Interview with Tenner Denise Jaden & Giveaway!

Today I'm thrilled to welcome fellow TennerDenise Jaden, whose novel Losing Faith comes out this week! It was so much fun to see Denise in NYC for Book Expo America last May, especially because Denise and I have been critique partners for the last year. She's also a member of the Class of 2K10 and The Contemps. Also, she's having cool contests and giveaways to celebrate her launch, so be sure to check out her website.  Giveaway details below.  Welcome, Denise!

LosingFaith

LosingFaith

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What's your favorite flower and why?The tiare – which is a Tahitian gardenia. I love this flower first of all for the amazing fragrance, but also for its simplicity. I’ve been a Polynesian dancer for most of my life, and it is a much-loved flower that our group often uses in costumes.Oooo! So pretty I had to include a shot. Gardenias mean "ecstasy and transport" in the language of flowers, and they're one of my favorite fragrances.Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?Chocolate fixes everything. LOL. Actually, I love quotes, and though I don’t keep one by my desk, I often have a particular one running through my mind. The one I’m remembering most these days is: Fear ends where faith begins.Agreed! It takes a lot of faith to write a book, don't you think?Which book do you wish you could live inside?Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite novels, and while I would not want to be around during some of the extremely painful situations Kate and Teri had to navigate their way through, I did love the feel of the small town and loved the characters. That would be a great book to live in I think!I thought Catalyst was fascinating, too.  Who's your favorite dead writer and what book of his/ hers would you recommend? (We don't want to hurt the feelings of the living here!)I’m having to think really hard here, because I only recently (in the last ten years) discovered my love for reading. As a young adult, I read almost nothing, and feel like I have so much to catch up on now. I haven’t (yet) read any Jane Austen or even Catcher in the Rye. (Don’t throw things at me, please! I’m trying really hard to make up for my life-long lack or reading!)I’m going to have to say F. Scott Fitzgerald, as The Great Gatsby is one book I loved that comes to mind.What book have you read more than any other and why?Like I said above, I’m playing catch-up, so I rarely read a book more than once. There have been a couple, though, that I’ve read twice: Twilightby Stephanie Meyer and The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.Love, love, love Wes in The Truth About Forever.  How do you structure your writing time? (specific details appreciated)I write for about an hour a day. My son (by the grace of God) still naps at six years old, and I put all other things aside during that one hour. “Slow and steady wins the race” is my motto for this stage in my life, and at least six days per week I spend that hour working toward outlining, first drafting, or revisions on one of my works in progress. I always have more than one project on the go at a time, and depending on my mood or focus, I may focus on a book that only needs line-edting one day, and maybe on another book that needs major structural changes on another day. Or if I have a spurt of creative ideas, I may feel the need to just outline or write out a scene I’m seeing in my head for no particular purpose at all. But it all keeps my creativity flowing. I find it difficult to get back into writing after even just a few days off.What was the hardest part of writing Losing Faith?The hardest part of writing Losing Faith was making the mystery element work. In fact, it took me a long time during the outlining and early drafts to admit it was a mystery! Getting all the clues to surface at the right time, adding in red herrings, etc. these are all things I needed an incredible amount of help from my critique partners to make work.Why did you choose to write about a cult-like group?Initially, I just had the idea of a dead sister with a secret. As I started to play around with ideas of the secrets the sister could have he`ld, I received very encouraging “oohs” and “aahs” from friends and critique partners when I hit on the cult idea. As I started to write the outline for Losing Faith, the idea really came alive to me.What’s the best part of being a Tenner?You! Well, okay, you and the other ninety(?) something people who have given me their support and words of encouragement! It’s so wonderful to feel like you’re not alone on this amazing but scary journey. I’ve had so many questions answered (without even having to ask them myself) and had so many friends pick me up when I’ve been down. I really couldn’t ask for a better support system on this roller coaster ride!I know what you mean.  Writing would be so lonely without the gang.  Thanks so much and best of luck with the launch!!Thank YOU, Amy! I can’t wait to hear what the language of flowers says for tiare!You can find out more about Denise and her novel at her website or follow her on Twitter, @denisejaden.Giveaway Alert!!!Denise has generously agreed to send a copy of Losing Faith to one of my faithful followers. So you will receive one entry for every way you follow me or Denise. Please link (if possible) and list how you do it, including blog followers, Facebook friends, Facebook Fans of Forget-Her-Nots, Twitter followers, @denisejaden & @amybrecountwhit. Contest for US & Canadian addresses. Contest ends on 9/13 at noon. You must be 13 years old to enter. Please comment below to enter. Thanks!!