Author Interview with Jennifer Walker

 

Tell us about your book/s.

Jennifer Walker: Bubba to the Rescue is the second in my Green Meadow Series, and although it is a continuation of the story from Bubba Goes National, it is a stand-alone story and they can be read out of order.

What starts out as a leisurely trail ride turns into a terrifying afternoon when Alex and Leslie see a plume of smoke rising in the trees. After saving the neighbor’s horses from a horrible fate, the two teens must run through the burning woods and get back to Green Meadow before it’s too late. On the way, they encounter a strange horse wandering through the woods by itself, and it follows them home. Leslie soon becomes attached to “Spark” when she can’t find his owner…but will she get to keep him, or will someone come forward to claim the horse she has come to love?

Where can we find out more about you and buy your book?

Jennifer Walker: I’m all over the web, so take your pick! My website, where you can find out about my freelance work and all of my books, is www.authorjennwalker.com. I have a facebook page for the books at http://www.facebook.com/GreenMeadowSeries. As for buying the books, you can get them from my publisher for a great price at TwinTrinityBooks.com, in any digital format at Smashwords.com, plus Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, and many other online retailers.

What is your greatest writing challenge?

Jennifer Walker: Coming up with the story idea. Once I have the idea I can usually get it down, but coming up with a story to start with is the hard part! Luckily, I have my dear husband, Greg Walker, and mentor, Michelle Devon, to serve as sounding boards and give me ideas when I’m stuck.

What do you find most rewarding in writing a book?

Jennifer Walker: The most rewarding thing is having a finished product with my name on it that other people can read. I just love it when people all around the country tell me they’ve read the book and love it, and I get especially giddy when someone tells me the book touched a chord with them.

What other projects do you have coming up?

Jennifer Walker: I have two more books almost finished for the Green Meadow Series. Book number three is Bubba Gives Wings, in which Leslie and the gang start up a therapeutic riding program at the stable. In the fourth one, a new rider comes to Green Meadow and learns dressage. I have a couple of books in the works outside of the series as well, whenever I can get around to editing them and getting them out there.

I am trying an experiment to promote the Green Meadow Series, which is writing short story companion pieces and publishing them as mini e-books. The first one, Leslie and the Lion, is available at Smashwords.

Do you write full time? If so, tell us how you manage it. If not, what is your day job?

Jennifer Walker: Writing is my full-time job, although to be honest I make very little off my fiction. The bulk of my work is in PR, managing and doing a lot of the writing for LEG Up News. I also do business writing, like website content and copy writing, through Your Document Professionals. I also teach ballroom dancing, so I end up working a lot of hours in order to do what I love for a living, but I do love it!

What have you done to develop your writing craft?

Jennifer Walker: I learned a ton through the editing process when Michelle Devon edited my first book, Bubba Goes National. I have also spent a lot of time on various writing forums taking part in discussions about writing, reading Q&A with literary agents and editors, etc. I find the critiques of my own work to be the most educational. I also started editing for small presses a few years ago, and that forced me to really step up and learn so I could help others.

What was the hardest part: writing the book, getting it published, or marketing it? Why?

Jennifer Walker: Definitely marketing it. Without a big budget, it’s hard to get your name out there but you have to just keep plugging away. The stuff I do on the internet is pretty easy–posting a link here, keeping up my Facebook page there, lining up blogs for my virtual book tour. The harder part is the in-person things like book signings, because I have to come out of my shell and talk to strangers if I want to sell books!

Tell us a little about your non-writing life. Family? Pets? Hobbies?

Jennifer Walker: After reading about my books, it should come as no surprise that horses are a big part of my life. I own an Arabian stallion named Capt Han Solo+, and we do dressage. Dancing is another major part of my life–I mentioned above that I teach ballroom dance, but I also do west coast swing and Argentine tango. With all of this and my writing, my life is pretty full. We don’t go to the movies, parties, concerts, hang out with friends, etc.–horse, dance, write, eat, sleep. That’s pretty much my life!

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Jennifer Walker: USDA Prime filet mignon cooked rare, a sizzling lobster tail–both cooked on the hibachi–a loaded baked potato, and cheesecake for dessert. Toss it all down with a shot or five of tequila.

You can purchase Ms. Walker’s books at any of the links above, direct from the publisher, from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Smashwords, and many other places online or by request at your favorite local bookstore.

 

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