Interview with Chronic Night Owl Bethany A. Jennings

One of the first writing friends I made was Bethany A. Jennings. When I first “saw” her on Facebook, she was at Realm Makers and had shared a picture online with her holding a nerf gun.

Besides looking totally cool, I don’t recall exactly why I reached out to her, except I felt strongly lead to.

That is a decision I will never regret.

She is such an encourager! At a time when I was feeling very low about my own writing journey, Bethany immensely encouraged me as she shared some of her story about writing and motherhood. It was literally an answered prayer.

Today I call her friend, writing mentor, and now author.

Grab a blanket and a few pillows for my fun chat with Bethany about music, writing, and her latest release, Threadbare.

About Bethany

bethany-jenningsBethany A. Jennings is a YA science-fiction and fantasy author, and a chronic night owl. She is endlessly passionate about the power of speculative fiction, both to shape hearts and change cultures and to unveil hidden realities. While she can be found wrangling her toddlers, running Twitter events, or inventing new kinds of sandwiches—no matter where she is, worlds and stories are dancing in her head. Born a southern California girl, she now lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children, zero pets, and a large collection of imaginary friends (a.k.a. fictional characters). In addition to her fiction writing, she is a freelance editor, blogger, and the organizer of #WIPjoy, a seasonal online event for authors.

Let’s Chat!

– I am SO excited to have you on the blog! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?

Introspective, devoted, optimistic.

– You share five of your favorite books/series, movies, and TV shows on your blog. To go with that theme, what are five bands you really enjoy listening to?

headphones-1854090_1920.jpgOooooh, good question. I tend to pick and choose individual songs from artists/bands and don’t often enjoy their entire body of work, but five bands I love multiple songs from are Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Royal Tailor, One Direction, and OneRepublic.

– I love Royal Tailor! Recently you became a freelance editor. Did you imagine being an editor today? Is that something you have always wanted to do?

Unlike being an author, which has been a lifelong dream for me, being an editor was a fairly recent dream. I really enjoy editing, but I didn’t seriously think about doing it professionally until I had good success helping a friend with her editing and she and my husband urged me to hang up my shingle.

– How cool! So, yesterday your first ebook released on Amazon (squeals). What was one of your favorite parts when writing?

I loved the ending so much!! It was a thrill to write, because up until maybe the 80% mark I didn’t know HOW it was going to end, or whether it would be as meaningful to me as I had hoped it would be – and suddenly it all started fitting together, and it made SO much sense and was even more meaningful than I had hoped. The story was deeply drawn from personal experience—and actually began as an exercise in expressing some struggles I had gone through—so when the ending fell together the way it did, it was immensely satisfying to see the themes come out so powerfully there.

– That ending was pretty epic. Definitely some feels going on there. 😉 I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I am curious about who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?

outdoor-1209594_1920I DO actually have a favorite character (terrible, I know!)…but I don’t talk about that because it just wouldn’t be nice to all the other characters! 😉 If we’re just talking about Threadbare characters here, I’d like to spend a day with Marshall. I feel like we’d have a lot in common, so I imagine we’d have a laid-back lunch at a café, then stroll through a museum and discuss what we appreciate about all the art and the interesting history tidbits we’re learning.

– Haha! You’re so kind! Also, I think that would be a fun afternoon with Marshall. How would you react if you had the gift of seeing magical threads and wielding power from it?

As a busy mom of four, I probably wouldn’t do much with it, and then I’d feel like I wasn’t doing enough with the gift I’d been given! I might try to use it to move things around the house, but I’d be afraid of breaking stuff. 😉 So I might have to settle for finding someone to mentor me, and hoping I’d eventually be able to use it for a good cause. I believe all gifts are meant to be used. 🙂

–  Well said. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by today and sharing about Threadbare, Bethany.

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About Threadbare

ThreadbareWhat happens when your gift turns against you?

All her life Bess has known the magic streams around her, waves of power she can draw from to wield the gift of magical threads. Now the youngest member of a team of Anchors, she helps protect the city streets from Drifters—energy thieves who prey on the life force of ordinary humans.

But when a battle leaves Bess’s threads in an irreparable tangle, she is faced with an agonizing choice: sever her threads and lose her magic forever—or be slowly consumed by her own power.

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