Monday, September 13, 2010

Author Interview: Denise Jaden

Happy Monday lovely Readers! Today's guest is Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith. Denise is stopping by today as a part of her official blog tour. To see her other blog stops and find out about the contest Denise is hosting stop by Denise Jaden's website at What I can tell you is that leaving comments on today's post would be a very good idea. :)

1.Tell us a little about yourself.

I've been writing for close to six years. Aside from writing, I'm a professional Polynesian dancer and a homeschooling mom. I've held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including church secretary, fried chicken cook, and mushroom farmer.

2.What got you started writing? What brought you to YA?

I started journaling just over six years ago, and somehow, accidentally, turned my journal into a story. Once the story and characters became fictional, I had so much fun I couldn't stop.

Even though my first novel was officially written for the adult market, I've come to realize that my writing voice has always leaned toward YA. The inner teen in me is very strong!

3.Tell us about your most recent/ upcoming release?

LOSING FAITH is about a teen, Brie Jenkins, who is on a quest to solve the mystery of her sister's death. Through her journey, clues about her late, so-called predictable sister lead Brie to some very unexpected places.

4.Do you plot out in advance, or just start writing and see where things go from there?
I've been a plotter and a panster, but now I prefer plotting. Even though my outlines are very long and involved (the last one was 33,000 words), I'm not afraid to stray from them, even if it takes me in a brand new direction. I do like having the outline to come back to when I'm stuck though.

5.Many authors have told me their characters talk to them, and sometimes even have different ideas of where the story should go than the author. Do you hear your characters?
I'm very close to my characters. I have a theatre background, and I'd say I "become" my characters more than "hear" them. I slip into character. This is one reason that I hate being interrupted while writing.

6.Who is your favorite character (of your own)?
Unfair question! I really, really love all my characters, but okay, if I HAD to name one, I'd say Tessa Lockbaum. Tessa was not in my very involved outline for LOSING FAITH, but just showed up in the writing and took over every scene she was in.

7.What hobbies do you have when you're not writing?
As I mentioned, I'm a Polynesian dancer, which I love. Aside from that, parenting, and reading, there really isn't time for much else.

8.If you had not become a writer what would you have done instead?
I think I'd be living my life in quite a similar way. Except I'd have more free time.

9.Where can readers find you online?
My website is the best place to find me - and readers can also find links to my Facebook, Blog, and Twitter on there.

10.Your turn. What question do you have for readers of Want My YA?
I love to hear about recent favorite books. I'm always on the lookout for great reads.

Thanks so much for the interview, Heather!

Thanks for visiting Denise! Remember readers stop by Denise's website to find out where else she'll be in the coming days. And leave those comments! :)


Anonymous said...

See, everyone has a teen inside. We are all teen in spirit. :)

These days there are lots of YA books. Vampires, werewolves, angels, fallen angles, etc, etc. But I also love contemporary books, sometimes it's good to read those books, you know, normal and not paranormals. The thing with paranormal books is that they make you want to live in that world and make you wish you had those hero friends, enemies and powers. *sighs*

YA books rock!!! :D

The book I'm dying to read right now is yours, of course, really. Then there is "Nevermore" by Kelly Creagh. I've heard some really fantastic reviews about Nevermore that I really think I've fallen in love with the book before reading it, lol. You guys should check it out. :)

Happy Monday everyone! :)

Marj Nesbitt said...

Great interview - such a busy gal!

Edna said...

Thanks for the interview!

My two recent YA reads were The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. Both were fantastic! In the other genres I read, I liked Toni Blake's Sugar Creek and I'm currently reading Ilona Andrews' Magic Burns which is great.

Renkellym said...

I'm glad you ended up choosing YA!

For paranormal YA, my latest favorite is Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White. For contemporary, anything by John Green or Laurie Halse Anderson (thought you've already read all her books!). I've also recently enjoyed Sea by Heidi Kling and The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

Thanks for the interview!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I think Denise is the first author (that I've heard/read) that kind of becomes the characters. It's really interesting and I could see how interruptions could disrupt the writing flow with that.

As for books, I agree with Renkellym - Paranormalcy was an excellent read. I recently read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and that was incredible too.

Thanks for the interview :D

Denise Jaden said...

Thanks for all your comments and book suggestions, everybody! And thanks again for hosting me here at Want My YA!!

Kristen said...

Ooo my all time fave teen books are all by Francesca Lia Block, I suggest you read any and everything by her! :)

I also really really really enjoyed The Maze Runner by James Dashner and am dying to get my hands on the second in the series - The Scorch Trials which I believe comes out in October.

Shari Green said...

Recent faves include THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE (Jandy Nelson), THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE (Val Peterson), and SEA (Heidi R. Kling). (And LOSING FAITH, but I think you might've read that one, Denise!)

donnas said...

Great interview. I recently read and really liked Infinite Days.

HeatherMarie said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Glad you all enjoyed the interview. :) Thanks again for including me in your blog tour Denise!

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

I second the recommendation for 'The Sky is Everywhere' -- I really adored it. 'Twenty Boy Summer' came out last year, but I just read it recently and it was fabulous. 'North of Beautiful' is one of my all-time faves.