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Jenna Blum

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JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US (Harcourt, 2004), THE STORMCHASERS (Dutton, 2010), and THE LOST FAMILY (Harper Collins, 2018); the novella "The Lucky One" in GRAND CENTRAL (Berkeley/Penguin, July 2014); the audio course “The Author At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction” (Recorded Books, 2015).
Her first memoir, WOODROW ON THE BENCH, about her last seven months with her beloved 15-year-old black Lab and what they taught her, will be published by Harper Collins on 10/26/21.

Jenna is the CoFounder/ CEO of literary social media marketing company A Mighty Blaze, and she's one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna is based in Boston, where she taught at Boston University and now te
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Jenna Blum Dearest! Everyone, the questioner is Louise Miller, who is a chef by morning, author by afternoon. Her novels are heartfelt and delicious! (with recip…moreDearest! Everyone, the questioner is Louise Miller, who is a chef by morning, author by afternoon. Her novels are heartfelt and delicious! (with recipes....)

I absolutely disappear down the research rabbit hole, which is part of the process. Before I write any part of my historical fiction, I allot a few months just for research. This takes the form of a lot of reading, reading, reading, with highlighter in hand. Once I've underlined pertinent passages, I hand-copy them into a notebook I use--I'm still old-school that way! The Internet helps by providing images for my image boards. I have them for every character. The Lost Family was especially fun because there are three POV characters: Peter, in 1965; his wife June, in 1975; and their daughter Elsbeth, in 1985. They each had their own image board in my study!

I also do what one reader kindly called "method research" but what one might also call "craziness." I try to emulate as much of my characters' lives as possible while writing. I listen to the music they would have. Read the books they would have read. I bake and cook everything that appears in my novels--for Those Who Save Us, which is set half in a bakery, I baked everything in it!, and for The Lost Family, which features Peter's 1965 Manhattan restaurant, Masha's, I created and kitchen-tested the menus. (With the enthusiastic aid of my fiancé and our black Lab, who were the taste testers.) I dress like my characters if I can--while writing June, whose section is set in 1975, I wore bell-bottoms and a FEMINIST t-shirt. And I travel to the settings whenever possible. I went to Germany four times to research Those Who Save Us. Went stormchasing for 8 years for my second book, The Stormchasers. And went to New York and Minneapolis with The Lost Family (arguably not quite as exotic but just as fun!).

Is this rabbit-hole enough? :)

I really LOVE the research process and highly encourage you and all writers not to be intimidated. Choose subjects you love and you get to live an alternate life! Also, it's tax-deductible.

Love,
Jenna. XOXO!(less)
Jenna Blum A Winston Churchill quote I have above my desk: "Never give in, never give in, never give in." Also: read voraciously. Also: create something. It does…moreA Winston Churchill quote I have above my desk: "Never give in, never give in, never give in." Also: read voraciously. Also: create something. It doesn't matter if it's good or bad to start. Just tell the story. x(less)
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Jenna Blum added a status update: Hey, you guys! I’m THRILLED to announce I’m expecting BOOK 4, my first memoir WOODROW ON THE BENCH, about my last six months with my old guy and what they and he taught me about life, & the extraordinary community that sprang up around us, with Harper Books—OCT. 26, 2021! 🐾 ♥️ 📚
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“Life is so often unfair and painful and love is hard to find and you have to take it whenever and wherever you can get it, no matter how brief it is or how it ends.”
Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us

“How could she tell him that we come to love those who save us?”
Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us

“Heimat. The word mean home in German, the place where one was born. But the term also conveys a subtler nuance, a certain tenderness. One's Heimat is not merely a matter of geography; it is where one's heart lies. ”
Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us

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“Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”
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“I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued. I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

“So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information.”
George Orwell, Why I Write

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Donna Jenna, thank you for accepting my friend request on Goodreads.
Here's to a Happy New Year 2018.


Joseph Hi Jenna, thanks for following a new Goodreads Author. It's very much appreciated.

All the best,

Joseph


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Jenna Blum Hi, Beth:

Thank you for the friendship! Your books look great. I'm off to check them out right now!

Yours,
Jenna.


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Beth Hi Jenna,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!


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