Welcome to the second Featured Author post!
I’d like to welcome this month’s featured author, Jade Varden!
I was lucky enough to obtain a free copy of her latest book, Hope’s Rebellion and I reviewed it! To check out my review, click HERE!
She has graciously donated a copy of Hope’s Rebellion that you can win!
To enter the giveaway, click HERE!
Now, without further ado, let me introduce…Jade Varden!!!
10 Questions with Jade Varden
1. Can you tell us about yourself and what made you decide to go into writing?
I fell in love with books when I was around 9, and I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to write books as well as read them.
2. Do you feel that new technology has helped or hurt new authors? Why?
I think it has hurt us in some ways but it has helped also. Because of technology, the romantic picture of the author slaving away in solitude is gone. Authors have to be accessible and they have to actively go out and find readers; they have to be highly visible. I don’t think that’s any good for authors, because too much interaction can affect the way some stories are written. But on the other hand, I absolutely wouldn’t want to write a novel with a quill pen and a pot of ink. So there’s where technology is amazing for us.
3. What’s your favorite book that you have written and why?
It’s a manuscript that I don’t talk about, much, and in fact I can’t mention the title. It was an epic historical novel, actually, and it was my favorite because I still believe it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. I love that manuscript too much to talk about it.
4. What’s your favorite food?
Potatoes. I don’t care how they’re prepared, I will eat them. You can’t go wrong with a potato. But a close second is seafood, particularly sea scallops.
5. How old were you when you wrote your first book?
Eleven! But we have to use the word “book” loosely here. It wasn’t a very long manuscript and of course it was horribly written, but it was at least a complete idea
6. What’s your favorite book that you have ever read?
“Gone With the Wind” is my favorite book and movie, though the story changed quite a bit in the film.
7. Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you give us any juicy details? 🙂
I’m working on something now and haven’t yet released the title, but I can say it’s related to the sea and it’s about a girl who lives in Maine. It’s the first book in my new trilogy, and there is something of a fantasy element involved. That will be a first for me. Look for it this fall. I’ll be making announcements on my blog and on Twitter.
8. On days when you are not reading or writing, what are you doing?
There are no days like that. I write 7 days a week and try to read several times a week. But if I could take a break, I would sleep. I would just sleep.
9. Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how have you gotten past it?
I had a mean case of it that lasted over a year, once. The whole time I had it, I tried to write. I started a few novels, and when that didn’t work I tried short stories. I attempted to try new things and use new ideas, and kept trying until something clicked. That’s when I wrote the “Deck of Lies” series.
10. Do you have any tips for budding writers?
I’ve got tons of tips because I’m made so many mistakes myself. I post new writing tips for indie authors every week at my blog.
About the Author:
Jade Varden writes young adult novels for teen readers. When she’s not crafting mysteries in her books, Jade also blogs practical writing tips for authors who self-publish. Jade currently makes her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys reading and reviewing indie books by other self-published authors. Follow her on Twitter @JadeVarden. Visit Jade’s blog at http://jadevarden.blogspot.com/ for reviews, writing tips, self-publishing advice and everything else you ever wanted to know about reading and writing books.