My friend, Rosie, and I were recently given the opportunity to interview the author of numerous YA and middle school novels, Jennifer Honeybourn! Some of her works include: When Life Gives You Demons, Wesley James Ruined My Life, Just My Luck, and many more!
We asked her a few questions about her writing process and her journey as an author! Here are some of her insights:
It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be an author! But it took me a while to get there and for me to realize that I had a YA voice.
Ideas are everywhere. There are really no original ideas (there were wizards long before there was Harry Potter!), it’s just about taking something and putting your own spin on it! Ideas usually come to me as a mashup, getting inspiration from different things and then writing it in my own way. Find a new way to tell a story!
As a writer, you want to focus on the story engine, the thing that will drive the character. What goal will pull the character through the story and how will it change them?