I am thrilled to welcome Jennifer Hinsman, Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight” Author, on today’s stop of her blog tour. Jennifer (Jenny) is an amazingly supportive member of RRBC who generously promotes fellow authors. I consider it an honour to shine the “Spotlight” on her today.
With much joy, I introduce Jennifer Hinsman!
‘How do you come up the story?’
This is a question I get a lot from friends, family and fans.
My love for writing comes from my love for reading. Books have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up watching my mom read all the time; I cannot remember a time in my life where my mom was not reading a book. I was also very fortunate to have wonderful teachers that had a love for reading and dissecting stories.
Ideas for stories come from events, places, people and even dreams from everyday life. I try to tap into emotions I get from music, art and even other books to create stories that I enjoy and hope others will as well. Once I write an idea down I try to set up the scene, like one you would see in a movie. I picture the background, the lighting, the mood, the characters, even the scent and feel of the scene. It may start as just be a brief dialogue between two characters and then I build around it. I ask myself after I write the scene, how did the characters get there? What is their relationship? Why are their personalities this way? Where will the story/scene take them? What is exciting about this? Are there answers? It is quite thrilling for me to find the answers!
The process for me is fun and I think that is the key, if I felt stressed or pressured my enthusiasm would wane. I try not to worry about spelling, grammar or those types of things when the story is really flowing because it slows me down and that can all be fixed later. I think the reader would be able to tell if the author was not passionate and excited about the story being told.
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Jenny graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in business. She currently resides in Michigan with her husband, two sons, a furry son (pet dog) and a furry daughter (pet cat). Jenny is an avid reader and loves to escape with a great book. She is a huge animal lover and supports rescue organizations that help save all kinds of four-legged family members and more. All of her family pets have been rescues.