Monday, May 23, 2011

???? GIVEAWAY????

Is there something you're dying to know about one of my books? Or about me as a writer? If there is, Monday and Tuesday are for you.

Wednesday starts the Splash Into Summer Blog Hop. So, be sure to stop by for that.

But today and Tuesday it's a short giveaway. To enter, post your question and I'll answer it. Then I'll choose two random winners who will get to pick their book of choice.

Read and let read~



Janae's Book Obsession said...

What inspires you while youre writing? How do you get in the mood to write?

Gen said...

In overprotected and A Season of Eden music played on a piano played a big roll in the stories, do you play piano or is it just the fact that a guy is hotter IF he play the piano? (I agree with the latter, it just makes them irresistible) :D

Self-Therapy Expert (Not really) said...

What is the best advice you've ever received as a writer?

Aydrea said...

Are you writing a new book now? If so, can you say what it is about?

Also what was your inspiration for Overprotected?

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

You seem to have hopped around from like...contemporary YA to paranormal-ish YA, why the change, and which do you like better?


Leslie said...

If you could have dinner with another author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

jennieb2010 said...

How many books do you plan to write, and do you think YA is the only genre you will get into??

LittleMsBookish said...

Was being a writer your dream job? Or did dreamed of becoming something else when you were young?

Val said...

What are you writing now? Series? Stand alone?
More important, M&M's or skittles? Or is it all Rockstars?
Do you listen to music when you write? If so what kind?


LittleMsBookish said...

Was being a writer your dream job? Or did you dream of becoming something else when you were young?

Anonymous said...

What word of advice to you have for an aspiring author?


Anonymous said...

Did your inspiration for Overprotected come from a real-life experience?

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Liv said...

Is it hard for you balancing your family life and being an author?

jenniferlaurens said...

Janae:A soundtrack helps me get into the mood to write, and I have one especially created for each book I write.
GenL:I played the piano for 5 years as a teen. Music is a huge part of our family, it was natural to incorporate it into my work.
S.J.Wright: To not read reviews.
Aydrea: Yes. I'm excited to share more about it once it's done.
Grace: Yep, I've written women's romance, edgy YA, general YA paranormal YA - I write whatever the muse dictates. I'd never confine myself to writing one style - my writing is a reflection of my life in a way. I don't prefer one over the other, I like them all and all have their place.
Leslie: Anne Rice.
Jennieb2010: I've written 15 books, 8 of which are published. YA is a good fit for me, though I do enjoy writing women's romance. That's where I started out.
LittleMsBooksih: My dream was to be a mother. I was an only child. I married, had 6 children then picked up one of my loves: writing.
StuckInBooks: I'm working on a love story with paranormal elements. I'm very excited about it.
It's always Rockstar! AND M&Ms.

Angela J. Prieto said...

Is there going to be a 4th book in the Heavenly series? I love the first three by the way. LOL!

Unknown said...

Have you always wanted to be a writer, or did that desire begin later?

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books) said...

Which one of your book characters is the most like you, and why? As you're writing, do you incorporate some of yourself into your characters?

Anonymous said...

What is the weirdest question you've ever been asked?

June M. said...

do you plan to write in other genres? do you plan out books or just the main points (characters, setting, ending) and let the rest come as it may?

manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

LeviOsaaah said...

what's your dream when you're kid? is it to be a writer like now or something else? since when you love to write? :)

geceosan said...

what do you like best about writing for teenagers? what have you had to consider (if anything) that seemed different or of special concern vs. if you were writing for adults?

mariska said...

Have you ever thought to collaborate a book with other author(s) ? if yes, whose the author(s)? in what genre ? and why ? :D

uniquas at ymail dot com

Gigi said...

Tell us the book that is attached to your heart (the ones you have read of other authors) that make you cry, laugh, squeal in delight, and still cannot forget?

jenniferlaurens said...

Amanda:to pave your own way to being published whether that be the traditional route or indie.
reviewsbyabby:I'm an only child and my mother was crazy overprotective of me - even into my early 20's - so I relate to Ashlyn on a basic level that you feel in the book. My cousin lived the NYC princess life and her mother was my inspiration for FIONA.
Liv: It has been hard to balance life and family and writing, but my 6 kids and great husband are all very supportive and help out with the business now that it's grown.

Library Lady said...

Are there certain guidelines you have to follow to make sure your books stay in the YA category?

adsanders77 at gmail dot com

LeviOsaaah said...

forgot my email..


Debora B said...

How did you start writing and getting your books published? Was it something you've always wanted to do? Did you have any special "training" or went to a school of sorts or a course or something to "learn" how to write?

That was way more than ONE question. Sorry ._.

Anonymous said...

Where did the idea for the Heavenly books come from? And also the characters in the book?

