Beautiful People: The Author

I was going to post this tomorrow, but I think it would be better today, as tomorrow I will be out and about far too much! It’s been a while since I participated in a Beautiful People post, but I thought this one might be fun, since it’s a little different. Instead of answering questions about a particular character, this month’s post is questions about the author!

Visit Sky @ Further Up and Further In or Cait @ Paperfury to join the BP linkup!

How do you decide which project to work on?

So many story ideas… so little time

Right now, that’s simple. I decide which project to work on based on my publishing schedule. I am working around the clock these days to get Minstrel’s Call polished and ready to release into the wild. There are a few steps left in the process, but we are nearing the home stretch! When I send this manuscript off for the final proof-read, I will probably take a quick break and work on a short story for the next Fellowship of Fantasy anthology. I have not been able to participate in the first two, but would really like to get in on the next one… especially as I love the theme and have a few ideas for the story. Don’t want to give too much away just yet, but I am pretty certain it will be a short story that takes place in the world of The Minstrel’s Song! So, Minstrel’s Call isn’t the FINAL story in that world, it seems!

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Oh gracious! Seriously? I have no idea. What do you mean by “finish,” exactly? First sentence of the rough draft to polished and published novel? About a decade, apparently. Though it does appear that I am getting faster the more I do this. If you just mean, “How long does it take you to write a rough draft” the answer is a bit easier: 4 – 12 months, depending on what else I have going on in my life.

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Not really. I just sit down and write. If I had to go through an entire warm-up routine, I wouldn’t have time to write anything! I barely have time to write as it is!

What time of day do you write best?

In the afternoon when the kids are down for quiet time, or in the evenings after the kids are in bed. Sometimes I can get going early in the morning before anyone else gets up… but I’m not a morning person. Like, at all. So that doesn’t happen very often.

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

Um… I really don’t know how to answer this question. Style is a hard thing to really put my finger on. I would guess that my style is similar to any author I enjoy reading, as I aspire to write novels I would want to read. But… I don’t know. Maybe this is one I should just throw back to you, dear Reader! Does my style resemble any other authors you can think of?

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I’ve always been a story-teller. Make-believe was my favorite thing to play when I was growing up. I wanted to create vast adventures and then go on them… I think it was just natural that I started writing some of those adventures down. I always thought that if I tried to write for more than just myself, however, it would become odious to me. But when I was given the incentive to try, I found that I loved it. It’s not easy, but I think that’s part of why I love it. I love that with every single thing I write, I learn something about my craft and I improve. I hope that every story I write is better than the last one.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Hm. Probably Stone Curse. That was very difficult, partially because I had to write it in such a short period of time, and partially because I wrote it out of a very tough place I was in at the time. It had been an extremely rough year, and I poured a lot of that into the rough draft. Not all of those emotions made it into the final, but it was definitely a story I wrestled with constantly while writing the first couple of drafts.

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

Yes. My sci-fi/mystery novel is one I am super excited to write. But it’s on the back-burner for now, partially because I’m not sure I’m ready to tackle quite such a big genre-switch, and partially because I have other books waiting in line before it. But once Turrim Archive is finished, I am going to head straight to that one. I’ve written a few snippets for it, already, and I am very eager to work on it some more. Letting it simmer is good, though.

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

Well, looking back at the post I did for Beautiful People in January, apparently my goals were:

  • Finish editing and publish Minstrel’s Call.
  • Finish the rough draft of Turrim Archive book #2.
  • Begin rough draft of Turrim Archive book #3.
  • Perhaps… MAYBE… polish up my Cinderella retelling and try to get it ready for publication. This is the long shot. We shall see.

So far, I have finished the rough draft of Turrim 2: Mantles of Oak and Iron.

I am in the midst of editing Minstrel’s Call, but I do not think I will be able to hit a 2017 release date. I will know more in a couple of weeks.

I probably will begin the rough draft of Turrim 3 before the year is out.

Probably not going to get to the Cinderella retelling until next year… especially since this Fellowship of Fantasy opportunity has arisen.

But all in all, I’d say I’m doing pretty well on those goals I set… hopefully I can continue working towards achieving them in the second half of the year.

Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

I can’t pick just one… and these both kind of just sum it up so perfectly… the complexity of taking an idea and putting it down on paper, then polishing it to perfection… versus the intriguing nature of a brand-new idea that isn’t fully fleshed out yet… but that I want to sit down and start brainstorming for… and Daniel Jackson. I mean… he’s my favorite. If you need me, I’ll be…. over there… *runs off to rewatch all ten seasons of Stargate: SG-1*


And that’s all for Beautiful People this month! Hope you enjoyed it!

In other news…

The Silmarillion Awards continue! Check out the graphic below to see where each presentation is being hosted! So far this week we’ve attended the Most Epic Heroine ceremony. Today you can check out the hilarious Most Mischievous Imp ceremony. And tomorrow we will see who has won the MOST MAGNIFICENT DRAGON Silmaril… which seems appropriate for the middle of #DragonWeek! There is a dragon-related giveaway going on, as well, so make sure you check that out.

Don’t forget to check back later this week to find out who will win this year’s Most Loyal Friend and Most Nefarious Villain Silmarils! And then, Saturday we will announce the winner of the One Grand Prize To Rule Them All and celebrate the 63rd birthday of Lord of the Rings!


~ jenelle


Deborah O'Carroll

Loved this!! :D So much fun reading it — also good luck on edits!! And I’m now intrigued about the theme of the next FoF anthology. :D I still need to read the first one and I’ve only started the second, buuut I won a paperback of it so I’m more likely to get it done sometime. XD Keep editing! You are doing great! :)


Glad you enjoyed it! And thank you, I need it! Editing is fun… but it can also be overwhelming.

The first anthology was great! I haven’t gotten a copy of the second one yet, but I really want to! I know that both anthologies are going to further add to my TBR mountain, though, as a lot of the stories take place in the larger worlds of the other works by those authors….! Which is exciting. But daunting. :)


YAY!!! You did the BP post. I was hoping you would! :D I love seeing everyone’s writing processes. #NosyWriter

I am very curious about this sci-fi/mystery you want to write! That sounds funnnn!

That’s wonderful you’ve been keeping up with your goals. You’re a true inspiration, Jenelle! I hope your story for the FoF anthology goes well! I can’t wait to hear more about it!


I am a #NosyWriter as well.

Thanks! I can’t wait to start writing the sci-fi/mystery… but I have to let it simmer a bit more. I think it will be fun, and very different.

I will definitely be posting more about my anthology submission here when we get closer to it. It will be a while, though, since the second one just came out.

Abbey Stellingwerff

First of all, SG-1 gifs. Yessss. I’m torn between extreme appreciation (because Daniel Jackson… DANIEL JACKSON!!) and extreme annoyance (because all I want to do now is go and watch StarGate! Ahhhh! Daniel Jackson… DANIEL JACKSON!).
Second of all, I’m highly amused that we posted this Beautiful People questionnaire on the same day.
Third of all, I loved all of your answers! I’m curious about your sci-fi/mystery story. And I can’t wait for The Minstrel’s Call! And the Turrim Archive! You are doing great on your goals so far! Keep at it. *insert thumbs up emoji here*


THANK YOU for knowing SG-1!!!! I was starting to think that maybe I was the only one. YES! Daniel Jackson! And Jack! And Teal’c! And Sam!!!! Ahhhh.

I have not had a chance to read your BP post, but I am hoping to get a bit caught up on my blog-reading this week! Going on vacation made me get a bit behind.

Madeline J. Rose

Stone Curse was really hard to write? How interesting!! It’s one of my favorite stories in the Five Enchanted Roses anthology!! I could really tell that a lot of emotion was put into it. :)

Ooh…this sci-fi/mystery sounds intriguing! I can’t wait for you to share a little more about it! When you’re ready, of course. ;)

And that’s awesome that you’ve stuck to your goals for the year! Good luck on your edits! ^_^


d’awww *blushes* thanks! :) It was very hard to write, and had a couple of false-starts. But it was definitely one of the most growing-experiences I’ve ever had as a writer, so it was good. And I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. I’m glad others are enjoying it.



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