It's Writer Wednesday and we are happy to have
Jen Smith, author of SICK
here with us today!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
In a nut shell, I’m an egomaniac with an inferiority complex constantly seeking humility… a life long battle that coincides with my daily reprieve from addiction contingent upon my spiritual condition. I do not take myself too seriously, on a good day anyways.
Do you work another job when you are not writing?
I work as an Investment Analyst for a mutual fund company.
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
I love to travel, I’m headed to Belize in two weeks!
What is your favorite color? Why?
I like Green, it’s the color of trees, grass, money, and it comes in so many beautiful shades.
What is your favorite season? Why?
Spring because it just started! Yay! Warm weather here we come!
If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?
Probably Bali Indonesia; It’s an amazing place and I was fortunate to spend a month there. I love the culture and the kind people there.
If you could have any car, what would it be?
Tell us about your writing:
How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
I have been writing off and on throughout my like and have dreamed about telling my story for a long time. After much healing and therapy I was finally ready.
Not enough but I still have the day job.
Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
I usually schedule my writing time for the second book I’m writing but blog post tend to just come to me randomly. I tend to stop what I’m doing and write them when that happens.
Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
I can write anywhere.
Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
Quiet is better but not necessary. I have a teenage son that often disrupts my quiet space with technology and dubstep music.
Tell us about your book:
What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
The book is called SICK and it is part one of a three book series also called SICK.
Where did the idea come from? How long did it take to write?
The first book took a year to write and I hope to have the second finished by the end of the summer.
What is it about?
Small time drug deals, touring with the Grateful dead, and a passion for growing pot filled my world before I met Greg. But the first time I got off a flight, strolled over to the baggage claim in my carefully chosen new outfit and picked up two brand new flowered suitcases filled with eighty pounds of Mexican swag pot, I felt like I had found my true calling in life. The adrenaline rush of getting away with something big along with the money I would make was a new kind of high I’d never before experienced. I was instantly addicted. Making money organizing drug runs around the country was intense. Greg and I were a money making duo like none other. Life with Greg was exciting for a while but it wasn’t long before it became a cat and mouse game – then a complete nightmare.
Words like belittling and narcissistic were not in my vocabulary. Later, learning these words helped me disconnect from the mental torture. The tension would build as I protected him while he isolated me from friends and family. Then there would be an incident of abuse which confused me. At first it was lying, hurtful words and actions but quickly escalated to guns at my head, knives, and using my son to manipulate and control me. The honeymoon phase would be another fabulous trip to Hawaii or resort hopping around the world. I didn’t see the cycle or even understand abuse. The drugs and alcohol allowed me to tolerate and numb the pain until my spirit dwindled down to a shadow of nothingness. How could I escape the far reaching sabotage of any attempt at my freedom? Could there be a way out? Could I find a way to spare my son from this drug infested violent existence that would surely crush his soul?
Your other work:
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published? As I mentioned I am bust writing the second book of the series SICK.
Where can readers connect with you?
I love to connect with reader and other authors, it’s truly a joy.
Jen Smith SICK Blog
Follow me on Face book
Where can we buy your books?
SICK on Amazon
Barnes and Noble