This week’s MWN author spotlight is on Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson!
Jennifer Fisch- Ferguson has been writing and publishing fantasy stories since 2003. Publishing credits include short fiction, writing contests and novels.
She attended the Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a B.A in African American History and promptly went to work with AmeriCorps on a literary initiative.
She went to the University of Michigan and got her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2008 and while she finished writing her thesis, also got a Masters in English – Composition and Rhetoric in 2009. She recently is working on her PhD at Michigan State University in the field of Writing and Rhetoric. She has been teaching collegiate and community writing classes since 2003 and loves the variety and inspiration her students bring.
She currently is finishing her trilogy and dutiful writes on her blog space about her journey.
She lives in the Midwest with two amazing sons, one coffee supplying mate and acts as staff-in-residence to one cranky cat.
Where are you from?
Born in Detroit, but currently just south of Flint, MI
Tell us your latest news?
Book 3 will launch in November of 2015 and complete the story.
When and why did you begin writing?
I have always loved writing. In fact I used to sell short stories in high school to my friends- with them starring in romantic escapades.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I always been a writer- an author… the moment I hit publish in 2013.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I love werewolves but I think they have been misrepresented- so I strove to tell my view.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think it depends on the project- my urban fantasy tends to be much more packed and cerebral. My paranormal romances tend to be lighter.
How did you come up with the title?
laboriously – I hate coming up with titles. However it is an urban fantasy about werewolves- so I figured something with moon would be good.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is no such thing as normal… life is what you make of it.
How much of the book is realistic?
The locations are very accurate and some of the situations have been formed from experiences.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not really and I certainly do not sing opera
What books have most influenced your life most?
Octavia Butler for sure.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Nisi Shawl- I had the fortune of speaking to her and interviewing her and she is just amazing.
What book are you reading now?
The Psychology of Batman 😀
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I am a part of an indie group online, so I have read many of them.
What are your current projects?
Book 3 in the series and my new paranormal romance series – oh yea finishing this dissertation too.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My editor Artie is amazing! Despite the middle of the night texts when we are working on a project questioning why I do such things to my characters – he is more supportive than I could have hoped for.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes! Between teaching and writing and book coaching- writing is my life.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, but in the first book I had a two week time frame right in the beginning that I would shorten.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always had stories to tell. They just all happened to be fantasy in nature.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
In Follow the Moon (book 3) Kama has some choices to make. She learns new truths about herself and the people she knows. And as she finally feels secure with herself- an old encounter comes back to haunt her.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time to get it all down. I have so many stories in my head that I want to tell.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Octavia Butler, not only did she buck convention and wrote in a genre that didn’t really want her. Her stories sucked me in at age 8 and even still I find new and great things when I reread them.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I try to do book signings and shows when possible. I would love to do more, but what I have now is good.
Who designed the covers?
I did the layout. Bryan Syme did the art.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Not so much in the writing- I brainstorm all my works with my husband exhaustively. The hard part is introducing people to urban fantasy that have no idea what is it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Get on a schedule! I write every day for good or bad, but knowing that I have to write each day gets the work done.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t worry about word count- get into the habit of writing daily for a specific amount of time. Also- treat it like a job not a hobby. And invest in a good editor- a good developmental editor.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Authors love feedback and interaction. I am active with my blog and facebook/twitter and yes- I do answer.
- Name of Author: Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson
- Name of Book(s): Enter the Moon (book 1), Howl at the Moon (book 2)
- Author Website warriorsofluna.com
- Amazon Link: Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson’s Author Page
- Facebook Link https://www.facebook.com/ETM.JFF
- Twitter Link @JFF0628
- Video URL Enter the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kg2TlmSev8s