Author Interview,  Writing Life

Author Spotlight: Jenna Moreci

This is a post that was originally posted on my old review blog. I’m moving all the content from there over here as that site is no longer active and I’m always looking to support other authors in any way I can.

Today I’d like to welcome Jenna Moreci to the blog. I stumbled across Jenna by sheer accident while looking for plotting methods on YouTube and laughed so hard at her wonderful and insightful plotting vlog. Then I, of course, went on a YouTube binge and watched every one of her vlog episodes lol. She has an amazing sense of humor and I highly recommend her videos, even if you aren’t necessarily a writer.

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You can read the first 3 chapters of Eve: The Awakening on her website here.  Click on the cover to the right to  order your copy today!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 6 years old. Every Friday, my class would write, illustrate, and bind our own books. I was completely captivated by the process and became convinced that writing was my life’s purpose. Twenty-two years later, I’m still at it. How’s that for dedication?

How long does it take you to write a book? One does not simply write a book—there’s editing, marketing, and approximately a zillion other things to take into consideration. Maybe a year?

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? If I’m not sleeping or eating, I’m working. And I don’t sleep or eat much, so I’m pretty much always working. I’m not exactly the poster child for keeping things in moderation.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I require the blood sacrifice of a righteous man at the start of every chapter. Just kidding. Maybe.

Where do you get your ideas for your books? From my weird, twisted brain, of course! But I usually listen to music in order to stir up my creative juices. Music and dreams (or in my case, nightmares) are definitely my best sources of inspiration.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? I wrote my first “book” when I was in the first grade. It was a story about a dead cat and his subsequent kitty funeral—not exactly bestseller material, but at least it was clear fairly early on that my imagination is pretty morbid. Sorry, Mom.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Think about writing. Dream about writing. Pretend I’m writing. Oh, and I eat pizza. 

What does your family think of your writing? They’re wondering where they ever went wrong in raising me. 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? “Wow! I can actually put all of my mental instability and emotional damage to productive use? This is fantastic!”

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I hear from them every day! They usually hit me up with questions about EVE: The Awakening or my vlog series, but then they stick around to chat. I like talking with my readers—it’s fun for me.

What do you think makes a good story? Compelling, well-developed characters that readers can easily relate to. It also helps if they’re not stupid. Stupid characters are the worst.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be Queen of the World and the author of badass adventure stories. I’ve been successful in both endeavors.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Every decent novel has a message—but that’s for the reader to figure out, not for me to spoil.

What are your current projects? Just gearing up for the release of my young adult sci-fi adventure, EVE: The Awakening, which comes out on August 12! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon right now.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Probably handling the moments of self-doubt. All writers experience moments when they feel inadequate, and many struggle to work their way out of that hole. It helps to have support and encouragement, but you really have to be your own cheerleader—or in my case, your own drill sergeant. Wipe your tears, remind yourself why this book is so important to you, and keep writing.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Therapy is cheaper and a lot less time-consuming. But if you’re dead-set on pursuing this whole writing thing, I’ve got a vlog channel with tons of advice—and a little bit of free therapy, because I’m that kind of person.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I love you all! You guys make me feel real, human feelings—sometimes. 

What’s next for you after your current project is complete? I’m actually in the process of writing a new adult fantasy following a young man as he competes in a dangerous, convoluted tournament in the pursuit of winning the hand of a sacred queen. It’s got humor, romance, and plenty of violence—the three key ingredients for a gripping adventure, in my humble (and totally correct) opinion.

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