Author Spotlight – Meet Jennifer Snyder, New Adult and Young Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance author

Hi Jennifer, thank you for agreeing to spend some time with us. It’s lovely to have you here! Do tell us something about yourself …

I live in the United States tucked in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband and two children. We have a guinea pig and a yorkie puppy.

That’s wonderful. With all that going on, you still manage to write such great books. That’s pretty amazing! Tell us about your books …

I write both New Adult and Young Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Here is a little about the first in my latest series:

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Seduce is the first novel in my New Adult Paranormal Romance Succubus Kiss series. The main character Kenna Blake is a succubus with a conscience and a horrible love life because of it. When she accidently meets Randal Vincent, the inspiration for Dracula, things being to get a little interesting. The third novel in the series is set to release July 28th. If anyone is interested in starting the series, the prequel, Kiss of Awakening, is a free download.

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You can learn more about the series and find purchase links by visiting my website: http://jennifersnyderbooks.com/succubus-kiss-series/

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Some of you may know me because of my novel Break You, which is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel and the first in my Coldcreek Companion Series. It’s about those moments in life that happen when we least expect it, the ones that hold all the power to break us completely. There are four companion novels within this series, because I loved each of these characters so much, I decided to give them all their own books. Also, Break You is a free download as well. You can find purchase links and learn more about the entire companion series by visiting my website: http://jennifersnyderbooks.com/coldcreek-series/

I hope you’ve gotten that down, people. Look out for Jennifer’s upcoming releases. I love that you write in different genres. What inspired you to become a writer?

I was the kid who loved to read. I kept a journal/diary, and I jotted down silly little poems or heartbreaking ones from time to time, but I was never the kid who wrote solid stories every second of the day. I didn’t start writing until later in life. And let me be the first to tell you, my very first book stunk. Big time.

It was so bad, in fact, every person who read the first version never asked to read the ending. So, I scrapped it. Well, not entirely. It’s still sitting in my hard drive collecting dust. The idea was okay, but the execution was horrible. I can admit that now. My second attempt at a story (different world, different characters) was long. Really long. Everyone did enjoy parts of it though, so it was progress in the right direction. I queried a little and received no positive response or feedback. So that book sat on the back burner as well.

Flash forward about a year or so. I’d stopped writing. I had moved to a new house. I now had two kids instead of just the one. I was also a stay-at-home mom. I read all the time. My mind was dying to be as creative as the authors whose worlds I devoured, but I didn’t try. I figured something would come to me eventually, but I had no creative juices at the time. Until one day… I was folding laundry and this voice popped into my head. It was a teenage boy, and he was so broken, so distraught with a situation that was taking place in front of him. I couldn’t let him go. I had to know what his story was. What happened to him, what caused him to feel so much pain? I grabbed a notebook and a pen, and began to write.

At first it was just clips of dialogue or random scenes, but then they expanded. A novel was born. One that was so different from anything I had ever read before I wasn’t sure what to do with it. At that point in my life I had never read a contemporary. Gasp! I know. Right?

I had given life to the angry teen boy in my head, but I didn’t know what to call the genre or what to do with it. So, I researched. And I found a whole world of books I never had given the time of day to. My mind was blown. I read crazy good teen romances and fell in love. Finally deciding Shattered Soul (what I titled the heartbreaking novel as) was ready for someone else’s eyes I queried. I didn’t send it out to those who had read my others before right away, because it was so different. It was dark, and gritty, and it touched on topics I thought were really edgy. I received rejection after rejection. Searching for confirmation the novel was worthy of something better than taking up space on my computer, I let those I love dearly read it. They cried. They told me how great it was. And I let that fuel me.

Christmas of 2010 my husband bought me the most glorious present ever—a kindle. I found a wealth of free novels, one being by a well-known Indie author Amanda Hocking. I read her book and went to her website to find more. This was where I learned her story of how her glorious book had made it to my hands. From there I researched everything I could about being Indie. In May of 2011 I decided I was going to take the plunge and upload Shattered Soul, and I haven’t looked back since…

So, we know who to thank for your wonderful books. That was a very honest and open account of your journey as a writer. Do you have a particular way of writing? Something that’s uniquely your style?

