The first time I saw Jennifer Bosworth, I thought she was an actress. With her charming smile and her classic good looks, it’s easy to assume she’s a Hollywood star. So I was a bit confused when I saw her sitting comfortably beside other writers at the SCBWI Westside Schmooze. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that she was a soon to be published YA author.

Jennifer Bosworth, Struck

With YA Author Jennifer Bosworth,

at her STRUCK book launch on May 12, 2012

That was two years ago. A year ago, I got to see her shine at her book launch on May 12th. Jennifer talked about how she’d started writing 9 years ago. Her first book was a combination of every story idea she ever had, and ran about 800 pages. She’s learned a lot about writing since then , and is very generous with sharing tips and techniques with everyone.

She’s so generous in fact, that she and fellow author Leigh Bardugo came up with a spectacular workshop for our group, CBWLA, where they shared writing/publishing information, tips and techniques every aspiring author should know.

If you haven’t heard of Jennifer and her awesome book STRUCK, check out my review.

Without further delay, I present the beautiful Jennifer Bosworth.

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Author’s Bio from her website jenniferbosworth.com

Jennifer Bosworth was born in Price, Utah, a small, coal-mining town in the desert. As a kid, her favorite thing to do was roam alone through the barren hills and tell herself stories. As an adult, she continues to do the same thing, only now she’s roaming the streets of Los Angeles, her favorite city in the world.

Jennifer attended college at the University of Utah, where she later taught continuing education classes on writing horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

Struck (FSG/Macmillan) is Jennifer’s first published novel. She is represented by Jamie Weis Chilton of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Jennifer is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth.

Jennifer Bosworth

The Beautiful Jennifer Bosworth

 1. Tell us three random, unique, or weird facts about yourself.

1. I’ve been in a fist fight; 2. I’ve wake boarded in a canal, behind a jeep; 3. I recently went to a Hollywood holiday party and got the stink eye from Gary Shandling, who apparently didn’t like my dance moves. Whatever, Shandling. Whatever!

2. What’s the one New Year’s resolution you’d like to be able to fulfill this year?

Write two books. Wait, that’s two resolutions! Also, I’d like to go part-time vegetarian.

3. You could easily be mistaken for a famous Hollywood actress. J  If you could be the lead in any movie, which movie would you pick?

Anything starring Cate Blanchett. She’s my favorite! I want to be Galadriel!

4. What’s the most unusual job you had before you became a full time writer?

I did a short stint as a phlebotomist, the people who take your blood at the hospital.

5. When did you know you were going to be a writer?  What prompted you to take your writing seriously?

I wanted to be a writer before I actually knew how to read. My dad told me epic, serialized bedtime stories when I was a kid, and that instilled a love of story in me from an early age. I wanted to be able to do what my dad did, create a world you could lose yourself in . . . and get paid for doing it.

6. What books inspired your love for writing?

All Stephen King novels, but his Dark Tower series, and the novel he co-wrote with Peter Straub, “The Talisman,” were my biggest influences. They were just so weird and surreal. They warped my mind in a good way.

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Authors Leigh Bardugo and Jennifer Bosworth, with CBWLA officers

 7. That Mia Price is a lightning addict is such a cool concept.  Where did you get the story idea for STRUCK?

I started out writing about a human lightning rod, but when I did some research and learned about the man who held the world record for lightning strikes survived, the path of the story changed. This man had been struck by lightning seven times, but he refused to quit his job as a park ranger. Someone else might have gotten a different job, one with a roof over their head, but not this guy. So I started to wonder if maybe he liked being struck by lightning . . . or maybe he needed it, began to crave the energy in a storm, and it became like a drug for him. Keep in mind, this is all in my imagination. I doubt this man liked being struck by lightning. Still, the strange details of his real life story sparked the idea for my lightning addict.

8. If you could spend one day with any character in your novel, who would it be?

Probably Katrina. We’d get into lots of trouble together. She’s a bad, bad girl.

9. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a pantser at heart, but I’m trying to become a plotter. Saves time on revisions. But the reason I love pantsing is because you get to tell yourself a story, and it’s just more fun that way.

10. Tell us about your path to publication. What is the coolest thing about being a published author?

Honestly, the coolest thing is when someone who loved your book contacts you and lets you know. That’s an amazing feeling, to know you created something that is out there reaching people, getting into their heads, living their lives with them for a while. Your story becomes a part of them.

11. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

When I’m doing a first draft, I get up and start writing immediately. Scratch that. I make coffee, and then start. Coffee is the ritual.

12. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?  Any hobbies, sports, or crafts you like to spend time on?

I’m a wanderer. I like to take my dog for long walks and listen to audiobooks. So much of my work life is sedentary, but I’m a nervous Nelly and need to move around a lot. So whenever I’m not writing, reading, or watching TV or movies, I like to walk, walk, walk.

