Interview: Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
Latest Release: Follow the Moon (March 2016)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson has been writing and publishing fantasy stories since 2003. Publishing credits include writing contests and self-published novels.
She attended the Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a B.A in African American History and promptly went to work with AmeriCorps on a literary initiative. She went to the University of Michigan and got her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2008 and while she finished writing her thesis, also got a Masters in English – Composition and Rhetoric in 2009. She recently is working on her PhD at Michigan State University in the field of Writing and Rhetoric. She has been teaching collegiate and community writing classes since 2003 and loves the variety and inspiration her students bring.
She currently finished her trilogy and has started a new paranormal romance series, along with short stories to fill out her established world. She dutiful writes on her blog space about her journey. She is excitedly expanding her ever developing world and looks forward to the new adventures waiting to be written.
We are pleased to have Jennifer here today in an exclusive interview with Our Write Side.
1.What is your name (real or otherwise)? Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson or JFF
- Describe your writing style in three words. Every single day
- How long have you been writing? Since I was 5 or 6
- Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most? I have found a new love/hate with different genres. I prefer urban fantasy but have stretched my paranormal wings. Challenges are a good way to research a genre, read new stuff and then try to write it well. It’s also frustrating because it’s new and sometimes weird.
- Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. More time to write 🙂 My time is very accounted for- so having more time would be amazing.
- What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t expect perfection the first time out- that’s why we revise. And write every day.
- Who is your favorite author? Octavia Butler! She wrote in a genre dominated by white men and made her place. She challenged people to be smart when they read her works and to think more expansively. She had a plan and made sure to see it through.
- How do you make time to write? I make time- I know that sounds simple, but it is on my daily schedule like every other thing I need to do. I have also learned not to make the time accessible to anything else. My family has learned that when the answer is “I’m writing”- to leave me alone.
- When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? Parenting, working, exercising, cooking- doing all the things!
- How do you discover the ebooks you read? Most times through friends, but sometimes the freebies look great. I also do book reviews- which is an amazing way to explore. I tend to read what genres I know I will like. Reviewing means books are shipped- so I get to expand what I read.
- Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? It was a little book about spring . I was in 2nd grade- and my mom still has it.
- What are your five favorite books, and why? That isn’t fair- it’s like asking me to pick a favorite kid. No seriously- I have tons of books and have reread many of them. It depends on mood, weather, day, etc…
- Describe your desk/writing space: I have an office at home. I have 5 white boards on the wall for brainstorming and plotting. I have my laptop and an additional screen, headphones. I try to keep the space neat because it helps me function, but there are days…
- Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? In the great MItten state. Because we have winter and I don’t like snow- I spent a lot of time reading. After my first prompt to write a story in 2nd grade, i just kept doing it. Fun fact- I used to sell short personalized romance stories to my friends in high school.
- When did you first start writing? when I was 5 or 6. I have so many notebooks filled with stories it’s crazy. Maybe someday I will be able to transcribe them all- and revise the heck out of them 🙂
- Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you? Long stories are lovely- it gives me time to show my world and the characters. However I do enter a 500 word story contest each year. It makes me cry and sweat because I like to take my time. However I do it to keep my skills up there – or at least challenges me out of my comfort zone.
- Share one writing goal you have yet to meet. Best Seller Title. I’m sure it will come soon.
- What is the greatest joy of writing for you? Getting the characters inside my head to be quiet 🙂 Seriously, I love the worlds I create and want to explore- and then share, what better way to do that.
- What do your fans mean to you? Everything! Really- they invest time and emotion into the characters and want to know more. So little of the world and people make it on to the page- being able to chat and give backstories is great. Once you put a work out to be read- it means that everyone will have a different idea or take on certain scenes but when they align how I meant them to- it’s amazing! Not to mention- finding people who want to talk about your characters? Golden!
- What are you working on next? Book 3 of my trilogy is out in March, I have an origin story for a favored character, a paranormal romance series (I’m on book 2 of 5) and a stand alone. I tend to write a few WIP at once, it helps me never hit a wall.
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