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