This gal is becoming a regular around here, and that’s ok by me! I’m thrilled to welcome back author extraordinaire, Jennifer M. Eaton, yippee-dandy-do! (Hey, I just invented a new cheer!). You may remember Jennifer first stopped by for a chat last year when her story ‘Last Winter Red’ was published as part of the Make Believe anthology. I was then delighted to have her back last month to speak about her book ‘Paper Wishes’, and I’m now beside myself with excitement to see her back here with her new book, ‘The First Day of The New Tomorrow’, published by MuseItUp.
Let’s get the official bits done first, and then we’ll get down to the interview…
Jennifer, you’re up, give us your biography…
Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance. Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for? Writing help did you say? Well, sure! Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! - http://www.jennifermeaton.com/
Excellent! And now the book blurb please…
Maya dreams of perfect skin, beautiful hair, good grades, and Eric Brighton—the boy she’s been crushing on since elementary school. But no matter how hard she tries, these things elude her.
In the space of a day, her acne clears, her hair thickens, and Eric finally takes notice. As everything she wishes comes true, happiness is finally in reach—until a man posing as a college recruiter informs her that her newfound abilities come with a price. She will be expected to use them to stop a catastrophe.
Frightened of playing superhero, but thrilled that everything she desires becomes reality, Maya tests the limits of her power—until someone gets hurt.
Now terrified of her own thoughts, Maya will need to choose between having everything she wants, or returning to normalcy. With Eric’s heart and the fate of her town resting on her decision, Maya makes the hardest choice of her life.
That sounds awesome, so where can I buy the book Jennifer? Please tell me, I have to know NOW!
Don’t worry Vanessa, all the links are at the end.
Well ok then, I guess I can wait. Ready for the questions?
I sure am.
What do you hope that readers will think and feel when they read ‘The First Day of the New Tomorrow’?
The First Day of the New Tomorrow is all about living up to your potential, even if the thought of that is a little (or a lot) scary. Many of us not only have dreams, but real, concrete talents that go unused because of fear. It is also about opening up your eyes. Sometimes when you think something is true, it really isn’t.
When you are reading a novel, what are the three most important elements that make it a winner for you?
Well, explosions are a given. (And yes, there is a BIG explosion in New Tomorrow) I love a good detonation (as long as there is not a body count involved.) Action and adventure are a big hit with me, too. And a happy, satisfying ending. I don’t care if I KNOW it will be a happy ending. It is all about the fun of the journey to get there.
Speaking of journeys, your blog is always full of lots of helpful tips and advice for writers to help them on their journeys, but what is the one tip that you wish had been given to you when you first started writing?
Show, don’t tell… and also a magic wand to make me understand what that means. This was the hardest concept for me to grasp, and I still struggle with it at times. I have a few older novels that I wrote just for fun that are great stories, but the show verses tell issues are rampant. They’ll need TONS of editing if they are ever going to have a chance of publication.
I hear you there. Now then, imagine you’ve chosen a three month solo retreat to a deserted island (nicer if it’s by choice than being stranded right?), you can take – one book, one unlimited food item, one tool, and a solar powered portable DVD player with a box set of DVDs of every episode of a TV show of your choice. What would you pick?
Book: Hmm. Maybe Robert Jordan’s “The Eye of the World.” I’d like to take the time to read that again to see if I can dissect why it drew me in so much when I first read it.
Unlimited food item: Dark Chocolate. That’s getting all your required nutrition in every delectable bite.
One Tool: A solar powered laptop so I could still write.
TV Show: That would be a tough one. I don’t currently watch TV (no time) but I have been watching “Game of Thrones” on-demand when time permits. That’s a great story. I might consider “Lost” because I never finished the series. I think I missed the last three seasons. I used to like “Friends” too. I didn’t see the last couple of seasons of that, either. I’d probably put the three of them in a hat and pluck one out.
Good choices. I’d go for Friends myself, laughter is important if you’re alone on an island, remember that. Back to the book – if you could pick one author to read ‘The First Day of the New Tomorrow’ who would it be, and why?
Jocelyn Adams, the author of the Lila Gray series (starting with the novel “The Glass Man”) Her writing is fluid and enjoyable. Of the recently published novels I’ve read, she is the most talented. I aspire to be as good as she is. I’d love some pointers of how to get there.
I’ll put a word in for you with Joss (as I like to call her). You’re welcome.
Right. Er…thanks Vanessa.
Well it seems like this writing lark has been such a whirlwind for you over the last couple of years, but what’s next on the writing front?
I just finished the first draft of “Optimal Red”, the full-length prequel to “Last Winter Red” which was published last year in the “Make Believe” anthology. This is a New Adult Dystopian that really fleshes out the Post-Apocalyptic world I created in Last Winter Red. It is an exciting romp through the city of Terra, which we didn’t get to see in Last Winter Red. I’m really happy with the story, and can’t wait to get it out to the world. I’m in the editing phase now, and then I’ll be looking for a publisher.
I loved Last Winter Red, so I can’t wait for this one…hang on a minute, first draft you say? First draft! Well what are you doing hanging around here chatting like you’ve got all the time in the world huh?! Get on with writing the second draft, your public is waiting! And do come back here and talk about that one when it’s published, ok? Oh and thank you, now go!
Thank YOU. It’s always a pleasure to come hang out!
Yeah yeah, now GO!
I’m going already! Can I just…
Well folks, that was Jennifer M Eaton, it seems she had to leave in a bit of a rush, not sure why. If you want to catch up with her, or buy the book, here are all the linky links she promised:
Zoom to one of these links to buy First Day of the New Tomorrow, and other books by Jennifer M Eaton: