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Meet Jennifer Irwin award-winning author of A Dress the Color of the Sky

by | Sep 6, 2018 |

 Hello Folks, Jennifer,

Thank you for being with us. Please Introduce yourself.

My name is Jennifer Irwin. I released my debut novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky in October of last year. I reside in Los Angeles but grew up in New York. While raising my three sons, I taught private Pilates which gave me a lot of great material for my book. Since its release, my novel has received five book awards and been optioned for a feature film. Over the past year, I have written a lot of flash fiction. One of my stories was published in a just released anthology titled, California’s Emerging Writers.

What’s the story behind the title?

The title is based on the 15th century fairy tale Donkeyskin. In the fairy tale, the queen, who is on her deathbed, tells the king he can only marry someone fairer than she. After the queen passes the king turns mad and believes his daughter is the fairest of them all. He asks the princess for her hand in marriage. Of course the princess doesn’t want to marry her father so she visits a fairy. The fairy tells the princess to ask her father to make her a dress the color of the sky. He surely won’t be able to this and then the princess would be free. I chose this title because my book deals with the subject of healing from childhood trauma which aligns with the fairy tale. This is the first book in a trilogy. The other books will be, A Dress the Color of the Moon and, A Dress the Color of the Sun.

Why did you write this book?

I began writing the book to heal from a toxic, traumatizing marriage. After my divorce, I felt like I had failed at the most important thing in my life and writing made me feel better. There was also a part of me that wondered whether my difficult childhood had played a role in my inability to choose the right partner. The more curious I became the more research I conducted and that turned into me creating the character, Prudence Aldrich.

How do you keep the reader attention?

I have a unique writing voice which is direct and unadorned. The book goes back and forth in time which creates empathy for the flawed, poorly behaved protagonist. Prudence’s thoughts are in italics so the reader understands her frame of mind when she checks into rehab. They are also by her side through her journey to find self-love. I don’t just drop off characters and forget about them. Each person in rehab has a story and is woven through the book.

How did you come up with this book idea?

I wrote a screenplay when I was studying film at Denison University. The book idea was spring-boarded from the screenplay so I guess I’ve been thinking about it for a long time! Most of what I’m curious about is how our childhood affects our lives and most importantly how we look at love and choose a partner to share our lives with. I’m also interested in the difference between the male versus female sex drive. Something I delve into in the book. I wanted to create a relatable yet flawed female protagonist. A character who does bad things but when you learn about her life, you begin to care about her and root for her. The underlying theme of pretty much every story I write is, nothing is ever what it seems.

What publishing elements do you most enjoy and most like to avoid, and why? (e.g., design, marketing, formatting, etc.)

Right now, I feel as though I’m in a place of limbo. I’ve released my book and its doing well but I published indie so all of the marketing falls on my shoulders. The marketing takes up a ton of time and my agent is putting the pressure on me to get the sequel written. It’s hard to let go of one baby so you can create the next one. My agent is in the process of trying to land me a big five publishing contract to re-release A Dress the Color of the Sky and an upfront publishing deal for the sequel. To answer your question, I am good at marketing but it’s such a time sucker that I’m struggling with finding balance. So at the moment, I’m not a fan of marketing!

What’s next on your writing journey?

I’m going to slow down the marketing on A Dress the Color of the Sky and focus on what’s next for Prudence Aldrich. I would love to take a few writing seminars and enjoy meeting other writers to share ideas and commiserate. Indie writers are very supportive of each other, especially on Twitter which is where I have my biggest fan base.

Where would my audience find your book?

My book is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover. It’s also available for purchase at Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and Powells. Thank you for letting me talk about my favorite subject, A Dress the Color of the Sky:-) http://jenniferirwinauthor.com . https://twitter.com/jenirwinauthor https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Irwin-author-1553230351572292/

 

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