SDC: What made you start writing, Jenness?
Jenness: I’ve always loved to read and come up with stories, so writing was just a given. So much so that in first grade I thought my story was a shoe-in for first place in a contest my teacher had. (Um. I wasn’t. But that just started me early on dealing with rejection. )
SDC: That kind of answers my question about how long have you been writing. How do you find your subject matter?
Jenness: I’ve been writing as long as I can remember but I guess you could say I got really serious in my senior year of college when I completed my first novel.
SDC: How do you handle rejections and have you had many?
Jenness: Oh, yes, I have quite the collection. It was actually encouraging to keep them, because I could look back and see my writing must be improving as the letters grew progressively nicer.
SDC: What do you think is the deep rooted reason that you write, Jenness?
Jenness: Novels speak to me. I’m passionate about them and have been touched by messages woven into many that I’ve read. I’m a shy person. This is a way of reaching out, expressing my heart, and I hope that my words can point toward Christ.
SDC: What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing?
SDC: Wow! Those hobbies and interests can become subject matter all by themselves! What are you working on right now?
Jenness: While Tracy and I wait to hear back about one project, I’m trying to finish up a story that’s very close to my heart. It’s a darker women’s fiction story, but I pray that the darkness makes the glimpses of hope and faith that much brighter.
SDC: Do you put yourself into your books? If so,how? If not, what do you do to pull out your individual voice?
It is often said that you should write what you know. I don’t think anyone wants to read my life story over and over again. But I think putting myself and my experiences into what I write is what helps me find my voice.
SDC: Tell us about the book you are planning to share with us. And please give us a reflection question that will get us to think from deep within.
As Tracy and I worked on the story together, it made me think quite a bit about the motivation behind Indie reading her horoscope throughout the first half of the novel.
Question for the viewers to think about: Where do you look for guidance—yourself? Other people? The stars? Or do you strive to know the heart of God and look to Him and His word to lead you?
SDC: Great insight question. I look forward to seeing what people write in. Thanks so much for being here, Jenness. Where can readers find you?
You can find Tracy and me at www.tandjbooks.com and on Facebook. I also have a personal website www.jennesswalker.com.
Readers and writers, please look above at the question. What would you say to that?
(I look forward to drawing one of your names in a few days.)
Congratulations to Anne Payne of Vale, North Carolina. Be watching for your book. I'm sure it will be greatly enjoyed.