Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?
I think I was a writer right from the start. My parents have described me as a talker and wild story teller from the very beginning. Once second or third grade hit, I was able to really write and develop the little tales I came up with. I remember penning a story for my fourth grade class on my mom’s old typewriter. I kind of miss the bings and clicks it made. Anyway, I’ve been writing ever since.
What inspired you to write your book?
The inspiration for REBORN came from my annoyance with my freckles, a thought gathered at a writer’s conference, and my mother’s illness. All three elements combined beautifully to create a unique tale.
What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I hope readers learn to not judge others based on superficial qualities. I hope they learn to listen more and judge less, and to seek similarities rather than differences between themselves and others.
What drew you into this particular genre?
The first book I ever penned was a YA … and I was YA. I was seventeen at the time ideas for my IMAGINE series entered my brain. Add to that the fact that I eventually became a teacher and worked with teenagers… ta da!
If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?
I would want to talk to Ceera, as she is the youngest. Youth have different perspectives on what is occurring, and they are very pure in their thoughts and emotions.
What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?
Well, I’m a bit old-school, so Facebook is my main avenue for communication. But I’ve been branching out to Twitter and Instagram. I guess my nieces will eventually convince me to embrace Tik Tok.
What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?
Just write. Yes, some of it will not be good, but the only way to get better is to practice. And the best thing is to keep going, and not constantly re-read what you just wrote over and over again. You need a bit of distance from your writing. It’s better to let the words have a moment to themselves before you analyze them. And keep in mind, all rough drafts look quite, well, rough.
What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?
The sequel to REBORN is edited and right now my publisher is working on formatting and cover design. I’m super excited to see how fans react to this continued journey for Lexil, Finn, and other characters. As well, I have a picture book in development, and I am thrilled to see a story for a younger readership reach the shelves.
About the Author
Jenna Greene is a writer, podcaster, teacher, clumsy dancer, dragonboat coach, and semi-professional napper. She’s also the co-host of “Quill and Ink: A Podcast for Book Lovers” with Miranda Oh.