Thursday, 26 August 2010

Author Interview: Jennifer Laurens + Giveaway


I have the lovely Jennifer Laurens here today and she has kindly agreed to do an interview with me. Jennifer is the author of the Heavenly series and the third book, Absolution, is due for release October 1st 2010. Please help her feel very welcome!

1. Can you tell us a bit about Heavenly and its sequels?
Heavenly is the story of a teenage girl who falls in love with her autistic sister's guardian angel. Penitence and Absolution are about the results of that to a certain degree.

2. Why did you decide to write Heavenly?
I've always been fascinated with life after death. And, having a daughter with autism who will never marry and love and have children in this life, I thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if she met someone in the life after?" The idea blossomed into Heavenly, which is quite different than THAT, but you get the idea.

3. What did you find hardest to write and why?
My son was struggling with a drug addiction at the time, and Luke's character is all him. There were days when I wept writing that out - because most of the events in Heavenly happened to us. Other difficult scenes were the ones with Zoe's frustration with Abria because all of my children have had to come to terms with their autistic sibling - in their own way - and that's been a huge challenge for them.

4. Can you tell us about any other writing projects you have coming up?
Absolution (the final book in the Heavenly series) comes out in Oct, then Overprotected comes out on Valentine's Day 2011. Another book will be released at the end of next year.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don't have a lot of spare time with 6 children, but if a second comes along, I read. I also LOVE movies. Dolls. Minatures. Shopping. Travel. Food. Cooking.

6. What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you?
Not something I can share here :).

7. Do you have a motto or philosophy that you live by?
No worldy accomplishment can compensate for failure in the home.

8. What advice would you give to others aspiring to be authors?
Read all genres. Write as much as you can. Join a critique group.

Quickfire Round:

9. Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi!

10. Yahoo or Google?
Google.

11. Glass half empty or half full?
It's half way, period!

12. All time favourite book?
Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts.

13. Favourite movie?
The Parent Trap (new version).

14. If you were on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
Food, water and sunscreen.

15. Any last words or comments?
Thanks for having me here!

Thank you very much! Now for the giveaway. Jennifer is offering one lucky winner a copy of her book, Heavenly and she's happy to ship internationally, so this giveaway is open worldwide! To enter, you must:
  • Be a GFC follower (old or new)
  • Leave a meaningful comment on this post including your email address so I can contact you if you win (this equals 1 entry)
Extra entries (please leave all links in your comment):
  • +2 for spreading the word (tweeting, sidebar, facebook, blogging - max 6 entries)
  • +1 for commenting on my review of Heavenly here
  • +1 for following Jennifer's blog here
Competiton closes midnight (UK time) September 2nd and the randomly selected winner will be announced shortly after.

That's it guys! I hope you enjoyed the interview, and good luck!

18 comments:

  1. I love that she was able to use her real life experiences and incorporate them into her book. It sounds like a heartbreaking and beautiful story. Great interview!

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  2. I've never heard of Jennifer Laurens or Heavenly, but the book sounds very intense and inspiring. I think it makes the book a lot more realistic when the author has really experienced some of the difficulties of the main character(s).
    Thank you so much for this giveaway!
    twigerina[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  3. With your sons drug addiction and your daughters autism, it really sounds like you have really put your heart and soul into this book and that alone mades reading this book a must for me.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Thank you.

    Carol T

    I have joined as a Follower.

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  4. I really enjoyed this interview. It sounds like a great series!

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  5. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I am a new follower. Don't enter me for the giveaway though. I have already read it...it was wondeful!

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  6. Jennifer is one of the most generous souls I have ever come across! She's so lovely, and doesn't she look like Megan Fox? :)

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  7. The interview is very beautiful, I loved it! I could not read even this book. I already read several reviews and honestly I have very good looking forward to reading the novel. Now I can see a bit more about what inspired the author to write, I feel more need to know the characters, which I think will be very real and with a heartbreaking story.

    itzel_library (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

    I´m old follower Jennifer´s blog

    Take care

    ~Yelania

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  8. Thank you for the interview spot and sharing the book with others. I appreciate it ;)

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  9. I think it is great that there are personal touches in the book from the author having those things going on in her real life. Plus my favorite movie is also Parent Trap.

    Great Giveaway
    Email: apk1princess@live.com

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  10. What a lovely writer! I really appreciate when they took their time to answer a few questions.. And it's just awesome when you can notice they dedicated themselves a lot to make it really personal (: And WOW 6 children? I bet she's like superwoman to take care of them hehe

    Great giveaway, congrats!

    I'm a new follower.
    Email: lismagol(at)gmail(dot)com
    +1 for commenting on your review of Heavenly
    +1 for following Jennifer's blog (Lis)

    Adding up: 3

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  11. She seems like an adorable woman. I really like to read Heavenly, because I always had this interest for life after death and the angels. And all the family inspiration means a lot for the readers, it makes it more real.
    Great interview :)

    New follower.
    +1 claudiap-123(AT)hotmail(DOT)com
    +2 tweet: http://twitter.com/DreamClau/status/22368385959
    +1 for commenting on your review of Heavenly.
    +1 Follower on Jennifer's blog.

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  12. Heavenly sounds like a great book! I'd love to read it. I'm a follower.

    +2 for spreading the word on twitter
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/22445336454

    +1 for following Jennifer's blog

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  13. The summary for this book caught my attention a while ago, and I would still love it if I was able to read it. I find it so sweet how she got the idea to create this story from her own daughter.

    (New follower)

    +2 for sidebar link: http://monikirose.blogspot.com/
    +1 for following Jennifer's blog
    +1 for commenting on your Heavenly Review

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  14. I love the idea of falling in love in afterlife! It's refreshing and new, not to mention it's inspired by your daughter. :D Can't wait to get my hands on Heavenly!

    +1 Follower of Jennifer's blog
    +1 Comment on the Heavenly review
    =3 entries in total

    I am a follower and you can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com

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  15. Well this is the first time I've heard of this one but I have to say that it sounds like a really intriquing story. I don't believe I've read anything like that yet. My interest is defenitely peaked!

    ksg_amg(at)yahoo.com

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  16. Six children? How does she do it? This sounds wonderful, I'd love to read it. I'd heard of it before but missed my chance to borrow a friend's copy. I'd be really interested to read more about the character with autism..

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  17. +1 I'm a blog follower :)

    Great interview! I just recently found out about Heavenly (I don't know how I didn't know about this book!) and I can't wait to read it. I also can't wait to read Overprotected :)

    +2 tweeted
    +2 sidebar link
    +1 following Jennifer's blog


    thebookvixen at gmail dot com

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  18. this giveaway is amazing ..cant wait to read this book
    i followed the blog and tweeted it @ whisper_heart

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