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Author Interview – Writing Prompt Crew member JENNIFER HALLMARK

 

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WRITING PROMPTS & THOUGHTS & IDEAS (oh my)

INTERVIEW BLITZ

 

Jennifer is a writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. With over 200 articles and interviews on the internet, her attention has moved to southern fiction and YA fantasy.

Her first book published in early 2014, a multi-authored romantic comedy novella, called A Dozen Apoligies. She is currently shopping her YA series, Journey of Grace: Realm of Ecclesia and a contemporary southern fiction novel, When Wedding and Weather Collide. She is also part of two compilation projects: Unlikely Merger is a romantic novella, a sequel to A Dozen Apologies which released July 1st, 2015. She’s also contributed to the anthology: Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage which released in December 2015.

Jennifer shares a writer’s reference blog, Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas… Oh My! with friends, Betty, Tammy, Allison, Karen, Cari, Holly, Anne, Robin, and Betty B.

“The most important thing to me is my faith in God the father, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Second is my family and friends. For me, a relationship with God has made life worth living, full to the max and overflowing. Do you know Him? Read the Bible and you’ll discover a God who is good, merciful, and just.”

 

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“The most important thing to me is my faith in God the father, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Second is my family and friends. For me, a relationship with God has made life worth living, full to the max and overflowing. Do you know Him? Read the Bible and you’ll discover a God who is good, merciful, and just.”

 

rem: Welcome to my blog, Jennifer. Tell us a little about yourself.

Jennifer: Hi, Robin! I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother from Alabama and a retired chicken farmer. J I love to read, write, and spend time with my family.

rem: Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

Jennifer: I lived in several places including Florida growing up but ended up in North Alabama. I’ve lived in Northwest Alabama for the last thirty-three years with my husband, Danny.

rem: Not too far from where I first took on the world—Columbus AFB, Mississippi! Tell us three things about yourself.

Jennifer:

  • I have one brother who lives in Alaska and I’m going to see him in June. Woo hoo!
  • I love basset hounds, especially my dog, Max.
  • I’m a huge football fan. Roll Tide!

rem: Glad you get to go see your brother! I’ve got a pretty good one too! Coffee or tea? Sweet or un? Flavored or not?

Jennifer: I adore hot tea, sweetened with honey. No flavorings but I do drink decaf (doctor’s orders)

rem: Once in a while do I add honey to hot tea but mostly unsweetened all the way! Vacation: beach or mountains?

Jennifer: That’s a tough one. I do love warm weather and the beach. But the mountains are so enjoyable during any season. I really enjoy going to the Smoky Mountains…

rem: Basically how I feel, too. What is your greatest fear?

Jennifer: Fear has been a major struggle throughout my life. God keeps bringing me further along as I lean on Him. Probably fear of failure. My perfectionist tendencies cause me to grab hold of lies about the true meaning of failure, success, and significance.

rem: Yes, Father showed me a few years ago that perfectionism is not His—excellence is, and there’s a world (literally) of difference!) Perfectionism is a cruel task master, while, like Father, excellence sees our abilities and our heart. (here endeth the lesson) What do you do as a hobby?

Jennifer: I enjoy puzzles, from Sudoku to jigsaw. I love music. I’m always downloading and singing new songs. My husband and I like to drive around, checking out new towns and restaurants.

rem: Sounds like a good mix of fun. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

Jennifer: Great characters. I have to get inside the skin of someone if I’m going to enjoy the read. My pet peeve would be stories whose endings are tied up too perfectly to be true.

rem: I agree. I read a great story a couple of years ago but some of the characters ran together, it was hard to keep up. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

Jennifer: Beside the Bible, probably Sherlock Holmes or The Chronicles of Narnia. Too close to call.

rem: Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Jennifer: Albert Campion. He’s a mystery-solving Brit in the 1920’s brought to life by Margery Allingham. I’ve read and reread the series of books with him in them.

rem: Love the era, and of course, I love all things British! Which is more important: plot or characters?

Jennifer: Characters. I can read a book that’s really introspective with little plot but cannot stand one with shallow characters.

rem: Tell us a little about your writing journey.

Jennifer: It started as a child but didn’t turn into a profession until 2006. That’s when I decided to take a course on writing and see where it would lead. The journey has had its ups and downs with lots of lessons learned. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

rem: Don’t all life journeys have their ups and downs? Else what value have they? What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

Jennifer: I struggle with the distractions and unforeseen circumstances in life. The last year has been extremely difficult and my time spent writing has suffered. To handle it, I edit a lot and work on articles. I know the part of creating something new will return at some point.

rem: Life does throw us those curve balls sometimes; seems you’re handling the best way you can. What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

Jennifer: Do: Join a writing group. Practice. Watch out for scams in the writing world.

Don’t: Isolate yourself. Publish too soon. Don’t give up.

rem: Agree, on all counts. Especially, don’t give up. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

Jennifer: Dreams, writing prompts, and life. Everything I’ve written started as a dream, a writing prompt, or a situation that occurred in my life. I then take the idea and mold it into a story.

rem: Writing Prompts (and Thoughts and Ideas! Oh my!) hmmm, imagine that! Talk a little bit about Not Alone. What drove you to be part of this project? What was the writing experience like, sharing these stories with others who have been through this loss?

Jennifer: Not Alone is an edgy Chicken Soup of the Soul type book. It’s full of honest stories by everyday people who’ve suffered from the effects of a miscarriage or infertility. I’d written my story down long ago and when I heard that Jessica Snell was interested in submissions for this compilation, I was intrigued. It proved healing to share my story with the possibility of helping someone in their own journey of loss.

rem: So sorry for your loss, Jennifer. I’m glad you’ve found healing, and that it is something you can share and minister through. Thanks so much for joining us today, it’s been a pleasure having on my blog!

 

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Connect with Jennifer at:

 

http://www.jenniferhallmark.com

http://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/jenniferhallmark

https://www.facebook.com/authorjenniferhallmark

https://twitter.com/JenHwrites

https://www.pinterest.com/jenlhallmark989/

 

Links to book:

Kalos Press 

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

 

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NOTE: this interviewer will be in hospital for surgery tomorrow, the 11th. i will reply to comments as soon as i’m able, possibly friday. thanks for understanding and wish me luck! a new knee will soon be mine!

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