13.  Are you currently working on any other projects?

I am . . . and the announcement about said project is coming soon…

14. What advice would you like to give to writers on the road to publication?

Write the book that only you can write. Most writers spend a while imitating their favorite authors, learning the craft, but at some point the training wheels have to come off and you need to truly put yourself into your book so that people can see your unique point of view. When that happens, you get an agent and you sell a book. Simple as that.

My second piece of advice is to remember to enjoy writing. This is a tough career. It doesn’t pay much for most of us, and it comes with a lot of pressure and criticism, and a lot more forums for negativity than there used to be. If you don’t enjoy the work, there’s no point in doing it.

15. What would you like to say to your young readers? Is there any advice that you would like to give them?

When I was a teenager, I was impervious to advice from adults. My advice to all young readers is to remember that the most important thing you can spend your youth doing is finding out who you are, what you believe, and what you want. The rest is just details.

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Thanks, Jennifer, for that wonderful interview!

Tune in again on Friday. I’ll be giving away a copy of Jennifer Bosworth’s STRUCK!

 

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23 Responses to “Spotlight Week: Author Interview with Jennifer Bosworth”

  1. Miranda Hardy says:

    I’ve been reading about this book. Has an interesting concept. Great interview!

  2. M.J. Fifield says:

    This was a great interview. I too would pick anything starring Cate Blanchett. Well, as long as it was a Lord of the Rings movie or Elizabeth.

  3. She does resemble the actress Kate Bosworth a little bit.

    Good to know she’s had a long writing journey to get where she is today. I wish her luck with the book.

  4. Sia McKye says:

    Yep, coffee. It’s the beginning of all god rituals.

    I like your thoughts on writing a story that only you can tell rather than imitating.

  5. Those weird facts are great. I want to wake board behind a jeep. But I think I’ll stay away from fighting, I’m sure I’d lose and hurt myself.

  6. Ella says:

    I love this interview! You both did a great job..~

    Jennifer so nice to meet you and learn about your process! Nutschell…thank you, you did an amazing job ;D

    I love weird and grew up in Stephen King country. His cousin Percy was my middle school Math teacher… 😀

  7. Walking is good! And Shandling was just jealous.
    Great interview, ladies.
    And sorry, Nutschell – I commented Monday, but it wouldn’t take.

  8. Morgan Shamy says:

    Sweeeet. A fellow Utahn! I really enjoyed this interview… love Jennifer’s advice at the end. Her work looks fabulous too.

  9. Jemi Fraser says:

    That piece of advice at the end is priceless! Love it!!
    As a fellow pantster trying to become more of a plotter, this book sounds awesome! Gotta check out the book!

  10. Great interview! You sure get around…

    Jennifer’s book sounds really intriguing.

  11. spacerguy says:

    Isn’t it sweet making stuff happen with the first ones!

  12. Another great interview, Nutschell!
    I believe Jennifer could easily be Galadriel :)

  13. I like your reasoning for pantsing. That is what I love. I really enjoy it when I surprise myself as I’m writing. Yes, sometimes it means I have to go back and change a couple things, but it’s worth it.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  14. Nick Wilford says:

    Great interview! A lightning addict… what an intriguing concept. I also like the element of surprise when pantsing.

  15. Carina Olsen says:

    Aww. Amazing post :) Great interview 😀 Jennifer seems so sweet. I did enjoy her book a lot 😉 Thank you for sharing. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

  16. Fun interview! I haven’t heard of STRUCK till now, but I’m definitely intrigued by the premise!

  17. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell – what a great lady .. well both ladies – Jennifer and Leigh – so pleased you were able to meet them and have that great tip session altogether with your group … You manage to achieve so much … lots of luck in this year ahead .. cheers Hilary

  18. Nas says:

    Another great interview, Nutshell!

    Love the premise and the plot of the book. And the writing tips are awesome, thanks Jennifer!

  19. I love your take on plotting and pantsing, Jennifer!

  20. Hi, I enjoyed the interview and getting to know, Jennifer. You’re right, she is beautiful and could easily be mistaken as an actress. I liked reading the part about her first book. It gives me hope, because, I also have one of those infamous, 700-800 page first books. It is a chaotic hodgepodge of every story I had in me, fighting to be told. I learned from it, though. Great interview.

  21. Julie says:

    Great interview Nutschell! Thanks for the wonderful advice Jennifer! Best of luck with your book which sounds like an amazing read!

  22. What a great interview! I love her advice for teenagers. :) I think it is awesome that you were able to meet Jennifer and I look forward to reading her book.

  23. Elisa says:

    That was an awesome interview! Jennifer sounds like a cool lady. I can’t wait to read Struck. :)

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