June 5th, 2020
I asked Jenny where she would like to chat:
Coffee. The smell of sugar. Brimstone. Glitter. I take a seat, cupping the sugary vanilla coffee for warmth. The sluggish drawl of students hang in the air like a broken neon sign, even at midday. Cafes at college towns are always at the pinnacle of caffeinated heaven and decaffeinated hell. I wave you over with a smile as I take a sip of the liquid fuel. For now, I am saved from endless exhaustion.
Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?
J. Clark: English class and the Library. I always loved reading and writing since it was an escape from my boring town in rural GA.
L: How long have you been writing for?
J: To be literal over 20 years but I wouldn’t call myself a writer that whole time.
L: What are you currently working on?
J: Right now I released a cover for my newest chapbook “Juxtaposition” TBA later this year on Amazon. The first chapbook in the series, “Contemplations of the Faithful” is already on Amazon. Also I’m working on a fantasy novel on a Robin Hood retelling, which I have no working title as of yet.
L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?
J: Some newer inspiration is “A Blade So Black” and “The Way of Shadows” , as well as various poets from Hughes to Indies on Twitter.
L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?
J: Writing my fantasy novel since its a brand new genre for me entirely.
L: What is your favorite writing trope? Least favorite?
J: My favorite has to be enemies-to-lovers while my least favorite is the stoic female lead turned damsel at any sight of a male lead.
L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?
J: I like gardening, archery, reading, and eating sushi. I love sushi.
L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?
J: I wish I knew the business side of writing earlier. From marketing to networking and as such. An earlier start on those things would have been great.
L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?
J: Right now I’m only self-published. The experience is eye opening on what it takes to go from an artistic idea to a sold product. It’s rather difficult to make the sold product tantalizing after writing and formatting your work.
L: What are you currently reading?
J: A variety from writing books to parenting to just general lit. Sometimes I don’t keep track lol.
L: What genre do you typically read?
J: Romance, poetry, and fantasy are the ones I read the most.
L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?
J: Right now I don’t have a ritual with a newborn. I usually start with tea/coffee, sit at the laptop, and write at my desk or in my notepad.
L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?
J: Depends on the mood I want to channel. I usually listen to hip-hop or R&B in general.
L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
J: Junie B. Jones because she’s a legend to everyone in my age range. I love all the adventures she had and the way the books were written.
L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?
J: From nature. Nice long walks, parks, and places I’ve never been. New places give me that spark of creativity I need.
L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?
J: Keep writing and keep trying to get attention for your work. You are your best cheerleader!
J. Clark is a writer living in Georgia enjoying the city of Athens. I started writing to clear my overactive mind by putting the worlds in my head on paper. Paired with my love of reading classics such as Junnie. B Jones and Harry Potter, I continued my love of the written word into adulthood. As a Philosophy graduate, I started fusing various theories such as feminism, existentialism, social justice, and the like into my characters and plots highlighting the grey areas that people navigate in actual reality. This pairs with my identity as a Black woman to add diversity and uniqueness to the publishing arena.
My most recent publication is Contemplations of the Faithful available on Amazon. When I’m not writing I enjoy time with my community doing a variety of activities. You can send me a personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out on Twitter @writingjclark.
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Contemplations of the Faithful (Millennial Psalms Book 1) – This collection of poetry includes 30 poems from praise to questioning humanity to the disillusionment of the modern age wrapped in a colorful cover for a young adult audience. Contemplations of the Faithful doesn’t shy away from serious issues with a fresh, contemporary voice that sets up the five chapbook series with an amazing start.
But it here!