Hey everyone and welcome to my stop on the Grab Your Pole Series tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, Jenn Cooksey has stopped by to answer a few questions, I have a link to the rest of the stops on the tour (click here), and a link for the event-wide sweepstakes. Thank you all for dropping in and checking things out. Happy Hump day 🙂
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Despite being told from the time I was in elementary school that I was a talented writer, I hated reading and I never even considered writing anything unless it was a school assignment. Flash forward [REDACTED] years to when I actually enjoyed reading and was talking to my BBBF (Book Buddy Best Friend) on the phone about a book we’d both just finished. It was like two in the morning or something ridiculous and in discussing what we didn’t like about it, and through a series of probably really inappropriate jokes, she and I decided we needed to write a book together. But because I have no life and with her always being insanely busy, “together” ended up being me writing the book and her being a sounding board for all my ideas and then sitting down with me to painstakingly edit the manuscript line-by-line. At some point, which I’ll refer to as AGYP—After Grab Your Pole—I might have to go back to that project and see it through to publication.· Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Yeah, I sleep a lot, then not at all, and I obsess endlessly while I become an even worse housewife and mom in addition to becoming a self-absorbed burden to my friends because all I do is think and talk on and on and on about the story and the characters. Essentially, I immerse myself in the fictional world I’m creating and spend every moment I possibly can with the characters who inhabit it, and then I painstakingly go over what I write time and again to make sure I’ve accurately translated what’s in my head with the words I’ve written. If I don’t do all of those things, there’s no depth to the story, and really, what’s the point in writing something one-dimensional? I mean I just feel like if I don’t establish a solid connection and deep understanding of the characters and story as the author, a reader most certainly won’t be able to even on the surface, which in turn means I haven’t done my job as a storyteller.
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Mostly from real life events and people I know, but sometimes things come to me from song lyrics or even just the music itself. My subconscious tends to latch onto possible storylines and characters from all sorts of places and then make them known to me when I sleep. And actually, some of my very best ideas have come from being in that dream-like state right before I wake up, and when I’m conscious enough to realize what’s happening, I’ll try to stay like that for as long as I can in an effort to make those subconscious ideas consciously attainable and so that my lousy memory doesn’t fuck me over once I’m fully awake.
What books have most influenced your life?
This is a tricky question because I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m easily influenced by books like I am by TV and movies. That being said, though, I learned to read with the Golden Book, The Little Red Hen, which I gave to my youngest daughter when she started reading. I’m also very fond of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. As I got older and started to actually enjoy reading, some of my favorites were Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, Dean Koontz’s The Watchers, The Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun as well as The Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown, and I think Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of the most well written stories I’ve ever come across. I also have an affinity for regency romances, my favorite series being by Stephanie Laurens, and of course I still adore Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and fall a little more in love with Fitzwilliam Darcy every time I read it.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Well, I’m inherently lazy which I think lends itself to visual media entertainment, which is just a verbose way of saying that I typically sit on my ass and watch TV shows or movies on Netflix.
Any future writing news you would like to share?
I do have some other writing projects in the works; a women’s commercial fiction that my agent would like to see traditionally published, and a couple others (one of which is NA) that my current fan base will probably enjoy, but because 2014 is getting closer and closer, I think it might be wise for me to buckle down and finish writing book 4 in the Grab Your Pole series. We’ll see, though… I might learn how to multitask in terms of writing and if I’m able to manage it, 2014 could possibly bring you all a variety of new stories from yours truly. 😉
Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.
Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists.
Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?
In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, The Other Fish in the Sea, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!
So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it’s finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it’s a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.
With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut
author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.
In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.
About the author and where to find her:
Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she’s no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey’s roof is female. She’s sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.
Up for grabs: Kindle Paperwhite and $15 Amazon Gift Card; three (3) ebooks ~ Choice of Shark Bait, The Other Fish in the Sea, or Shark Out of Water; Print copy (US/CA)-Choice of Shark Bait, The Other Fish in the Sea, or Shark Out of Water. If you would like to see the FTC mumbo jumbo, check out the sweepstakes terms and conditions. If you would just like to enter for your chance to win, click on the Rafflecopter link below 🙂