Author Interview with Jenna Greene

Q: Introduce yourself! What is your experience with writing?

My name is Jenna Greene. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta (Go Canada!) and I teach at D.A. Ferguson Middle School. I primarily write Young Adult.

Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. That novel is brilliant!

Q: What does literary success look like to you?

Having someone read my work and either laugh or cry or gasp.

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have a few that are in the cue, waiting to be published. I have no half-written books, but I have a lot of ideas that I haven’t got on paper yet.

Q: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I don’t do a lot of research, since I can create a lot of fantastical worlds, creatures, etc in my head. If I do research, it is usually on the spot, checking architecture or a term. When I write a sequel, I do reverse-research, where I double-check all the little details of world-building from the first novel.

Q: Do you Google yourself?

Sometimes. I probably shouldn’t.

Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Editing. I love writing and, while I’m quite good at editing, it just isn’t as fun. And I sometimes have trouble cutting scenes, even if they need to be cut.

Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

About 4-6 months, depending on how busy I am. Since I’m a teacher, I have summers off, so I can get a lot of writing down during July and August. I don’t write much in September, December, or June.

Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

That everything I write won’t be gold, but that’s ok. It’s all part of the learning process.

Q: Where can readers learn more about you?

They can check out any/all of these links:

www.jennagreene.ca

www.facebook.com/jennabutrenchukgreene

@jgreenewrites

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