Happy Thursday everyone, hope you’re having a blessed day. Today I am sitting down with YA Contemporary Fiction author Jen Lowry. I’m eager to get to know more about this author. What about you? Check it out below.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a momma in a blended family of seven, Literacy Coach, English teacher, podcaster, business owner, and homeschool mom.
What genre do you write? Why?
I started off writing YA contemporary fiction, and Sweet Potato Jones will be published in 2020 with Swoon Romance, but have evolved over the past year and challenged myself to explore different genres. It has been so rewarding. I will say that my favorite to write is horror/paranormal, contemporary fantasy and historical fantasy.
How does your normal day look like?
Crazy. On the way to work, I host a daily podcast for authors on my drive. I am a Literacy Coach, English I teacher at a large, metropolitan high school. After work, it’s homeschool time to my two fabulous boys, and I have to squeeze in cooking and napping in there, too. I write after the day is done, try to upload a YouTube video, and keep all of my social media up to date. On the weekends, I have “Homeschool Adventures,” as we call them in my house, so after we are finished up with that, I head back to writing before UFC. Sunday is church and errand day, so I’m always on the go.
What is your favorite hobby?
Hands down, watching UFC. Every Saturday, you’ll catch us around the big screen, eating snacks, and enjoying the fights.
If you could be one person who would it be?
Me. I could never be anyone else because that would mean I wouldn’t have my children, and they are my heartbeats.
Who is the main character in your book? Tell us a bit about them.
Lyric Harper is finishing up her junior year when she receives the letter she’s been waiting for all year. She was chosen for a special summer program at Harmonic Arts Center and will spend her senior year with musical geniuses from around the world. She plays guitar (Daisy), writes music, and thinks of herself a little weird the way the music plays in her head.
What does your writing process look like?
My summer months are spent writing, usually 18 hour days (no joke) because when school hits, I’m too busy to push out novels. I bank them and set them to preorder. So, now my fall schedule is set with books for my readers to enjoy.
What do you have in the works right now?
I’m currently working on my second book of illustrated poetry called, Heartbeats, have to write my first adult sweet romance before the end of September to meet a deadline, and am compiling an anthology of 20 authors called, Everyday God Things, where all proceeds will go to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
What should we expect from you in the coming months?
Stick around because the Holy Spirit is always at work. Honestly, I surprise myself, so follow me to find out!
Do you have any special closing statement you would like to share with your fans?
Never stop writing. Have the courage to push through any self-doubt and continue to improve your craft each day. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be you. Honor your blank page. Write your story.
Jen Lowry is North Carolina born and raised, still holding on to that country slang that is unique to the small town of Maxton she loves so much in Robeson County. She is an avid enthusiast of all things horror, UFC, and binge watches old episodes of Quantum Leap. She finds herself comfier in a pair of pajamas and would make all public appearances in them if she could get away with it. When she isn’t literacy coaching, author coaching, or homeschooling her two fabulous boys, she can be found napping or singing loudly, probably napping. Jen has her doctorate degree in Christian Ministry and is a member of Raleigh First Assembly. Check out Jen’s official author sites all over the net from podcasts, YouTube, Instagram, and more by searching up Jen Lowry Writes or follow her on @jenlowrywrites. Contact Jen for special author appearances and teaching opportunities or stay up to date with her journey at http://www.jenlowrywrites.com.
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Lyric Harper & the Harmonic Bridge
Lyric Harper, musical genius, is about to embark on her senior year at the most prestigious arts school in the world nestled right in the pines of North Carolina. Harmonic Arts Center, this hidden gem of talent and artistry, has another mission than to equip talented young musicians with the heart for greatness but to test and develop their inner spirit to bring out their mythological nature. Seven youth are selected for an early admittance summer program under the guise of performing at the opening showcase in the fall. They are called for a greater purpose and shapeshift, train, and work as one flock to combine their gifts to defeat the creatures threatening to cross the Harmonic Bridge into our world. Birds of a feather fly and rock together in this new MG Contemporary Fantasy set in 1985.