are doing well for themselves, and either they didn’t response or they gave me an impersonal answer. So, I was actually surprised by her response, and felt excited. For me, she seems like a person who will do almost anything to help, she’s kindhearted and talented, and I praise myself lucky to have her on my list on Instagram, and I enjoy following her journey and her posts. She seems genuine and I am honored that she wanted to give me a chance to interview her, and share apart of her with all of you.
I gave her a bunch of questions, and she answered them with her incredible mind and personality.
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Here’s the Q&A’s:
1: What inspired you to start your story/stories?
It was winter, the nights were long and cold. I went to the local bookstore, searched online even, and I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in a book. So, I sat down and wrote the book I wanted to read.
2: What’s your favorite writing place/spot?
I have two young children and a husband who works out of town a lot. I am usually always at home when I write, either on my patio, on my couch or in bed! I did most of my editing at Starbucks though. Editing is a different beast entirely!
3: How did you choose your name for your book/books?
My publisher and I brain stormed possible names for the book and we new Empress needed to be in the title. It has many different meanings and each of these meanings are revealed throughout the book. That’s where Unveiled comes in. This word has special meaning to me which I can’t say the reasoning without spoilers. Aside from that, Empress Unveiled just sounds… pretty!
4: How did you create your Main Character?
Swayzi is a combination of characters that I have loved over the years. I think there is a bit of me in her as well. But mostly, I wanted to create a character that was believable, and one that girls of all ages could relate to.
5: Describe your novel/book with three simple words.
Oh that’s hard… Umm… Heartbreak. Magic. Crown.
6: Who is your favorite kind of character to write?
I love writing Tyler. He is so human. He is complicated, a bit of a screw up, but he loves hard. I also love writing Linda who is Swayzi’s mom, she is the best.
7: Do you feel sad or excited about tormenting your characters?
A bit of both. For instance, I am writing the sequel and I know one of the characters I really care about is going to die. But I know it is right for the story so I go with my gut.
8: Five tips you would give growing writers, about ´Senses’?
I am not a classically trained writer, and the way I go about it might be a little different from most. I see the story in my mind like a movie, and each time I sit down to write I step into the scene. I can look around at what is near me, the temperature of the room, and what it smells like. I think the trick is in the tiny details, but be careful not to over do it.
9: If you had to compare your book/books to a movie or a series, which would it be?
I think there’s a mixture of Fallen, The Mortal Instruments series, The Fault in Our Stars, and Twilight.
10: What does it say on your favorite cup?
A friend of mine got me a mug for Christmas that says #published. She calls it my smug mug.
11: How did you plan on reaching your readers?
As soon as I signed with Oftomes I started building my social media. It’s a fantastic way to reach readers and connect with book bloggers and other authors. I love doing mood boards of the story by bringing it to life with photos. I like sharing bits of my life, what I’m currently reading and the trials of writing a sequel. Social media gives the readers an opportunity to know the author and to learn more about the story and the characters.
12: What do you do in case of Writer’s Block?
I don’t think I have ever truly had writers block. The kind where you can’t put any words on paper. That being said, I have definitely struggled with the sequel, and balancing writing while being a mother of 2 and the addition of the release of Empress Unveiled was certainly difficult. I did a lot of writing sprints, where you set a timer for 25 min and write as many words as you can with no distractions. It helped me get out of my head a bit and stop self-editing as I wrote. I think I am finally hitting my stride with the sequel and it feels pretty good.
13: have you build a Dream Cast, if or when your book becomes a movie? Who’s the cast?
I would LOVE Elle Fanning as Swayzi. Nick Robinson from Love, Simon is totally my Tyler. I like Molly Ringwald for Linda. I haven’t been able to cast Daylan yet… I think he would be the hardest one.
14: Your favorite writing soundtrack song?
Let It Go by James Bay and Wait by M83
15: Signature line.
A small dream takes just as much energy as a big dream, so why not dream big?
16; Bonus Question, she actually answered this by a mistake, but I loved the answer, so I wanted to use it. How did you choose your Main Characters names?
I love Patrick Swayze. I cried when he died, actually. Dirty Dancing is, and probably always will be my favorite film. Naming my main character after him was a no brainer. I needed Tyler’s name to be relatable and very simple. He’s a guys guy. Daylan’s name is more fantastical and intriguing, which pretty much sums him up perfectly.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. I am excited to read her book, and I think you will be too, if you give her a follow and see what incredible work she does.
Thank you so much, Jenna Morland for joining me today!