Jennifer Loring

IMG_1625 copyJennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing’s inaugural Tales from the Lake writing competition; in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella Conduits, and in May 2015, Omnium Gatherum released her debut novel, Those of My Kind. She is currently writing a contemporary romance trilogy for Limitless Publishing; the first book, Firebird, was published October 20, 2015. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds. She is at work on the second book in The Firebird Trilogy as well as a paranormal romance.

1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? When I was 11, I read Stephen King for the first time and realized how badly I wanted to tell my own stories. I wrote a lot of terrible crap over the next ten years that fortunately never saw the light of day, including at least three novels, and I kept working at my craft. My first publication came when I was 21 and my first pro sale three years later.

2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I do most of my writing in the afternoon. I try to reserve mornings for marketing/promo stuff if needed. I shoot for 2,000 words a day, minimum 1,500. Lately I’ve been working on two projects at once, so the word count has been even higher.

3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I work on something else. The important thing is to keep writing; usually the solution presents itself when I’m not obsessing over the project I’m blocked on.

4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? I used to be a pantser, because I came from a short fiction background. I’ve discovered that doesn’t really work for novel-length fiction, at least for me. I don’t do terribly detailed outlines, but I hit the major plot points so I have some kind of direction going forward.

5.Are you traditionally or self-published? Traditionally.

6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? The process has changed a lot since I got started in the late 90s. My advice would be to do your research—people seem to think it’s either Big 5 or self-publishing, and that just isn’t the case. Small- and mid-press publishers have a lot to offer if you choose the one that’s right for you.

7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? I’ve had a few, but I’m really pleased with the response to Firebird. Having made a big genre switch, I didn’t know what to expect.

8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? Firebird is a contemporary romance with erotic elements, so it’s definitely adults-only! If you like tortured heroes, hockey, and second-chance love stories, this one is for you.

9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) Sending ARCs to reviewers is essential—word-of-mouth is still what sells books. Blog tours worked well for me, too. It was the one time Twitter proved to be semi-useful. And do a Goodreads giveaway; hundreds of people entered mine. One thing not to do? Don’t send people a sales pitch immediately after they friend you/follow you. I’ve deleted multiple people for doing this.

10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? My first novel took 2 ½ years. Firebird took almost nine months. I’m trying to write the current book in about four months to meet my publisher’s schedule. So my average is steadily shrinking!

11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. I did have input to a point. The original idea for the cover would have forced me to change a major detail of the heroine’s appearance, however, and I refused. The cover design team took it in a different direction, and I’m glad I stood my ground, because Firebird ended up with the beautiful cover it has now.

12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Read, play video games, hang out with my basset hounds and my husband. I don’t have too much spare time at the moment!  Feel free to include your: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Blog.

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