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Jen Blood

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Jen Blood is a professional editor and publishing consultant, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon Mysteries. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction, with writing influences ranging from Emily Bronte to Dennis Lehane, and any number of genres and authors in between. Her work has earned accolades and awards including the AIA Seal of Quality and the B.R.A.G. Medallion for ALL THE BLUE-EYED ANGELS, and honorable mention for Best in Fiction from the New England Book Festival for her second novel, SINS OF THE FATHER. All four of her novels have reached the Amazon Bestseller list in Mystery, Suspense, and Women Sleuths.

Born and raised among the smaller fishing villages of midcoast Maine, Jen's writing is rich with the details
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Jen Blood I don't actually believe in writer's block -- I'm from the school where you either write or you don't write, and waiting for the Muse to whisper in…moreI don't actually believe in writer's block -- I'm from the school where you either write or you don't write, and waiting for the Muse to whisper in your ear is career suicide. Personally, I sit my butt in the chair during the hours when I'm supposed to be writing (6am to 11am, usually), I have a word count I'm shooting for and specific scenes I'm working on, and I get it done. There are days when my writing sucks... That doesn't mean I'm blocked, it just means I'll have to work a little harder on revisions for that section when the time comes. The point is to get the words on the page -- you can always fix them later. (less)
Jen Blood Great question, Matty! I thought I had most of the series worked out when I first started -- there were graphs, there were flow charts, there were…moreGreat question, Matty! I thought I had most of the series worked out when I first started -- there were graphs, there were flow charts, there were Venn diagrams and vision boards... Many of those original ideas remained with me over the years, and there were definitely several major plot points that I knew from the outset. However, there have also been pieces that surprised even me.

One of the biggest surprises has been the evolution of Jack Juarez's character. In the first draft of All the Blue-Eyed Angels, Jack and Erin had actually been high school sweethearts (and Diggs, incidentally, was the bad guy)... That storyline had obviously been scrapped by the time I finished the final draft of Angels, and the Juarez who emerged was the quintessential tall, dark, and dreamy action hero. As I got to know Jack a little better, however, he started to show some of his true colors. The journey of discovery with all the characters has been interesting, but I think Jack's is my favorite because he was so unexpected.

So... I think I knew a lot of the plot when I first started, but occasionally my characters had their own ideas about the twists and turns. As the author, I felt it was my obligation to pay attention to my people's protests (Erin, in particular, proved to be unwieldy at times -- shocking, right?). I'm glad I listened, though... It turns out they usually knew what they were talking about. (less)
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“You look like you’re thinking some pretty deep thoughts there,” he said. “Just pondering the little mysteries,” I said. “Why are we here; where do we go when we die; am I really the only one who believes the Kardashians are a clear sign of the end times?”
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“I don’t know what I’d been hoping for, but it was something along the lines of, ‘Sorry I held out on you all these years—Colonel Mustard did it in the chapel with a tiki torch and a bottle of lighter fluid. And, oh yeah, here’s why.’ Clearly,”
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“Across the street, the general store was already in full swing. Pickups were packed in tight, fishermen in yellow slickers loitering outside with cigarettes and hot coffee. It looked like a casting call for the next Gorton’s fish sticks spokesman.”
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Sandra Great to meet you on Twitter and now here too, Jen. Looking forward to reading your work. Wishing you continued success in the New Year!


Teresa Lynn Jen, I am a Sue Grafton fan. She is noir detective. It's like being in the room with Sam Spade. I love it. www.teresalynn.net.


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