Thursday, April 10, 2008

Author Interview: Jennifer Echols!

I'm very excited to introduce an author we here (okay, me here) at Reviewer X give a huge thumbs up to: Jennifer Echols!

Jennifer Echols has written two Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, Major Crush, which won the National Readers Choice Award and the Aspen Gold Award, as well as The Boys Next Door (to see my review, click here.) Her next young adult book, Running to Stand Still, is scheduled to come out March 2009 from MTV books. She also has another Ro-Com under wraps scheduled to come out in 2009, titled The Ex-Games. You can visit her online at

Now for the interview...

Reviewer X: How long have you been writing?

Jennifer Echols: As long as I can remember. My grandmother loved to write, and she encouraged me early.

RX: Where do you get your ideas from?

JE: Usually I'm inspired by real life. I was the first female drum major of my high school marching band, which was the spark of the idea for Major Crush. I grew up on a beautiful lake in Alabama, and that's what inspired The Boys Next Door.

RX: How important is music to you during the writing process? Any artists you would like to proclaim "awesome!" here on the blog?

JE: Very important! This morning I'm answering e-mail rather than writing because my iPod is charging. ;) I listen to all kinds of music, but my favorite band at the moment is Incubus--the deeper I delve into their backlist, the more awesome songs I find!

RX: What's the best thing about being a published writer?

JE: E-mail from readers! Usually they send it at night and I read it first thing when I wake up in the morning (early--4:30 a.m.), so it makes my day. I am constantly amazed that people would take the time to tell me they enjoy my books.

RX: The worst?

JE: Waiting. After you've spent an enormous amount of time writing a book and submitted it to a publishing house, it takes forever to find out whether they will publish it. Before I sold a book, published authors warned me this would not change after I got published, and that's true.

RX: What advice do you give to writers out there looking to get published?

JE: Write the book you want to read.

RX: Which authors have influenced you the most when it comes to your own writing?

JE: The queen of romantic comedy is Jane Austen.

RX: Now, for authors in the YA realm: who gets Jennifer hearts?

JE: Some YA novels I've particularly enjoyed recently are Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess, and Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt.

RX: What're you reading right now? How do you like it?

JE: I'm about to start Breathe My Name by R. A. Nelson.

RX: The most important question ever: Does writing for teens rock or what?

JE: I can't imagine doing anything else. I feel very, very lucky.

RX: What are your favorite movies and TV shows?

JE: Here is where you discover that I don't get out much. The best movie I've rented in a long time was Superbad--I thought I was going to die laughing. As for TV, I'm an American Idol groupie. Other than that, mainly I have one eye on whatever my son is watching while I'm writing. Lots of Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs.

RX: Now you get to show us your creative self: Is there a question I didn't ask you that you would've liked to be asked? (Question and answer, please!)

Q: Do you have another job?
A: Yes, I work as a freelance copyeditor. I think it's important for readers and would-be writers to know that most novelists don't make their sole living as writers, at least not at first.


Thanks to Jennifer for stopping by! Reviewer X hopes to interact more with this author in the future!


Tasha said...

Loved the interview!!

Would you be interested in switching links?

Anna said...

I loved the interview. :D I interviewed her and posted it up about a week ago.. she was so nice. :D


Amee said...

Great interview. I missed your question about how to pronounce the last name, though. :p

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