A Dream Realized

One of my dreams as a writer has always been to see my book(s) on a library shelf. I love libraries. The books, the smell, the quietness, the peace, did I mention the books?

Today, a dear friend sent me this picture. He and his family were at the Evansville Library, one of the oldest libraries in Indiana, and he was perusing the young adult fiction section, when this caught his eye. He took a picture and sent it to me… and it made my day… for obvious reasons :)

~ jenelle


Hey all, sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Summertime is crazy and busy for me, and to top it all off everyone in my family has gotten sick in the past week, and now the cold has hit me as well. Yech.

Anyway, just wanted to apologize for my lack of posting. I’m still trying to decide whether or not I like blogger or if I want to do something else with my writing blog: what do you think?

Be on the lookout for an upcoming book giveaway – details to come soon!

Also, be on the lookout for updates on “The Dragon’s Eye” I am down to about 90 pages left in my re-writing process!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for your patience.

~ jenelle

Random Trivia

I would like to announce that my author fanpage now has 126 members!!

Also, I just discovered today that since Oct. 2009 I have sold 49 copies of my books. (The publisher I originally went with from 2005-2009 got merged with CreateSpace and I don’t have easy access to the records of how many books I sold before the merger – I know it was upwards of 200 total – 2 books).

I am over half-way through the editing/re-writing process of “The Dragon’s Eye.”

I am exploring ideas of how to merge this blog and my personal blog into one big, happy family… but I’m not sure of the best way to go about it. Ideas? Thoughts? Anyone?

Also, if I do merge the two blogs, I’d like to port my old posts over to the new blog (my personal blog is xanga-based, and this one is, of course, blogger), anyone know how to do that or which format would support that sort of thing?

I’m also open to running a “Name the New Blog” contest… or just accepting name ideas here. Any ideas?

~ jenelle

Author Questions

Here are the questions they asked me (and every author who is chosen for the book of the week… which eventually will be every author who is a fan):

Breakout Books

1. How long have you been writing?
2. What, if anything, inspired this book?
3. How long did it take you to write this book?
4. Are any of the characters based on people you know in real life?
5. Who is your favorite author, and does he/she inspire you?
6. What is your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?
7. Any exciting news for your book, big or small?

My Answers:


1. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I think I started my first “novel writing experience” in 3rd or 4th grade. I never finished that book, but I think it’s still around somewhere.
2. My dad told me that if I wanted to be a writer, I should be writing. The summer after my freshman year of college he challenged me to write 10 pages a day – a story he could read out loud to the whole family every night. He said he’d pay me $1 per page and a $1000 bonus if I finished the book before school started again.
3. The book took 3 months to write (give or take a week).
4. Some of the characters are based on people I know in real life. For example, Brant is based on a combination of my dad and one of my brothers, aspects of Kiernan’s character are based on my other brother, and Kamarie is very much the person I wish I could be. Other characters started out archetypical and sort of expanded, and several are pure imagination.
5. I can’t pick a favorite author, but I am inspired by quite a few: Timothy Zahn (I aspire to write the way he does, have more than one “style” and “world” that I write about), Terry Brooks, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Stephen R. Lawhead, and my Grandma – Gwen Walker. She died when I was eight, but she left behind a lot of poetry and one of my favorite novels. I hope that one day I can get it published for her.
6. My favorite part of writing is the actual writing of the story… I love how it sometimes surprises me where the story goes, even if I have a pretty comprehensive outline. Sometimes the characters just decide they want to say or do something other than what I had planned, and that is really fun. My least favorite part of writing … I don’t know if I have a least favorite. Probably writer’s block… or having hundreds of ideas and nowhere near enough time to write them all down…
7. Being the book of the week here at Breakout Books is pretty exciting! :) I am in the middle of a major edit/rewrite of this book and have been working on query letters and a synopsis. I am halfway done with my edit and have already received a rejection letter or two… maybe it’s weird that that’s exciting… ;)

~ jenelle