Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and fiftieth, is of children’s author Jennifer Priester. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/author-spotlights.
Jennifer Priester is the author, artist, and layout designer, publisher, but not editor, of fiction and nonfiction books about animals, the relationship between humans and animals, magic, the supernatural, and superheroes.
She writes in one or more of these genres; fantasy, children’s fiction, short stories, nonfiction, comic books, graphic novels, and sci-fi. Although most of her books are currently unpublished she has written over 200 stories which span approximately 72 books including free on website stories.
Her first published book was the first book in the Mortal Realm Witch series, which is a uniquely written fantasy series for children.
To self publish her books, Jennifer created a company called A & M Moonlight Creations which is a real publishing company that can and may publish other people’s books as well as her own in the future. Besides being a publisher she is also a layout designer for other people’s books. As a layout designer she turns books into either print, eBook format, or both depending on what is requested.
Although she does almost everything in regards to her own books, she does not edit her own work. For editing she has and finds it worth the money to have a professional editor for her books. Then for beta readers she prefers to use both readers in her age range and English teachers. English teachers have been especially important in deciding the age level for her books.
Besides writing she likes to read books, draw, watch TV / movies, play video games, go horseback riding in which she rides both English and Western, spend time with her pets, and spend a lot of time outdoors.
She loves animals and currently owns a Chihuahua called Taco, two Mini Rex rabbits called Chibi and Kojikaki, and a ten year old Goldfish called Pumpkin. She has also owned many pets in the past including many different fish, a Dutch rabbit called Friendly, a Dutch mix called Oreo, a Toy Poodle called CeJaye, and a parakeet called Peekablue. Most of her pets have been rescues and ever since her first rescue pet, Oreo, she is now adoption only when it comes to getting new pets.
Besides pets, Jennifer also has many anipals; animals she doesn’t own but is friends with. One of her favorite anipals is an Appendix Quarter horse called Levi. Other current anipals include: a gray and white shorthair cat called Bengals, a medium haired gray cat that she nicknamed Wildcat because she can never remember his real name and because he was once feral, and a Beagle called Startigan. In the past she has been friends with a shorthaired black cat called Lucky, a gray Arabian horse called Felix, a gray Arabian horse called Sunny, a Chihuahua / Terrier mix called Chloe, and a Poodle / Schnauzer mix called Vera among others.
All of her pets both past and present, and many of her anipals have inspired her to write either nonfiction or fiction about them. The animals that have inspired characters in her fiction stories even have their own dedication page on her website.
Jennifer also has an occasional author blog in which she sometimes blogs about her books and writing, and other times she blogs about more random subjects either relating to animals or books in some way. She can be found on most social networks, most of which can be gotten to through her website, but is most active on Goodreads.
And now from the author herself:
When my Mortal Realm Witch series began developing, I chose a unique path for the series. For one thing, in the end the series will have five main books, three companions, a guidebook, two free eBooks, one cheap eBook, and a comic book style video. Many of the books in the series are told by short stories that connect into each other by characters and timeline, but can easily be read out of order. The series itself can also easily be read out of order. Another thing I chose to do was to develop the characters over the entire coarse of the series, therefore to know exactly who my characters are you would have to read every story and book in which they appear. Another unique thing about my series is that I tell stories how I feel they are told best so some will be in first person, some third, and different characters tell different stories. Then most of the books in the series are told using short stories, such as books 1, 2, and 4, and Companion 2. Companions 1 and 3 are just short stories, although there is one continuing story between part 1 and part 2 of the first companion. And books 3 and 5 in the series are full-length novels. The reason 3 and 5 are full length is because they have the biggest stories to tell. The final unique thing, that I know about, regarding my series is that the action builds in each book. This means that each book in the main series has more action than the last.
Book one is mostly set up for the big action and contains more details than what will be seen in future books. The higher action stories begin at the books turning story of “Wolf Magic.” Although not unique I also feel that with each book I write my writing gets better and because of this as time goes on whatever story I am currently working on seems to become my favorite although I do like every book I write. If I didn’t I wouldn’t publish them.
Now, when thinking of my book don’t think of books like “Harry Potter” when you are reading them, this is not the books they are like and if you are thinking this way you will probably be disappointed, rather think of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” because you will find many more similarities here because Sabrina was one of the biggest influences in the writing of my series. Other books and TV shows such as “The Worst Witch” and “Bewitched” were also big influences.
The Mortal Realm Witch series is aimed for a target audience of ages 8-12, but if you are older and like to read about animals and magic then you may also like the book, I do have some adult fans so you wouldn’t be alone if you were to like it. Anyway, I know it may seem a little confusing about how my series is written because it is hard to explain. If you are interested in learning about the series I strongly suggest visiting the Mortal Realm Witch website in which you can learn about all the books, excluding eBooks, in the series, meet the characters, read a free story, and generally just get a feel for the series. One thing I never thought about when writing my series was how I was going to explain it to people.
You can find more about Jennifer and her writing via…
- Website (Jennifer Priester): www.jenniferpriester.com
- Website (Mortal Realm Witch): www.mortalrealmwitch.com
- Jennifer’s Blog: http://animalsandmagic.wordpress.com
- Publisher website (A & M Moonlight Creations): www.ammoonlightcreations.com
- Article about Jennifer: http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2009/02/03/news/nh417364.txt
- Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Priester/347205725374070
- Facebook (A & M Moonlight Creations): https://www.facebook.com/AMMoonlightCreations
- Google +: https://plus.google.com/114965245287489676857/posts?hl=en-US
- Goodreads (Folder with stories, blog interviews, book excerpts, and more): http://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/167795?group_id=59769
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/animalsandmagic
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ammoonlight/
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jenniferpriester
- Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Priester/e/B00AOFPVLO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
- Amazon Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Mortal-Realm-Witch-Learning-About/dp/193878300X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355409857&sr=8-1&keywords=mortal+realm+witch+learning+about+magic
- Barnes and Noble Book Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mortal-realm-witch-jennifer-priester/1111957728?ean=9781938783005
And I thought I was everywhere! 🙂
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