The Best Part About Being an Author
by Jolene Perry
First off, and yes, this is totally vain - I can totally start sentences with, "So my agent . . ."
If there's something I've always wanted to do, or a place I've always wanted to go, I can do the research, and experience it through my character. I'm working on one that takes place in Paris, but I do keep telling my husband we might need to do some "field research."
I have different works in progress for different moods. I just finished a MS with a good friend where my character was a bit self-centered and cocky. This is not me, so it was a blast to write.
This is totally random, but I feel like being a writer gives me license to be a little odd and quirky - which I tend to be anyway.
Everywhere I sit - whether I'm on a plane, or waiting in line - I have something to think about. If I'm not thinking about plot lines, I can be listening in on conversations, or watching people, gaining material for characters.
I can play ball with all my teenage friends in the name of "research."
My job, doesn't feel like a job. It feels like playtime. My favorite hobby is my job.
Along with the above - I would write for relaxation whether I was published or not. So, it's a win-win for me.
I put something of myself in each and every book - some like or dislike, some fun quirk from when I was a kid. I name characters after my friends, and (so far) they all think it's great.
The best part about being an author is finishing a story, and feeling like I did that person justice, because by the time I'm done with a book, my characters are as real as my friends.
And that's why I love being a writer.
Thanks so much for having me today!!
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
Jolene Perry's Bio:
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.
After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.
She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.
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