Jennifer Marchman interview
A little introduction:
When did your love of books begin?
When I was about eight years old, my mother read two books to me while my younger siblings napped: The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Indian Captive. I was entranced, and I pretty much had a book in my hand from that point on.
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
I don't have a memory of wishing to become an author separate from falling in love with reading, of being transported to another life--- one so much more interesting than my own. Writing and reading seemed intertwined, and I've always lived in my own head.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
Delayed. When my oldest child was born, I stopped writing. I focused solely on mothering, but now I am rediscovering the joy of the creative process. I would rather write than do just about anything else.
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Do it. Just start. Journal. Write whatever comes to mind. The ideas will blossom. And then learn everything you can about the business side, either traditional or indie. Pick one and insert yourself into the community. Seek out mentors you trust and respect. Exhaust the free resources online to level up your craft and business before you pay for classes, BUT if you keep coming across the same name being recommended by different reputable people, spend the money.
Tell us about your book/books:
I also have a story featured in the Accidental Time Travelers Collective which called "Field and Flame" and is set in the worlds of The Mender as a prequel.
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
Within the indie community, I am continually astonished by how supportive established authors are, not just with words of encouragement to budding writers, but with practical, executable advice. The scarcity mindset that plagues the traditional publishing world is absent from the indie publishing community.
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
The Mender is the book of my heart. Not only do I hope it sticks with you after you put it down, but it also tugs at your heartstrings and sends you down rabbit holes of new thought.
Where can people connect with you?
Please say hi! I'd love to hear from you: www.jennifermarchman.com