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Ring Around the Rosie – Jen Wylie

18 Apr

Aaron is a normal boy fascinated with music. He loves playing his flute so much he doesn’t even mind lessons over summer break. When he meets a strange boy at the park who seems to be just as obsessed they spend summer days entertaining children in the parks woods. But friends often have secrets, music can be magical, and even the most innocent of children’s games can be more than they appear.

Ah, the creepiness! The mystery! The spine-tingling GOODNESS of this short story. I mean, from the beginning I was all like, “WHAT the heck is going on?” I knew it was something devilishly good, I had a sneaking suspicion, and I was kinda right, but I was also way, way off. Which I LOVE when reading creepy stories like Ring Around the Rosie.

I loved how right from the get-go I had an uneasy feeling about the boy in the park and I wanted to scream at Aaron to STAY AWAY! Not that he would have listened, though. He was as entranced with the boy as the children in the park were. Have a mentioned how creepy this story was? I have? Okay, I just wanted to make sure. Cuz it was CREEEEEEEPY.

And the ending! Oh, it’s one of my favorite endings, I think. I won’t ruin it for anyone, but it was pretty cool. And like the rest of the story, there wasn’t any over explaining or filler. That’s the thing I liked most about Jen’s writing. It was tight.

This was just a great YA short story. I rarely ever read YA short stories, but I think I need to start delving into this genre more.

Thanks so much to Jen for the review copy.

Q & A with author Jen Wylie

17 Apr

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of my favorite things about Twitter is discovering new to me authors. Such is the case with Jen Wylie.  We chat on Twitter regularly and I was so happy she was up for a little Q & A here on the blog. I also had the chance to read her YA short Ring Around the Rosie, which I will be reviewing tomorrow. (It was delish!) So a big thanks you and welcome to Jen.

Lavender Lines: What is the attraction, for you, to writing primarily short stories?
Jen: I actually started out writing novels, quite a few over the years actually. Short stories and novellas rather came as a surprise. For me stories come like movies into my head. My first short stories I published were like this… just the movies in my head weren’t very long. I was lucky enough to get them published and later also asked to write a YA short story series (which I kind of did- it turned out to be more of a novella series LOL)

My favorite thing about writing shorts is that the whole process is a LOT quicker than writing a novel, from the actual writing, to the edits, the final proofs and so on. It’s great to see everything come to completion and get out into the world so quickly.

LL: Are there any challenges to writing short stories for teens?
J: Everyone once and a while I have to watch myself trying to stray into more adult themes. I’m rather a kid at heart though so I don’t find it too difficult and rather enjoy it.

LL: When you wrote your novel, did you find the process very different from writing your short stories?
J: I organize more when I write novels. I’m not an outliner, but I take extensive notes as I write, everything from character descriptions to common phrases to maps. I do this for my shorts as well, but to a much smaller degree. Novel writing of course takes a lot longer, and the edits exponentially so. Shorts I can finish up a round of edits in a few days, a week at the most. With a novel it’s closer to 3-4 weeks. There are a number of rounds of editing, and my editor will take just as long, if not longer, to over a work as well so getting a short ready to go to publication is certainly much quicker, and a lot less daunting at times. :)
Thanks so much for having me today! :)
~hugs and rainbows~
Jen

LL: Aw, thanks so much for popping in, Jen! And you guys should come back tomorrow and check out my review of Ring Around the Rosie.

And if you want to find Jen on the Interwebs, here’s where she hangs:

Jen’s website: www.jenniferwylie.ca

Twitter: @jen_wylie

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4499919.Jen_Wylie

Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wylie/151266004895266

Smashwords author page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jenwylie

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jen-Wylie/e/B004HQ9XD8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/jen-wylie?keyword=jen+wylie&store=allproducts

Jen’s blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/

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