One of the coolest things about the writing community today is the ability to connect with other writers. I mean back in the days of the Inklings, this was not necessarily an easy feat. In today’s day and age I have the ability to read a great novel and then talk to the author. And, I’m not going to lie, I geek out about a good author more than I do other celebrities.
A couple of months ago I was bored and surfing YouTube looking for some interesting stuff to watch. One of the vlog suggestions happened to be for Jenna Moreci. It was one about the weird quirks of writer’s, a topic that interests me immensely.
I was hooked. Hooked, I tell you. Like used-up-way-too-much-of-my-phone-data hooked.
Through Moreci’s vlog I learned that she had recently published her first book Eve: The Awakening. I purchased it right away and read it quickly, finding it hard to put down. I spoke about it in my blog, as well, you can find it here.
Now Moreci’s a busy girl. Not only has she written an entire book, run a vlog series, a busy blog on Tumblr and is in the process of writing her second book, she is also a caregiver for her long time boyfriend who suffered from a back injury. Keeping all of this in mind, I was honoured that Moreci took the time to respond to me and agreed to do an e-mail interview with me, which I shall transcribe below.
First, though, I would like to say this: It’s hard for anybody to put themselves out into the world and to create the kind of media presence that Moreci has done. I honestly believe that she will one day be up there with the likes of John Green, Pat Rothfuss and many others. Moreci is someone I would like to keep my eye on, I’m expecting some pretty cool things from her.
So without further ado:
AJ: Eve: The Awakening is your debut novel and it shows pretty great reviews on Goodreads, what has that been like for you?
JM: It’s been surreal. I’m still in shock that Eve’s debut was so successful, and I can’t believe how amazing the reviews have been. I didn’t expect people to be so receptive so early into the process, nor did I anticipate becoming a full-time writer after my first release.
AJ: In your vlog you’ve stated that you don’t like to read the reader’s reviews, do you still stand by that? Does that also apply to your vlog?
JM: I don’t know a single author who reads their reviews. The generally accepted rule is that reviews are for readers, not writers. I’ll check my overall star rating from time to time, but that’s it. So long as the majority of readers are loving my work, the details are none of my business.
As for my vlogs, I’ll read the comments on occasion, but there are far too many to keep up with.
AJ: Can you tell us a bit about your process when you get the seed of an idea in your head?
JM: People love to believe I have some systematic step-by-step formula when a concept develops in my cyborg brain. But the fact is, it’s really not that complicated: a wild idea appears. I jot down as many notes and additives as I can think of—characters, names, locations, whatever pops into my mind. And once I feel like I have a good gauge of the story and the characters, I expand on them through outlining and character mapping. The whole process is one big mess of excitement and creativity. And coffee. Lots of coffee.
AJ: What gave you the idea for Eve? Is it a story you’ve been thinking about for many years?
JM: I came up with the idea for Eve: The Awakening from a really complex, twisted dream that I had. I thought it would make a great sci-fi book, but at the time I just couldn’t fit writing into my schedule. But the dream kept gnawing away at me, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and write the damn thing. My schedule was already packed, so I quit my side job as a model and decided that sleep was no longer a necessary part of my life.
AJ: How many books do you have planned for the series?
JM: Eight books
AJ: You’ve stated in your vlog that you didn’t major in creative writing in college, so how did you learn all of the awesome writing advice that you pass on to your viewers? Have you taken other courses or is it all information garnered from the steep learning curve of doing it yourself?
JM: I’ve been writing since I was six years old. Everything I’ve learned was either through self-education, English courses at school, and years of experience.
AJ: Some people would say being part of a writing group or forum can be very helpful to people who are new to writing, what do you think? Do you know of any forums that might help aspiring writers achieve their goals?
JM: I’ve never been a part of a forum. I’m a bit of a loner in that regard. But I do like having a small group of writer buddies—people I can chat with online, bounce ideas off of, share snippets and stories. Having supportive writer friends makes the entire process much easier.
AJ: Your book was both published as an e-book and printed, what was that like for you? Is it more difficult to market the printed book than the e-book?
JM: Typically when you market a book, you’re not marketing one medium over the other—you just want people to get invested in the story. I don’t particularly care which option a reader chooses, so long as they enjoy the experience.
AJ: How was the beta reading process for you? Do you beta read in return?
JM: The beta process is always fun, and I’ve actually become good friends with several of my beta-readers. I don’t often beta-read in return—no time!
AJ: What was it like to create a character like Heather McLeod and Madison Palmer? Did you enjoy writing those ones as much as Eve?
JM: Heather McLeod and Madison Palmer were loosely modeled off of people I’ve known in real life. They were both tons of fun to write, because they were villains, and villains are always a blast. But writing Eve was a different brand of fun, because she was completely original. It’s fun to draw inspiration from real people, but I personally enjoy inventing new, unique characters from scratch a lot more.
AJ: Your next book is a fantasy book and is not related to Eve’s world. What can we expect from that?
JM: The Savior’s Champion takes place in a peaceful realm ruled by a holy queen known as The Savior. Upon Her eighteenth birthday, a tournament is held where the realm’s finest bachelors compete in dangerous challenges to win Her hand in marriage.
The story follows Tobias, a 20-year-old villager who’s forced to compete in the tournament due to extenuating circumstances—and he’s not exactly thrilled about it. He quickly learns that the tournament isn’t as it seems; the challenges are brutal, The Savior’s apathetic, and the proceedings seem to be more of a political chess game than a courtship. Even worse, Tobias finds himself falling for someone, and she’s not the girl he’s competing for.
I’m super excited with how The Savior’s Champion has turned out, and the feedback has been amazing. It’s a romantic fantasy adventure, so if you like chaos and bloodshed sprinkled with sweet nothings, it’s a must read.
Until next time, Happy Reading!
The Beguiled Bibliophile