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Author Spotlight: Jennifer Shaw Cronin

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Name: Jennifer Shaw Cronin

Hometown: Medfield, MA

Book Title: Under the Hidden Moon

Genre: Adventure

Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.

Jennifer Cronin (JC): A fun action/adventure story featuring strong, independent women.

DP: What made you want to write your book?

JC: I love to read and I had wanted to write a book for the past 15 years. I had a couple of false starts, but this time I persevered!

DP: How long did it take you to write your book?

JC: 11 months

DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?

JC: I have always loved the name Fiona and if I had had a boy, we would have named him Liam. The other names I just looked online at names and picked the ones I liked. For my villain, Abbott Nelson, I have no idea where that name came from it just pooped right out onto the page.

DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?

JC: I usually do research or read instead of trying to force words.

DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

JC: I enjoyed their trip to Alaska. Someday I would love to go to Alaska so I had fun reading travel books, looking at photographs online and doing the general research that went into writing about their trip.

DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:

a. One character from your book:

JC: Fiona, she is pretty tough and would keep things interesting.

b. One fictional character:

JC: Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series!

c. One famous person (living or dead):

JC: Robin Williams

DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?

JC: I love CrossFit, hiking, reading, and cooking.

DP: Do you keep a journal?

JC: I do, and I write in it almost every day.

DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

JC: I haven’t really celebrated yet. I must admit I’ve been a bit anxious about the whole process. All of a sudden, I am putting my work out there for everyone to see and judge. I think I will celebrate after my book signing my first event!

DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?

JC: Maybe Amy Adams for Fiona and Chris Hemsworth for Liam.

DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?

JC: Everyone has been so supportive each step of the way. It was always easy to ask a question and I never felt like my questions weren’t important.

DP: Five favorite books of all time?

JC: This is a tough one! There are so many books I love. I know the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is a real favorite. Dean Koontz’s Intensity for scaring me to death. Michael Crichton’s Timeline. I saw her speak the day her book was released and have a signed copy, Disappearing Earth by Julia Philips and Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone.

DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:

JC: Make it a habit to write every day even if it’s only a couple of words.


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