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Author Interview: Erin A. Jensen
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Turkey Hill Double Dunker—it’s mocha flavored ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate cookie swirls. My sister and I may or may not have polished off a whole carton in one sitting the last time we got our kids together for a sleepover.
Which mythological creature are you most like? Well, I didn’t want to sound full of myself by picking some fabulous creature, and I honestly couldn’t decide. So, I approached the question in a non-biased scientific manor and took a BuzzFeed quiz to get the most accurate answer. Not to brag but according to the quiz results, I’m a dragon!
What’s the first book you remember making an indelible impression on you? Beauty and the Beast was the first story from my childhood that made an indelible impression. I remember getting the audiobook (which, was called a record way back then) from the library multiple times and listening to it over and over again. It’s such a beautiful story. When the Disney movie came out, I took my little sister to see it at the theater for her birthday. She just texted me the other day to say she came across a Belle baby doll while doing some online shopping for her daughter, and she immediately thought of me. So, I guess the story also made an impression on her.
How do you develop your plot and characters? I start out by thinking the major parts of the story through in my head. The characters solidify as I picture them in various scenarios—some scenes that will become chapters in the book, and others where I imagine what they might be doing if they were wherever I am at the time. I jot down the basic plot on index cards, using one card for each scene in the book. That way, if I think of more scenes to add or want to get rid of any, all I have to do is add or remove cards. I arrange the cards in the rough order I imagine the scenes taking place, change them around as I write the story and flip through the cards when I get stuck and need to figure out what should come next. By the time I get to the editing phase, I can picture everything as if I were watching it play out on a movie screen.
Describe your writing space. My writing space is nothing glamorous. I write at a desk in my room with my computer and printer on it (and a copy of Dream Waters that I’ll never sell because both Jason Isaacs and David Tennant held it in their hand when they posed for a picture with me at Comic-Con in Montreal.) I plan to frame those pictures and hang them on the wall above my desk someday but like lots of other plans, I haven’t gotten around to it yet because I’d rather spend every spare second writing. I use the bed behind my desk to spread out the binder that holds my book-in-progress, whatever pages I’ve printed recently, a hole-punch and red pens. And there are stacks of books surrounding my writing space. The dream home my husband and I hope to build one day has an office with big beautiful book shelves and a picture window. For now, I’m content to sit at my little desk, drown out the world with music from my iPod and lose myself in the Dream World.
Dream Waters (Book One of The Dream Waters Series),
Dream World (Book Two of The Dream Waters Series), Dream Sight (Book Three of The Dream Waters Series)
by Erin A. Jensen
GENRE: Contemporary Fantasy
BLURB: DREAM WATERS
Book One of The Dream Waters Series
All his life, Charlie Oliver has watched the people around him morph into creatures that no one else sees. Unlike the rest of the world, Charlie remembers the Waters that transport him to the Dream World each night. And he sees glimpses of people’s Dream forms in the waking world. Condemned to spend his waking hours in a psychiatric facility because of his Dream Sight, Charlie doesn’t expect anything to change. But everything starts changing the day Emma Talbot walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session.
Haunted by memories of the events that led to her admission, Emma plans to end her life the first chance she gets. But something about Charlie stops her. From the moment they shake hands, his friendship feels safe and familiar. As Emma begins to let down her guard, Charlie catches a glimpse of the fiery-eyed dragon that lurks behind her Dream form. Each night, as Emma dreams of the man who’s been banned from visiting, Charlie searches the Dream World for the monster that shadows her. But when Emma’s suppressed memories begin to surface, Charlie finds more monsters than he bargained for.
Dream Waters (Book 1) Excerpt:
“Where were you afraid I’d land when I fell in and why did you say finding the dragon wouldn’t be easy?”
She started drawing waves in the sand with her finger and I got the distinct impression she was doing it to avoid looking at me. “Honestly Charlie, I wasn’t sure where you’d land. It’s unpredictable when you don’t jump on purpose. You could end up anywhere the people you’ve met have been. You’re a mental patient. Can you imagine the sections of Dream some patients might inhabit?” Her finger stopped drawing mid-wave. “Trust me boy. There are Dark places in the Dream World, places you should never go. Venture too far into them and you risk losing a part of yourself to the Darkness.”
I was really getting tired of the cryptic shit. “Great. Thanks for the vague ominous warning. I was afraid you might give me an actual answer for a second there.”
“I’ve already said too much.” Even at a whisper there was a waver to her voice. “Just thank me for keeping you safe and jump back into the Water.”
“I don’t know which world I find you more annoying in.” It wasn’t the nicest thing to say to the one person who understood me but I said it out of frustration and maybe a little out of fear.
Nellie was about to snarl something back, but the leaves of some bushes just off the beach started rustling and I hopped to my feet to get a better look. “Something’s over there.”
Nellie stood up with a weary sigh and as she turned toward the bushes I saw the scars. Large deep identical scars marring the flesh on both of her shoulder blades.
I took a step closer to her. “What happened to your back?”
She turned and gave me a hard shove toward the Water’s edge. “It’s time for you to go now Charlie.” It caught me by surprise and knocked me off balance, back into the surf and the icy Water pulled me back in.
Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a fulltime creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate NY with her incredibly supportive husband, two sons (who are both taller than her) and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard. In the early days of her writing career, Erin vowed to get a dragon tattoo—once her books received a milestone number of reviews—but she won’t disclose that number any longer, for fear of actually reaching her goal and having to go through with it.
Dream Waters: Book One of The Dream Waters Series (The first book is on sale for $0.99)
by Erin A. Jensen
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Dream World: Book Two of The Dream Waters Series
by Erin A. Jensen
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