Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review: The Reluctant Scribbler: Tushar Mangl: Hold Me And Never Let Me Go

The Reluctant Scribbler by Tushar Mangl is a sincere effort by Tushar in expressing his inner feelings in writing and then with a good amount of courage sharing it with his readers and fans. There are two parts and 30 poems in this 43 pages book. The poems are simple and some are heart touchingly expressive.

In The Reluctant Scribbler, Tushar has expressed himself both in Hindi and English. Some part of the poetry is though using Hindi words but are written in English alphabets. If you go expression wise, Tushar has been able to express his feelings but not very strongly. There are certain mistakes or shortfalls that need to be taken care of in his next book. The editing part is almost missing. There are lot of editing errors that could have been overcome had a proper editing been done. Since this is a self published book, probably the publisher would not have provided any editor for the writing work done by the author. The editing part is important to remove spellings and spacing type of errors which is very important so as to avoid irritation at the part of reader while reading the book.

Secondly the poetry could have been divided in two parts on the basis of languages Tushar has chosen in the book The Reluctant Scribbler. One part could contain all the poetry written in one language say English and printed in English. Second part could have the other set of poetry written in Hindi but printed in Hindi only. Printing Hindi language in English creates lots of confusion and would be entirely difficult to understand for non Hindi readers.

Overall the poetry in The Reluctant Scribbler by Tushar Mangl is interesting. Some of them are very strongly able to convey the deep message that the author wanted to convey. That clearly tells that the diamond just needs a little more polishing so as to come to its real extent. Poems titled "Romance", "Pour Thy Pain" etc. are good ones, while there are some poems that are not too impressive and seem to lack a strong feeling or message to move across the boundaries between a writer and reader. 

Author Interview: Manjul Bajaj: Come Before Evenings Falls: Another Mans Wife: Elbies Quest

She lives near the capital of India along with her husband and two sons. She did her Masters degree in two different streams after finishing her Graduation. For a long period of her career she focused on the rural development and got extremely fascinated by the beauty, wisdom, traditions, rituals, complexity, culture and lot of things in the rural life.

Welcome Manjul.

Your real name and pen name?
Both are the same – Manjul Bajaj.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

My childhood was spent in a very large and rambling old house with gardens, vegetable patches, scores of fruit trees and just untended wilderness too.  Being surrounded by greenery and open spaces and living in a sparsely populated neighbourhood that was ideal for long walks and cycling trips was what makes my childhood special to me.

About your education

I graduated in Economics from Delhi University and went on to do my post- graduation in Rural Management. Later I did an MSc in Environment Management from the University of London.

What career did you plan during your education days

None really. I was very unclear about what I wanted to do till I heard of the Institute of Rural Management Anand. It was founded by Dr. Verghese Kurien and aimed at sending young professionally trained Indians to the villages and bring about change at the grassroots. The idea of it appealed greatly to me and I took admission in what was a very challenging and wonderful course and which lead into my career as a development and environment professional.

What languages you can speak and write?
English, Hindi and bits of Gujarati. I comprehend Punjabi but do not read or write it. I have a certain flair for spoken languages (but not scripts) - if I spend 3-4 days surrounded by people speaking any language I very quickly pick up the rudiments of it. I can get by in many Indian languages in the sense that I can ask and answer basic questions – about food, time, directions et al.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life

If you mean inspiration for my writing I would say it’s the work of other authors. Even, after having read thousands of books I still haven’t lost that sense of wonder about how marvellous a thing a book is – of how a story can transport you completely outside of yourself and take you into the very heart of life itself, how it can expand you and connect you with all that is, how it can literally transcend barriers of time and space and make you inhabit lives and worlds not your own.

What hurts you most in this world?

Many things hurt me about our world but the most significant I think would be inequality of treatment among humans – among men and women, between classes, between races. Also, the loss of diversity upsets me – when species, languages, cultures begin to die and are increasingly replaced by one uniform, dominant civilizational norm it saddens me. It is sad that the winners are such losers and they don’t even know it.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

I had to come to terms with the sudden death of a very close friend. It was very difficult because you can’t argue with death or with the dead. It took me several years to arrive at an acceptance of what was. I didn’t really overcome it as much as let Time do what it does with grief – blur its edges, grow a skin of life over it.

