Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Author Interview: Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder lives in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband and two children. She finds great joy in blank notebooks and a smooth writing pen.
*Bio taken from Jennifer's blog
What drew you to the young adult genre? Have you always written YA or was there some moment that inspired you to write from a teenagers POV?
I've always read YA novels, so writing YA just came naturally.
Shattered Soul is a very dark story, with a lot of pain in it. Were there any scenes that you found extremely hard to write?
Yes, there were a lot of scenes I found hard to write and all for different reasons.
On an emotional level, (highlight for a little spoilery info) the scene in which Seth visits Ali and realizes she's been using all by herself. This was a heartbreaking scene for me to write because it appeared so vividly in my mind that it almost felt real in a sense. It's a scene that I felt really shows the type of person Seth is and how deeply rooted his feelings for Ali had become.

As a writer, the ending was also difficult. Not because, as readers have said, the ending was so shocking, but because I actually wrote another ending first and it just never felt 100% right to me. It wasn't until a few weeks before I sent Shattered Soul off to my editor that I came up with the current ending, which I felt would leave the reader with more weight and more feeling a story about issues this serious deserved.
I totally did not see the ending coming. I figured something big would happen, but wow. Just wow. It really does leave the reader with a heavier feeling and lend to the seriousness involved.
 
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You write teenage boy very well. Did you do a lot of eavesdropping at the mall or something, or did it just come naturally?
Thank you. Seth's voice did just come naturally. I actually sat down with a spiral bound notebook and a pen and wrote out the first four chapters in a day.
I'm pretty sure many writers are jealous right now. Four chapters in a day! You're a beast :)
 
Is there any book you always recommend to others? What are some of your favorites?
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking is one of my top recommendations to others. I LOVED that book! Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice and Blood And Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause are two of my all time favorites, but I have recently read a lot of good ones. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire to name a few. 
The Hunger Games is absolutely amazing. I'm happy you got around to reading it. I've never read anything by Amanda Hocking, but Hollowland has been on my wishlist. I'll probably get it soon.

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Are you working on anything right now? Should we expect more dark and gritty stories in your future?
Yes, I'm currently finishing up a project titled TOUCH. It's a YA Paranormal Romance Novella I'll be releasing this Fall that I'm super excited about! Also, you can be expecting more dark and gritty stories from me in the future. I've been jotting down ideas for a future novel as of recently.
Good to hear! I'll definitely be on the lookout for whatever you put out in the future.
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Jennifer Snyder has kindly offered up two copies of Shattered Soul.

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26 comments:

Cary Cheyenne. said...

Love the interview :)

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Jessy said...

I'll have to check out some of the books Jennifer recommended. I haven't heard of any of them other than the Hunger Games.

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angel said...

Great interview, thanks for the giveaway
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Lisa_Gibson said...

Great interview! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
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Steph said...

Great interview! Loved the questions! :)

Let's Evaluate said...

Great interview! And thanks for hosting this giveaway, it sounds really good.

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brookea_2006 said...

Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

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ForbiddenDreams said...

Great interview! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

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Enjoyed the interview, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

Vivien said...

Great interview!
Thanks again :)

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Martha Lawson said...

This book sounds absolutely awesome. I really enjoyed the interview. Please enter me.

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Cristina said...

Awesome interview. The book sounds so interesting.
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Bethie said...

Thanks for the interview.

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Alicia said...

Sounds like a great book!! I thank you for the book recomendations!!

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Chrisbails said...

Great interview. this book looks great and would love to read. Jennifer is a new author for me and am always looking for new books to read.
thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
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Tore said...

Great interview. I would love to read Jennifer's book. They sound very good and interesting. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

joannie said...

Hi i have this book on my list and it sounds great. I am like jennifer i have all amanda hockings book and i thinks her books are good different. thanks for the giveaway. joannie javddmj@aol.con

Bere said...

Fantastic interview, Nikki! Shattered Soul sounds really great. Your review was fantastic and made me want to get this one soon. I'm wicked curious about the ending of this book. I'm already imagining tons of scary things happening. Oooh.

Thanks so much for the contest, Nikki. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed, hehe.
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Saiiツ said...

I would love to read Shattered Soul:) Thanks for the Giveaway!


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Çråz¥ K¥ said...

four chapters in one day...wow
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Aliraluna said...

Ahh I love when is a dark story... I really want to read it! btw great interview it makes me wonder more about the book xD

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Maureen said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Candace said...

This book just sounds amazing and the interview definitely made it sound even better!

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Sayomay said...

thanks for the giveaway! XD
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Hoot said...

Thank you for the author interview. Those are my favorite reviews / posts.

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latishajean said...

This sounds very good would love to read this book! Thank you great giveaway!
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