Welcome to day 5!
About The Author
Reader, writer, editor, explorer, dreamer... Jennifer Bogart is having a love affair with words.
Author of three women's fiction novels (Newvember, Reflections, and Money, Masks & Madness), two romantic short stories (Under the Stars and Seven Seconds), one serialized novel (Sunny with a Twist of Olive), and one YA fantasy (Liminal Lights published by Morning Rain Publishing), she can't stop writing any more than she can stop breathing.
1. Can you start off by telling us a little about the Liminals series?
The Liminal Series is about fairy-like creatures who harvest the magic that develops in human beings. They shape the energy, keep what they need, and return the rest to the host, ensuring it is in a form that humans can access. Since people are unaware of this magic, they don’t even know it’s missing. The magic the Liminals shape evolves into talents and skills. Unfortunately, Liminals aren’t the only creatures who need this energy for survival. Shadow-monsters are gaining strength and learning how to extract magic as well. They aren’t as careful about returning the unused portions, and their savagery is dangerous for everyone.
2. I notice there are two books currently, how many books can we expect in the whole series?
At this time, there will be three books in this series: Liminal Lights, Shadow Shifts, and Subliminal Souls.
3. What was your inspiration for this story and world?
Since the books are Urban Fantasy, the inspiration for the world comes from everyday life. The story itself is a reflection on what happens as kids grow from tween to teen. They’re as Liminal as the fairy-like creatures and magical in their own right.
4. How did you choose the names of your characters? Bean is super cute!
All my characters are named for household items. Bean is named for coffee beans, Tissa is named for tissues, and Pritt is named after a popular glue stick. When I started writing, I had an idea for the plot, but not for the characters. I didn’t want to invent names that are difficult to pronounce, so I borrowed them from common objects around me.
5. If your books were made into a movie or TV show, what actors would you choose for your characters?
Would it be weird if I said Muppets? There’s something uniquely magical about Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and The Never Ending Story that appeals to me. There’s a dark shadow lurking over their whimsy that only the Jim Henson Company could create. As for mainstream, popular actors… I’d probably skip them and choose unknowns and hope the series spins into a cult classic. After all, the young actors in the Harry Potter movies were all relatively unknown before they embarked on that journey.
6. How long does it take you to write a book and whats your process? (outlines, mindmaps, etc)
Honestly, I just sit down at the computer and write. The words are already stored inside, waiting to come out. I also nap, daydream, take walks, and do a lot of staring into space. As ideas come to me, I jot them down on whatever is handy, but even those notes end up recycled or lost in the wind. Usually, I finish the first draft within four to six weeks. Sometimes, though, I don’t write the last three or four chapters until I’ve completed the bulk of the rewrites that come later.
When I’m done the first draft, I tuck it away and try to forget about it for a few months. When it’s time to edit, I read through the entire manuscript and create an outline from the first draft. If a chapter or character doesn’t move the plot forward, it disappears. If there’s a plot hole, I make notes on how to fill it. Then, I sit down, consume many cups of coffee, and start the arduous process of rewriting. When I’ve completed the second draft, I start over again, repeating the process until I’m confident I haven’t missed anything too major before handing it off to an editor who undoubtedly will find even more mistakes and issues.
7. Did you ever have to deal with writers block while writing The Liminal Series, and if so, how do you deal with it?
I think everyone deals with some form of writer’s block at some point. When this happens, I change direction until my brain works through whatever obstacle was keeping it from continuing the story. Sometimes, the characters just need a little time to sort themselves out. This isn’t such a bad thing because it means the kids get a home-cooked meal and the laundry gets done.
8. Have you written or plan to write any other YA books you can tell us about?
I’m working on a science-fiction novel called Snakes & Snails & Alien Tales. You can read it on Wattpad, if you want a taste of something raw and unedited. I don’t usually plan what stories I’m going to tell, so I never know what audience will be engaged until I start writing—and even then that can change during editing, depending on where the characters take me. Obviously, when it comes to writing, I’m not much of a planner—I save all the organizational fun for when I edit.
Jenny-B, The Early Years - A Guest Post
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. I went through a particularly odd phase with poetry as tween. Determined to share my passion, I found “want ads” for poetry in tabloid papers such as The Examiner and The Inquirer and submitted my work to every possible anthology. Imagine my surprise when those submissions resulted in requests to publish my work—for a fee—and, of course, I was required to buy copies of the books at exorbitant prices. After much discussion with my parents, we decided the anthologies in question were a scam rather than an aspiring writer’s dream come true, and I didn’t bother to respond. I think that experience left me jaded and nervous about submitting my work for publication for a very long time.
Unfortunately, writing poetry—and let’s be honest, it wasn’t very good poetry, certainly not good enough to publish—wasn’t going to pay the bills. Upon graduating from university, I muddled my way through a few sales jobs before stumbling into a technical writing position. It was hate a first write. Technical writing doesn’t leave room for imagination or creativity. It’s dry, to the point, and sucks the writer’s soul right out of you. From there, I discovered the more lenient world of copy writing before having a passel of kids and deciding they needed their mom more than I needed a job I didn’t love.
As my boys grew up and started Kindergarten, I found I was left with time to indulge in a nearly-forgotten passion while they were out of the house. At first, I only dabbled. I wasn’t focused and didn’t really have a plan. When a friend suggested I try NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I discovered that writing every day was the true key to success. To meet the 50 000-word goal at the end of November, I needed to write close to 1700 words a day. The more I wrote, the easier it became, and I found my groove. It helped that the first novel I wrote was journal-style, which forced me to write in a linear fashion and kept me on track.
When the first book was finished, I edited… and edited… and edited… and had a friend edit… and submitted it to agents and publishers, but when all I received were “Dear Author” rejection letters, I decided to try the self-publishing route. Mostly, I was in a hurry to become famous… so when I revisited that first book last year, I found parts of it were cringe-worthy. A lot like the poetry I had submitted as a child, my first novel was lacking in finesse, and while reviewing it, I could easily understand why I had initially received form rejection letters.
A lot has happened since I wrote and released that first novel. Most of it has involved practicing. Just like an athlete, a writer has to train regularly. We need to read, study resources, ask questions, connect with other writers, and not only accept constructive criticism, but be willing to act on it.
Without the practice of my early writings, I wouldn’t have been able to craft the Liminal Series. It’s complicated, with multiple plot lines, developing characters, and world building. The prose is a bit more poetic, but the audience is young, so I need to keep them in mind. This series started out as a self-indulgent journey into whimsy, but it has forced me to step out of my comfort zone, and I dare I admit it… plan.
I’m a lazy writer by nature, but a diligent editor by choice, so while plotting isn’t one of my strengths, cleaning up my writing messes is. Everyone has their unique way of finding their voice, putting it to paper, and sharing it with the world; it’s important to embrace it, acknowledge the differences, but always know that you aren’t on this journey alone. The world needs creativity in every form, and there’s no right or wrong way to go about creating a quality product worthy of sharing.
About The Books
Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.
Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.
The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.
When Bean fails to secure Nadia’s human magic, she puts her entire race at risk. Liminals fade as fast as Shadow-monsters emerge, creating a disturbing imbalance between light and dark.
Liminals aren’t the only creatures affected by things that go bump in the night—humans are equally at risk. Knowing the ravenous appetites of the Shadow-monsters will grow out of control, Bean, Tissa, Pritt, and Ping are forced to deal directly with the dire situation. Armed with the ancient secrets of their people, they band together to destroy their enemies and return balance to their magical realm.
The existence of all things Liminal depends on their success.