Jennifer Derrick

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Jennifer Derrick

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I became a writer at the age of six when my parents bought me a child’s typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay me a penny per page for any stories I churned out.

When I got older, I realized that I needed to make (much) more money from my writing so I first turned to the corporate world (where I learned that I am spectacularly unsuited to cubicle life) and ultimately to freelancing where I now write everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games.

My writing career came full circle when Clean Teen Publishing accepted Broken Fate, my first novel. By my calculations, my parents owe me about $3.00 for that book.

I live in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading anythi
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Jennifer Derrick Oooh. Tough question and one that I don't have a conventional answer to. I don't think there are too many books that everyone must read. I tend to bel…moreOooh. Tough question and one that I don't have a conventional answer to. I don't think there are too many books that everyone must read. I tend to believe that people should read what interests them, and for (non-fiction) things they need or want to know. If your interests lie in science fiction, my list would read very differently than it would for someone who loves thrillers, for example.

I know that schools will tell you differently... That you "have" to read certain books to be considered educated or to function as a citizen of the world. And maybe they're right. I'm not a teacher, so I don't know. I do know that a lot of kids stop reading for fun in high school because the "forced march" of reading wears them out. By forcing kids to read things that don't matter to them, schools end up teaching that reading is a chore and not a joy. (I didn't read much after high school for this very reason. I was burned out. It took me about six years to get back into reading for fun.) Sure, there's something to be gained from acquiring the discipline to read something, even when you don't want to, but four years of that kills a lot of interest in reading.

I say read widely, discover what you enjoy, and then read more of that. It's good to reach outside your comfort zone every now and then and try something new, as well. If you always read mystery, try fantasy, for example. Or try some non-fiction in areas you've never studied before. You might find a new interest or hobby. But just keep reading.

That said, like everyone, I do have my favorites. I keep a list of different genres and research materials on my website http://jenniferderrick.com/about/reco... It's an ever growing list and I work on it when I have time.

Of the "classics" I'd say the following are great reads that teach some important, universal lessons that are important in the world today:

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. A terrific lesson on what can go wrong with censorship.

1984, by George Orwell. A terrific lesson in what can go wrong when government runs amok.

The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. A terrific lesson on what can go wrong when we forget that other people are human beings.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. A terrific lesson on what can go wrong when we let racism rule the world.

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Jennifer Derrick I don't believe in it. I think that you can always find something to work on. You may not have any ideas for your current WIP, but you can work on som…moreI don't believe in it. I think that you can always find something to work on. You may not have any ideas for your current WIP, but you can work on something else.

I tend to think that writer's block is an excuse not to work. It's okay to admit that you're tired, had a bad day, unmotivated, etc., and you don't want to work right now. It happens to all of us. But don't call it writer's block and hole up like you're some tortured artist. If you want to work, you can always find something to write. It may be awful, but it's something and you can fix it later. (less)
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“Little Atropos, your sister baked a cake and I want to eat. Get your butt in here.”
Jennifer Derrick, Broken Fate

“Why should you believe your eyes? You were given eyes to see with, not to believe with. Your eyes can see the mirage, the hallucination as easily as the actual scenery.”
Ward Moore, Bring the Jubilee

“Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.”
Alex Haley

“Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that's why they're here. You'll have that gift forever.”
Danielle Steel, The Gift

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin, The Life & Letters of Charles Darwin

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Frank Herbert

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