Interview with Jennifer Marko


Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Jennifer Marko amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about her new book Loveless!
Please read on …


This isn’t your ordinary quaint little town, but she’s your typical girl next door.
Loveless has been the best kept secret for over three hundred years, but that’s about to change. Founded by a group of gypsies on the run for murder in the heart of Ontario, Loveless has been unchanged and home to a quirky, yet mysterious, group of people.
However, seventeen year old Chelsea Hawks is about to change everything.
When the Hawks family came to town everyone took notice…but the welcome was worn out before they even got there, and it doesn’t take long for Chelsea to notice.
No one seems to like her and she’s plagued with nightmares of a horrific ghost who seems have been following her since the beginning and dark shadows in the woods behind her family’s home.
Will Chelsea figure out Loveless’ secret before it’s too late? Will it lead to a terrible end for the young Miss. Hawks?
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So Jennifer, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1. Please introduce and tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Jennifer Marko and I’m from London, Ontario, Canada. I’m 24 years old and I’m a graduate of the Conestoga College print-journalism program. I live with my fiancé, Ian, and our adorable kitten, Pom-pom.

2. What brought you to writing?

I’ve always had a very vivid imagination and writing has been a way to show just how creative I can be. I really enjoy immersing myself in the lives of my characters and it kind of makes me feel like one of those nosey neighbours who seems to know everything about them, only it can’t get me in trouble.

3. How many books have you written?

I have written one novel, one novella and a series of children’s books. I have two more novels on the go, as well.

4. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing probably since I was seven years old. I can remember my second grade teacher handing out notebooks in class and my friends and I would take turns using our notebooks to write a story where we would each write a chapter for each other.

5. Which was your first literary project? Tell us something about it.

That would have to be when I wrote a series of stories about a little ladybug I named Lindsay for my eighth grade French-English newsletter. I shattered my left elbow one winter and had it reconstructed and I couldn’t attend school for about a month, so my French teacher suggested that I write a story for the newsletter and since she loved ladybugs that’s what I chose. That’s when I really got into writing seriously and Lindsay Ladybug stories became a monthly segment in the newsletter.

6. Is this your new/latest project? What inspired you to write your (latest) book?

“Loveless” is my latest project; it’s my baby. The idea of writing a book about a secret town deep in the woods is something I’ve always thought would be cool and I’ve always thought that it could be true. Whenever I’m driving down the highway and see a wooded area I’m always thinking to myself, “what if there’re people living in there?”

7. Traditional books or e-books? How do you prefer to see your works published? Have you tried ever publishing the traditional way?

I think both are a good way to go, but it’s always been my dream to have a book deal with a major publishing house . I mean, I’ve tried publishing the traditional way, but it’s hard when you’re just starting out. No one knows your name and if you’re an unknown author no one’s going to take a chance on you. That’s why I published an e-book. I figure it’s a great way to get my name out there!

8. Can you give a chapter sample preview of your book here for our readers to know more about it.

Yes!
( Please look at the bottom of the interview for book excerpts )

9. Do you have any funny / interesting incidents on how you came up with plots or characters?

Well, like I said, I’ve always wondered if it could be possible that there could be a small town in the middle of nowhere. But for my character, Chelsea, I decided to create the most paranoid, most timid person I could think of for my horror/suspense novel, “Loveless”.

10. What are your hobbies? Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I really enjoy cooking and baking, and I love trying new things in the kitchen, not that they always turn out edible.

11. Who is your favourite author?

That would have to be Edgar Allan Poe.

12. Is your writing style at all influenced by those of your favorite authors?

Of course! Poe is so vivid in his descriptions, he’s been a big inspiration to my writing.

13. What is your favourite genre to read and also to write?

Horror/suspense/thriller/crime. I like the thrill of not knowing if something creepy/scary is going to come at you!

14. Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

Only everyone in my life.

15. Where do get your ideas from? Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I draw from personal experience for some things, like the way my characters look and some of the settings, but for the eerie details, action and scary parts I let my imagination do the work.

16. Do you have a pseudonym?

No, I prefer to write under my own name.

17.What’s your experience been like in the publishing industry?

Postive or negative? Please share your experience with our readers.
It’s been exciting, but tough at the same time. It hasn’t been easy because this is my first novel, but I’ve learned that it wasn’t even easy for the most famous writers, such as Stephen King, to get started. Even though I’m hoping to get picked up by a major publishing house, right now I’m just enjoying the ride. Self-publishing is a part of that ride.

18. Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I would love to have more of my work published and I would love a book deal! That’s the ideal scenario for me.

19. What motivates you to write?

The thought of creating something of my own is exciting to me. I love sitting down at the computer and just letting my fingers type and seeing what crazy thing I can come up with next.

20. How important is good cover art for your books?

It’s very important. If your cover looks boring, people won’t even take the time to look at what’s inside. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and in this case it’s literal, but people still do. I’m guilty of doing that from time to time, too.

21. Do you have a price strategy for your books?

Well, since this is the first book I’ve ever published I priced it at the lower end just because I don’t feel like I have enough readership to price it any higher. I’m just trying to get any kind of following right now.

22. How does it make you feel when you read a bestselling book that you don’t feel is as good as yours?

Of course I feel biased against my own work and I feel it’s really good, but those books are best-sellers for a reason. I’m just hoping to be up there with them someday.

23. Why do you think readers should buy your book? What can you offer them through your book?

I think they should buy it because it’s different. There’s a twist around every corner and a little something in it for everyone. It’s an exciting read for teens and adults as well.

24.Where is your book available?Any Buy Link for our readers?

“Loveless” is currently available on Amazon.com for the Kindle and Kindle apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, and Windows Phone 7!!
You can buy it at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076R81GA
I’ve gotten requests to create a print copy so look for that in the upcoming months as well!

25.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

I do have a blog that gets updated daily and you can read it at: http://jenspurplepen.blogspot.com
You can also follow me on Twitter @JenniferLMarko

26. What advice would you give to other writers?

Write what you know and love. Don’t give up no matter what anyone says because someone out there is looking for a book just like yours.

27.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

“Art is not a handicraft. It is the transmission of a feeling which the artist has experienced.” Leo Tolstoy

  • Thank you Jennifer Marko for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Book Exerpts – Sample Chapter

    Loveless By Jennifer Marko

    Preface
    Deep in the heart of Ontario stands a small town called Loveless, uncharted by cartographers and unknown by the public unless driven through. It is a seemingly happy little town like the ones you see in movies where everyone knows everyone else’s business and where local girls marry local boys. Main Street is where most of the shops can be found. The townspeople pride themselves on their creativity and craftiness. Sure there are shops devoted to everyday needs, including food, clothing, auto maintenance and home care, but generally the shops sell homemade items, crafts if you will. There is one shop, however, completely devoted to the mystical and mysterious. This one shop has stood on Loveless ground for over four hundred years and has not moved from its original position. This shop generates a good amount of income for the owners, as it is not only an interest, but a way of life.
    Loveless was founded in 1677 by a band of gypsies. They had been on the run since they banded together twenty years earlier. No one but the gypsies and whomever or wherever it was they were running from knew why. But one thing is for certain, they were on the run because they had done something terrible.
    The gypsies settled in a wooded area about six hundred kilometres northwest of what is now known as Kirkland Lake, Ontario, where they were certain no one would ever find them. Who, after all, would travel that far north to chase after rogue gypsies? They settled quickly and carefully so as to make themselves look like a real confederate settlement. The gypsies cared for no one but their own, hence they called their settlement Loveless. Little did they know that their legacy would carry on for many generations and their settlement would keep secret all the while.
    The gypsies learned to grow their own food in the fertile soil and raise their own livestock. In the previous towns they had visited they traded for food and other goods, but now that they were on their own they would have to provide for themselves while keeping themselves hidden to the world around them. The women learned where the best berry bushes were and how to harvest the food they grew and the men learned to slaughter the animals they found in the woods (close to the settlement of course) and kept for livestock; they also learned how to build their own homes and barns. The men, of course, provided nightly watches for their protection.
    The band stayed close throughout the rest of their days on earth, and even grew larger with the birth of children. They had no marriage, just polygamous relationships like they always had, where the men were able to take on as many partners as they liked and the women bore their children and each took care of each other’s children. To them Loveless was perfect and sacred, but only for them. They would allow no visitors, no one would receive lodging if even just passing through and no one outside the band were to live within five kilometres of their settlement. They trusted no one and believed that anyone who chose to build a house near them was spying on them and would eventually turn them in to pay for their crimes. They taught their children this belief and it continued on with every generation after that. The gypsies did whatever it took to keep Loveless their own, even if it meant doing the unthinkable.

    Buy Loveless by Jennifer Marko On Amazon Kindle >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076R81GA


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