Hello, and welcome to my website. Although I write as Jennifer Redmile, you'll find me on most social media sites as just Jen (without the 'just' of course). I grew up on the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney NSW, and since then I've spent most of my life being a bit of a gypsy.
Choosing the genre for my first novel wasn't exactly rocket-science. I'd always been an avid fantasy fiction reader, and always worked with children, so when I went looking for a concept to base my book on, it was a natural progression to combine the two and make it a children's fantasy novel. Thus was born my debut novel, The Children of When, my NaNoWriMo project for 2014.
I currently live in a small Aboriginal Community, 3 hours from Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia with my husband, and two gorgeous puppy dogs. My husband and I have both worked as supervisors in the boarding school system, and this provided the inspiration for my novella What Ghost? Hence, some of the details contained in that particular book may bear a slight resemblance to the realities of the life of a boarder (well, maybe the ghosts are a bit of a stretch).
So... fast forward to what has happened since I started writing in 2014?
- I've recently completed and published Book 2 in The Children of When series, Valleron, and am currently working on the 3rd book and (maybe?) final book in the series, Dragardia.
- I'm also currently working on the 2nd book in the What Ghost? series. (So many books and ideas, so little time)
- I've also completed and published a New Adult Romance 2 book series entitled Morwitch, about a witch and a dragon shifter.
So what's next you ask? I promise you'll know as soon as I do!
Here are some Interview questions from a recent blog-hop:
What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
I suppose the hardest part for most writers is lack of confidence in your own ability. In other words, is the story and the way I’ve written it good enough for anyone else to want to read? Working and collaborating with other writers during NaNoWriMo was a huge bonus, because everyone is encouraging each other to keep going. It also helped having a few people reading as I wrote, and when they said to hurry up and finish it because they wanted to know what happened next I figured I must be doing something right.
What is your favorite late night snack?
Hmmm…it depends what I actually have in the house, but the perfect scenario would be Pepsi Max on tap, with chocolate/biscuits and cups of tea made and brought to me by my awesome husband Paul. Although if it’s getting close to the monthly foray into town to replenish our supplies, it often ends up being a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of cordial.
How did you come to write this particular book or series?
I had just finished a 10 week contract as a boarding supervisor at a Residential College for teenage kids. After the first week of being home full-time, my hubby suggested I not go back to work and live on one wage for a while. I heard about this writing challenge called NaNoWriMo, where you have to write 50,000 words in a month. As it was October, and the challenge runs throughout the month of November, I started thinking about writing a book. I’ve always been a huge reader of fantasy novels, and I’ve always worked with kids. So I decided to write a fantasy novel about kids for kids. I’m not really sure where the original idea came from, but the story has evolved from what the characters tell me to do next.
Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
Wow, I’ve never really thought about this to be honest. I guess I’d have to say I’d like a beachside acreage, with my own little ‘writer’s retreat’ overlooking the ocean and separate from the house. *Sigh* Maybe one day…
Where do you actually write?
Funny you should ask that. Up until recently I had my own office in the house, and then my 23yo son moved back in, so my office is now in my bedroom. I even made hubby change sides of the bed so he has ‘his side of the room’ and I have mine, complete with desk, laptop, and stick-its all over the wall. My 2 dogs, who have always had beds under my desk, are over the moon because now they have a choice of being under the desk or on the bed and still be near me at all times.
*Update November, 2015* My son has now moved back out and I have my office back. Have got to say it's like having my own piece of paradise back lol.
Top Ten Things in my life
1. My husband, the most awesome man ever.
2. My kids: Carly is 27 and Brendan is 25…and they have both turned into adults I’m very proud of.
3. My dogs Ashie and Molly.
6. Weekends... writing time..
7. A cup of tea I didn’t have to make myself
8. A meal I didn’t have to make myself
9. Sleeping (okay, so it’s important enough to be mentioned twice because lately it tends to come in short bursts).
10. My amazing writing buddy, Alison Clifford, without whose constant praise and inspiration I’d have given up long ago.