Stacey Clifford

Anonymous said...

Where did you get you idea for the book overprotected and also what was the original names fir your books if you had any because I know they on most books they change the titles from the ones that the authors originally had

jenniferlaurens said...

Giselle: Night. Fighting Ruben Wolfe.
Mariska: Yes, I'm collaborating with my daughter at the moment.
geceosan: I live with 6 teens and adults, I know them and their friends well. I really haven't had to tone down or change anything except that I don't write serious profanity in any of my books. My rule for myself is, if I wouldn't let my kids read it I won't write it.
Sugarplum: My dream was to have a huge, happy, loving family. I was an only child addicted to shows like The Brady Bunch and The Waltons. Maybe that's why I had 6 kids and I write about family in my books - because that's the central part of my life, whether it's an only child family like A Season of Eden or a larger family like in the Heavenly series.
JuneM: I started writing in women's romance. But YA is a great fit for me. I love it. I rarely plan out a book - but each story spends months in my head ripening before I write it out.
stina6891: Haven't had a weird question yet!
Lucia: ALL of my characters have little bits of me in them :) Like Fiona and her obsession with Rockstars!
Chris: I started writing at 11 and have always loved it, though I wrote mostly plays and screenplays then.
Angela:I've got something simmering for a book 4 in the Heavenly series but many other characters and stories have been waiting their turn...

Gaby said...

Have you read all you books yet (published and everything)

jenniferlaurens said...

LibraryLady: I don't have a problem staying in the guidelines of YA. My books are MILD compared to what's trickling onto the shelves these days.Above I answered this in another round about way and my personal parameters include not writing anything I wouldn't want my own children to read. ( at appropriate ages, of course )
DeborahB: I enjoyed English and Lit in high school and college and love to read. Later, I took a creative writing class specifically designed for people interested in publishing.
StacyClifford: Heavenly is my based on my family and our life with our child with autism.
Zoe and Luke and Abria are based on my children.
Gaby891: Overprotected was the first book I ever wrote - years ago - and I wrote it in three different genres before sticking with YA, which suits it beautifully. The story came from my own youth as an only child. I hated being teased, and wove that element into the relationship between Ashlyn and Colin. Ashlyn's character lives in NYC, and my cousin lived a "princess" like life on Park Avenue just like her.

Lissa said...

Do your author friends give you advice on writing? Do you have a critique partner or a fellow writer who helps you out?
Thanks for the giveaway! Lissa @ shyluck13 AT hotmail DOT com
@shyluck13 on Twitter

HayleyAG said...

Do you think you would ever want to write adult novels? If so, what genre (fantasy, sci-fi, romance)?

Sorry I guess that's a couple questions :)


Anlu said...

Before publishing. Do you share with someone what you write?

Thank for the giveaway!

Kristina said...

What is something random that inspired a character, place or plot?

myworldofbooks18 at hotmail dot com

winnie said...

Who are some of your favourite authors to read? or favourite books?


Dinda said...

which of your books is the hardest to wrote ? Why ?


MarĂ­a Francisca said...

Hi Jennifer, than you for doing this things with your fans... I love it!

Well, I'm not a teenager or maybe a little bit lol, but the only book I've read from you is Heveanly (I'm anxious to get the other) ... How can you get your inspiration for a teen book, or perhaps to a more adult book.

And what is the most rewarding experience you had with your readers

solcyma_99(at)hotmail (dot) com

Thanks Jennifer, kisses from Chile

aline said...

WOW, another giveaway! Since I'm one of the lucky winner from the last giveaway, just wondering if I got a chance in this one too *grin

Ms. Laurens, since so far you only writes for YA books, I just wondering, did it ever crossed your mind to consider writing for adults readers too?

Thanks for this giveaway :)

brendajean said...

How do you get your mind back into being a teenager living in angst to write your stories? I barely remember thoughts and feelings from my teens, but when I read your books I always think, "yeah, I remember feeling that way too". Would you ever want to write adult romance?


Anonymous said...

Besides being an author is there anything else that you do or at least do for fun?

Anonymous said...

Is there a place that you have where you can relax and read a good book?

JessS said...

Are all your books young adult and did you intend for them to be? How do you write for teenagers when you aren't one yourself?


Alba said...

has there ever been a scene in one of your books that marked your life? I mean wether it was hard like crying or sad, hard. Or so happy and impossible extraordinary that you wished it happened to you on real life?! hehe curious!^_^


Vivien said...

Since becoming a published author, what is your favorite moment?

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Diana said...

Is there ANY way you could write an EPILOGUE based after Absolution?

I'm dying for some more of Z & Matthias! Have them meet up in Heaven or something!... Please! even just a little teaser for your fellow readers :)haha! Thanks so much...


