jennifer jabaley
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Did you always know you wanted to write?

A: I think most authors do know from an early age that they want to be a writer. But the honest truth is I did not. I always excelled at math and science classes therefore I pursued my strengths. While my abilities lie within my left brain, I've always felt my passions were more right sided—creativity, art and imagination. It was only after working in a left brained occupation that I felt the strong desire to balance my life with creativity and decided to pursue writing.

Who were your favorite authors as a child and who are your favorite authors now?

A: I have always loved to read. As a child I devoured Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume and Lois Lowry, to name a few. As an adult my tastes vary all over the map but a few of my favorite authors would be: Sophie Kinsella, Emily Giffin, Sarah Dessen, Ann Brashares, Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben and Khaled Hosseini. A few of my favorite books, specifically are Memoirs of a Geisha, She's Come Undone, The Center of Everything, The Nanny Diaries, The Glass Castle. I could go on and on...

When and where do you write?

A: I wrote LIPSTICK APOLOGY during my son's daytime naps. At the time, we were renting a house while ours was being built and I didn't have an office space. So I wrote at the kitchen table. Now, in our new house I have an office set up but somehow I still gravitate to the kitchen table. I write long hand, which shocks a lot of people, but it's how I feel most comfortable. For some reason when I look at a blank computer screen, my brain freezes up. I use regular notebooks and a Bic gel pen. I usually write about three chapters out long hand before I go to the computer and type it in. It's unconventional I'm told, but hey, so am I.

What's the best advice for aspiring writers?

A: Find an idea that really excites you. Writing a novel can be solitary and lengthy. It takes discipline to turn the T.V. off and not surf the internet. You have a much better chance at completing the project if you love the idea. And finish the book before you start to worry about publication.

Where do you get your ideas?

A: Here's the true story how I dreamed up the idea for LIPSTICK APOLOGY: My sister and I are very close. Several years ago she had two children and I had none. She was about to go on her very first vacation without the kids and she was freaking out a little bit. The night before her flight she called me about ten times, each time telling me random information "in case the flight goes down". Yes, she is a bit dramatic like I tend to be. Information about our wills is here...The key to the safety box is here...If you have to sell the house call this person...When the phone rang for the six or seventh time I turned to my husband and said, Can you imagine, the flight would be going down and she would whip out her lipstick and start outlining the kid's schedule and bedtimes on a tray table. My husband laughed and said that would be a great idea for a book. So I grabbed a post it note and scribbled "note on a tray table". I stashed that post-it note in my drawer and didn't see it again until almost a year later when I was packing to move. And that post it note became the inspiration for my story. Important note: although the idea came from real life, there is absolutely no truth to any part of LIPSTICK APOLOGY.

What are you working on now?

A: I'm plugging away on my next project!



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