Jenika lives in the Northeast with her husband Jason, their energetic daughter, and a spunky cat named Milo. She started writing at an early age, when her first real story consisted of a little girl who found a magical doll. Since then her stories have changed quite a bit, with her passion being the vampire genre.
When not writing a story or reading the latest novel by a favorite author, Jenika enjoys photography, scrap-booking, interior design, and gardening (even though she despises those creepy crawlies in the ground). Jenika loves cold and dreary days, when the rain is coming down and the sun is nowhere to be seen. Those are her favorite days to just sit behind her computer and create a new story.
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Q: How did you begin writing?
A: I can't say an exact date, but remember the first real story I had written as a child about a girl who found a magical doll. I started to read a lot, many of the stories being romance with paranormal elements involved. I read so many talented authors that I dreamed of writing a story that could be publishable. After reading so many novels, I thought one day, "Hey, I think I could write a story like this." After that thought, I didn't really pursue my dream, until one day my husband told me to give it a shot. So here I am, having my first story being published with Siren. I hope the readers enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Q: What is your writing dream?
A: Well, becoming a published author is a dream come true in itself, but if I had to think of the biggest dream come true I would have to say having one of my stories become a movie. I am sure many authors dream of that, I might be stretching it a bit, given the genre of my writing. I would love to see the characters in my stories, the ones I have grown to love on the big screen. It may be a stretch to desire something that could very well never happen, but then again that is why they call them dreams.
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: Ah, well that is a hard question. I have so many favorite authors that create amazing stories. If I had to choose a couple (because one just wouldn't be enough) I would have to say Wally Lamb, J.R. Ward, Kresely Cole, and Lora Leigh. Those of course are only the topping to the many great authors that are out there.
Q: Do you write full-time?
A: I wish, but alas, no, I don't. I have a small child to take care or, a full-time job, and I go to school. I try to write every day, and manage to a lot of the time, but life does get hectic as everyone knows, and sometimes I don't get to. I do try though.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Well, I have so many projects going at the same time it's ridiculous. What usually happens is that I work on one story, but then something pops in my head, or I see something that inspires me and I start on a brand new story. At the moment I have three different stories that I am working on; the second story to the "Dimi of the Seven Moons" series, the second story to the "Blood Breed" series, and a single title vampire tale.
Q: What inspires you?
A: It can be something as simple as a smell or a song, a building, or even a flower. You would be surprised how inspirational small, simple things can be when you open up your mind.
Q: What is something no one knows about you?
A: Well, some people know this, but I really don't talk about it a lot. I have OCD, and for everyone who isn't familiar with the abbreviation, it is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD is an anxiety disorder, which surprisingly enough is very common. My earliest memory of having OCD is when I was thirteen years old. At the time I didn't know why I had to do certain things, like washing my hands a certain number of times. It wasn't until I was seventeen years old that it got so bad that I asked somebody why I "had" to do these things. OCD is an unusual disorder, and very interesting in my opinion. I have learned to live with OCD and I believe it has made me a stronger person. We all have our struggles in life, but in the end, if we let them, they will make us a stronger person.
Q: What advice would you give aspiring writers?
A: Keep trying! Don't give up on your dream! It won't be easy, and you will probably get some rejections (everyone does), but keep your head held high and keep on submitting!
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