Author Jen K. Blom’s debut novel, will lead mid-grade readers right out of winter with charm and insight into POSSUM SUMMER. Warm with message, it speaks to all a story can and should be to kindle a kid’s love of reading.
We’d like to thank Ms. Blom for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.
AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?
Jen: My first pub is my debut, POSSUM SUMMER (Holiday House, March 2011)
AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.
Jen: Well, the short version is it’s about a girl, her decision to adopt a possum against her military father’s orders, and how she deals with trying to raise him and set him free. The long version involves snakes, dogs, possums, falling in ponds, getting caught, discovering your teachers are actually pretty cool, and eating. A lot of eating.
AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who (or what) else do you feel has contributed to your success?
Jen: Writing friends, definitely. And my husband. He read POSSUM SUMMER in the bath and stayed in until he finished it. It was the first time I’d managed that feat.
AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?
Jen: Whenever my little girl (10 mos, at present) is sleeping! Time to write gets more and more precious as she grows!
AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?