I’m delighted to be welcoming Jenna Greene to my hot seat today.
Jenna is chatting to us about her YA Fantasy novels – her inspiration, the character she would choose to be, her author influences and more.
Three young Elementals discover they no longer have full control over their magic, a fact that is both unsettling and could put lives in peril. As a group known as the Coalition rises in power, its anti-magic sentiments spread from the small village of Sorc all the way to the kingdom of Areth. Amidst all this turmoil, Kat decides to take on a new quest, one that will affect Becky’s future. Venturing into territory more hazardous than any they’ve seen before, both girls strive toward a goal they know has little hope of success.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Reality in 20 words or less.
Kat Bowers and Becky Thatcher are transported to Oren, where they discover they are part of a magical heritage.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel Jenna?
It came to me when I was day-dreaming. I had the image of a green light absorbing a character and transporting them to an entirely new realm.
If you could choose to be one of your characters, who would you be?
I identify most with Becky Thatcher, as she is the reader, the dreamer, and the optimist. I wish I was more like Kat, as she has a lot more spunk. Sometimes she acts rash, and has a bit of a temper, but she is passionate and confident, and I wish I had more of those qualities.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
I love writing about the main characters. Of course I love them; they are the stars of the book! But I love creating new creatures, and having characters with little quirks. The Brownies, Alana and Petie, are hilarious to write. They resemble puppies stuck in the bodies of toddlers.
If your book is part of a series, what is in the future Jenna?
IMAGINE is the first novel in a four-part YA fantasy series. The second book, REALITY, was released last year. The third in the series, titled HERITAGE, is slated for release in the Fall.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
I tend to write better in the evening. All the work from the day is done, chores are finished (or left for the next day) and the world becomes a bit quieter and introspective.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
I read a LOT of YA books, and a few Middle Grade books too. I love The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, The Red Queen, and The Gypsy King… plus countless more that I don’t have space to list.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice Jenna?
Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. If they change the characters or the plot, they had best do so for a legitimate reason. I find movie adaptations do best when the original author has a say in the production.
Finally, are there any tips you could share with new writers that have worked well for you?
Just write. Don’t go back and review what you’ve written until you’ve gained a bit of distance from it. If you spend forever writing and re-writing the first two pages, you’ll never get any further. Not everything you write will be perfect, but it’s easier to make changes if there is something there to change.
Thank you for being my guest today Jenna.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
Jenna Greene is a grade 6 teacher, dragon boat coach and paddler, beginning steel drum student, and semi-professional napper. She lives with her husband (Scott), daughter (Olivia), and dog (Thor: Dog of Thunder).
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