Friday, July 12, 2013

Like a Virgin, Getting to Know You Bloghop!

First off, a huge thanks goes to Kristina Perez and Rhiann Wynn-Nolet for putting this together. You guys rock!! 


1. How do you remember your first kiss?

This is super embarrassing, but aren't all first kisses like really awkward and you hate the opposite party forever after? No. Okay, it's just me then.

There was this kid in my neighborhood who was a major player. Even though he had a girlfriend he totally kept making moves on me. We would hang out everyday, and since he was popular and I was not (I think I was 13 or 14 can't remember which) I thought if I kissed him he would dump his girlfriend and I would somehow become head of the cheerleading team.

Not the case.

Anyway. We were sitting on my washer and dryer in the dark when he asked to kiss me. It was this very quick peck on the lips which I told the whole school about. Afterwards I was ostracized further into my nerd hole. I got some new friends and realized being popular didn't matter after that. I don't think I've told anyone this story, so you guys should feel privileged.

2.What was your first favorite love song?

Haha, I can't really think of my first favorite love song, but the first song I really loved was Alanis Morset's 'Ironic'. I was an angsty teen :) 

3. What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?

Log on to iWrite. Love my peeps there. They keep me motivated :)

4.Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?

Stephanie Meyer. I loved Twilight when I first read it and was astounded that she was a stay-at-home mom like me. I thought if she could do it, I could do it.

5. Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?

Yes, but that chapter has drastically changed!

6. For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?

My first book that I attempted (never finished) I just had this dream of a guy crashing into a hidden house in the woods and I don't why that struck me so much, but I felt like writing a book about it. It was really bad.

7. What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?

Funny. Hopefully that's the case!

I want to hear about everyone else's firsts! Join the bloghop below!

*Update - the linky list isn't working right now, but I'm on it. Go here if you want to join.

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27 comments:

prerna pickett said...

I love that you chose 'fun'. I love reading fun books. sorry that your first kiss sort of blew, that guy sounds like a piece of work. I had that Alanis Morset CD in middle school and listened to it ALL the time, brings back so many memories!

ilima said...

I'm right there with you on the Stephenie Meyer inspiration. I have a feeling that club of SAHM writers is pretty huge because of her.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JA, in looking at your photo, I can't imagine you being anything but the popular, pretty, and nice girl.
And don't worry, my first kiss was epic awkward.

Ryann Murphy said...

*Woo! another angsty-teen kindred spirit! :) I'm STILL an Alanis fan ;P
Good luck in the contest!

Anonymous said...

Funny is good! And a lot of people seem to have been inspired by Twilight... Good luck in the contest!

Jaye Robin Brown said...

I hope your first kiss story goes in to a book one day. The washer/dryer is a great detail!

Good luck with the contest!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad to get to know you a little better.

Heather Holden said...

Oh, what a fun bloghop! I aspire for my own work to be viewed as funny, too. Fingers-crossed that'll end up being true for you!

PatEsden said...

Love how you thought one kiss with the right guy would change your world--and then the opposite happened. It's so real to being a young teen.

michelle said...

Great questions and answers JA.
The washer/dryer first-kiss-location is very interesting...
I must be the only person in the world who has never read a Stephanie Meyer novel.
Thanks for sharing.
Writer In Transit

Anonymous said...

And I DO feel privileged :) Also love that Alanis song and angsty teens. Glad you joined the bloghop (SMeyer was my inspiration too).

Kristina Perez said...

Ooh..."Ironic" is one of my fave songs from high school. And you know they say kisses are like pancakes, you always throw out the first back.

jessika fleck said...

I want to hear more about the guy crashing into the house in the woods...sounds like there's a good story there. And, the washer and dryer kiss? Pretty epic. :p

Katie Hamstead Teller said...

I love Alanis! Great song.

Cindy Schrauben said...

You are hilarious! I'm sure that "funny" will be a reoccurring thought. :) Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

Ah, Stephenie Meyer is a huge influence on me too, just not on my writing so much. I adore the Twilight series, even though I don't usually dare admit it in public.

And cheerleading... it seems like the Americans invented it just to ensure a proper social hierarchy among teenagers. Although it's probably not the Americans who invented it1

Julie Dao said...

Haha I love reading about everyone's awkward first kisses! Very cool that Stephenie Meyer inspired you. And I would love "funny" to be one of the things someone says about my books, too!

Emily R. King said...

Wonderful getting to know you better, Jen! I would love to read some of your funny writing!

Tammy Theriault said...

it's "ironic" that that's not really a love song...hehehehe. too cute girl, too cute!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Players are bad news...even the 13-year-old variety! Good to see you recovered.

I still haven't read the Twilight books. I know. I'm a loser.

John Wiswell said...

Lovely answers! And I think we all have the right to some really bad first fiction. How else can we get better?

nutschell said...

never heard of iWrite, but now I have to go check it out. Sounds like a fun group!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Sarah Allen said...

As awkward and awful as that first kiss was for you, honestly I find your situation really tender :) Maybe some story material right there?

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, with Joy)

Donna K. Weaver said...

This is an awesome post! "which I told the whole school about" You just made me smile!

Demetria Foster Gray said...

Sooooo funny. Loved learning more about you. Thanks for the insider view.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the peek behind the curtain. I remember Alanis -- we used to call one of her tunes the "stalker song"...