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JK Allen received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. She wrote her first story when she first learned how to write and hasn’t looked back since. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity, everyday magic, and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Several of her short stories and four poems are featured in anthologies, and Angelborn is her debut novel. She is currently working on the trilogy as well as several shorts, while researching for a new series in the works. Her reading tastes are as varied as the genres she enjoys writing, from Jane Austen to J.K. Rowling. When she’s not writing, you can find her painting, drawing, or lost in another world between the pages of a book. Or on Facebook.
Q: How are you?
A: Busy! But in a good way. Gearing up for the release of Angelborn, working on the third book in the series, and working for OWS Ink of course.
Q: On a cold day: coffee, tea, cocoa, or something a bit stronger, and why?
A: Coffee. I live for caffeine.
Q: What is the current book you are promoting?
A: Angelborn. It’s my debut novel and the first in the series. It’s about a high school girl who thinks she’s just a normal teen until she gets a bruise that won’t fade and starts having strange dreams. She’s thrust into a world she never knew existed and has to stay out of the hands of a powerful demon while also keeping her loved ones safe.
Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: Ginny, the protagonist. She gets aspects of her personality from me so I can definitely relate to her. Though we are different.
Q: Who is your least favorite character and why?
A: Probably Ari. He’s arrogant and prejudiced. It’s how he was raised, but I don’t have to like it.
Q: Dessert: cake or pie and why?
A: Cake. Preferably chocolate.
Q: What is your next project?
A: Well, the sequel, Heavenfire, is with the publisher waiting to start the editing process. I am currently working on writing the third book in the series. So far it’s planned to be a trilogy, but I’m leaving it open to other books.
Q: What is one place you would like to visit and why?
A: I would like to visit my mother’s hometown. I’ve been to other places in her home country, but I would love to see where she came from even though it’s vastly different from when she was there.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
A: This is a hard one to answer. My first response is to say Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. My second answer would be Hermione.
Q: If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
A: To make everyone more empathetic and compassionate. This world would be a very different place if everyone could empathize with each other.
Q: How do you write your books?
A: I am a plotter, so I begin by developing my characters and building my scene list before I start. Then I write my scenes and chapters, always out of order. That’s the great thing about having a scene list, you can skip around and avoid writer’s block.
Q: What is your comfort food?
Q: Who inspires your writing?
A: All of my favorite authors from a wide array of genres.
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: Jane Austen. She’s so great at developing characters that are real to you and making everyday life exciting and thrilling as you wait to find out what happens next.
Q: What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
A: Write first, edit later. It’s so important to just get the first draft out and let yourself create before you put the editor hat on. It’s a totally different way of thinking and analyzing, so it’s important not to jump the gun and start getting critical too soon.
Q: What is one thing you hate about being a writer?
A: I love editing for other people, but do not like editing my own stories. So I would say that’s my least favorite part of writing.
Q: If you could never write again, what would you do?
A: I would still be an editor, helping other people make the best stories possible.
Q: What is your favorite word?
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