Author Interview A Soul to Shine Tour


I’m hosting an interview today with Jennifer Ott, author of literary fiction “A Soul to Shine”. I hope everyone enjoys the interview!

1) How long have you been writing?
I started writing my first book at age twelve. I didn’t get very far. I completed my first novel when I was twenty four. It was terrible. A literary agent at the time told me to go out into the world and live my life, so I would have real life experience to write about. Shortly after I moved to New York City and took writing classes (screenwriting). I returned to writing novels when I turned forty. I can safely say I lived my life and have a lot of experiences.
2) Is A Soul to Shine your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
No. My first published book was a nonfiction satire called, “Ooh Baby Compound Me,” which compared credit card companies to fraternity hazing. It did pretty well for what it was and received some decent reviews. My first fiction novel I published is “Wild Horses,” which is a dark fantasy satire that compares dating to horse racing. (Yes, I was all about the weird, wacky comparisons). Wild Horses has been described as sort of like “Alice in Wonderland,” or as one reviewer mentioned, “The Hunger Games of dating.” It is about a young woman distressed over a relationship. She trips and knocks her head at the Belmont Stakes and dreams of a world where woman are groomed and trained to compete for men.
3) Why did you choose literary fiction as genre to write?
My favorite author is John Steinbeck. I loved all his books – “Of Mice and Men,” “Sweet Thursday” and “Grapes of Wrath.” I love how he gave humanity to offbeat and quirky characters. It is these characters and stories that drive me to write.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. People will deter you. People will criticize and judge you. Stay true to who you are and what inspires you.
5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I am in the process of creating a series for my book “Edge of Civilization.” called “Citizens of Civilization.” It a series that tells the story of characters that are all connected and may or may not know it. It shows how people can be inspired by the most unsuspecting characters. My book “Searching Civilization” will be released in a month or so, and I am currently writing “Rays of Civilization.”

About The Book

ASoultoShineAmazonTitle: A Soul to Shine

Author: Jennifer Ott

Genre: Literary Fiction


“You and I are now time itself, not just the city,
The whole world is taking part in our decision.
We are more than just the two of us now.
We embody something.
We are sitting in the People’s Square
And it’s full of people with the same dream as ours.
We define the game for all.

I’m ready.”


Wings of Desire

Wim Wenders
Peter Handke


From the outside, starlet Olivia Hammond has it all—fame, fortune and a Hollywood hunk boyfriend. No one suspects her rising self-doubts and anxieties. In order to escape the realities of her chaotic world, she dives into an Oscar quality role of a young woman trapped in the horrors of postwar Berlin. It is here that Olivia feels most comfortable.

Her real and fictional lives collide when the director casts Dimitri Malakhov, a Russian porn star, as her costar. She immediately fears her image and reputation will be tainted. Personally and professionally, she must face what frightens her most—exposing herself, her fears, her imperfections and her desires to the world.

The experience of filming the movie with Dimitri and being on location in Berlin destroys her prejudices and judgments. It shatters all her illusions and perceptions. When liberated from her own confines, her life and love truly shine.

Manchmal das Herz muss zerstört werden, um zu heilen.

Sometimes the heart needs to be broken in order to heal.


So many pictures,  so many scenes

Still can’t understand what it means

I look at my face everyday I arise

And proceed to adorn my daily disguise

The soul that once shined

No longer appears

It’s lost somewhere

In a world full of tears.

I’ve wandered around place to place

Trapped inside my invisible space

How do we connect with another

When it’s our own heart we smother

The soul that once shined

Desires to be seen

Wanting to wade through

The clutter in between.

It only takes a moment for all to shatter

Picking up the pieces doesn’t really matter

The worst has come to fate

No one else can ever relate

Our wounds exposed like an open sore

For all others’ salt to pour

Author Bio

MeInspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle.  In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.

Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.

Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.



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A Soul to Shine


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