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Jen Barton

I am a mom, author of the middle grade fantasy, Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell, and a lover of life's ironies. I was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of my life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, I moved to California. With two cars my husband and I moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and our 10-year old daughter across the country. I count the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of my best experiences to date. In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, I realized my childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. I've been writing ever since. When not taxiing my teenage daughter hither and yon, I love reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite). For more info. see www.fionathornbook.com

Story: Movin' On Up

Interview

Each week authors will be given a new question to answer which will lend additional insight into their story and writing process. Do you have a question you'd like to see the authors answer? Tweet it to @aNextAuthor!

Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
"Show, don't tell" is always there as I'm creating a scene or editing. I want the reader as close as possible to Anne Mercer. That increases the chances that they'll feel something, and ultimately that's my goal.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I jump right in...and then wish I'd done an outline. :) I love the potential of the first page, of not knowing what the characters are capable of yet. But an outline keeps me focused. I need that too.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
Anything someone says about your writing is precious, especially as an indie author. It means they've taken the time to read your words. I've learned to embrace it, good and bad, as honest feedback.
Q:
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
A:
I would answer a small plot point question that was mentioned in a review. It was a valid point. Other than that, I'm still happy with it.

Reviews

debbie-penna

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JEN, LOVED THE STORY, BROUGHT BACK SUCH MEMEORIES OF MY MOM...GOOD LUCK, IT IS A WINNER

7Spaniels

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I loved this tender story of one woman's struggle and triumph over the vagaries of aging. I smiled, I laughed and I cried.

spikethebunny

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wow! Jen got my vote!
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