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Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?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