Yay! Today I got to write about one of my friends (she beta read my book!) the lovely Jennifer Senhaji. And I get to pimp her book! Even better! It is up on Goodreads along with my review! Take a look and read below!
Tell me a little bit about you!
I am a writer, lover of classic and contemporary fiction and a dreamer. I am 38 years old, married with two children, 21 & 10. I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in a smaller town across the bay. I speak Spanish, Moroccan and can get by in French. I am a music lover of many genres and am incredibly clumsy.
Where are you at in your career?
I just published my first contemporary romance in July 2014, Sweet Dreams. It was an amazing feeling receiving my print copy in the mail. I thought my heart was going to leap out of my chest.
What do you write and why?
I write contemporary romance because that is what flows. I read lots of different genres, but contemporary romance seems to be where I am most comfortable writing at the moment.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I am working on a short story that will be part of a larger book of short stories with some fellow romance writers, hopefully due out in December. I am also working on the sequel to Sweet Dreams, which I am very excited about. I write a weekly blog http://jennifersenhaji.blogspot.com/ where I talk about my self-publishing journey, writing, reading and anything to do with books. I am also contributing to another blog with some fellow romance writers which you can find at http://writingwenches.wordpress.com/ . This is a great group of writers who decided to put up a joint blog. We are going to have so many interesting topics. Very cool.
What compels you to write?
Dreams mostly. Some real dreaming at night, sometimes, just day dreams. When I write, and the words start flowing, I just want to get the words out as fast as possible before I forget them. Then what do you know, there is a story. I am a romantic and habitual quoter of films and tv shows. There are times when I am at work (day job), when I will start quoting Sponge Bob, or Big Fat Greek Wedding or Ground Hog Day, I just have a knack for remembering dialogue. I crack myself on a regular basis, but my kids are the only ones who really get it. I guess I write because I enjoy it. I enjoy seeing how the story ends when I’m in charge.
What is your writing process?
So far I have found that writing by hand, pen in notebook, works best. When the story idea comes to me, I pretty much can imagine it from beginning to end. I write out the plot points as bullet points in my note book, basically using them to create a loose outline. I then match up the time line to my outline and start writing short hand paragraphs for each bullet point. During that process, I usually add bullet points along the way or rearrange as I see fit. Then I transcribe everything to MS word. Once it is in my computer, I start revising and rewriting from beginning to end. For each draft I print it out and use colored pens to edit by hand as I read through the draft, then transferring the edits to the document. It seems easier to me to edit by hand then in the computer. This goes on and on and I have, sadly, killed many trees. When I feel I have a solid draft, I send it to beta readers for feedback on flow. Then the real editing begins.
Who are you favorite authors?
That is like asking what my favorite song is or what my favorite type of music is. There is no answer. I can say that I discovered my love for reading by reading Jane Austin. I wasn’t a reader as a child, but when I turned 21, I spent my birthday in Italy and took Pride and Prejudice with me and the rest, as they say, is history. Here are some of the authors that occupy space on my bookshelf.
Dan Brown, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell Hamilton, Anne Rice, Jamie McGuire, Sherman Alexie, JK Rowling, PC Cast, EL James, Jeffrey Eugenides, Isabel Allende, Alice Clayton, Erin Morgenstern, Shannon Hale, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, many, many more, and of course, Jane Austen.