Gina’s Writer’s Weblog
At the moment we’re chatting with YA writer and fellow YA Misfit, Jenny Kaczorowski!
Jenny paints some seriously lovely (and typically really creepy) photos together with her phrases (you’ll be able to read extra about them by clicking her name up above), is a mom to 2 of essentially the most adorable mini-Misfits on the planet, and is at the moment looking for her dream agent. You possibly can follow her on Twitter at @JennyKacz. She’s also a incredible cheerleader and an excellent sweet particular person, and I am very glad she agreed to speak with us about her model spankin’ new draft, THE EXTRAORDINARY Artwork OF FALLING!
G: You simply finished your latest ms, THE EXTRAORDINARY Artwork OF FALLING. Congrats! *Applause Applause* Inform us a bit of bit about it and what impressed you to jot down it.
J: Thank you! I’m so excited about this story! It taught me rather a lot about myself and how I write. Positively a mission that made me develop. THE Artwork OF FALLING is my first try at a straight YA contemporary romance. It grew out of a fantasy MS I’m working on (Signal HILL). I wrote a number of scenes for a secondary plot, however the relationship between the two characters shortly overshadowed the main story arc and i knew I wanted to chop it. I had about 10k that I knew wouldn’t work for Signal HILL, but I didn’t know what to do with these scenes. I don’t write contemp, so I set them apart. Then in December, I had a late night Twitter chat with two of my fellow YA Misfits that led to me sending two of the cut (kissing) scenes. I hadn’t thought of those characters in months, but I couldn’t get them out of my head. I left my laptop computer at residence whereas we visited household over the vacations and of course that’s when the muse struck!
THE Art OF FALLING is the story of Bria, a high school senior who wears combat boots, dyes her hair purple and is getting ready for art college. However when she falls for her best friend’s brother, Ben, she begins questioning the trail everyone assumes she’ll take. Ben is the highschool quarterback, Mr. Reputation, the crush of each woman in the school. The kind of boy women like Bria are too cool to like. With application deadlines looming, she has to determine if she’s brave sufficient to defy everyone’s expectations to blaze her own path in life and in love.
G: Okay then. I’m offered. You normally write darkish (and gorgeous) YA. Was it difficult to step outside your comfort zone for this story
J: I was SO intimidated by the thought of writing contemp romance. I was scared I couldn’t make a narrative exciting without some form of otherworldly aspect. It’s easy to create drama when you can simply toss in another supernatural baddie. However once I started writing, this was the best story I’ve ever written. I do know these characters. I wrote the whole thing in a month. It took me 9 months to get a (Rough) rough draft of Sign HILL completed!
Two things modified for me while writing FALLING. First, I realized that all fiction is fantasy. The idea that each one contemp is sad or bland or ordinary is unsuitable. I’ve liked quite a lot of contemp stories so I don’t know why I had this hang up about writing it. This is story is simply as much a fantasy as every other story I’ve written, just a different flavor. It’s a chance to step into another pair of shoes and lived in a world different from my own. Even when it seems like my world and behaves like my world, it’s still an escape from reality.
The second factor that modified is that I found this story. I don’t know if I’ve another contemp in me. My heart nonetheless belongs to fantasy. However this story needed to be informed this way. It couldn’t be just a secondary storyline in one thing else. Writing was effortless as a result of I really like this story and these characters so much. It’d happen once more. It won’t. But I can’t let style dictate the tales I need to inform.
G: You also talked about this was your first try at a “fast draft.” What was your timing/word depend goal and did you meet it (And more essential, how did you pull it off being a working mother of a toddler and a newborn !)
J: It was a loopy month! My son is 2 ½ (turning 3 in Could) and my daughter was born in October. I mainly wrote nothing while pregnant together with her. It was a rough pregnancy and that i slept as a lot as humanly doable with a toddler. After she was born, I felt so much better and couldn’t wait to get back to writing with a useful brain! I completed Sign HILL in December and set it off to my CPs. I assumed I’d take a break after that, however when i began jotting down ideas for FALLING, I knew I wished to write it quick.
I began writing on January 2, the day after we flew again after the vacations. By the next day, I had over 5k written. I determined to attempt to put in writing a 50k draft by February 1. I’m a sluggish author. I analysis and edit as I am going. I actually solely write when my children are napping. On my greatest days I get three hours to jot down, but normally it’s more like 1-2. Plus, I began back at my day job in January (I make money working from home as a non-profit grant writer).
