Jennifer McKeithen has always been fascinated by lost civilizations, dusty old libraries, and tales of adventure. It was only natural that she should begin to write as a distraction from the doldrums of her mundane existence. In her spare time/research for her stories, she enjoys Classical and Medieval history, reading lots of fiction, cooking, herbalism, and English Country dancing. Recently, she has learned to appreciate the fun and excitement of riding horses, hiking, canoeing, and climbing Mayan pyramids.
Jennifer would be quite content to live the life of a travelling literary beach bum—like Hemingway, only with a brighter outlook. Her husband, Japheth, hopes her books will become famous one day, so he can at last “live the life he’s accustomed to.” Until then, they’ve settled for making their home in Kansas City, Missouri.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Writer’s block affects everyone differently. For me, I’ve found it means my imagination simply needs more fuel. I feed my mind lots of fiction, music that inspires me, do non-fiction research related to whatever I’m currently trying to write, look for eye-catching pictures of people and places, and let’s not forget people-watching!
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Just do it! Don’t put it off for later. Do what you love now, even if it’s only 15 minutes a day. Just do it!
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on revising Book 2 of the Atlantis trilogy for publication in July.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This is probably the best age to be an author! I love the freedom and complete control over my story the indie publishing route gives me. Don’t get me wrong, I think traditional publishing is here to stay, and I hope to someday ink a deal myself. It’s just that after reading about some of the greatest and best selling authors today getting rejected many times because they didn’t fit a certain mold, I decided it best to forge my own path starting out. The indie path isn’t necessarily the easier way, but I have no regrets.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Atlantis on the Shores of Forever has been in my head for years! At my husband’s encouragement, I finally wrote it. It’s my geek fantasy, and I’m jazzed that other people enjoy it as much as I do!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love discovering my stories as I write them. Just as much, I love sharing those stories with others. I intend to make a positive impact on the world through my stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
I greatly admire and love to read Jane Austen! She is my heroine! I also love Tolkein, Peter Mayle, Lyle Saxon–and a ton of others I can’t remember at the moment!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in beautiful south Louisiana, and my earliest memories were in New Orleans. Living in “America’s first melting pot” taught me to appreciate history, music, cuisine, and culture, as well as both the good and bad aspects of the human existence. Oh yes, it has a tremendous influence on my writing.
What is your favorite movie adaptation from a book?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I should specify, this does not include The Hobbit movies)! While some liberties were certainly taken in making these films, I feel like the filmmakers and actors stayed true to the spirit of the story. I like the themes of what makes a true hero, and sacrificing oneself to save the world. And of course, I love the way the world of Middle Earth was brought to life.
Jennifer’s latest book, Atlantis On the Tides of Destiny will go on pre-order on Amazon on July 4. Until then check her out at…