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Shop Talk Tuesday with Denise Jaden!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today we have young adult author, Denise Jaden in the cyber chair for a chat!

She’s celebrating a book birthday today for her latest release, NEVER ENOUGH, woo-HOO, congratulations, Denise!

Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special . . . even if it means betraying her sister.

But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?

“A beautiful story…heartbreaking and raw.”- Tara Kelly, author of the award-winning YA novel HARMONIC FEEDBACK

And now that Denise is settled with her favorite coffeehouse beverage, mocha, with real whipped cream . . .

And your favorite snack, seaweed or salt and pepper peanuts . . .

Let’s begin! First off, Denise, when did you decide to be a writer?

I became a writer as a bit of an accident. When I was pregnant with my son, I suddenly got the urge to journal. I’d never been a journaler before that. My journals slowly took shape into stories, and before I knew it, I was writing entire novels!

What advice for beginners do you wish you would’ve followed?

I wish I had learned earlier to move onto the next project, physically and emotionally, while on submission. It took me a few manuscripts to get the hang of that.

Oh, yeah, been there, done that! Okay, what’s your favorite writing how-to book, technique, or website that has helped you improve your craft or provide inspiration?

I LOVE Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. Mr. Maass is a genius when it comes to getting and keeping a story going. When I’m revising, I constantly say to myself, “Tension on every page.”

How were you inspired to write your current or upcoming release?

A good friend of mine struggled with eating disorders for many years, and as I got closer with her, I found myself wanting to understand her more and wishing I could help. I wrote Never Enough to sort out my feelings and to delve beyond my surface understanding.

What is your favorite line(s) from this book?

Look at Claire, the first three words I’d learned as a toddler.

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

Oh, I’d definitely be a stage actress. Acting was my whole life in high school. Definitely a “drama queen!”

If you could go back in time and make changes to any of your published books, would you? If so, which one and why?

No, I wouldn’t. I think I did the best I could with them at the time, and thankfully my books have really touched some readers exactly the way they are. I’m happy with that.

You magically find a $100 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous.)

I’d buy a new watch. I love watches.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?

Can’t hurt to try.

Love that! Thanks for stopping by, Denise, and best of luck with NEVER ENOUGH! Can’t wait to read this one. 🙂

Have a great day!

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