Sunday, March 30, 2008

Author Jenny B. Jones - On the Loose

Today, we're welcoming back Jenny B. Jones with her second installment in the Katie Parker Productions young adult series. My granddaughter who doesn't like to read that much loved book one. I'll be giving her book two in this series, too.

Welcome, Jenny. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write humor because I love to make people laugh and love to keep things o the light side. There are enough downers in the world—the news, work, daily life. And I write YA because I have a heart for teenagers. And probably because I’ve yet to totally relinquish my own youth. Despite the Miss Clairol…and the Retinol cream.

How has being published changed your life?

I’m a lot, lot busier. I rarely have any downtime, and when I do, I’m thinking about what I should be working on next. The time commitment is intense. And the photographers and paparazzi who hang outside my house and stalk me. They just will not leave girls like Britney Spears and me alone!

Right! What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading an Anthony Horowitz YA book and a Janet Evanovich novel.

What is your current work in progress?

Right now I’m writing the second book in my new YA series for Thomas Nelson. But I’m counting the day until my next book, The Big Picture, hits the shelves. It’s the third and final installment in the Katie Parker Production series.

What would be your dream vacation?

I’ve actually been tackling my dream vacation list. Last year I went to Europe and had an amazing time. I highly recommend it! And I just got back from Oahu a few days ago. Next on the list is a trip to Ireland and Scotland. I love to travel, but ironically I absolutely hate to fly. I’m such a weeny.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

So far I’ve kept it pretty southern—locations I know like Arkansas and Oklahoma. I’m also incorporating my travels in there, so my latest series that I’m working on is also based in New York City, a place I love!

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

Without a doubt, it would be Carol Burnett. She is my hero. I would just spend the entire time gushing about her greatness, her influence in my life, and begging her to do the Tarzan yell. I grew up watching The Carol Burnett show, and she really influenced me in terms of comedy and a love for farce. She is the reason we have shows like Saturday Night Life and other sketch comedy. I think the woman is flat-out brilliant.

My husband and I totally agree with that. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I don’t get a lot of time for hobbies anymore, but like I mentioned, I love to travel. I’m a big movie buff, so I take in a lot of movies. As a former drama teacher, I am crazy about musicals and theater. Is eating a hobby? I tend to do a lot of that…

Wow, I've been a drama teacher, too. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Just writing in general. I read about the occasional author who just writes in a creative storm daily. I have no idea what that is like. Writing is really hard for me. I spend more time sitting and staring at a blank screen than I do the productive writing part. And unfortunately I work best under pressure (though it drives me nuts), so I get more creative as the time draws near to a deadline. I used to think you had to have this complete novel in your head in order to qualify as a writer or to justify sitting down at the computer. SO not true. If that’s what you’re waiting for, you have to just park your tail in the seat and write. Even if it’s a single sentence or a blip of an idea.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Surrender your gifts, talents, and dreams to God. A turning point came for me when I just said, “God, here’s my dream of being a writer. Take it. It’s yours. Just give me something to fill its place. If I wake up tomorrow and want to be a vet, then I’ll go with it.” A few months later my ship came in and I had a contract. And practically speaking, invest in your future career—go to conferences, read the books recommended for writers, and try to write daily—even if it’s just a really well constructed email. Some days that’s all I accomplish—well, that and my chocolate consumption quota.

Tell us about the featured book.

On the Loose is the second book in the Katie Parker Production series. Here’s the book blurb:
Six months into her stay with her foster parents, Katie Parker is finally adjusting to her new family. But after a tornado rips through the town of In Between, nothing is ever the same again. When her foster mom, Millie, is diagnosed with cancer, Katie begins to doubt if God really does care. What will happen to Katie? Could she possibly have to leave In Between and the family she's come to depend on? Things spiral even further out of control when Katie humorously juggles a science fair project, a malfunctioning best friend, spring break plans, and holding the attention of her own Prince Charming. It's going to take more than a glass slipper and some fairy dust to fix Katie Parker's problems. But will help come in time?

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Hopefully my revamped website will be up and running by this time. It’s at .
And you can find my blog at Please stop by there. I’m giving away five copies of book three, The Big Picture, all next week!

Jenny, thank you for spending this time with us.

Readers, check out her web site and blog. Want a copy of On the Loose? Leave a comment.


windycindy said...

Happy Sunday! Thanks for the delightful interview. I think her books sound wonderful. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks very much!

ChristyJan said...

Your Katie Parker Productions young adult series sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

This is a terrific series. One of my friends told me that her daughter read the first book non-stop, every moment she could spare. My friend knew it must be a good book because her girl kept laughing out loud - in the car, in the store, on the couch - wherever she happened to be when she was reading about Katie!

abi b said...

now this sounds like a fun YA series.

Carolynn W. said...

Sounds great! Count me in, thanks!

Lindsey said...

I would love to read this! :-) Please enter me in the drawing. And thanks for the interview!



Kathy at Sumballo said...

Great interview. This book sounds like a good one for our young adults, who have a special place in my heart as they move through a challenging obstacle course called this world.

Robin Bayne said...

Great interview!

Rebornbutterfly said...

i've really been wanting to read this book!
please enter me :)
and you can contact me (if needed at:

Kim said...

Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks!


Cherie J said...

Great interview! Would love to win a copy of this book!

Sonya said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview! My daughter would love this one! I'd like to read it too!

Jenny B. Jones said...

Thanks Lena and everyone. It was fun stopping by. And thank you "anonymous" for the generous compliments. Makes my day!

Digging for Pearls said...

Hadn't heard of the book before now.

I am in the process of researching for a book I would like to write that addresses ten struggles that Christian women face. I would love to have your input as well.

Thank you for any help you can give me. All I need is the list of ten things as well as your age. Thank you!

Grateful Gramma said...

Sounds interesting. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


Tara said...

I'd love to win this book! I'm giving away a book on my blog this week too.

taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Bebemiqui said...

Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karin said...

Please enter me-- thanks!

angelaandconnor at said...

I'd love to have a copy.. summer break is coming up and I'd love to have some new books to keep me occupied!

Carole said...

I just read a great review of Jenny's first book, so I would love to win a copy of this one. Thank you for the opportunity!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

blessed said...

would love to try a new author... please enter me in the contest. thanks!