Joining me today to talk about her author influences is Jennifer Gilmour. Her debut novel, Isolation Junction, is a fictional account of one woman’s escape from her abusive relationship but draws on real-life experiences.
Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
I loved the Goosebumps books by R.L.Stine especially the ones in which you could alter the plot line and ending, I used to re read them and change the way it would ﬂow. As I went into high school I then became a fan of JK Rowling and the Harry Potter series and still thoroughly enjoy them now. My love for ﬁction then came in my teens when I started with Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison and continued to love the series.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
Yes English was one of my strong subjects at school, both literacy and language and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Other strong subjects were art and drama and I think that ﬂourishes through me as a creative person and it is where I am most happy as well.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
As you may tell already I like fantasy and ﬁction. My love for ﬁction came in my teens and this certainly had an impact and is where I started to write. I have three ﬁctional novels which are unﬁnished from my teens and two fantasy novels. I found fantasy more challenging but fun to play with even more with my vivid imagination.
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
I would like to write fantasy but I think this would be a very committed challenge to take and I admire those who have written in this genre. I do like to lose myself in my own world and I have a very active imagination, I guess for me it’s where to start- I have actually written for years but Isolation Junction got ﬁnished because it has more of a passionate purpose for me.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
When I decided to start writing my debut novel and I was determined to ﬁnish this one, I watched a dramatised documentary about J K Rowling and how she was determined to get her novel published. A few months later I watched the biographical ﬁlm Miss Potter about Beatrix Potter. Both of these had an inﬂuence on me and that’s because they didn’t give up, JK Rowling because of ﬁnance and other personal factors and Beatrix for carrying on despite what others thought.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
JK Rowling because I have followed her Harry Potter series as I have mentioned before. I’m also eager to get any books by Sháá Wasmund MBE who is an inspiration with her knowledge and motivation, this shows through in her self- help books for small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as her passionate online presence.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
I really enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and I read it and wondered how on earth she handled the time changes within it and the response from the characters along with not confusing the reader. My novel has dabbled with the time frames and I felt more conﬁdent in going down this path because I had read this particular novel a few times over.
Have any of your plots/characters been inﬂuenced by real life events/ people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
My debut novel is in fact based on true events of my own personal experiences and other women’s. In this case it was highly inﬂuenced with my own emotions and feelings and I believe my frustration also comes through of this hidden behaviour.
A huge thank you Jennifer for taking part.
Jennifer’s debut novel Isolation Junction is out now!
About Jennifer Gilmour
Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. She is an entrepreneur, running a family business from home and has a large readership of other young mums in business for her blog posts.
From an early age Jennifer has had a passion for writing and has been gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside her own to write her first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. She hopes that in reading her debut novel, she will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.
Connect With Jennifer
Twitter – @JenLGilmour
Facebook – @IsolationJunctionBook
Website – jennifergilmour.com