Thursday 27 June 2013

Author Interview: Jennifer Sivec

About the Author:

Jennifer is from Oberlin, Ohio and is married to her best friend and love, who keeps her laughing and focused. They have two energetic little sons who give them purpose and happiness.

Writing has been Jennifer's saving grace her entire life and her very personal passion, fueled by her early love of reading. Early influences were Classics such as Little Women, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, and Shakespeare. She has always written solely for sanity, sanctity of the soul, and peace of mind.

"Leaving Eva" is Jennifer's first complete work, and has been several years in the making. It was inspired by her own abandonment as a child.

Jennifer can be contacted at or you can find her author page, Jennifer Sivec on Facebook.   Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I start out with a plan, or an idea of what I want the story to be. But as I write I usually find that it takes on a life of it's own and creates it's own picture in my mind. It typically evolves into something that I never imagined it would be, which is my favorite part of telling the story.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

Always! I breathe life into them, and then they become these entities that create their own destiny and there is nothing that I can do to stop them. Nor do I really want to.

What is your favourite food?

I don't have a favorite. I'll usually try anything and I do like most things. I would have to say that I enjoy pasta immensely.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Both. I am usually up late, but then I am also an early riser. I like the night because it's quiet.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I want to travel to Italy because it looks so beautiful and seems so romantic.

Do distant places feature in your books?

Not yet.

Do you listen to music while writing?

I listen to music all of the time, but not while writing. When I'm writing, I need to be able to clear my mind. I will listen to music to set the mood, or the tone of the scene that I'm writing.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

"Leaving Eva" is about a child who is cruelly and thoughtlessly abandoned by her parents. She is then adopted by a woman who wants nothing more than to have a child of her own, and can't. The circumstances in which she is raised are violent and horrific and she has to find a way to cope with the pain. In doing so, she is able to maintain a fairly normal life and even falls in love and gets married. But the story is really about her strength and her willingness to love and to be loved.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

I've learned a lot. Less is more, write what you feel, don't be redundant, don't be afraid.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I've really just begun, so I would say "no". I'm happy with where I am.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

My writing is influenced by real life, by my emotions, by what my heart is feeling at the time that I am writing. I love to read, so reading inspires me to write and influence how I view life, even if just for one moment.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

Don't give into your fear and don't worry about what other people say or think. Write like nobody but you is ever going to read it, and you will find that your writing is more honest and true.

What are three words that describe you?

strong, compassionate, truthful

What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

My favorite writer is probably John Steinbeck and I love the book "East of Eden" and have read it numerous times.

Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book

There is a cliffhanger and several things left undone at the end of "Leaving Eva." So my next book will be the sequel "Finding Eva" where all of the unresolved issues will be taken care of and revealed.

List of previous books if any

"Leaving Eva" is my debut novel.

Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.

You can find me on facebook and twitter. My facebook page is!/pages/Jennifer-Sivec/435181503228103

Twitter is @jennifersivec


Leaving Eva
by Jennifer Sivec
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Abandoned as a child, Brynn is adopted into a violent and tumultuous world under the deceptive guise of a Mother's love. She accidentally discovers a secret way to survive which helps to disguise the brokeness within. Early and often Brynn is left to fend for herself, as those who are supposed to love and protect her most, fail.

In High School, Brynn unexpectedly falls for sweet, handsome Adam. He tries to teach her that she can have hope and happiness, if she only will embrace it. As an adult, it appears as though Brynn has her life together. No one except for Adam really knows her secret pain and history has an unkind way of repeating itself.

Suddenly she is faced with destroying her greatest love, and the need to confront her own fear before it swallows her completely. In the end, Brynn discovers a truth about herself that changes everything, and gives her the freedom to accept the beautiful possibilities of what life can be.

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