However I do know I can write 1k in an hour IF I focus. I set of purpose of 1,600 phrases a day. There have been days I wrote more, days I wrote much less, but I truly managed to get a decent rough draft completed by my deadline! It was fully exhausting. I typed at the very least 1/three with my thumbs on my cellphone using Evernote (it syncs to my laptop). But I completed! And that i don’t suppose it sucks. I’m nonetheless waiting to listen to from my first CP 😉
I’ve talked a bit extra about my process on my weblog (http://jennykaczorowski.blogspot.com/2013/02/completed.html and http://jennykaczorowski.blogspot.com/2013/01/time.html), so I won’t get into an excessive amount of element, however principally, if I can do it, anyone can! Not that you must or ought to feel guilty in the event you don’t – remember I’d barely written in a yr – but it surely is feasible in order for you it bad sufficient.
G: You seriously impress me, lady. How long have you been writing and what made you determine to pursue publication
J: I’m a kind of obnoxious “I’ve written since I might hold a pencil” folks. I remember making up stories for my sister after we were young sufficient that our mom still washed our hair. However I’ve been attempting to put in writing novels since I was about 16. My first two YA MSs (a high fantasy and a gritty contemp about homeless teenagers) have been unhealthy sufficient I knew not to query them. But then within the publish-Twilight world, I shared my urban fantasy (originally titles GUARDIAN) with a friend. She loved it. I entered the pitch in a contest and acquired a full request. I edited, queried and contested it till finally shelving it final fall. I’ve all the time dreamed of being a writer, of seeing my name on the spines at bookstores, and I’d hoped that MS could be the one. It isn’t and that was laborious, however I’ve saved writing. I got a lot nice feedback on my UF – it’s simply a troublesome genre to promote right now. My hope is to promote one thing else and ultimately have the ability to get that book out as soon as the tendencies die down and publishers are keen to look at it once more.
G: What do you think is the most important advice for fellow writers in the querying stage
J: Keep writing. I want I’d taken this to coronary heart sooner. I spent a variety of time try to remake my UF regardless of several brokers telling me they loved my writing, but couldn’t promote UF. It’s vey arduous to see new books popping up on shelves while brokers are telling you it’s a useless style. However publishing is a really, very slow moving machine. There’s an enormous lag between when an agent indicators a author and when that guide, IF it sells, is launched.
Somebody once instructed me the smartest thing to do if you ship your first query is to begin your next ebook. There’s so much wisdom in that. It’ll keep your writing skills sharp. It’ll offer you extra to offer an agent should she or he ask for extra. It’ll keep you from obsessing over your inbox.
KEEP WRITING. No matter how laborious it is. Irrespective of how a lot you believe in your MS. Keep writing, keep reading, keep rising.
G: What do you try for whenever you write In other phrases, what are the stuff you hope to listen to out of your readers
J: Memorable characters. The kind that invade your thoughts and you can’t cease fascinated with, even after you reach the top. Once I caught my child sister sketching characters from my UF and that’s probably the most profitable I’ve ever felt as a author. I want to write stuff you don’t want to put down. The kind of books that keep you up previous your bedtime.
G: As a result of I’m meals-obsessed, I have to ask: Favorite flavor of ice cream Favourite type of cookie Any food you completely positively can’t live with out
J: I can solely pick one You’re killing me. Ice cream is one among my favorite issues ever. I labored in a gourmet ice cream store in school. It was awesome. If I HAD to select, a really prime quality French vanilla. You’ll be able to tell loads a couple of model of ice cream by their vanilla.
Cookies.. I make white chocolate chip cookies which might be killer. However normally I’m going for brownies over cookies.
Food I can’t dwell with out could be cheese. I like cheese in just about any kind. I used to be a vegan for some time in high school and that i do not know how I lived with out it.
G: And, final query. How would you fill in this clean If I see _____ in another YA novel, I will scream.
J: gradient hair color A lady who insists she by no means wants to fall in love or get married or have children, then falls in love, gets married and has kids at the end of the collection.
I’m fortunately married and I really like my children and whereas that wasn’t actually on my radar in high school, I wasn’t vehemently opposed to the thought. Now it appears that’s the new solution to make your character robust and unbiased. If that’s how she feels, high quality. I’m good with that. But when you’re simply going to have her change her thoughts at the top, just don’t.
Thanks Jenny! Better of luck with your new projects and we hope you’ll come back and share your success story whenever you bowl over your Dream Agent!