I did my first podcast interview of the quarantine era. We had to do it all remotely–producer in the studio, me at home, the guest at home, all connecting on a streaming app. Not the ideal way to connect, but, given our present situation, it’s what we’re doing for the foreseeable future.
All that aside, I was incredibly excited to talk to horror novelist Jennifer Soucy. I was a little more than halfway through her book, Demon in Me, when she came on the show. We talked about her book, writing, the expectations and pitfalls of being a female writer who doesn’t sugarcoat the female experience, and all kinds of fun, interesting stuff. I implore you, go buy Demon in Me on Amazon, like, right now. You can do so here. You should also go to her website: https://www.jenniferlsoucy.com.
Writerly Wisdom: Jennifer Soucy
- Read all the time.
- Writing is like a muscle that needs a regular workout, so do it every day.
- Jennifer commits to at least 500 words/day. More when the gettin’s good.
- Write your first draft to completion before you start editing.
- When it comes to getting published, don’t give up. She said she must’ve queried 100 agents before landing a small press deal. Rejection is just part of it.
- Social media is a great way to meet writers, readers, and in JS’s case, she got her first deal from a Twitter pitch party. (If you don’t know what the eff that means, listen to the podcast.)
Oh, there’s more…
She’s got a ton of stuff in the works, so save her website, follow her on social media, and read her new book, Demon in Me. I swear, you guys–it’s one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Very strong, powerful writing. You’ll love it.
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