I’m pleased today to have Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit sister Denise Jaden with me, talking about her new release NEVER ENOUGH, a young adult novel about the price of “perfection”. New from Pocket Pulse, the novel has already garnered some wonderful praise:
“In her sophomore novel, Jaden (Losing Faith) offers an intimate and enlightened rendering of anorexia and bulimia…Loann’s fight against forces that might be beyond her control is both harrowing and inspiring. While Jaden does not provide simple answers for the problems presented, she dramatically illustrates the importance of speaking out and reaching out.”
“Denise Jaden’s Never Enough is honest, gut wrenching, and oh so beautiful. It’s a book you can’t wait to share.”
—Eileen Cook, author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick
“Denise Jaden positively nails the love-hate relationship between two polar opposite sisters who share a single quest: the desire to be perfect, regardless of the cost. A compelling, often gut-wrenching coming-of-age novel, Never Enough will haunt you long after the last page.”
—From Jeannie Garsee, author of Before, After and Somebody In Between
I hope you’ll check it out.
INTERVIEW with DENISE JADEN
What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?
I’m still finding my “perfect process,” but lately I am a plotter. A very loose plotter. I usually have a two or three page outline, including a couple of scenes and an ending. Then I launch right into drafting. My “scheduled” writing time often gets interrupted, but I do write every day, and usually use word count goals to spur me on. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo every year since 2007, and I love pushing through to make word counts and then being surprised by some of the good things I’ve written at the end of a month of crazy-writing.
What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it?
The hardest part of the publishing process for me is the editorial letter at the beginning, especially if it’s vague. I follow editorial advice much better when I can see it pointed out in my manuscript, so I always find it a huge relief when I get to the line-editing stage. I brew my own wine at home, and let’s just say the supplies start to dwindle when the editorial letter arrives.
We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?
Loann wouldn’t be able to live without someone to talk to, so I’d definitely give her a friend. Also, her camera and a hair tie.
If your story were a film, who would you cast?
If Kat Dennings was a little younger, she would make a PERFECT Loann. Daren Kagasoff would make a great Marcus, and I’d love to see AnnaSophia Robb as Claire.
Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?
Yes! I’m having a celebration on my blog to go with my new book. I’m giving away lots of fabulous prizes! Anyone who comments on any of the GCC posts will automatically be eligible to win. There’s more information right here: http://denisejaden.blogspot.ca/2012/07/blog-tours-and-entries-and-prizes-oh-my.html