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Jan 18, 2013

Q&A with Jen Minkman + Giveaway

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Jen Minkman, author of Shadow of Time has stopped by Books Over Boys for an author Q&A plus a giveaway!

What about writing captivates you the most?
The fact that you can create entire worlds of your own, and that sometimes the people you write about even start doing things you don’t expect. It is almost like magic.

What inspired you to write Shadow of Time?
Reading New Moon and realizing that Bella wouldn’t end up with the hunky Native American in the end. I had my mind set on writing a paranormal romance novel where the girl would end up with someone from that background!

Did you write any other stories before Shadow of Time was published?
Yes, I wrote some stories in Dutch and won some writing contests. The first book I published in Holland is a chicklit called Back to School!, but I doubt that will become available in English.

How long did it take you to write Shadow of Time?
About nine months of non-stop writing and research.

What’s your favorite quote from Shadow of Time?
Hannah: ‘When you fall for someone, you fall for someone. You can’t help it.’

How much did the story change from the first draft to the final copy?
Oh, loads. The first draft was way too long! I scrapped about 2/3rd of the story, leaving the storyline intact, but editing out some secondary characters and a lot of scenes that explained more about the Navajo culture and history but didn’t really add to the storyline.

What was the hardest part of writing Shadow of Time?
Making sure I looked up every little thing about the Navajo culture so I wouldn’t describe anything wrong. The last thing I wanted was to create a stereotypical Native American as a male lead, so I had to do a lot of research. I even taught myself how to speak their language at a basic level.

What’s one thing you learned during the process of getting Shadow of Time published?
How hard it is to become a published writer when nobody knows you and you write in a genre that is only popular in your home country (in my case, Holland) when it is guaranteed to make money. For instance, any Dutch publisher in his right mind would prefer to invest in having Stephenie Meyer’s work translated into Dutch and publish that than putting effort into marketing an unknown Dutch author writing in the same genre. But I also learned another thing: never give up. In the end, I did manage to find a publisher for my work in Holland. Of course, the English edition was a lot easier to publish (apart from the editing, designing and uploading-to-Amazon process) because that is my self-pubbed translation of my book into English. No traditional publisher was involved in getting my book on the market in Anglophone countries.

When you’re not writing, you’re ________?
Reading, most of the time :) Or watching movies or making music.

What are your best author moments?
The first time people e-mailed me because they saw my picture in the local newspaper or wrote to me saying they loved my book so much. I don’t care how many people read my book (although it’s nice if many people do!) – I just want to touch their hearts in some way with my work.

If this was twitter, how would you pitch Shadow of Time in 140 characters or less?
I tried and tried and I can’t do it. Not in 140 characters. I hope that doesn’t make me a bad writer...!

What is one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring authors?
Never give up. Finish your story, and then have the guts to have other people read it and criticize it so you can edit it to perfection!

Shadow of TimeTitle: Shadow of Time
Author: Jen Minkman
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: January 1, 2013

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

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About the Author:

jen minkman
Jen was born in Alphen aan den Rijn, and moved at the age of 19 to The Hague for her studies at the Hague University. After an exchange, internship and master's in Salzburg, Brussels and Cambridge she returned to The Hague and became an English teacher at a secondary school in Voorburg.

In her spare time she plays piano, guitar and violin (not all at once, of course ;). Also they prefer to read a hundred books a year in her favorite genre, paranormal romance, and preferably also writes a few. With each book she writes, makes them a soundtrack, because music is always an important role played by its creativity - whether it's drawing, reading or writing went. The right music sets the right tone.

Find Jen Minkman online: Website | Facebook

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