Contributor Interview with Jenn Jarrett

Everyone, welcome Jenn Jarrett to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.

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“Jenn writes introspectively but still manages to perfectly capture that moment of reflection in a way that so many writers can relate to. Her writing is almost like a poetic version of my own diary.”

— Lizzie Thornton, editor for Cardigan Press

[E] Welcome, Jenn, to Cardigan Press! We’d love to know: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?

My favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a darker edge. The weirder the world I’ve created, the happier I am with it! I love to think about what could never happen in reality and create a story around a fundamentally different existence.

But I also like to jump the line between the supernatural and ideas based in fact by also dabbling in science fiction. In that genre, I write less about space and more about what could happen in biological systems on macro and micro scales. In simpler terms…I love things like zombies, but for the science instead of the action. In college, I’d planned to get a degree in genetics before switching to professional writing, and that shows in my science fiction tastes!

I write these magical, experimental worlds toward the Adult audience, but I keep the themes and content at a crossover level. I loved reading Adult books through high school and want my own writing to have that appeal for any young adult who might reach for it.

[E] We enjoyed a lot of Adult books in high school too, so we love that you keep that in mind with your writing! In what way would you say your submission to Cardigan Press is similar and/or different from your usual fiction?

To find a literary voice to suit Cardigan Press’s tone and lean away from my typical commercial writing style, I let introspection about my publishing goals exist without lacing it through a fictional character’s experience. I then aimed it away from a first-person stream of consciousness to a third-person narrative view of my writing process. That became a small but powerful piece that compares the societal view of success with what’s within my personal control. Learning how to adjust to a literary voice for the vignette was a fun challenge, but the themes of self-discovery and individual thought reflect throughout all my writing.


[E] We love that it was a challenge for you, yet, you were still able to deconstruct your writing style to fit the submission call in a scientific way to create the perfect piece! We can’t wait to publish your vignette. But until then: how can readers best support your writing career?

I hope to start querying a dark fantasy full of monsters in March and self-publish the first book in a nonlinear, dragon-focused series within the next twelve months, so if anyone wants a fresh Fantasy voice soon, they can find me on Twitter. I’m also a professional editor with more information here.

[E] We can’t wait to support your future book! Thank you so much, Jenn, for hanging out with us! We’re so excited for readers to explore your writing and get to know you!

Everyone, please show your support and at least give her a follow!

Do you know Jenn? Comment below and let others know what Jenn’s writing means to you. If this is your first time meeting her, say hello!

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