My method has changed over the years. I used to write during my daughter’s nap time, and some on the weekends. Once she started school I was able to write during the day and leave my weekends open to family time and catching up on housework. That last part sounds fun, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. 😉

I used to write all of my chapters by hand in spiral bound notebooks. I would write a chapter by hand throughout the day, and then later that night or on the weekend add it to my computer. Now I write solely on a laptop that rarely ever leaves my desk. Enjoy writing in silence, unless I’ve found a song that really spurs inspiration for a scene. Then I’ll listen to that song on repeat forever.

In the summer, when both my kiddos are out of school for summer break, I wake at 5:30 a.m. so I can get some words in before they wake up.  Sometimes I get thousands in, and others a few hundred. Mornings and around 2:00 p.m. seem to be my best writing times for whatever reason.

Aspiring authors, I hope you’re listening. Determination and patience are a necessity in this profession, as you can see,

Do you use many social media platforms? Which one do you use the most?

Facebook. For sure. I have a group for fans of my novels called Snyder’s Sidekicks and can be found chatting with those in the group a few times per day. It’s been amazing to connect with readers in an environment that’s laid back and fun! I adore each member.

Seriously? You have your own entourage? Well, you have a new sidekick now. Those who would like to become part of Jennifer’s sidekicks, here’s the link –

Snyder’s Sidekicks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1580842518825157/

Do you blog too?

I used to blog quite frequently when I first started out. Now I mainly blog about cover reveals, sales, updates, or release info for my novels. You can check out my blog by visiting my website: http://jennifersnyderbooks.com/

I’m sure you have hundreds of reviews for your various books. Do you have a favourite review?

So many have taken the time to read and review my novels that it wouldn’t feel right to single one or two out. I do read them all though, the good and the bad, and am thankful beyond words for those who support my stories by leaving a review for others to see.

I love this question, the one when you realise that somewhere, sometime you’ve become an author. Your ‘Yes, I’m an author” moment …

Ah. This moment. I’ve had a few over the years, but the one that stands out to me most at the moment is when a person I went to high school with happened to message me on Facebook that while browsing through her mother’s bookshelf for something to read one day she stumbled upon my Marked Duology series and was shocked to realize she knew me.

I can only imagine. That feeling must have been surreal. Really makes every effort worth it, right? Btw,I love your book covers! Look at this one, it’s beautiful …

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Who designs them? Do you have any input in the design of your covers? 

I’ve worked with many cover artists over the four years I’ve been in this business, and each of them have been amazing. However, I’ve worked most with Once Upon A Time Covers and Lindee Robinson Photography.

We know you as Jennifer Snyder, the author. Let’s take a look at Jennifer Snyder, the reader and person. What kind of books do you like to read?

My love of reading goes way back. It has always been something I’ve enjoyed. That being said, I think I go through spurts of genres. I can’t say that I have one specific genre I love above all others, because I’m such a fan of the written word. Recently I’ve devoured the second book in Courtney Summers’ zombie series Please Remain Calm. (I’m actually dying for another instalment! There has to be one!), T. A. Foster’s The Magnolia Affair, Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Forged in Stone, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. I have no doubt there will be many more I eat up this year. My to-be-read list is a long one…

What is your favorite book made into a movie?

I’m always disappointed by the book to movie bit. To me, the books are always WAY better. The only one I can say I enjoyed both equally was the first Hunger Games book to movie adaptation.

True, that’s my favourite one as well.

Some quirky questions 

If you were in a crayon box, what color would you be and why?

Green. It’s my favorite color, but also is a vibrant yet soothing color. To me, it’s the color of life. Green trees, green grass, green smoothies. I love it!

You bring new meaning to “Go Green”. It feels like you’re pretty passionate about the environment and a healthy lifestyle. That’s very nice.

If you were a kid, who would you want to grow up to be?

I wanted to be Buffy, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Seriously. She was kickass and had a great sense of style. I’d still be her, if I was given the option.

That’s a new one and I love it. Being a Vampire Slayer would be pretty cool … 

If you’re stuck on a desert island, who would you want to be stuck with?

Channing Tatum. For sure. He could dance for me to pass the time…

Lol … Note to readers … notice the “dance for me” and not a “dance with me”!

How do you decide on your character’s names?

