Welcome to Dane’s Author of the Week~My 1st Author of this new venture is the talented and wonderful J.P.Grider of Maybe This Life.
1. What is your novel about? Please provide a short blurb: My new novel, Maybe This Life, is a reincarnation love story. This is part of the blurb on back of the book. How would you feel if a man you just met triggered visions of a haunted life that was not your own, but those memories inflicted pain and fear as real as if you had lived through them? And, what if those visions were a warning of a similar fate? Would you have the courage to change your own future by arranging those warnings, like pieces of a puzzle, to form a new destiny?
For Lena Giordano, finding that courage isn’t going to be easy. Abused relentlessly by her fiancé, twenty-five year old Lena is putting herself in danger by not breaking her engagement and her visions of her great-great grandmother, Angelina, are confirming this risk. Then, thirty-eight year old Rick Murphy appears, claiming he has been in love with Lena for nearly one-hundred years. Rick’s presence triggers nightmares even more intense than before, forcing Lena to put the pieces of her visions together to learn her destiny. Though for Lena, even after her puzzle is complete, the bravery she needs to open her heart is even more tormenting than the abuse she endures.
- How long did it take for you to write your novel? Maybe This Life has been a work in progress for almost four years. It was the first novel I ever completed, but while I was waiting on literary agents to answer my queries, I began writing and completed Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star). I then realized I could write a better novel in Maybe This Life, so I scrapped the entire manuscript and began writing it again from scratch. Hence, the four years.
- What was the inspiration behind the story? The inspiration behind Maybe This Life was my great-grandmother Lena. She was wonderful woman who had endured an abusive lifetime. She was abused by both her mother and her husband. I decided that my grandmother needed a second chance at a better life, so I fabricated her reincarnation and gave one to her.
- Will there be a sequel? If so, tell us about it. I don’t think I could make Maybe This Life a sequel, however I do write about a particular family, the Giordanos, and each one will probably have their own story. In Unplugged, Mara Giordano is the cousin to Lena Giordano in Maybe This Life. Lena is one of six siblings, so it’ll be fun to keep the family going…kind of like the Montgomerys in Jude Deveraux’ early novels.
- What do you hope readers will get from your book? I hope they will find that if they are in a similar situation as Lena, that they can get out of it. No one deserves being abused. That kind of life is a horrible one to have to live through. I hope my book will give some readers the courage to break free…there is a better life out there.
- Why did you choose to go the self-published route? Will you still try Traditional Publishing? At first, I tried getting published the traditional route, but I found the querying process is brutal. I became depressed, because I was spending most of my time querying and very little time actually writing. So, I decided, my manuscripts were getting nowhere sitting at home, that even if a few people got to read them, that was better than none. But I found that I love self-publishing. I have control of my entire story, my cover design and if I decide I want to lower my price or have free weekends, I’m able to do that. I’m not sure if I would try traditional publishing. I think about it often, but find self-publishing is really the right choice for me.
- What’s been the hardest thing on your journey as a writer? Finding time to write has been the toughest thing. The writing is so easy. I have tons of stories in my head, but not the time to get them all down. I have four children and a 30 hour a week job. It’s frustrating that I can’t write most of the time. I actually squeeze in paragraphs here and there. Fortunately, my stories are created while I’m driving or washing dishes, so when I do have time to put pen to paper, the words just flow.
- Plotter? Or Pantster? Definitely panster. When I first started writing Maybe This Life, I had a storyboard and everything. Of course, that was the manuscript I scrapped. So, writing by the seat of my pants is definitely more effective for me.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I like to read. I can live in a book. But I also spend a lot of time hanging out with my family. Recently, the kids and I started a family reading night. We all sit in the living room and read a book. Then we talk about it. It’s kind of a take on family movie night.
- Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Well, since I’m virtually still an aspiring writer myself, I suggest never giving up. You have a story to tell and you deserve to tell it. No matter which route you go, eventually, people are going to read your book. And it such a wonderful feeling to hear someone come up to you and tell you “Wow, I loved your book, I couldn’t put it down.”
- Finally: Favorite movie off the top of your head? It Could Happen to You – with Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda. I just love the hope in that movie. And that’s how I go about living my life – knowing anything is possible – Bestselling author? Sure, it could happen to me.
Thanks for stopping by J.P Grider. We enjoyed having you. You can buy J.P. Grider here. http://www.amazon.com/J.P.-Grider/e/B006MXVOWM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1341835586&sr=8-1
J.P. Grider (1966 – ) born in Paterson, New Jersey as Julianne Pellegrino was raised in Haledon, New Jersey, the oldest of six siblings. Her love of writing started early in her childhood when she started writing poetry in-between homework assignments. As part of a school work program as a Journalism major in High School, J.P. Grider worked as a freelance reporter for a local newspaper, writing feature stories about exceptional high-school classmates. She studied Television Production and Film Writing at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
Two of J.P. Grider’s novels have won awards in the Textnovel Writing Contest, with her recently published, Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) reaching Semi-finalist position. Maybe This Life is J.P.’s second novel to be published.