February Featured Author: Jane Doe
Recently, I was sent a copy of an amazing short story written by an author who, from this moment forward, will be referred to as Jane Doe. In reality, the writer of this piece is a remarkably sweet woman who chose to share the story of her entrance into the world of teenage parenthood in one of the most revealing and detailed ways possible.
Out of the respect for everyone's personal work, I will continue to refer to our anonymous author as J (Jane Doe), and try my hardest to give you a glimpse into the short, yet detailed, story that is, Enough.
Our story opens up with an explanation of the co-stars of our protagonist's tale; the supporting characters who actually shape the story, and give detail into the real story of loves found and lost.
Q: What made you want to pen your own story rather than something fictitious?
J: I had hit a horrible bout of writer's block and a very dear mentor suggested I take a personal event and write it out in an effort to break that wall
Q: How long have you been writing?
J: Ever since I was a little kid. I started with short stories around 7-8 and continued off and on to present day, at age 20.
One of my favorite things about reading this piece is that even though it's not a full novel, it's written with riveting detail. I didn't want to stop reading, and there was never necessarily a slow point. But something left me craving...more.
Q: Have you ever considered going more in depth with this part of your life i.e. writing a whole novel?
J: I wish I had that kind of self-control! I generally write a chapter or two and get bored. This is the first time I've made an effort to follow through with something.
Q: Who are some of our favorite authors?
J: Sarah Dessen, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Jodi Picoult, Ellen Hopkins.
A woman after my own heart! You can tell not only by the context of the story, but also from the eloquence of the writing that J pulls inspiration from some of the biggest and best names in publication; past and present.
However, inspiration comes from within, and is personal. Something J understands. She brings her own voice into her work that makes it unique from things that are highly publicized.
Q: Would you say there's a specific person, place, or thing that inspires you to write?
J: Not at all. Inspiration can strike at any point. An interesting looking stranger at the grocery store, a certain song that comes on my shuffle just as my son masters a new skill, anything.
Q: Do you plan on making your story available to the public?
J: Well...being here is about as public as I can imagine!
For a copy or chance to read Enough, a true story by Jane Doe, hit me up in my DMs on any form of social media. This is a story that should be available to any and everyone for it's raw, biographic content.
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