Anonymous said...

When you where trying to get published was it a hard and long process? if so where there times when you just wanted to give up?



pintea ana said...

what story will choose for next book?

sRy_ said...

This is a great idea! It's like an interview on live :)

- What is your favorite fairy tale? and how do you prefer the endings: open, sad or happy?

(sorry for my english)
ultimoprimerbeso (at) gmail (dot) com

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Is there anything about us Uber fans/bloggers that drive you crazy and makes you want to stab us with a fork? I sure hope but if there is please share lol

Felicia said...

I've read books from you with characters doing theater (Falling For Romeo), construction (Nailed), nails (Magic Hands) and you've even written about guardian angels (Heavenly series)!They're all awesome reads, and I'd just like to ask-What gives you the inspiration to create the backgrounds of your books and characters? They're all SO different haha (:

Unknown said...

What do you do when inspiration goes on vacation? Listen to music, sit until it comes back, read something in particular?
BTW, I would love to talk to Anne Rice too :D

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kasumi said...

I see the new covers of Heavenly Trilogy, the books have other changes?


Thanks for the chance!

Mikila Marshall said...

Was there anyone in particular that inspired you to write?
Just got Overprotected back. Eeeek =D

jayjay said...

I'm dying to read Overprotected... is there a certain playlist for it? I'm dying to read Season of Eden too!

email: fallendream03 AT gmail DOT com

ant_solo said...

Hi, can I ask you what are your religious beliefs?

thank you for your time and giveaway (:

Gaby G said...

Do you have a favorite book, from the ones you have written?

magabygc AT

Anonymous said...

A SEASON OF EDEN reminds me of the song Don't Stand So Close To Me by the Police. Have you ever had a swoon-worthy teacher?


Anonymous said...

What's the craziest question you've been asked?

Kris @Imaginary Reads said...

Are there any special meanings to the topics you write about?


test said...

what book inspired you to be a writer?

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

email: wefancybooks(at)gmail(dot)com

ok said...

What is the first book you remember reading as a kid?

tiffanyniekro at gmail dot com

Great giveaway, thanks!

jenniferlaurens said...

Lissa:I have a handful of author friends, and some of those are in my FABULOUS critique group. Yes, they give me wonderful suggestions. We meet each week and read each other's work.
HayleyAG:I started out writing women's romance.
Anlu: I share my current writing projects with my critique group.
Kristina: Something random that inspired a person: one of my daughters knew a kid in high school who came to class each day wasted because he couldn't figure out how to stop the deer from coming into his mom's garden. I used that character in Magic Hands.
Winnie: I love Nora Robert's early work. I also love Markus Zusak, and my all-time fav book is Endless Love by Scott Spencer.
Alba: The entire book of Heavenly - because so many moments in it are taken directly from my family and our struggles during a difficult period of time.
Paradise: Variety is what keeps writing interesting. That's why I'd never box myself into writing one type of thing - like an actor who avoids typecasting.
The Lovelt Getaway: I DO have an idea for another book in the Heavenly series but it will only come after the other stories ( waiting patiently in my head ) have had their moment.
Anonymous:About Eden and crushes: Yes, I had a silly crush on a high school teacher but he was not a young hottie like James.
Jessica(frellathon):Only to remember that authors do their best when creating and that ALL art is subjective.
KrisSummers: For sure in Heavenly the subject is special - you could say Heavenly is my 'purge' book from years of trying to understand why my daughter was born with autism and why my children chose to deal with it the way they did.
ant_solo: My religious beliefs: I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
sRy: I love fairy tales and LOVE open endings ( like A Season of Eden where the reader interprets the ending according to their reading experience. Readers are intelligent beings, they can, and should, take part in that sometimes!
TheJay2XA: There is a playlist ( A GREAT ONE ) for Overprotected and if you click the link on the sidebar ( the Overprotected cover ) you'll go to the dedicated blog - and find the playlist!

jenniferlaurens said...

Kasumi: the new covers for Heavenly are for the ebooks and the hardcovers coming out next month. I had a lot of readers want hardcovers so I put some together.
WeFancyBooks: I've always loved reading and writing. In my adult life, after my 6 kids were all in school I read River's End by Nora Roberts and enjoyed it so much I decided to write professionally in hopes of creating that kind of enjoyment for others.

Anonymous said...

Hey :) Couple of Q's:
What is the worst, and what's the best part of being an author? (so I can prepare lol)
And, what do authors do except writing? I mean, it's not really an full time job, right?

Elizabeth Morgan said...

How do you get past writers block?

Elizabeth Morgan

jenniferlaurens said...

