Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I loved to write since childhood and as I grew I was able to figure out what I wanted to write. High school was when I began to take my writing seriously as I wrote for the school newspaper and worked on the school literary magazine. I worked on a lot of different story ideas that I wanted to flush out when I had the time.
While attending Monmouth University obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations/Journalism with a minor in History I wrote for the university newspaper and was the managing editor and then editor-in-chief for the university literary magazine The Monmouth Review. During college was when I first participated in Open Mics and I still attend them today. I read at Open Mics in New Jersey, performed my poetry and attend book signings for my poetry.
I self published three books of my poetry: Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel and Uncharted. I actually had the opportunity to meet actor and photography Norman Reedus and give him a copy of my first book Delightfully Dark. My first book Carousel was published through Pulse LLC, released in August 2015. I since finished the prequel The Cottontail and am waiting on a release date. I freelance write for Lost Treasure Magazine covering topics from The Arthur Stone, Richard III, Captain Kidd and The Library of Alexandria.
I’ve been actively looking for a literary agent so that I can take my writing to the next level. I want to make writing my career. I can only do so much on my own so until I am able to find a literary agent I’ve been seeking out for book reviews, interviews, attending events, planning more book signings, achieving more of my personal goals and spreading word about my books. I plan to attend a few more Wizard World Comic Con conventions in 2016 and meet more new faces. I’ve been able to get a few interviews here and there and getting my hands involved in other projects but until I achieve my goal I will not stop. Writing is my passion and there is no apology for passion.
Which writers inspire you?
Several writers inspired me from Oscar Wilde who wrote my favorite book in the world Picture Portrait of Dorian Gray, to the imaginative and life changing stories like The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, and the poetic styles of T.S Elliot to name a few.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
No I have not.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Ever since I was a child I loved writing. As your reading different books you realize that there is such a thing as writing for a living. I knew that was all I wanted to do. That was what I wanted to be. A writer.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
As of now I write part time. After the completion of Carousel, I finished the prequel The Cottontail and am waiting to hear as to when that will be released. I also freelance write for Lost Treasure Magazine when I can. I want to make writing full time. To make it my life.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I love seeing where an idea takes me. I love it. Probably the main reason why I have so many unfinished stories. I’ll think of an idea for one story, work on it and then I’ll have another idea for another story. I’ll stop the first one I was working on and then jump to the new one before I forget it. It’s a habit I am trying to break by returning to the stories I started and finishing them. But that moment you have an idea and you start to develop it it’s the most exciting feeling because even you don’t know where the idea is going to take you.
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Until I find a literary agent I have been searching for reviewers on my own using social media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr as well as doing searches on the internet. In general I think it is hard to find people to review your book. You want people to care about what you wrote. You want your book to get noticed. I just keep going. Everyday, keep going, keep searching and not giving up.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
As a writer you have to look at the good and the bad reviews with caution. Good reviews are always wonderful to read because you know that there are others who love your story as much as you do if not more. Bad reviews can be seen as either, someone pointing out some of your writing flaws which can happen, no one is perfect or someone who is just nit picking at every little thing that isn’t really relevant to the overall scope of the story. You are going to get both and its best to not let the good ones give you a big head or the bad ones to bring you down.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Readers can find me on several social media platforms where I post updates about my work, events I attend, videos of my poetry and a lot of other fun stuff:
Youtube: Jennifer Darling https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHS5sW_xOgZSXhpUwhK36Bw
To find my books:
Even a simple Google search of my name, you will find me.
Any Comments for the Blog readers?
I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read through the blogs, for reading the reviews and for your support. Even something as small as mentioning the book to another person builds into something bigger. Thank you very much.
Any feedback for me or the blog?
I think the fact that you have the blog in both English and Spanish is both productive and clever. This enables you to engage a larger group of interested readers and writers. The twitter posts, and resources on the right side also very helpful and a clever idea! Thank you for interviewing me! I greatly appreciate it!