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Jenny Martin

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Seattle, Washington, The United States



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Jenny Martin is an author, librarian, and Beatle-maniac. Her first novel, Tracked, is available now, from Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random-House.

She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction, and hangs out with people who like those things, too.

And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake. (Maybe you can recommend the perfect short stack?)

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Jenny Martin First of all, I don’t know who coined this advice, but I first learned it at DFW Writers’ Workshop. There, I heard it over and over…when it comes to…moreFirst of all, I don’t know who coined this advice, but I first learned it at DFW Writers’ Workshop. There, I heard it over and over…when it comes to writing, there are really only two rules:

1.) Don’t bore the reader, and 2.) Don’t confuse the reader.

Beyond that, I'm not anything else really matters.

2.) Read at least as much as you write. Read, read, read, read. Read good stuff and bad stuff. Analyze why like/don't like it. Deconstruct. Pick apart. Savor.

3. Find your voice. You’re not a news reporter. You’re not making a list of “stuff that happened.” Instead, you’re interpreting an experience. Channel your narrator or character and choose the exact, just right words that get that unique experience across. Choose the words your particular narrator/character would use; those are the right words. And maybe forget about passive verbs and adverbs and all the other paint-by-numbers rules. Just get inside. Tell the story from under the skin, from the heart. Tell it the way no one else can, and you’ll make it.
Jenny Martin Hi, Sofia! Thanks so much for asking! The sequel is in its final stages and I've seen a cover, but I don't know my release date yet. Hopefully, I'll…moreHi, Sofia! Thanks so much for asking! The sequel is in its final stages and I've seen a cover, but I don't know my release date yet. Hopefully, I'll be able to reveal this info soon! Here's what I can tell you about the sequel:
Phee has been through so much, but my spitfire girl still has a long way to go. She has some tough dilemmas ahead, and she’s the only one who can restore all that’s been lost. So much depends on her stepping up and evolving into the hero she needs to be.

One thing's for certain, the endgame is coming.

Thanks again for asking about the sequel--I can't wait to share it!
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Tracked (Tracked, #1)

3.68 avg rating — 829 ratings — published 2015 — 6 editions
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Alexandre Dumas
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you”
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Neil Gaiman
“He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity. He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does.”
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“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
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