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?
Jeanetta: Hi! I`m Jeanette Sneed , I’m twenty-five!
Fiona: Where are you from?
Jeanetta: I’m from a small town in deep east Texas called Zavalla – we literally host right at 800 people.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Jeanetta: I’m a pharmacy technician, so I have a certification and a state registration. I just got married on October 19th. My husband is in Wyoming working, which is when I intended to get to writing on books, but life happens. Currently, I have two dogs – a Labrabull (Maximus) and a German Shephard (Xeno.) My Shephard is crazy… she takes after her momma.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Jeanetta: Right now, life has kinda been beating me down, my husband left two days after our wedding to go to Wyoming to work. I got some pretty upsetting news at the doctor the very next day, so, nothing too great to share.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Jeanetta: I started writing in 2017, so, I would have been… twenty three, mainly I just kind of started to see if I had it in me. I’ve always loved to write, and so writing a book just kinda seemed, natural I guess.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Jeanetta: I hear people say all the time, you don’t have to be published to be a writer, you just have to put the pen to the paper. But honestly, after I got my first book published, and even then, I was reluctant to call myself that. Now I have three books available and I’m less hesitant to call myself a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Jeanetta: My first book, A Beautiful Escape. It wasn’t really some Ahh-hahhh moment. I started writing it to see if I could do it, but it kinda morphed into my escape. My ex was very emotionally and mentally abusive, so I took the emotions I felt, I took the pain and the loathing for him, and I put it all into my main character. I gave her the courage to escape when I couldn’t. I gave her strength that I didn’t have.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Jeanetta: I think it just kinda… hit me one day, I was writing and the skies opened up and said “your book should be called this.” And so it was done.
Kidding, but it just came to me while I was writing one day, and it fit so well.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Jeanetta: I like to write in multiple points of views, my second books, a Novella, Peace and Comfort was written with 16 other authors and required me to write in first person sing POV only. So that was a challenge, and I did find that I prefer first person now. It helps to get inside my characters heads… ya know, since they’re always in mine.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Jeanetta: The first book, a good chunk were based on my life and my personal hell. With the other two, and my most recent work in progress, only portions. I like to give my characters quirks of my own, for example, chocolate chip pancakes being a favorite breakfast choice, or things I have heard people say – I use my mom’s words of wisdom a lot, she influences so much of my writing and she doesn’t even know it.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Jeanetta: Eh, not so much. Usually only if I’m traveling to see my husband at wherever he’s currently working, I do love to bring my laptop for the twelve hours a day he’s gone and get some words in. Being in new places really does help.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A Beautiful Escape – Wicked Women Designs
Peace and Comfort – I did, I had some help tweaking it just right by my friend SH Pratt, who’s also an author
Love, Despair, And Murder – Under Cover Designs
My Fourth books (currently untitled) – Under Cover Designs
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Jeanetta: Not that I intentionally put in there, however, I have noticed that with each one of my stories a new beginning is possible, and there is Always hope, even in the darkest of places.
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?
Jeanetta: I really enjoy reading Brittany Tarkington’s books. They’re raw, they’re realistic, and they’re believable. They aren’t centered around the fluff that so many romance author tend to lean toward.
Marcus Brown, the first book I ever read by him was Promised Land Lane, and if you haven’t read it… you need to. It’s a horror book like no other. I’ve read it time and time again, devoured the sequel, and currently waiting (somewhat impatiently) for the third to be written and released.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Jeanetta: My friend Gloria, and Brittany. Both have been super supportive and helped me talk through my crazy ideas. They’ve encouraged me and helped me to make each and every one of my books the greatest it could possibly be.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Jeanetta: As much as I would love for it to be, it’s not realistic for me. I get distracted too easily and I can’t focus on writing. I’m not good at promo, I’m mostly like, eh, I wrote a book, it’s on amazon, and good enough for me
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Jeanetta: No, I love my books and I pour my everything into them.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Jeanetta: That I’m not as into romance as I once thought I was, Psychological thriller seems to more my genre. It’s different, it’s challenging, and my characters are normally as crazy as I am.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jeanetta: Margot Robbie – just because she’s totally my girl crush!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Jeanetta: Just do what you love doing, write the book the way YOU think it needs to be written, the way your characters tell you to write it, because at the end of the day, it’s your masterpiece, and nobody else can write it quite like you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Jeanetta: Enjoy the books, don’t be too hard on authors – you don’t know what we go through, and always leave that review, they’re so important.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Jeanetta: Nothing, I just finished Avaline Saddlebags by Marcus Brown. But I’m trying to stay away from reading and focus on making my own books come to life.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Jeanetta: No, I just remember my mom taking my sister and I on weekly trips to the library, because my mom loved to read as much as I do. I remember always getting educational books about wildlife, though I don’t know why. The first book I remember actually reading was the Harry Potter series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Jeanetta: I laugh at everything. I’m usually a cheerful person, and I hardly every cry, unless someone is being super hateful to me. Like… SUPER hateful, and only if it’s somebody I’m close with. Otherwise, I couldn’t care less.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jeanetta: Uh, no one that I can think of off hand.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Jeanetta: Are you kidding me? I’m an introvert. My hobbies include – reading, writing, and netflixing. I have no life.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Jeanetta: Say yes to the dress, thirteen reasons why, HOCUS POCUS is an all time fave as well as, The Iron Giant and The Proposal. I also love literally ALL THINGS DISNEY. Mulan is my favorite Disney movie.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Jeanetta: PIZZA and PASTA. Though I’m currently going through some “Lifestyle Changes” which require me to cut out BOTH!
Favorite color is Red, and I can’t say why, I’ve just realized that normally everything I buy from ipad cases to decorations is usually red.
Music – I listen to a smidge of everything. I can go from Disney to Kane Brown, to my chemical romance in a ten minute span.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Jeanetta: Be a stay at home mom and enjoy time with my little. Enjoy traveling with my husband, just enjoying life in general.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Jeanetta: Spending as much time with family as I can. My original family and my new. They’ve always been there for me and picked me up when I thought I’d never dig myself out of the darkness, I can’t NOT imagine spending my last little bit with them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Jeanetta: Never really given it much thought…
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Jeanetta: I have a facebook page, and that’s about it, like I said – not every good at promo.