Behind the Book with Jenna Nelson
This week I bring you the lovely Jenna Nelson!
Liz - Tell us about your part of the world.
Jenna - I live in sunny Los Angeles with my husband and our two dog rescues, Clancy and Penny.
Liz - When did you first catch the writing bug?
Jenna - Too many years ago to count! I started with
writing screenplays and then segued to novels around 2008.
Liz - What was the first book you published?
Jenna - The Snow Globe and The Crystal Sky, a YA Fantasy duology.
Liz - How has your writing process changed between your first and most recent book?
Jenna - It really hasn’t. I’m a slow writer. Glacial. I know writers who can crank out multiple books a year, and I’m in awe. That will never be me.
Liz - Can you tell us about your book The Snow Globe?
Jenna - By day, Sondrine Renfrew works at Cimmerian’s Curio Emporium, her aunt’s apothecary and
antique shop in London, 1875. By night, she weaves fire, water, and air into both inanimate
objects and living creatures. When a hooded stranger offers Sondrine a snow globe in trade for
medicinal herbs, she accepts, enchanted by the castle, forest, and sea encapsulated under the
Her enchantment fades, however, when her deceitful aunt betroths her to one of London’s
wealthiest men—a complete stranger. Determined to escape the marriage, Sondrine trades her corset for trousers and decides to run away. With one foot out the door, she falls down a veritable rabbit hole into Winterhaven, the haunting world inside the snow globe.
Sondrine soon discovers her arrival in Winterhaven is no accident. There, she meets Shán, a man who broods more than the darkened sky above. Turns out Shán is not to be trusted. Not only is he the man who sold Sondrine the snow globe, he is a bounty hunter employed by the king. The beginnings of a sovereign war have been set in motion and an Immortal queen, one who uses fire as a weapon, is set on destroying Winterhaven. Because of her Elemental gifts, only Sondrine has the means to stop the queen. If Sondrine refuses the king’s request, he will behead her. If she rises to the challenge of killing the Immortal queen, her death is just as imminent. After all, an Immortal queen cannot be killed.
Or can she?
Liz - Can you share your agent experiences?
Jenna - I’ve had 3 agents and none of them have been
successful in selling my work, unfortunately. But I’m trying for a fourth, so, never give up,
Liz - Do you think with your next book you would continue with traditional publishing or self-
Jenna - Traditional, but I’ve had little luck with querying lately. It was much easier years ago
to get an agent, in my opinion. YA was hot and full requests came often. Now, not so much.
Liz - Do you have a writing schedule, or do you write when you have some free time?
Jenna - I write when the mood strikes. If I have an idea, I’ll go nonstop. But it may be months where I don’t write at all.
Liz - What are you currently working on?
Jenna - I’m working on a YA Contemporary Fantasy. Actually, it’s finished, but agents/editors don’t seem to be clamoring for this genre right now.
Liz - If you could work with any author, who would it be and why?
Jenna - Markus Zusak. He writes so beautifully and is able to easily evoke emotion.
Liz - Out of all the characters you’ve created, is there one you’ve connected with or preferred over the others?
Jenna - I love Sondrine from The Snow Globe. Between the 2 books she has a great arc. I also have a character in my current ms who’s pretty kick ass.
Liz - What is your perfect location/set-up for productive writing?
Jenna - I need total quiet. My bed or the couch is best. Bonus points for rain! I honestly think I’d write more if I lived somewhere that had cool, rainy weather. The heat makes me feel like a slug, but the rain invigorates me.
Liz - As an author, what does success look like to you?
Jenna - Well, I would really like to be traditionally
published. I’ve had agents give me a ring but would really like one from an editor.
Liz - What is your most beloved book(s)?
Jenna - I reread The Book Thief every year.
Liz - Where can our readers follow you?
Jenna - Twitter @jnels0n55