Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jennifer M. Eaton, Paper Wishes, plus #giveaway

AUTHOR: Jennifer M. Eaton                 
BOOK TITLE: Paper Wishes
PUBLISHER: Astraea Press
WHAT IS IT? One free Ebook Copy

Tell me a little about your book. Paper Wishes is a feel-good Christmas story about making Christmas wishes. It shows how Christmas wishes always come true… but not by giving you what you think you wised for… but by giving you what you meant to wish for.

What gave you the idea for this particular story? Paper Wishes was originally written for a Christmas-themed call for submissions.  In general I am a speculative fiction writer so I wanted to put a little “Christmas Magic” to the test, while keeping within the confines of the contemporary fiction genre

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it. Wow, I wished I had a cool story like this to tell my grandkids… but no.  Unfortunately Paper Wishes came purely from my imagination.

Do you see special challenges to marketing a book with a seasonal theme?  If so, what are they? Wow, yes!  The release date for Paper Wishes was in the summer.  It felt a little odd, trying to promote a Christmas story when it was 90 degrees outside.  The subject matter really limits the overall appeal of the story to about a month of actual reader-interaction. Nothing like adding a little pressure to the Christmas season!

How long before December did you submit to your publisher? Paper Wishes was accepted for publication in March of 2013. 

How and why did you choose this publisher? I really wanted to find a home for Paper Wishes that had a publisher and editors that could really understand the delicate nature of my characters and the whole idea of a real Christmas wish.  I had several offers for Paper Wishes, but after a conversation with Astraea, I felt comfortable, like they were a great fit.  Believe me, you can tell when someone has read your book and “gets it”, and I think it’s really important to have a publisher who believes in your story as much as you do.

What about your book makes it special? What’s not special about Christmas?  I think Paper Wishes brings the warmth of the holiday right into your e-reader.  I’ve had people contact me to tell me how inspired they were by reading the story.  There’s nothing like that… having someone you’ve never met be so moved by your story that they take the time to reach out and contact you. 

What does Christmas and/or winter mean to you? Christmas was always a great time of family, fun, and Christmas magic.  My parents went all out to keep the spirit of Christmas alive, even into our adulthood. I’m trying to do the same in my family.  Christmas is all about family, and belief, and sharing. 

What is your favorite Christmas or winter memory? My favorite Christmas memory is my mom yelling at my dad because Santa came down the chimney and dragged ashes all over her white carpet. I mean, geesh, Mom… like Dad has any control over Santa. I always wondered why Mom was laughing and yelling at the same time.

What was your favorite stocking stuffer? We always got silly putty in our stockings.  I used to love smashing it on the Sunday comics so the imprint of the picture would come off on the putty.  I used to do fun things like take the body of one character and add the head of another character.  Loads of fun!

What was your favorite Christmas present? The only thing that stands out is Ballarina Barbie.  Barbie’s were expensive, and I really wanted it.  I think I got an EZ Bake Oven, too.  Funny what you can make with a light bulb.

Where can people learn more about you and your work? You can find out more about my published stories at my website: www.jennifereaton.com    If you are interested about what I am working on, or some fun games/contests or the ramblings of my tangled mind, you can look up my blog: www.jennifermeaton.com

Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle. 
Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist... what more can you ask for?  Writing help did you say?  Well, sure!  Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

Her contemporary sweet romance, Paper Wishes is currently available in ebook format.  The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology.   Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.

Paper Wishes:  Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever. 
Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.
The First Day of the New Tomorrow: Maya dreams of having everything she wants, but when she gets it, she can’t give it back fast enough. (Coming in September, 2013 from Muse It Up)Short Links.  Just copy and paste!

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  1. Love the ashes story! Nice interview!

  2. Thanks Cheryl. I'd love to send you a copy of my book. Please shoot me an email from my contact page at www.jennifermeaton.com