I’m hosting an interview with Jen McConnel, author of YA romance “Beautiful Curse”. Welcome to my blog, Jen!
1) Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?
I honestly can’t remember when I started writing, but my childhood was punctuated with constant scribbling. I loved filling notebooks with my “novels”, and I think I always dreamed of seeing my stories in book form. I stopped writing in high school, though, and didn’t get back to it seriously until my first teaching job. The combination of my students and being an avid reader inspired me to pursue a career in writing; I loved seeing how books to capture the minds of so many readers, and I wanted to be a part of that magic.
2) Is Beautiful Curse your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
Beautiful Curse is actually my fifth book; the first, The Secret of Isobel Key, is a New Adult mystery that incorporates a contemporary storyline with historical flashbacks. It’s set in Scotland, and it’s a story of love, betrayal, and witches, so totally different than Beautiful Curse, and I love it for different reasons.
3) Why did you choose YA as genre for your book?
I really think it goes back to my teaching; I started out teaching middle school, and now I teach college. My writing tends to be either YA or NA depending on the project, and I sometimes write with my various students in mind. Part of my love for both YA and NA comes from how much can happen at those ages; they are both tumultuous times, and it’s a lot of fun to tap into that intensity and uncertainty.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Drop the aspiring and just write: no one can give your permission or validate your craft besides you, so believe in yourself and follow your passion. Also, write and read everything you can get your hands on!
5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
My YA Red Magic trilogy that started with Daughter of Chaos is nearing completion, with the second book, Gods of Chaos, scheduled for publication from Month9Books early in 2015. I love this series; it’s about a sixteen year old witch who makes a very bad choice, and I can’t wait for the second and third books to be in readers’ hands next year!
About The Book
Out now from Swoon Romance.
Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn’t count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.
About the Author
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Her fiction titles include DAUGHTER OF CHAOS (YA), THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY (NA), and the recently released sequel, HER SECRET INHERITANCE. Visit http://www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.
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