Ask the Author: Jolene Perry
What would you like readers to know about you?
That I’m super laid back. That I cry over my characters. That I can’t imagine that they’re not real and living out their story somewhere. I love simple. I love vintage. I love hiking. And I love the opera.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
I have quite a few books out in the world. Looking back at what I’ve written so far, I’m drawn to stories of teens going through difficult situations, and then I give them a happier ending than the ones I see in real life – sometimes there’s a love story, too 🙂
The awful wonderful Story of Us was inspired by a few of my husband’s cases as a prosecutor, so was Stronger Than You Know. Love Blind was inspired by a young woman I knew who was going blind, and by the girl I wished I’d been in high school.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
Inspiration comes from EVERYWHERE. A song, a person, a picture, a half-sentence from a conversation…
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favorite parts are openings and then when the character realizes their own strength. That turning point when they start acting, rather than reacting.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
When I read an incredible book, I think, I wanna do better. I can do better. And then I work harder. Delia Owens, most recently. Joshilyn Jackson was my inspiration last year. Maggie Steifvater for setting and rich casts.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
To read. Read in their genre. Outside of their genre. And never think there will be a point where you won’t have anything left to learn. Also, to find their people. Everyone needs people.