Q&A with Jennifer Dean & I’ve Been Looking for You Giveaway

I’ve Been Looking for You
Jennifer Dean
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Max: The new girl, the sarcastic asshole, the one who avoids getting attached to anyone.
Emily: The golden girl, the rule-abiding rebel, the one who unknowingly craves something more.
When fate brings the two girls together, life seemed to fall into place. Until their future plans are shattered the moment someone leaves drugs inside Max’s school locker.
While Max inevitably loses hope of escaping her new grim reality, Emily struggles to move on without the one she loves most. Especially when she’s the only one determined to find answers. But the closer Emily gets to discovering the truth, the harder it will be to stop her pursuit, even when it leads to dangerous consequences.

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1. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?
Drinking a cup of coffee always gets my head in a good place to write. It helps me through the lazy periods when I lack motivation.

2. Your all time favorite book? ?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

3. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ?
Most definitely. Something I find that stands out most of all is the guilt that comes from being a writer. When I’m reading I feel guilty that I’m not writing and when I’m writing I feel guilty I’m not reading enough anymore. Another strange way to look at it is I consider writing to be the child I never knew I wanted. But I could never imagine my life without it out.

4. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
The feeling of uncertainty comes with every project I work on. Is this any good? Am I wasting my time? Will anyone like this besides me? What helps drive me to keep going is the passion that I get from each idea for each new story. Some days may be harder to get through than others but I always end up coming back to writing. Because in the end, I can’t imagine wanting to do anything else.

5. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?
I’m not going to lie, each bad review is like a punch to the gut. It stings to know that something you’ve worked on for years can be taken down in seconds. But any writer will tell you that they write because they can’t help it. Negative reviews won’t stop the stories from flowing. It’s more important to remember that everyone won’t always like your work, so focus on the ones that do. That’s your audience and the only one that matters.

6. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
I will be working on the last two books of my Bound Series. I know some fans have been eager for the conclusion to that story as much as myself.

7. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? ?
I had planned on the traditional path with my first book but made the choice to self-publish once I realized the independent route had changed in the publishing industry. It was no longer the last resort for writers that failed. It was a different road to travel altogether. One that gave writers the freedom to control their own stories.

8. What would you say was the toughest part? ?
While I enjoy the creative freedom of self-publishing it does come with a ball of stress that is equal to being the producer/director/actor of your own written story, At times it makes it hard to focus solely on the art itself.

9. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’? ?
Two years

10. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change? ?
I don’t regret the process only that I didn’t discover my unexpected love of storytelling sooner.

11. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? ?

Fun facts: :

1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?
That I woke up with the ability to teleport.

2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?
One book would never be enough to suffice so I would want one blank notebook to write down stories of my own.

3. Name your favorite fruit. ?

4. Coffee or tea? ?

5. Favorite season? ?

6 Favorite food for breakfast? ?
Bagel with cream cheese.

7. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
Coffee Mugs

8. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?

9. Drama or comedy? ?

11. Cats or dogs? ?

12. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
Thunder by Imagine Dragons

13. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ?
This section is my favorite part!

Full Disclosure:

1. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ?
Kate Middleton

2. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
Orange is the New Black

3. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
Hearing someone tell me they are a fan of something I wrote

4. The awesomest thing in your life is… ?
My mom


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About the Author & Links:

Jennifer was studying History and English at the University of North Texas when she discovered a hidden passion for writing. She has since written two other Young Adult novels, Bound and Blinded. She lives in Seattle Washington.

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