Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Book Talk with Jennifer Eaton

What’s the name of your latest release? 

Hi Georgie.  Nice to see you today.  My new story is THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW TOMORROW.

It's great to have you back on the blog Jennifer! I love your new title.

Where did you get the idea from for this story? 

I originally wrote this for an anthology. I thought the prompt was going to be “super heroes” but then it changed to a “stopping time” element.  Luckily for me, I did have a time stopping element, but when I completed the piece, it was 11,500 words—well over the maximum of 10,000 words.  I had a few people beta-read, and they all agreed that I’d written tightly… there were not 1500 words to be cut from it.  I decided I’d rather NOT submit than ruin my story by cutting it just for the sake of cutting, so I subbed it to other publishers who took short novella length manuscripts.

How long have you been writing for? 

I started writing when I was sixteen.  I did it mostly for fun, and for my friends to read.  I’d written two full novels by the time I got out of college, and then I let the “real world” suck me in for 25 years or so. I started writing again about three years ago.

Do you imagine a particular person you know or have seen when creating your main characters? 

In the case of THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW TOMORROW the answer is yes.  Me.  Maya is totally me as a teenager, with the exception of liking math.  Numbers are not my friends.  Words on the other hand… can’t get enough of them. 

Of all the characters in your books who is your favourite and why?

 I’d have to say Harris Stanton in one of my unpublished novels.  He is a work of art, and he’s not even a main character.  For some reason, he wrapped me up and dragged me away. I’ve never developed a character so well before or since.  I’m planning on getting back to the book he was featured in in the next few months. I’d love to release him onto the world.

When writing, are you an ‘in the moment kinda gal’ or do you follow a strict

 I used to write purely for pleasure.  It was like watching television for me.  I never knew what was going to happen.  The problem was that I ended up with scrolling epic stories that were 1000 pages long and completely unmarketable.  The very first story I outlined got published, and since I started outlining everything, I am three for four-- meaning I’ve had three publications out of four submissions. I think those are pretty good stats!

What are you reading at the moment? 

Right now I am reading Obsidian my Jennifer Armentrout.  I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it so I decided to give it a read.  Wow.  It’s good.  I mean REALLY GOOD.  I find myself thinking about it when I can’t read, and looking forward to picking it up again.

That's a sign of a really good book.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would that be? 

Hmmm.  Good question. I can’t think of anyone who I can say “Oh!  I wish I was her/him”.  I guess it would be fun to be JK Rowling for a day… It would be nice to go to a book signing and be 99% positive that people would show up to see you.  [Grins]

What would be your last meal if you were on deathrow? 

Oh how ghastly! I hope I don’t ever have to make this decision, but I’d say snow crab legs.  Yummy.

Where do you like to shop? 

Hmmm.  On-line, I’d have to admit being an Amazon junkie.  Finding everything in one place is just very easy for me.  Locally, You can find me at Target, Michaels, and Petsmart.  Oh, and the grocery store, of course.

Complete this sentence; I’m indifferent to… 

people who place themselves on pedestals.  In most cases, they really don’t belong there. I believe that everyone is equal, and everyone should play nice together.

Here here.

Let's find out more about the book from the BLURB:

The First Day of the New Tomorrow

Maya dreams of perfect skin, beautiful hair, good grades, and Eric Brighton—the boy she’s been crushing on since elementary school. But no matter how hard she tries, these things elude her.
Until Now.
In the space of a day, her acne clears, her hair thickens, and Eric finally takes notice. As everything she wishes comes true, happiness is finally in reach—until a man posing as a college recruiter informs her that her newfound abilities come with a price. She will be expected to use them to stop a catastrophe.
Frightened of playing superhero, but thrilled that everything she desires becomes reality, Maya tests the limits of her power—until someone gets hurt.
Now terrified of her own thoughts, Maya will need to choose between having everything she wants, or returning to normalcy.  With Eric’s heart and the fate of her town resting on her decision, Maya makes the hardest choice of her life.
Buy Links:
Barnes & Noble
Muse It Up Publishing

Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle. 
Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist... what more can you ask for?  Writing help did you say?  Well, sure!  Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans!


Thanks for stopping by and sharing some tidbits about yourself and your new book with us.  

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