October 30, 2011

my first author interview & other stuff!

my first author interview is at book baby's blog! it's a new blog, but she's awesome, so go show her some love. plus, she took the time to read & review my book and then still wanted to interview me!

http://book-baby.blogspot.com/2011/10/in-dreams-by-j-sterling-about-book.html#comments

it was fun! i like interviews... clearly, i just like talking about myself. ha.

i've been writing lately. or at least trying too. it sucks when you sit down to write and then it just feels all wrong. forced. that's when i have to turn off the computer and walk away. some days, you just can't write. then i spend the rest of the day feeling guilty for not writing.

wtf? my brain is so annoying.

i spent yesterday at the beach! i love love love the beach. it's one of my most favorite places to be... the ocean, the sound of the waves, the water... <3! i also love to take pictures, so combine those 2 loves and you get pics! of the beach & sea creatures! lol :)

dillon beach sunset

beach4-web

sunset

dillon beach

the rocky weirdness that is nor cal beaches


happy halloween everyone!!!!!!! :)

October 19, 2011

the Fear of writing

you know what's funny? ever since i've written and published my book, SO MANY PEOPLE have come out of the woodwork to tell me that they've always wanted to write a book. they have a story to tell. whether it's non-fiction based, or fiction- they can't let the story go.

so then i ask every one of them the same question... "well why haven't you?"

and you know what's the most interesting part? every.single.one of them has the same type of response, "i'm afraid of rejection." "what if people hate it?" "i'm terrified to put my thoughts out there." "it's scary to be judged."

and they are totally right.

i mean, it IS terrifying.

but the best part for me (or maybe worst part depending on how you look at it), was that those thoughts never even crossed my happy little mind until AFTER i'd already released the book and put it into the universe.

only once i realized that other people were actually reading it, did i want to throw up constantly. that fear of rejection crept in and with each rating, email, text message, review i got- i was terrified that people were going to hate the story i created.

i guess i never realized how truly personal writing a story can be. even when it's completely fictional. it still comes from somewhere inside of you. and "In Dreams" came from somewhere deeply buried within my subconscience. not to mention my heart, soul and what feels like my guts.

so i'll be honest- when people don't like it, it freaking hurts. and while my mind constantly reminds me that i can't please everyone and that of course people are going to hate it and think it sucks- my emotions go through the ringer each time it happens. i'm sure i'll get better at letting that type of criticism go- but it's still hard. and it makes me question what the hell i'm doing sometimes. like what i'm thinking.... writing books- you're an idiot jenn, look, these people hate what you wrote, why would you keep writing?

so i get why people who want to write books are scared to. i understand where the fear comes from. but you have to think- who are you writing for? i mean, i didn't honestly write this book pandering towards one group of readers or another. i didn't really write this book FOR other people. i wrote it for myself. because i wanted to write it. i had a story i had always wanted to tell and i finally had the time to tell it. so if you have a book that has been inside of you for years (like this book has been for me) and it hasn't gone away, you should give it life. even if it's just for you. write it, put it out there, and you never know what might happen. other people might actually L O V E it. and how fantastic would that be? :)

listen, i know i haven't written some amazingly beautiful piece of prose. i've never taken a writing class, i don't know anything about how to realistically write a book the way a professional writer would tell you how. i probably break all the "rules" when it comes to book writing. but if you want to know the truth- i don't want to write exactly like everyone else. i don't want to follow some formula.

all i know is that i write with my heart. i try to tell stories that make people feel something. i write the way i talk. i write stories i'd want to read. i try to create main characters that i'd fall in love with, want to be friends with, or at least not want to throw off a cliff.

i'm over the freaking moon when people enjoy the story i've written. that fills my heart with happiness. sincerely. the same way that my heart breaks a little when people don't like it, or think it's complete crap.

but i'm happy that i didn't really think about those parts before i published the book- because i might not have.

the same way some of you aren't writing or putting your book out there.

but we all have to remember, that no one else can love what we've written if we don't share it with them. no one else can learn from our lessons, meet our characters, or fall in love with the perfect guys we create, if we don't put our books out there. what if every musician, singer, movie maker, writer, tv producer... what if they were all too scared to put their final product out there because of their fear of rejection?

we'd have nothing to watch or listen too.

bottom line of this post- YES, it hurts when people don't like your book. but i can't even tell you what it feels like when people DO like it.

so write. it's worth it.

xoxo J


October 18, 2011

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October 17, 2011

The In-Betweens!

so i finished the first draft of "chance encounters" and i don't know.... something is missing. or something doesn't feel right. i really need to think on it a bit and then FIX IT! :)

but in the meantime, i've realized that if a story is about people in their early 20's, then it isn't technically considered "young adult" anymore, right?

so i've decided to create a new category of books! because i truly don't feel that my books are ADULT, adult books. i still feel like they are young adult, they're just older. like twenty- somethings! so i've decided to call the books where the main characters are just out of college, THE IN-BETWEENS. and i've categorized them that way on my BOOKS page.

so we've got the standard young adults books, and the in-betweens! make sense? stupid idea? ah, who cares- i'm trying it out!

xoxo have a great week!
-j


October 10, 2011

Looking for Bloggers to Review my book!

Okay! so i'm looking for amazon reviewers.. or nook reviewers.. or reviewers on goodreads, facebook, bloggers, etc to read and review my book!

you don't have to be a book blogger- you can be a mom blogger, a non mom blogger, a groupie, a sports nut, a life blogger, a fashionista blogger- i don't care! but i'd love to have normal, everyday people read my book and then talk about it on their blog! :)

if you're interested in getting an E-READER version ONLY at this time (it's just way too expensive for me to continue sending out paperbacks), leave me your email address in the comments section of this blog post and i'll get back to you!

and THANK YOU! :)


xoxoxo jenn

October 7, 2011

New! Magical! Website!

i feel like my freaking eyes are bleeding. gross, huh?

but it's because i've been staring at this computer non stop for HOURS, designing and redesigning my website! :)

i hope you like the new look! it feels more FUN to me! more filled with magic, and hopes and dreams and fantasy!!! which is what reading books is for, right?

i'm working on new banners for all my book pages- but other than that, the design is done. i hope you like it! :)