If you were told to jump off of a bridge would you?
Perhaps it would depend on who was doing the asking. Our heroine has spunk and a sense of humor, however suffers from an extreme case of inappropriate clothing. When things take a turn from dangerous to worse what will she do when fantasy becomes reality?
Warning: May include hot leather clad men, singing and demons.
As I was waiting at the library for the book club that would never start (that is, I showed up a week before it was going to happen. I blame my lack of checking the date before writing it down on the calendar.), I decided to pick up a short story to read. Something quick that would make the time go by without dragging me into a long story.
So, as I had my Kobo on me, I decided to give Jen Wylie’s Jump a try.
A very short story, it starts off with the main character, being forced to jump off a bridge. She’s not being pushed off the bridge, but her attacker is trying to get her to do it on her own accord.
What would you do?
As I read this, I felt like I was thrust either into the middle of a story, or reading the prologue to a story. I was intrigued. I liked the main character’s snarky attitude and how she knew that her attacker wasn’t going to do anything because she was supposed to make the choice to jump.
I was instantly intrigued with this story and upset when it ended on such a cliffhanger. Wylie is a good writer, able to write a story of suspense that grabs you instantly. It left me wanting more.
Luckily, I hear that there will be a sequel to the short story, which should be great, if based on these few pages!
Why did you become a writer? What (or who) inspired you to do what you do?
I started writing in public school, but really got into it in high school. It was just something I wanted to do, needed to do. I have so many stories in my head and they need to come out. I did go to university and got a degree, however things happen, as they tend to do, and I ended up being a Mom rather than finding a career. I wouldn’t change that for the world. I didn’t write for a number of years when the kids were little but once they were a bit older, and my brain started functioning again, the need to write came back. Writing is something I can do from home, so I certainly lucked out there.
I always wanted to write…getting published was an odd thought here and there, sort of a ‘wouldn’t that be cool!’ Then my parents finally convinced me to give it a try and I did!
What is the atmosphere like when you write – completely silent, or do you listen to music?
I need quiet when I write, however music plays a big part in it as well, setting my mood for a scene or sometimes a lyric will give me an idea
I’m a musician and I feel most inspired to write in the springtime. Is there a certain season when you feel most compelled to put pen to paper?
I write whenever I have time and have an idea settled firmly in my head. Usually I write in the evening when the kids have gone to bed and I have my quiet time.
What book are you reading right now?
Sword and Sorceress XX
I love being a Canadian, especially getting to travel and see the beauty of the country. Do you have any favourite Canadian spots?
I looove the country. Though I don’t mind the odd vacation into a city, I prefer anything out in the open without a lot of noise and traffic. I live on a small lake in a very rural area so I’m pretty happy just staying home!
When you’re not writing, what do you do in your spare time?
Edit! Lately I’ve actually spent more time editing than writing. Otherwise I’m reading when I have a few spare moments, which isn’t too often as most of my time is taken up with Mom stuff.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
The internet is your friend. If you want a career as an author, then do your homework. There are many, many blogs and articles on the business, how to edit and market and everything else. It’s not just about the writing. Of course the first thing.. FINISH THE BOOK!
Can you share any details on what you might be working on next? Any exciting projects in the works?
I have loads of projects in the works! There are a number of short story/novellas I’m currently writing. I’m also in edits for a new YA fantasy series. Book 1, Broken Aro, will be released Oct 2012 by Hadley Rille Press. I’m also working on edits for Dark Madness, the sequel to my debut novel Sweet Light and it will hopefully be out this summer.
Thanks so much for having me today!!
~Hugs and rainbows~
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