Next month, my debut ya contemporary Sleeping Around releases to the world on August 3. Eek!
So it meant the absolute world that Jenna Terese—who just published her first novel, Ignite—answered some of my writing and indie publishing questions.
Support Jenna, buy her book, and read her amazing advice for self-publishing authors below.
What if superhumans weren’t considered heroes?
When Scarlett Marley is attacked by an illegal super with fire powers, she doesn’t get burned, but now she has a fire-like glow flickering in her eyes.
With superpowers criminalized, she has no choice but to turn herself over to the Superhuman Containment Facility, or risk hurting everyone she loves.
Her normal life seems lost forever, until she is selected to be one of the first to receive the experimental cure to destroy her powers. In exchange, she must first complete one mission:
Infiltrate and capture one of the largest gangs of supers in the remains of once-great Rapid City.
With the cure and all her future at stake, Scarlett is prepared to do whatever it takes to bring these criminals to justice so she can return to her family. But this gang and their leader, Rez, aren’t what everyone says, and Scarlett begins to question everything she was ever told about the SCF and the fire flowing in her veins.
The cure is her only hope for returning her life to what it was before, but is that life worth returning to after all?
Ignite is a must-read for fans of the Marvel universe.— Sandra Fernandez Rhoads, young adult author of Mortal Sight & Realms of Light
As a writer and soon-to-be debut author myself, I’d love to hear about your writing journey and self-publishing process for Ignite!
1. First and foremost, how does it feel to be a published author?!!
It’s so awesome! But in the midst of all the busyness and work surrounding the book release, I feel like the reality of it hasn’t quite sunk in. But this has been a dream that has stuck with me since I was 8, and it’s so surreal to see it coming true now.
2. How did you fall in love with writing, and when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
My mom read to me and my siblings a lot when we were little. I think that’s when I fell in love with stories. I loved how they could make you feel, how they could draw you in and leave you begging for more. I loved how impactful they were. I started writing my own little stories at 7, and it didn’t take long for the dream of publication to latch on.
3. Why did you decide to self-publish, as opposed to traditionally publish?
I debated over this for years! They both have their own pros and cons, but I chose indie publishing mainly because I wanted to keep creative rights to my stories, and because I loved the business side of it as well.
4. What were the most rewarding and challenging aspects of self-publishing?
The most challenging part of it was probably the editing. It was grueling at times, and caused me to doubt myself on several occasions. But seeing people actually finally read this story that I worked so hard on and tell me how much it has impacted them has been the most rewarding part of this. This story is doing what I dream of all of my stories doing; impacting people’s hearts.
5. Have you always loved superhero stories? And how did the idea for Ignite come to you?
I haven’t always loved the idea of superheroes, but I became a super fangirl as soon as I became a Marvel fan! For years, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of people having powers of some kind. Ignite was partly sparked by an image that stuck in my mind from a movie trailer and another superhero story I tried to write years ago that didn’t go anywhere. It grew from the question, what if people thought superpowers were a bad thing? I was intrigued by this question because of how our world thinks of superpowers as a cool thing, like in Marvel or DC.
6. So Ignite is going to be a duololy, and from reviews I’ve already seen on Goodreads, readers can’t wait to get their hands on book two. Did you plan for book two while planning and writing book one? Have you already written book two? And any hints about when it’s coming?
I did at least have the end of book two figured out by the time I was writing Ignite (just so I knew where I was going). I’m currently working on the first draft of the sequel and can’t wait to share it with readers! I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but in this sequel we will see new characters, returning characters, a new POV, and of course new growth and conflict between the current cast of characters. This is gonna be an exciting one. 😉
7. To wrap it up, what’s your best advice for soon-to-be self-published authors (like me!)?
If you’ve decided to go indie, I firstly want to congratulate you! That is an exciting road, but also a hard one, so that’s so awesome that you’re tackling it. Things will get really tough at times; things won’t go as planned, plans will fall through, goals left unmet. But push through. Remember why you write and why you want to share your story with the world. Remembering that will help you get through those rough seasons.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Morgan!
Remember why you write and why you want to share your story with the world. Remembering that will help you get through those rough seasons.
About the Author
Jenna Terese believes stories are powerful. That’s why she’s dedicated to creating fiction that will impact the world.
You can find this INFP dreaming about the future, fangirling over her favorite books, geeking out about Marvel, playing piano, or sipping a chai tea latte as she writes sci-fi novels.
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Again, show some support to Jenna and her new release Ignite. I know how much work and love goes into writing and publishing a book, and I can’t wait to read Jenna’s. Review coming very, very soon!
(And thank YOU for being on my blog, Jenna!)
Let me know a book by an indie author you’re excited to read in the comments!