What is your favourite genre and why?

Literary fiction. I like serious writing that engages my heart and my mind both. I like the hoops literary fiction writers go through as they make sense of life and the world around them. I like the ambition and earnestness of the literary fiction writer which somehow seems to say to the reader “I’m not writing for your entertainment, I’m writing for dear life, for our better survival as a species.”

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

I’ve always written - as a child and then through my school and college years and working life. However, I published my first novel only in December 2009. The purpose of my writing is to keep me creative, happy, thinking and growing as a person. If readers, recognition or other rewards come as a by-product of this way I have chosen to engage with life they are welcomed with gratitude.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share
a synopsis of your work?
I have three books out in the world as of now. One is a novel called Come, Before Evenings Falls. You can find out more about it here:  http://comebeforeeveningfalls.blogspot.in/

 The second is a collection of short stories called Another Man’s Wife (http://www.flipkart.com/another-man-s-wife/p/itmdb8gxvtvtgaer)

 And the last one is a book for children called Elbie’s Quest

What are your forthcoming writings?

The sequel to my children’s book should be out at in the latter half of 2014. And I have just begun work on a historical novel set in the 15th century which I’m quite excited about.

What are your future plans?

To write as best as I can for as long as I can.

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

To choose a subject and characters which have the potential to keep me interested for the longish period of time that it takes to write a book. 2. To write simply and directly (I take no pleasure in confusing the reader. I’d rather the readers are left with questions in their mind because they’ve understood my story than because they haven’t). 3. To have a plot that engages and is worthy of a reader’s interest. 4. To communicate as truthfully as I can my understanding of relationships, emotions….the human condition, as it were….. even if it is difficult or embarrassing to do so.

Your dream destination on Earth?
I don’t know. Everywhere you go there is so much beauty. But maybe, New Zealand if I had to choose one. 

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed in. What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?
I was born in and continue to live in India. I’ve travelled a fair bit – to England, bits of Europe, the United States, South East Asia and all the countries of the Indian sub-continent. I love England because there is certain romance to it which comes from having grown up reading books from there…..you’re never alone in the English countryside – Thomas Hardy, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Beatrice Potter, DH Lawrence…..so many authors and poets walk beside you.

Your favorite time of the day?

Early mornings.

Your zodiac/ sunsign?

Aquarius

Your favorite color and why?

Turquoise today. Tomorrow it might be cyan or teal or indigo even.

Your favorite book and why?

Too many really.

Your favorite food?
Simple, home-cooked North Indian food – vegetables, dal, rotis…..

Some quickies:
Sun or Moon - Sun
Laughter or Smile - Laughter
Morning or Evening: Morning
Coffee or Tea: Tea
Mountain or Sea - Sea
Long Drive or Short Drive - Depends
Silence or Conversation - Silence
Water or Fire – Can’t say
Air or Earth - Air
Mars or Jupiter - Jupiter
Tulip or Rose - Tulip
 Red or Blue - Blue
Glance or Stare - Glance

What three words come to your mind for each –
Technology – double-edged, liberating, confusing
 Life – blessed, wonderful, great
God – friend, life force, benign
Humanity – fragile, confused, evolving
 Terrorism – clashing values, intolerance, hate
 Racism – sad, stupid, unkind
Childhood Abuse – endemic, damaging, tragic
Parenting – responsibility, challenge, blessing
 Old age – grace, wisdom, experience


The last line of your autobiography would be…  
An imperfect woman in a less than perfect world, but she tried to become the best person she could be


Author Interview: Adriana Girolami: Revenge of the Knights Templar: From Rome to the US

She was born in Rome, Italy, and eventually immigrated to the US. She attended "The Art Students League" in N Y City and embarked on a career as a portrait artist and illustrator. She is an avid reader, and favors historical authors such as Sir Walter Scott, and her favorite, Alexander Dumas.

She studied archeology with an affinity toward Egyptology and attended many lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. She loves to travel and discover exotic new places in the world. She enjoys physical activities, such as jogging and playing racquet ball. She is also a Martial Arts enthusiast and has a black belt in Kenpo karate.

She wrote her first novel, the historical romance Revenge of the Knights Templar, remembering all those wonderful and exciting books that stimulated her imagination as a child.

Welcome Adriana.

Your real name and pen name?

*I use my real name, Adriana Girolami

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

*Since my father died when I was a child there was great sadness during that time. However, my best memories where connected with playing and spending time with my best friend, Luigi. Finding joy in my private world of fantasy, and the wonderful imageries I created with my over active imagination.

About your education

*Attended "The Art Students League" of NYC specializing in fine art and oil portraiture.

What career did you plan during your education days

*To became a portrait artist.

What languages you can speak and write?

*I am bilingual, English and Italian

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life

*The wonderful art created throughout the centuries that filled the world with beauty. Since I was born in Rome Italy, I was surrounded by history and the splendor of the past.

What hurts you most in this world

*The violence and cruelty that is predominant in the news daily, and the ineptitude and corruption of the political leaders who create larger problems, instead of mitigating them.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

*There have been many challenges in my life; however the latest one was connected with the publishing of my debut novel, "Revenge of the Knights Templar". I lost my publisher to bankruptcy just before the book was to be published, January 15 2013. I was very distressed and I thought my budding career as an author was over. However, my agent was very helpful and encouraged me to publish the book on "CreateSpace Amazon on the due date. Soon after I had the wonderful news that my book would be published in Japan by Okla publishing; my book is now translated in Japanese and published since March 2014.

If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

*Since I can only choose one, it would be "Leonardo Da Vinci". I greatly admire his genius and endless thirst for knowledge. I would like to get into his mindset and see all the beauty he envisioned in the world through his eyes, and his amazing ability to see the future and technical advances that would become a reality centuries after his death.

What is your favorite genre and why?

*I favor historical novels that open doors to the past, since I love history. Through our imagination we can walk inside stately castes, live by a code of honor which has been eroded with the passing of time in many societies, and enjoy mystery and glamour which is missing today. Of course this is a reality created by an author's imagination through books and not a true depiction of life.

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

*My career as a portrait artist was successful but not completely satisfying, since I always craved the beauty of the written words. There are no boundaries to a storyline and can bring you into wonderful places that are as special and exciting as your imagination. My debut novel, "Revenge of the Knights Templar fulfilled my desire to enter the visually stunning world of the Middle Ages, with castles, Knights in shining armor, etc... And combined my love for history with mystery, since the story lines has many unexpected twists and a surprising end. Being an artist I also had the opportunity of painting the illustration for the cover of my book.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

*Since I am a new author, Revenge of the Knights is my only published novel, and as I mentioned before it is also published in Japanese. The following is a synopsis of the book.

*** This historical romance is set in Europe in the year 1480 at the conclusion of the Middle Ages, and features a beautiful heroine who triumphs over dark forces of violence and intrigue in the royal court. She arrives at the castle of the Duke of Nemours as the princess bride in an arranged marriage, only to learn her prospective husband has been killed in a coup d'état. She is immediately captured and held in isolation, commanded to consent to marriage to the new Duke, a cruel man who rules with a combination of force and fear. He is so beguiled by her extraordinary beauty that he fails to realize she has been trained in extensive combat skills by the general of her father’s army.

Instead of giving in to the demands made of her and the threats leveled at her and her less powerful family, she manages to hatch a plot of her own to organize the intimidated citizenry and create a popular uprising against the Duke. She must prevail against many obstacles and counter-plots, but in her difficult struggle she also discovers the true love of her life in the spirited young cavalier who repeatedly risks himself to aid her cause.*** 


What are your forthcoming writings?

*I am presently writing a sequel to "Revenge of the Knights Templar"; called "The Crimson Amulet" The novel follows the storyline of the first book. I also painted the cover for the new book.

What are your future plans?

*I plan to continue writing books, and also paint many more portraits!

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

*Every author has their own technique in writing. I favor a ready story line before starting to write, be dedicated, take notes and enjoy the process of writing your novel; otherwise no one will enjoy reading it!

How much real life goes into a fiction writing?

