Description: “I am the ring-less, “I don’t know what I want to do with my life, drinking too hard to be anyone’s role model, not going to judge you when you order a Diet Coke to go with two days worth of food, let me console you with my embarrassing attempts at love” friend sitting on the third row at weddings.’
Today, Jennifer Cie is being honest. There is no politically correct rhetoric slipping off her tongue as she admits to being an “underemployed, twenty-something-looking-for-
answers mess”. With wit wrapped in pockets of sarcasm, gripping honesty, and unabridged memories, the reader is taken on a ride through her trials in youth, love, and death in a quest to find out the answer to the root of one question:I wonder what happens after I get too old for people to accept my half-hearted apologies and “I’m doing the best I can” tears. What happens after I’ve been defeated by my first handful of woeful post-grad experiences and move back into my parent’s house indefinitely? What happens when I get tired of sitting in the state unemployment office from eight-thirty to eleven, reading rejection letters from noon to five, and writing depressing blog posts that no one will ever read from seven to two in the morning?”
What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
Currently, I go back and forth between creative non-fiction and fiction, but I would say fiction is my passion… I think the stories I write are reflections of how I feel about the world in a social sense, and, sometimes (in the case of Memphis Rain) that leads to a bit of socio-economic commentary. In all honesty, I love creating characters. I love being able to throw my imagination on the page.
Do you listen to music or have any forms of inspiration when writing?
I definitely listen to music when I’m writing non-fiction, it clashes with my thought process and helps me to take things lightly. I try to keep myself balanced when I’m wading in non-fiction; it’s easy to forget that your not writing in a diary. Fiction is a whole other thing. Sometimes there is music, but normally I go to coffee shops and libraries to soak up the background noises.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think it just happened on accident. I always wanted to be a poet, and, as I got older and learned different techniques creative writing really spoke to me. The way you can use a comma to twist the mood of situation or evoke the feeling of drowning–I saw that and thought , “yeah, that’s what I want to do”. Now, here I am.
Who or what was your inspiration for writing?
My mum was always pushing us to figure out what we wanted and to work to be great at it. Writing has always made me happy. The journey to get better, and one day be great is definitely my inspiration to write.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am actually quite the mediocre tennis player haha. I love going to the courts and trying to take people on. The intensity of working to get a winning angle on a shot, and learning someones style of play is thrilling for me. It’s also great for stress when you’re playing with someone that challenges you to hit them with the ball…
Where are from originally?
I am from South. I was born and aside from some time in Germany and Missouri, raised in Memphis, TN.
Where do you hang out online? Website URL, author groups, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc?
You can catch me ranting about things and going through the writing process on my blog: journeytopaperback.blogspot. com. I’m not interesting enoguh for twitter but feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What books are currently on your nightstand?
Right now? I actually just picked up Waiting by Ha Jin.
What would you like readers to know about you the individual?
Truthfully, I’m just like you. I’m still trying to figure out who Jennifer Cie is. I like what I’ve seen so far though.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
Most of work is written by hand before it ever hits the keyboard. I’m not sure why, but I love writing things out first. It was a real killer in school when I was writing research papers.
What was the most uplifting moment you’ve experienced in your writing career.
Honestly, I have quite a few of those every year, but I think after printed of my first book for editing at a FedEx Kinkos I felt complete. I knew I had done something no one could take away, that day was honestly a top moment in my life.
Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?
Exhausted. I am so nervous that I am exhausted.
Are you nervous about how readers will react to it?
Absolutely! Anytime I’ve written creative non-fiction I’ve had fluttering bear claws in my stomach. I am always afraid that who I am won’t come across the page. With Burn It being a memoir everything is twice as intense. It’s exciting though.
So, what can we expect in the coming months?
Expect the release of Burn It in print and digital form on July 29th! Expect me to blow out a sigh of relief on the 29th and to get to work on a historical fiction piece I’m excited to dive into writing. I hope you guys are around to see it! Thank you so much for having me today!
Blurb: “With the rest of her life ahead of her, Jennifer Cie, is taking a step back. As she reflects on what was once next, Jennifer dives into the past, finding mortality in no longer remembering how magical the world felt as a child, apologizing for the moment she realized she could not be her Prince Charming’s Cinderella, and lamenting the idea that in death people forget “there doesn’t have to be a dead boy in the room.” A collection of “what I wish someone would’ve told me” narratives exploring youth, love, and death, the reader is taken on a riveting ride through Jennifer Cie’s past as she accepts the present.”