The National Writing Examiner interviewed Author Jeannie Palmer from Oklahoma. Ms. Palmer, a new author, seems to be learning the ropes quickly. An avid horsewoman, she is also a traumatic brain injury survivor and genuinely all-around engaging individual.
Her title, “No Place to Go” is currently on sale in multiple formats through her publisher, as well as on Kindle, Amazon and PubIt among other resources.
Ms. Palmer’s title is excellent for young adults coping with life changes and familial adjustments. As a young adult advocate, Jeannie shares her love for young people through written works. With recent tragedies in varied states among school-aged children regarding bullying, mental health and other complications of living, this title among other relevant works through Ms. Palmer’s publisher provides a voice young adults and teenagers everywhere benefit from.
Here is an excerpt from the National Writing Examiner’s interview with Ms. Jeannie Palmer:
How long have you been writing?
From the time I could wrap my tiny little fingers around a number two pencil I’ve been composing stories one way or another; initially, picture stories with scribbled little words, then progressing to more detailed writing and fewer pictures. Of course, I’m an author and I love to write.
What made you decide to write?
Working with children especially inspired me because children have stories to tell and so few ears to hear them. I’ve always had a love of stories, whether I was reading them or writing them for others.
What is your day like as a writer—what do you do to get your creative flair stirring?
Early in the morning, between 3:00 a.m. and 5 a.m., I tend to fire up the coffee maker and switch on my computer. This takes place prior to rubbing the sandman from my eyes, once my eyes open, I review the previous day’s notes and ideas. IF you visited my office, you’d find my desk littered with pictures and story ideas I’ve printed out. These spark my imagination and allow me to mentally put myself into a place where thoughts flow more easily.
What is the name of your title?
The name of my title is, “No Place to Go.” This my first novel concerning a young adult coping with a broken marriage. She comes across a talisman which aids her survival discoveries during turbulent emotional times. It is a sort of coming of age story for young adults undergoing all too common stress often involved in living today
Can you share the back-story with us today?
Working with children and spending much of my time with couples that have children, I’m privy to many challenges that face children today. Split families, changing schools, puberty and etc. Watching children interact with adults, I see that often, children aren’t truly being heard. In a voice that transcends generations, I want to reach children, let them know they ARE heard and share their stories in a way they can connect with.
How do you develop your characters (fiction)?
I work much through real life situations to develop characters, personalities and conflicts. Digging deep in my memory, I’m also able to draw upon the child I once was, which really helps me to connect with children today.
Where did you get the idea for this publication (for non-fiction)?
Observing a young girl suffering through a familial split and watching how she dealt with it, I found myself wondering about the emotions she was experiencing, the sense of loss, feelings of abandonment and betrayal. Soon, I was jotting these thoughts and feelings down and eventually found that I had a story in the making.
Where can we find your title?
The easiest venue is my publisher’s website: www.donnaink.org
Who is your publisher?
My publisher is a woman-owned retrofitted traditional publishing house, which features emergent industry trends and higher than average royalties by employing a limited collective trust for their authors. This means a stipend charge-back retainer, which is offset and reimbursed over agreement term and this is not a fee. This is a real publishing house with full-transparency of their operations and oversight of my works in progress and in print.
My publisher (DonnaInk Publications) really cares my book and me. They are also progressive, but appreciate the traditions of publishing. While there have been growing pains, the publisher works with me and publicists efforts don’t at production as is the case with many publishers today.
What I really like is the fast turnaround. My title was signed, edited, published and promoted in under three months in multiple formats. That is “fast,” even in the new digital arena.
Today, they continue to work with me in marketing and public relations, which is what their retainer is for.
Are you finding time to interact with readers?
Yes, most definitely! I truly enjoy social sites and interacting with others. I’m inspired by the people I meet on social network services (SNS). It is really cool, you just never know where your next idea might come from…a casual remark, personal experience, or someone else’s shared story; by engaging often with others I keep the doors to new ideas pen wide
Are you working on a new title?
Yes I am, but it is a secret.
Can you share some insights into your next book, even if it is a secret?
This title is apocalyptic in nature, this book again is based on middle grade children, conflicts in life and challenging situations.
Where can we find you on the Internet?
Presently, at the publisher website: www.donnaink.org.
Web developers should have my Author Website completed by 15 February 2013, the address will be: www.jeanniepalmer.com.
Are you attending events?
My publisher just developed my marketing plan, which involves a series of events including book fairs, festivals, signings and etc.; yes, my title has been available in print long before my website and marketing plan!
Do you see international sales for your work?
This is up to my publisher; however, I would enjoy seeing my title sell internationally. This story is not just ONE girl’s story, it’s EVERY girl’s story.
Will it be available in audio format?
Again, my publisher intends for audiobook development to take place in 2013. Additionally, my title should become an app in the near future. Presently, “No Place to Go” is available in eBook and trade print.
Thank you Ms. Palmer for sharing insights into your writing career and new title. The National Writing Examiner wishes you every success!
You can reach Ms. Jeannie Palmer at:
Publisher Sponsored Author Jeannie Palmer Blog: http://jeanniepalmer.wordpress.com
Publisher sponsored Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeannie-Palmer-Publisher-Page
Publisher Sponsored Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorshattered
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