*I believe a small part of you always goes into your writing, the perception you have of the world and life in general will always be present.

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?

I believe it's an essential factor in order to write something of quality!

Your dream destination on Earth?

*Any place on earth filled with lush greenery, pristine lakes and beautiful, majestic mountains.

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?

*I was born in Italy and traveled a great deal throughout Europe. France, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, etc... I also visited Egypt and Lebanon. I lived in New york City and visited most of the US, including Hawaii, Mexico and Canada.

I would also like to visit Japan, India, countries whose beauty and history has always fascinated me.
Your favorite time of the day?

*The morning, because it's the beginning of a new day

Your zodiac/ sunsign?

*Scorpio

Your favorite color and why?

*Blue, because it's soothing and calming, it is also the beautiful color of a clear sky and the majestic oceans.

Your favorite book and why?

*Love all the books of Alexander Dumas, because they are filled with excitement, amazing imagination, and great knowledge of French history

Your favorite movie and why?

Ben-Hur, a wonderful adaptation of the brilliant book by "Lew Wallace" Very interesting three dimentional character, exciting story and amazing action scenes.

Your favorite celebrity and why?

*Cary Grant, unique, amazingly talented, transcends generations!

Your favorite food?

 *Fruits in general... Love cherries!

Some quickies: Sun or Moon, Laughter or Smile, Morning or Evening, Coffee or Tea, Mountain or Sea, Long Drive or Short Drive, Silence or Conversation, Water or Fire, Air or Earth, Mars or Jupiter, Tulip or Rose, Red or Blue, Left or Right, Glance or Stare
*Sun, Laughter, Morning, Tea, Mountain, Long Drive, Conversation, Water, Earth, Jupiter, Rose, Blue, Right, Glance.

What three words come to your mind for each – Technology, Life, God, Humanity, Terrorism, Racism, Childhood Abuse, Love, Parenting, Old age

* "Technology" Future, progress, hope. 
"Life" Voyage, Unpredictable, Exciting. 
"God" Love, Eternal, Universal. 
"Humanity" Complex, Generous, Cruel. 
"Terrorism" Evil, Violent, Abomination. 
"Racism" Ignorance, hurtful, Vicious. 
"Childhood Abuse" Repugnance, Detestation, Abhorrence. 
"Love" Essential, Beautiful, unconditional. 
"Parenting" Challenging, Rewarding, Frustrating. 
"Old age" Privilege, wisdom, Difficult.

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

*Quote from "Revenge of the Knights Templar" “The candle of his life burned out too soon, but it burned so brightly!”

The last line of your autobiography would be…

*Always perusing knowledge, new experiences and the joy of living!

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Author Interview: Kelly Jones: The Seventh Unicorn: The Lost Madonna: The Woman Who Heard Color

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Kelly Jones grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho.  She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and spent her junior year in Italy at the Gonzaga-in-Florence program.  She is a mother and grandmother and is married to former Idaho Attorney General Jim Jones, who now serves on Idaho’s Supreme Court.  She lives in Boise, Idaho, traveling frequently to do research for her books.

Welcome Kelly.


Your real name and pen name?
Both the same, KELLY JONES
 
Please share some of the best memories of your childhood
 
growing up in a big family, 1961
I’m the oldest daughter, the second child, of a family of six children. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, I had a lovely childhood, lots of freedom for riding bikes, going swimming, playing at the park, walking to the library, church, or to visit my grandparents who lived close by.  I never thought about writing about my childhood or my hometown, because, as writers know, conflict makes the story and I had very little of that in my early years. I surprised myself when I decided to write a story set in my hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho. It is based on the summer of 1974, when the daredevil Evel Knievel came to jump the Snake River Canyon on the edge of town.  It was an exciting time, though the influx of the press, the motorcycle gangs, the hippies, the promoters, and spectators truly upset the innocence of this little community.  Now, here was some conflict!  I decided to tell this story, (written for grownups) from the point of view of a ten-year-old-boy, which was lots of fun as I am a 60+year-old grandmother!   
 
Snake River Canyon Evel Knievel launch site  (upper right)
What career did you plan during your education days?
 
