Good morning, friends! Thank you for joining us on this lovely Saturday. We’re excited to have Inspired Prompt co-founder Jennifer Hallmark talking about her debut novel. Let’s begin!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Jennifer: Well, I’m a wife, Mother, Mamaw, friend and family to many, cookie baker, LOTR marathon watcher, greeting card sender, church bulletin maker, day trip with hubby and friends taker, snowman and Golden Age of Detective fiction book collector.
And most exciting of all at the moment, DEBUT AUTHOR. 🙂
What do you love most about the writing process?
Jennifer: I love it when I have an idea and get in the “flow” of writing. I can’t type fast enough to keep up with my train of thought. I also enjoy going back and editing my work to make it the best it can be.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Jennifer: At the moment, I’ve almost finished the sequel to Jessie’s Hope and have ideas for a third book. I also have two other Southern fiction stories started.
Since I love fantasy, I’ve also written a hundred thousand word fantasy that I’m editing with a book two partly written.
To answer your question, way too many…
If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be?
Jennifer: Be careful when you pay someone to “help” you. I didn’t always spend my money wisely in the past. I also would’ve joined a writing group and went to a writing conference much earlier in my career. There’s nothing like having friends in the writing business.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
- Scams that seem to be the real thing.
- Thinking your writing doesn’t need editing.
- Giving up too easily.
- Not trying out many different types of writing.
- Not turning to friends for help.
What does literary success look like to you?
Jennifer: (1) Learning to enjoy the journey. Too often in my life I’ve focused on goals and missed the wonder during the trip.
(2) Earning the publisher back their money. I want to be a good steward of what’s been entrusted to me.
Future Projects or WIP you can talk about?
Jennifer: I’m editing the sequel to Jessie’s Hope and also am sending my fantasy through the Word Weaver’s critique group, Page 20.
Great advice and thanks for stopping by today!
June Blog Tour Giveaway Extravaganza
June 10th-June 30th
- $25 Amazon Gift Card
- $10 Starbucks Gift Card
- Print copy of Jessie’s Hope
- 2 Kindle copies of Jessie’s Hope
Giveaway details: Go to my Rafflecopter Page to enter and possibly win one of five prizes to be drawn by Rafflecopter. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on July 1st. You can only enter by visiting my June blog tour from June 10th until June 30th. My visits include:
June 13th–Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud/
June 14th–Favorite Friday Fiction
June 15th–Inspired Prompt
June 17th–Author Trish Perry
June 17th–Southern Writers Magazine
June 18th–Author Liz Tolsma
June 19th–Inspired Prompt
June 21st–Snark & Sensibility/
June 24th–Fear Warrior/
June 24th–Author June Foster
June 25th–Trumpet Tuesdays
June 26th–Seriously Write
June 28th–Heartfelt, Homespun fiction/
June 29th–The Write Conversation/
Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.
With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.
Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?
Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and her website, Alabama-Inspired Fiction, and the group blog, Inspired Prompt, she co-founded, focus on her books, love of the South, and helping writers. She’s published 200+ internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, will release in June of 2019.
When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on one of her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.