Published by Month 9
Fearless (Nameless #3) by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
In exactly twenty-three days, Gryphon will offer his life to Chief Barnabas in exchange for the lives of his best friend and mess brothers. Until then, he must keep his plans from Zo while avoiding the Wolves of the Allied Camp. But Gryphon is not the only one harboring secrets. To spare her own life, Zo has made a blood oath promising to help the Kodiak Clan free their families living as Nameless slaves. When Gryphon learns the truth — that the peaceful life he’d planned for Zo is not secure — he divulges a secret that will give the Allies the upper hand against the Ram.
Now, The Great Move is underway and a final battle between the Wolf, Ram, Kodiak and Raven cannot be stopped. Strength will be tested. Loyalties will be questioned. Alliances will form. In a world of uncertainty and danger, Zo and Gryphon may finally have what they’ve each always wanted.
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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
PLEASE WELCOME JENNIFER TO BOOKHOUNDS ya
What is a typical writing day like for you?
My success in writing really is dependent on several factors outside of just sitting my butt down and going to work. I’m a little bit of a hippy and all about feeding mind, body, and spirit everyday. If I don’t, I’m out of balance, and my days seems to crumble into a mush, lacking productivity.
First of all, I have to work out before I write. I feel yucky and my mind tends to wander if I don’t take the time to burn off some steam beforehand. I’m a huge mountain biker and there are great trails around where I live. I also kickbox one morning a week, take a yoga class another, and often just hit the gym on the in-between days. While I’m working out, I usually have headphones in listening to an audiobook or having a robot read me my current work in progress so I can be fresh when it’s time to finally sit down.
When the workout is over, I use the shower to focus on my project and prepare myself for my writing day. I take the time to imagine setting and build scenes. Sometimes I’ll even take a minute before writing to meditate and clear my head of all the little things that are buzzing around in there.
My house doesn’t have to be clean when I write, but the room I’m sitting is does. 🙂
Once I finally sit myself down for a writing session, I don’t spend anytime on the internet or my phone. Everything is silenced and I’ll write hardcore for about 40 minutes before I come up for air.
Breaks are huge for me. I find that if I focus for 30-40 minutes and then stop to put in a load of laundry, refill my mug of tea, grab a few almonds, etc. it’s like hitting a reset button on my brain. I’ll take a 5-10 minute break to do dishes or something else fairly mindless, and then I’ll come back and sit down for another writing session of about 30-40 minutes.
I try not to take calls or respond to texts during that time. The people closest to me know that I work from about 10:30 am – 1:30 pm every day, and everyone else can wait! Any longer than three hours of writing (with scheduled mini breaks!) is too much for me. When I’m under a crazy deadline I’ll sometimes write more, but I’m all about finding balance and keeping the writing enjoyable. If I call it quits at 1:30 pm that leaves me just enough time to hit the store or run a quick errand before my kids get home from school.
I’ll be honest. Not everyday pans out the way I want it to. There are always things like doctor appointments, lunch meetings, etc that creep into my writing day, but if I’m sticking to the plan, that’s what it looks like. Sometimes I have to be flexible, but I’ve learned that if I want to produce the amount of words necessary to be a serious author, I have to fight to defend that precious time. Besides, it makes me happy.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I hope you enjoy FEARLESS!
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