At one time I thought I might teach. I studied literature and art in college, but I didn’t realize how I would use this education until much later in my life. A career in writing came after I had raised my children.
 
What languages you can speak and write?
 
There are bits and pieces of several languages in my books—French, Italian, and German—because of the settings, but I speak English only.
 
What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

In my writing, I’ve always been inspired by my travels, and up untilI wrote my novella and story collection set in Idaho, my novels were set in distant places I had visited, including Paris, Florence, Munich, and Prague. Art has also been an inspiration in my writing.
 
Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho
What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?
 
As far as my writing career, finding an agent and publisher for that first book was the greatest challenge.  I overcame it by not giving up.  For the publication of my novella and short story collection, I decided to establish my own publishing company.  The recent changes in the way readers read and buy books and especially the popularity of ebooks has drastically altered the world of publishing.  Many writers are doing it without agents and big publishers, though I think the jury is still out on how the success of this compares to going the traditional route.
 
When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?
 
My writing career began later in life. While getting my degree, I was required to do a fair amount of non-fiction writing.  Later, I began writing fiction, I suppose because that is what I like to read.  As far as my purpose—I’m just attempting to tell a good story.
 
Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?
So far:
2005 The Seventh Unicorn (Berkley/Penguin), set in Paris and inspired by a medieval tapestry set;

2007 The Lost Madonna (Berkley/Penguin), set in Florence, a story in which the Renaissance art of Italy plays an important role;

2011 The Woman Who Heard Color (Berkley/Penguin), set in Munich, inspired by the modern art movement in Germany prior to World War II,

2014 Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon . . . and Other Stories Close to Home (Ninth Avenue Press), set in my hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho, with the title story based on Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump of 1974.     

For a more detailed synopsis of each, visit my website: http://kellyjonesbooks.com/
 
 What are your forthcoming writings?
 
Coming in January, 2015, from Berkley Books, LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE, a story of murder, mystery, and miracles.
 
What are your future plans?
 
I’m working on a sequel now, a story set in Italy, with characters introduced in LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE. For some reason, those characters were not ready to let go. 
 
What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?
 
1. Tell a good story
2. Don’t bore your reader
3. Even if you are writing fiction it has to make sense
4. Don’t hurry the story, let it unfold, and when you’re weary of writing, take a break.
 
How much real life goes into a fiction writing?
 
History and authentic events or objects, particularly art, play important roles in my books.  Historical figures sometimes appear as minor characters in the stories, but the major characters are not real people.  However, a fiction writer must convince the reader the characters’ emotions and motivations are real.  In one of the short stories in my collection, I wrote about a group of teens in a Catholic School in the 60s.  Since this was an experience I share with my fictitious characters, classmates from my childhood are trying to put real names to the characters in the story.  This has been a lot of fun and I think maybe I’ve enticed some to purchase the book because they are trying to figure out if they are in the story!
 
Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?
 
For a fiction writer, yes, of course.  Personally, I seldom have a spontaneous burst of creativity, though I’d like the reader to believe the story came flowing freely from my very fertile, imaginative mind.  A lot of it is trial and error! Try this . . . if it doesn’t work, try something else. My writing involves a lot of rewriting and revision.
 
Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?
 
I was born and grew up in a small town in Idaho, but my year abroad in college certainly expanded my world, and I continue to enjoy traveling to do research for my books.  My four novels are set in locations far from my Idaho home.  I’ve been inspired by the history and art, as well as the physical environment and the people in the places I visit. I also really enjoy the food!
 
What comes to your mind when you think of India?
 
I see India as a place of diversity and charm; gentle, but strong and determined people; bright colors, wonderful food and spicy smells. I must admit much of this comes from what I’ve seen in the movies! I have never been to India, but hope to visit one day.
 
Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KellyJonesAuthor
 
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/61959.Kelly_Jones
 
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Jones/e/B001IYVI7Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
INDIA: 
http://www.amazon.in/Knievel-Jumps-Snake-River-Canyon/dp/0991446801/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409427650&sr=1-6
 
Website:  http://kellyjonesbooks.com/
 
Twitter:  @kellyjonesbooks

 

Author Interview: Jennifer Coburn: Purpose of Writing is Sharing Universal Truths About Life and Connect

Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Newsday, Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post.

Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We'll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

Your real name and pen name?

I write under my real name, Jennifer Coburn.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

My best memories are spending summers at Camp St. Regis in East Hampton. I started going there when I was six years old and continued until I was 15, which was the last year the camp was in business. It was the most wonderful, free time of my life, with horseback riding, sports, swimming -- dozens of activities, all with your best friends living in cabins on the beach.

About your education

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 1988.

       What career did you plan during your education days?

I thought I'd go into advertising, but always dreamed of writing articles and books.

What languages you can speak and write?

I am monolingual, but I have mad charade skills so I'm able to communicate pretty well with people who speak other languages. Whenever I travel, I try to learn a few words and key phrases.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

The realization that it's not going to last forever.

What hurts you most in this world?

Mothers who lose their children. Senseless violence and hatred.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

I lost my beloved father when I was 19 years old. I don't know that I have overcome it, but writing WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS helped me work through a great deal of my grief over his loss.
If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

I'd like to spend the day as Adele and just sing constantly. I would not shut up. At hour 24, you would find me collapsed over a piano (with an amazing CD I just made!).

What is your favorite genre and why?

I like chick-lit because it's fun, light and makes me laugh. I also like travel memoirs quite a bit. I just started I'LL NEVER BE FRENCH (NO MATTER WHAT I DO), and I absolutely love the author's observations about French life. 

 What is the purpose of your writing?

That's a pretty heady question, one that doesn't have a single answer. I write because I love to tell stories and enjoy entertaining people. I also write because I have a fundamental need to be heard and to have people know who I am. It sounds a bit narcissistic and I suppose it is. I mean, writers are basically saying: "Here, read my thoughts, I think you'll be interested in them." The higher purpose, though, is to share universal truths about life with hope that you will connect with others.

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

In addition to WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS, I have published six novels and have contributed to four literary anthologies. Synopses are all on my website jennifercoburn.com

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

I'm not a big outliner. I don't know exactly what is going to happen plot-wise, but I always keep close track of what each character needs to learn over the course of the 300-400 pages of the book. I am also very aware of word-counts and deadlines so I am able to deliver my manuscript. It is also important for me to enjoy the writing process because if I'm not enjoying writing my story, how can I expect others to enjoy reading it?The fourth thing is to always take care of the dishes. It's weird, but I cannot write if I know I've got dirty dishes. Even though I cannot see my kitchen from where I write, it is impossible for me to focus knowing there's a mess in the next room.


How much real life goes into a fiction writing?

In mine, quite a bit. Some novels have a disclaimer in the front about how characters and events are purely products of the author's imagination and any similarities to real people and events are coincidental. That is never in my books because I borrow from friends and family all the time. In fact, my first novel THE WIFE OF REILLY -- which is about a woman who secretly tries to find a new wife for her soon-to-be ex-husband -- is based on a conversation I had with a girlfriend who was having what I like to call a bad husband day.
Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?

Either a great imagination or a crazy family. Let's just say my imagination isn't that great.

Your favorite time of the day?

Middle of the night. I feel like I'm cheating and getting extra time out of the day. This makes absolutely no sense because I end up sleeping late the next day, but I always feel slightly mischievous, like I'm getting away with something by being up at 3 AM.

Your zodiac/ sunsign?

Cancer.

Your favorite color and why?

Blue. It has so many different shades and each one looks pretty to me.

What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading?

Just finished THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure which was really wonderful and just started I'LL NEVER BE FRENCH (NO MATTER WHAT I DO) by Mark Greenside.

Your favorite book and why?

I love Sue Monk Kidd's THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES because of its multiple maternal relationships.

Your favorite movie and why?

IDIOCRACY because every detail is so brilliantly thought out. It's about a futuristic world ruled by imbeciles that is so, so funny, but also a very frightening cautionary tale.


Your favorite food?

Almost any Asian dish, but especially ones with seafood.

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote 

Enjoy life!

The last line of your autobiography would be…

We'll always have Paris

Links:
Twitter handle: JenniferCoburn
Facebook page: JenniferCoburnBooks
Goodreads author page: Jennifer Coburn