SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m pleased to bring you author Jenn Nixon. Welcome to Watch Out, it is so great to have you here.
Thank you so much for having me!
SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
I’m a Jersey Girl, born and raised with a twisted and sometimes dark sense of humor. I mostly write suspense and science fiction, with a dash or sometimes a shot of romance.
SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?
My current releases are three spicy novellas from Tease Publishing: Wild & Wicked, Chance of a Storm, and Trust Me, Tell Me. They revolve around the unusual relationship between former Detective Mason Storm and Veronica Chance, the daughter of a prominent military man.
SC: Which do you prefer eBooks or paperback?
Personally I still read the majority of books in paperback, but I have been transitioning to eBooks for about two years now. I will probably always read in both formats, I’m a little old school even though I’m a techie.
SC: Your favourite part about being an author?
Meeting other authors and readers. A couple of years ago I would probably say writing the story, it is one of my favourite parts, but talking about writing, stories, and characters with other people has been much more fun and exciting.
SC: What is your view on authors jumping into self publishing their books?
I think it’s wonderful if they can pull it off. It’s tough, you have to be writer, editor, book cover designer publisher and marketer (or pay for it all) and it’s not easy. You need lots of time and money to promote the books because you have no publishing house behind you.
SC: Have you ever self published a book and or would you consider ever self publishing?
I have self published one book on Amazon. It’s a children’s Sci-Fi book. Mainly, I put it up because people asked me for it but I didn’t promote it very widely, just wanted to give friends the chance to read it. I may self-publish again, but I would like to be established with publishing houses before I do.
SC: As a reader how much do reviews impact your view about a book you want to read?
Aside from the authors I always have on my TBR list, I tend to read the bad reviews of a popular book first before I attempt to read it. Why? I’m a picky reader. It’s sad, but very true. Over the last five years my writer’s eye has taken over, and I want to know what people think the weakest or worst parts of the book are before I decide to take a look. However, for the most part, I can read the first few pages and decide if I want to keep reading or not.
SC: What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?
The romance I write, if I do, in any book isn’t typical. I am a romantic at heart, but I’m also a realist. I do enjoy a Happy Ever After, but I want it to be real and believable, and always consider it a Happy New Beginning because in my head, their story always continues on some level.
SC: Any advice for new writers out there?
If writing is your dream, don’t give up. The best thing you can do is learn the craft. There is A LOT to learn but plenty of it can be found online. Join a writer’s group, any writer’s group, they are fantastic. Most important: keep writing.
SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?