Saturday, February 18, 2017

0 Jennifer Brown, author of DARE YOU, on always having something new to learn

We're ecstatic to have Jennifer Brown here to share more about DARE YOU, the second book in her Shade Me series.

Jennifer, what did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

For years, I have been saying there are two types of books too challenging for me to ever try to write: mysteries and series. Turns out, I enjoy taking on the challenge of both. Writing mysteries has taught me a lot about tying up plot points, and writing series books has taught me a lot about plot pacing as well as character consistency. I think I still have a lot of learning to go in both genres, but always having something new to learn and tackle is one of the things I like most about writing.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

It was about as long and hard as the road gets. I started writing in hopes of publication in November 2000. I wrote a mystery and two women’s fiction books before I finally landed an agent six (almost seven) years later. It wasn’t until 2009 that I finally found success, and that was with Hate List, my novel about the aftermath of a school shooting. There were four books that never got published before Hate List, and there have been many half-written books that have never been published since Hate List. Writing is a lot of trial and error, a lot of sticking to it, and a lot of licking your wounds and getting back in the fight.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I am fortunate that I can write just about anywhere. I love to work at our beautiful library, and I love my “outdoor office” (aka: the neighborhood swimming pool) during the summer. But I have been known to write in airports and hotel lobbies and even in my car. I do most of my writing in the recliner, though, laptop open on one half of my lap; cat sleeping on the other half.

What are you working on now?

I am finishing up revisions on the third and final Nikki Kill book, BREAK US. Of the three, it is the one that came the easiest, and the one that felt most satisfying to complete. I really like the way the story ended, and the growth that Nikki experienced.


Dare You
by Jennifer Brown
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 2/14/2017

In the second book of the suspenseful Shade Me trilogy, Nikki Kill becomes embroiled in another mystery where only her synesthesia can help her unravel the dark truth.

Nikki Kill didn’t realize that trying to find out who killed Peyton Hollis would tangle her in a web of dangerous family secrets that would rock her identity to the core. But now that Nikki knows the truth, the all-powerful Hollises want to frame her for Peyton’s murder.

And now Nikki’s only chance at escaping the cold black bars of prison or the crimson grip of death is teaming up with the enigmatic Detective Martinez and relying on an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of clues....

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bitterendauthphotoJennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.


Have you read DARE YOU yet? Do you feel encouraged to tackle new challenges? What have you written that has scared you recently? Have you had characters come easily to you? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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