Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Jenx Lanier:My name is Authoress Jenx Lanier and I am 26 years old
Fiona: Where are you from?
Jenx Lanier:I was born and raise in Austell, Georgia (A city just outside of metro- Atlanta)
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Jenx Lanier:I am the youngest of four children. I’m happily married (6 years strong). Also I am currently enrolled in nursing school, my goal is to work in fertility (hopefully one day).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Jenx Lanier:I have just released my second book Nova’s Tango on the May 18th, and planning a book signing as we speak.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Jenx Lanier:I started writing poetry when I was about 12. Then at the age of 14 I started reading Urban Street Literature that was beyond my age range, it inspired me to write short stories. Once I begun to write those stories my classmates got hooked so I started writing every day for their entertainment and my pleasure.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Jenx Lanier:My first year of high school, my English teacher Mr. Clarke caught me writing in his class, he didn’t get mad he just told me “Jessica you should do this for a living just not in my class.” From then on I considered myself as a writer and an aspiring author.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Jenx Lanier:My first book is called Poetic Testimony, what inspired me to write this book was I wanted to use my poetry within a storyline. I wrote it and it worked and all my beta readers loved the concept.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Jenx Lanier:How I came up with Poetic Testimony was very hard, but I came up with it after realizing the main character was pouring her heart out through her poetry. How I came up with Nova’s Tango, it was a lot simpler, I saw the title in a dream, and I went with it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Jenx Lanier:I am an extremely unorganized writer (which drives my editor insane) but I have no challenges other then promoting my genre to my age group.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Jenx Lanier:In each one of my books I have a lot of realistic events that have happened to me or a friend of mine. I just have a crazy imagination where I can twist things how I like.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Jenx Lanier:Honestly, I haven’t thought about it I jus do what I love and hope it takes me places outside of my hometown
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jenx Lanier:I designed them and had them put together professionally
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Jenx Lanier:You are never to busy to be inspired or to be an inspiration to others
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Jenx Lanier:There is no new author that I like yet. My favorite writer is an urban, underground poet by the name of Jasmine Mann (she is the truth). Jasmine Mann had me hooked after she appeared on a HBO special called Brave New Voiceher poetry stood out from anyone I had ever heard. Her poetry got me through the worst of times. I hope I could meet her one day.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Jenx Lanier:I have to say my brother Ace has been more then enough of a support system but other then him it’s my friend/publisher JustJae Warner, she has helped me with anything and everything when it came to getting published. I also have a wonderful support system in my husband Brian.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Jenx Lanier:Yes and no. Yes, because I love writing and its apart who I am but No, because I feel like mentoring and helping people is my calling.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Jenx Lanier:In Nova’s Tango; I would change the dedications because I want to thank a lot more people then I did.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Jenx Lanier:I have been writing Nova’s Tango on and off since middle school, I have learned with experiences your writing can only get better. (well mine did)
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jenx Lanier:In Poetic Testimony I would choose Jasmine Mann (poet) or Zoe Kravitz. As for Nova’s Tango the lead would be Zendaya
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Jenx Lanier:Write what you know and never let anyone tell you how to write your story.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Jenx Lanier:I hope you can find yourself in the characters of my books
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Jenx Lanier:Nothing yet but if any authors out there want to send me a paperback. It will be read in a short amount of time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Jenx Lanier:The first I read was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr.Seuss but the first novel I have ever read was Babymama Drama by Carl Webber (superb book)
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Jenx Lanier:What makes me laugh is watching my favorite T.V show Scrubs. What makes me cry is wanting to be a Mom….
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jenx Lanier:Other the beautiful poet Jasmine Mann,I would love to meet Langston Hughes; is the person I would love to sit down and talk about writing with.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Jenx Lanier:I just celebrated 10 years of mentoring youth at the Boys and Girl club of America so I say that is my hobby. I also love writing poetry
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Jenx Lanier:I love the shows Scrubs, Family Guy, American Dad, reality tv, Trueblood and Impratical Jokers. I love any comedy movie that is out.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Jenx Lanier:My favorite food is itallian food and chocolate. Favoritecolors are purple and green. As far as music goes is pop, jazz, and anything by the Rat Pack.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Jenx Lanier:Tell my stories out loud
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Jenx Lanier:Mentor and give back to the youth
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Jenx Lanier:LOVE, POETRY, INSPIRATION
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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I go by the name of Jenx Lanier and not to brag but my skills with the pen are undeniable. From the day I learned my alphabet I made my own words and then couldn’t stop from there. I remember writing in a journal every single day watching the children and teens play outside. Until one day it just clicked; I was writing about life instead of experiencing it for myself. So I did……..
After almost five years of putting my pen down, I lived!!! I finally have stories I was born to tell. Stories that I have lived, which have made me not only a strong writer but a stronger Woman!!!! Now I can speak for the readers that have been raped, that have been confused about their sexuality, or to the transgender community, but mostly speak about depression (From love of issues with family up bring). There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Furthermore, I speak for the Down South Georgia Girls and Boys that have thought they have been forgotten. I see you and your reflection will appear in every one of my books (that’s my word).