I pay attention to names when watching TV. The clips where they tell you the characters real names with pictures of their faces. If I see one I like, I jot it down in my notebook of names. I do the same if I meet someone with a cool name. Recently though, I was driving back from the beach and thinking of the book I had planned on starting when I got home. I’d plotted out basic things and was trying to come up with names for the main characters…so I started reading the street signs. I live in the south so names are often named after people, like their whole name is the road name. This was how I came up with my names for the book, first and last.

What dessert would you be and why?

This is the hardest question. I have a love for all things lemon, coconut, vanilla, or peanut butter. So anything with one or more of those!!

Jennifer, thank you for spending time with us. It was a blast and it was great getting to know you. For those who want to know more about Jennifer, become her friend, stalk her (haha) and read her books, here are the links to her pages. Give it up for Jennifer Snyder, everyone!

https://www.facebook.com/authorjennifersnyder?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1580842518825157/

http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Snyder/e/B00529EAJ6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1437893904&sr=8-2-ent

Dying Thoughts by Joey Paul

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Dying Thoughts is a young adult mystery at its heart, but Joey Paul has made it so much more. It is a funny and entertaining story of young Tara’s ‘gift’, though she doesn’t consider it one. The first person narrative is neatly done and takes us on this journey in a sixteen year old’s shoes remarkably well. Tara’s introspective conversations are witty and does not grate (I’ve found that if not done well, it can ruin a book for you. It has ruined quite a few books for me.) But Joey has done a great job. Tara herself is very endearing and her relationship with her father seems very real. The mystery itself serves as a backdrop to Tara’s journey of self discovery, but is suspenseful and keeps you turning pages.

I think this book serves as a great introduction to Tara’s gift and how she realizes that she could be in a position to help people. I see there are more books about Tara Leverton’s adventures. I look forward to reading them. Five stars, Joey Paul!

Greywalker by Patrick Heffernan

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Greywalker catches you unawares. I’m not sure what I expected of the book, but it certainly wasn’t the gamut of emotions that surfaced in me. The character was so well written that I felt every emotion he did-happiness, sadness, confusion and anger. I found the concept of the Greywalkers fascinating. Amos’ initiation into the Otherworld and his journey through it is woven so well. Being a Greywalker demands much from a mortal. Amos’ feelings about being thrown into something he hadn’t asked for and didn’t want, and his later realization of his destiny and place in this world is captivating.

One of the best parts of the book for me was the way Patrick Heffernan has explored the relationships in Amos’ life, from his initial confusion and anger at his father, to acceptance and forgiveness, and his own reactions to his son’s gifts. A brilliant piece of work by a fine author! It was a wonderful experience.

Gran-sdur: The Games

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Review for Gran-sdur:The Games – I forgot how much I loved these characters! The start of the book was a bit slow, but that helped ease me back into the Pha-Yal world nicely. I definitely got a lot more of a feel for Mr Harris as a person this time too, which was a pleasant surprise. Suffice to say he’s actually become one of my favourite characters. As it was before, the team of five kids each bought their own elements to the story, and rounded it out nicely – although I was glad to see some competition challenging those bonds at times. I loved all their reactions, apart from when they grumbled about Mr Harris, and making them participate in the games was a great, adrenaline fuelling addition. Very clever of the author. Oooooh boy, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OZAEYTY

Gran-sdur: The Games by Jan Raymond

Yup, my second book. It’s time for another review of mine. This a favorite written by one of my favorite authors, Christoph Fischer.

“Gran-sdur: The Games” by Jan Raymond is the second book in her magical and beautiful Pha-yul trilogy. This book follows the well established circle of five youngsters from volume one to new adventures and more training of their superhuman skills. The series reminds me in some moments of Enid Blyton’s charm with its wonderful sense of adventure and the likeable and well drawn characters. Only, our heroes are part alien and have powers such as tele-porting and they have a man who trains them to master their powers.
As the title suggests, this instalment concerns a competition which is held at Pha-Yul. What starts out almost like a summer camp for teenagers turns into something more serious. The group of five have all quite different and well drawn family backgrounds. Then there are the individual friendships and some courting which brilliantly come into play in the changing group dynamics and character development. Mastering the games together and overcoming their issues at the same time is the dual challenge.

This is a great second book that can build easily on the solid ground work of its predecessor. Apart from the action and adventure there is a lot of emotional wisdom in the book that makes watching those youngsters and following their progress such a rewarding reading experience. Thoughtful and with some great messages about being your best this should be popular with young readers and their parents.

Highly recommended.