I am so excited to welcome Jennifer Archer, author of Through Her Eyes to my blog! She graciously agreed to an interview as part of the Through Her Eyes blog tour!
How did you come up with the title, “Through Her Eyes”?
I didn’t! One of the fabulous team of people at Harper Teen came up with the title. I’m pretty sure it came from a scene in the book where the protagonist, Tansy, has recently visited Henry’s past life for the first time, and she thinks: “Who was Isabel? It’s beyond weird that I felt as if I was inside of her, experiencing everything through her eyes and emotions. I don’t even know what she looks like. Did she really exist in the past? Were she and Papa Dan friends? If only he could tell me. Stepping into the photograph added more questions to my list instead of giving me answers.”
What is your favorite location to write in?
I don’t need to be in one specific place in order to write. When my children were young, I needed a quiet, secluded place where I wouldn’t be interrupted. I usually wrote in my home office with the door shut back then. Over time, though, I’ve realized that noise and activity don’t bother me much as long as it’s not my noise and activity – in other words, noise and activity going on with my family. I find that distracting because I usually want to join them! Sometimes I still write alone in my office, or if the weather is nice, outside in my backyard beneath the pergola my husband built, with the waterfall (he also built) splashing and gurgling. However, working alone every day can get lonely, and lately I find myself heading out the door to go to the coffee shop to write in the mornings. I can usually tune out the sounds around me there and focus on my story, but if the other customers get too disruptive, I just pop in my ear pods and listen to music on my IPod.
What did you find most challenging about writing “Through Her Eyes”?
That’s a great question. The story is like a puzzle for the reader. Making sure all the pieces clicked together perfectly and at the right time as the story unfolded was probably my biggest challenge. I wanted to keep readers thinking and asking questions all the way through until, one-by-one, all the parts fit and we finally learn the truth.
If you had to describe your writing in one word, what would it be?
Oh, wow . . . you’re really making me think! As much as I hate to say this, the word is ‘painful.’ For me, writing is a lot like giving birth; the pain has beautiful moments and results in a reward that makes all the suffering worthwhile.
Have you been inspired by any particular writer’s style?
I think every book I’ve read and admired (and some I haven’t admired!) have inspired and influenced my writing. One of the negative things I experienced when I started writing, was that it ruined reading for me to a certain extent. It’s difficult for me to read simply for pleasure anymore, because I’m constantly scrutinizing how the writer strung the sentences together, the plotting techniques used, the characterization, the pacing, or even how the author managed to stir a certain emotion in me. When I find myself so caught up in a novel that I forget to do these things as I’m reading, I know I’ve discovered a phenomenal book! When that happens, I go back after I finish enjoying the story and reread it with my analytical cap on.
Are you working on any new novels?
Always! I’m working on my second YA novel, The Shadow Girl. I don’t know if the title will change or not, but at least for now, that’s what it’s called. It should be released in about a year. It’s an emotional story about a girl with a very interesting ability who begins to unravel secrets about herself and her family after a tragedy strikes. She’s also caught up in a bit of a love triangle with two different guys, and one of them has secrets of his own. That’s all I’m going to tell you for now! I’m having a great time with this story. Most of that writing “pain” I mentioned earlier has subsided, and I’m just enjoying the process.
What is your all-time favorite book?
I’m not sure I can name just one, but To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an all-time favorite. It’s brilliant and so powerful. The story deals with serious issues, but still manages to have humorous moments and warmth. And the characters and setting are so real that I feel as if I actually spent time with those people in that place a long time ago – that they are actually long-lost family or friends.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
By the time I was eleven years old, I had moved twenty-three times!
I’ve had a great time visiting your blog, Kayla! I hope your readers will look for Through Her Eyes and contact me through my website or blog to let me know what they think of the story. Until then, I invite everyone to stop by www.jenniferarcher.net to watch the book trailer, and www.jenniferarcher.blogspot.com to join in on the discussion.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, Jennifer!
To everyone who’s stopped by, be sure to check out the rest of the tour:
Sunday, March 13: Jami at YA Addict (Author Interview)
Monday, March 14: Lesley at YA Books Reviewed (Guest Post)
Tuesday, March 15: Steph at Steph the Bookworm (Author Interview)
Wednesday, March 16: Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! (Guest Post)
Thursday, March 17: Bianca at Nyxen’s Sideways Journey Through Life (Author Interview)
Friday, March 18: Jessi at The Elliot Review (Guest Post)
Saturday, March 19: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Author Interview)
Sunday, March 20: Hattie at Mrs. Deraps Reads (Guest Post)
Monday, March 21: Brent at Naughty Book Kitties (Author Interview)
Tuesday, March 22: Lisa at Badass Bookie (Guest Post)
Wednesday, March 23: Tania at Literary Cravings (Author Interview)
Friday, March 25: Nicole at Word For Teens (Author Interview)
Saturday, March 26: Julie at Bloggers Heart Books (Guest Post)
Sunday, March 27: Kari at A Good Addiction (Review)
Sunday, March 27: Tynga at Tynga’s Review (Author Interview)
Monday, March 28: Casey at The Bookish Type (Trailers Post)
Tuesday, March 29: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Review)
Tuesday, March 29: Anne at Potter, Percy, and I (Guest Post)
Wednesday, March 30: Sab at YA Bliss (Review)
Wednesday, March 30: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Author Interview)
Thursday, March 31: Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century (Character Interview: Tansy)
Friday, April 1: Natalie at Mindful Musings (Tens List)
Saturday, April 2: Jessica at A Fanatic’s Book Blog (Review)
Saturday, April 2: Kim at The Book Butterfly (Guest Post)
Sunday, April 3: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Review)
Sunday, April 3: Diana at Books By Their Story (Author Interview)
Monday, April 4: Maria at The Serpentine Library (Character Interview: Isabel)
Tuesday, April 5: Kate at The Neverending Bookshelf (New Scene)
Tuesday, April 5: Danielle at There’s A Book (Guest Post)
Wednesday, April 6: Casey at The Bookish Type (Review)
Wednesday, April 6: Lindsay at Just Another Book Addict (Author Interview)
Thursday, April 7: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Character Interview: Tate)
Friday, April 8: Kari at A Good Addiction (Tens List)
Saturday, April 9: JL at An Avid Reader’s Musings (Guest Post)
Sunday, April 10: Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century (Review)
Sunday, April 10: Corrine at Lost For Words (Author Interview)
Monday, April 11: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Character Interview: Daniel)
Tuesday, April 12: Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile (Excerpt)
Wednesday, April 13: Lea at YA Book Queen (Review)
Wednesday, April 13: Cindy at Books Complete Me (Guest Post)
Friday, April 15: Jessica at A Fanatic’s Book Blog (Tens List)
Friday, April 15: Andye at Reading Teen (Author Interview)
Saturday April 16: Maria at The Serpentine Library (Review)
Saturday, April 16: Melissa at Mel’s Books and Info (Guest Post)
Sunday, April 17: Kate at The Neverending Bookshelf (Review)
Sunday, April 17: Christie at Fiction Enthusiast (Author Interview)
Monday, April 18: Katie at Mundie Moms (Vlog – Places Inspired)
Tuesday, April 19: Zoe at Zoe’s Book Reviews (Scene)
Tuesday, April 19: Sarah at Sarah’s Random Musings (Guest Post)
Wednesday, April 20: Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile (Review)
Thursday, April 21: Lea at YA Book Queen (Character Interview: Henry)
Friday, April 22: Sab at YA Bliss (Tens List)
Saturday, April 23: Natalie at Mindful Musings (Review)