Tamara: The worst part: the business side of writing.The best part: creating stories and sharing them with readers, and hearing back that "Your story changed my life."
What do authors do except write? That IS my full time job and right now I'm supporting a family of 8 with my earnings. Yes, it is an all-day occurrence and even all night at times!

jenniferlaurens said...

ElizabethMorgan: How do I get past writer's block:by knowing enough of my story before I start, to keep a thread going and I never stop writing. Even if I'm lost. One word, one sentence can lead to another direction I had no idea would pop out. I've done this enough to know it works, so I have faith in my ability to keep producing.You just have to keep words coming onto the page.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

If you were to make the newspaper front page, what would the headline read?


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

jenniferlaurens said...

LisaR/alterlisa: Indie author sells movie rights to Taylor Swift for Overprotected. hehehe :)

@Jackiebkworm said...

How many hours do you spend writing and then editing when you're done? Where do you find good critique groups? What do your children think of your books? Sorry lots of questions.

jenniferlaurens said...

Jackiebkworm: I write 5-8 hours a day. I have an online crit group and an in-person crit group - both are excellent resources. My girls have read my books, my boys have not.

Alejandra said...

Would the title be if you write a book about your life/experiece as an author?

Mikila Marshall said...

Was there anyone in particular that inspired you to write?
Just got Overprotected back. Eeeek =D
I've already posted before but i don't think you saw it =(
Reposted the giveaway on my FB and Twitter

LRAtRandom said...

What has been your best experience as an author?

Sorry if this was asked already :)


Megzarooni said...

Hi Jennifer!

My question for you is: If you could be the author of any book or series published to date, which one would it be and why?

melissa said...

Have you based a Character on somebody you know?


I retweeted this contest!/mel_91284

My email

jenniferlaurens said...

Megzarooni: I've written the books I want to write, so I don't want to be another author or want to write their book.
Melissa: Many of my characters are based on people in my life. My fav Tshirt I had made up reads: Careful or you'll end up in my novel. Dead.

Hiba said...

Which book made you think " Hell why didn't IIII think of this story???!!!!"

Lissette Martinez said...

Do you base your characters on people you know or are they completely imaginary?

Kristen - Seeing Night said...

Awesome I love Q and As!

If you can be any one of your characters from your books who would it be and why?

BTW I just saw the new covers on your header. Love them!

Andrea said...

how do you felt when your first book was published??
and i love the new covers of the header!!!
wow! they're awesome!
wanna read penitence <3
take care :)

Evellyn said...

It's so nice!!

So, about Season of Eden, if this book become a movie who'd you like to play Eden and James?


Mandi Lynn said...

Do you listen to music when you write? If you do what kind? I'm a writer too and I can NEVER write without music playing in the background.

jenniferlaurens said...

Hiba: None. I can enjoy someone's story without coveting it, lol.
Kristen-Seeing Night: Zoe - she sees spirits and loves Matthias, can't get better than that.
andii:I felt accomplished because I'd made it happen by myself. The benefit of being indie pubbed.
Evellyn: Good one! Zac Efron would be a wonderful James. He's emotional but masculine. Girl actresses are much harder...any suggestions?
MandiLynn:I DEF listen to music! I answered this above :)

IdentitySeeker said...

I've heard that it took you about 10 years before you decided to publish Overprotected. Is that true? Was it the first book you starting writing? What was your inspiration for the book? I'm also curious about your inspiration for writing A Season of Eden.


jenniferlaurens said...

IdentitySeeker: It didn't take 10 years to write Overprotected, it was the first book I wrote and that was 10 years ago. I've written it three ways: screenplay, women's romance and as a YA novel. My inspiration for Eden is discussed in my above comments :)

throuthehaze said...

If you could collaborate on a book with any living author who would it be?
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Ash said...

I love that I can buy your books for my Kindle but have the option to buy them as paperbacks too. When you get the time to read which way do you prefer to do so?

Bookish in a Box said...

Is there a single event that inspired you to be a writer? If so, what was it?

Anonymous said...

How do you get ideas on how teens talk? (You know for your YA books)

Unknown said...

KAT ;)

jenniferlaurens said...

Ash: I like reading on my Nook. But I don't have all my favs yet on there!
Throughthehaze:Anne Rice.
Bookish in a Box and JK17: answers above :)
KatrinaW: My family and my life is my muse. I already get to write full time. I guess there's OVERtime, which I do plenty of too!

jenniferlaurens said...

I really enjoyed the questions! GREAT questions!

The winners: Alba and Brendajean

CONGRATS! You win your book or swag of choice!

Winners have one week to contact me via email for their prize. Tomorrow: SPLASH INTO SUMMER BLOG HOP! 3 Winners!

Alba said...

Jennifer wich email address??!!
and OMG!! thank you!

brendajean said...

Yea!!! Thank you so much!!

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