Jennifer is a Registered Nurse, and she holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration. She has 15 years of experience working in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit of a major trauma center. While she is equally adept at all facets of patient care, Emergency room nursing is her passion, and is the inspiration for A Shot in the Dark. Currently, she resides in Southern California with her husband and their three amazing boys. This is her first published novel, with the sequel Into the Light expected soon.
Jennifer’s website: www.Jenniferburrows.net
- Are you a reader? What are your favorite books? I am an avid reader. I love naughty romances, mystery, and non-fiction. I just got done reading the Hard Rock Series by C.M. Stunich. I loved it and I can’t wait for the third book to be released. I typically read in spurts. I can only read when I don’t have editing deadlines or I’m not writing. Otherwise I read instead of doing what I’m supposed to.
- What is your path to publication? A Shot in the Dark was published by Blackrose Writing. I found this website call the Perfect Pitch and it gave a list of publishers accepting submissions for publication in a specific genre. I submitted to just about everyone one of them. I actually had three offers for publication. But, I liked the philosophy of Blackrose the best and I chose to go with them. That being said, I’m not sure I would make the same decision the next time. And for that reason, I have chosen to self-publish my sequel.
- How much time do you spend writing each day/week? It varies. When I’m writing a book, I have to put myself on a schedule. I have ADD and I have a hard time focusing. I make myself write ten pages a day. If I don’t write that then I tend for forget what I’ve already written. Now, if something big is going on, I may skip a day or two but for the most part, I stick that schedule. I can bang out a book within two months. Then, I take a couple of months off and start again.
- How do you work? Are you an island unto yourself or part of a larger community? That’s an interesting question. Generally, I like to work as a larger community. Being a nurse, and working in the hospital nothing is done without being part of a team and using a collaborative approach to patient care. That being said, when I’m writing, I like to be an island. I like to be left alone until I finish the story. Then, I look to my friends for feedback, editing, and ideas.
- What is your favorite thing about writing? Least favorite? My favorite thing about writing is that it’s an outlet. I can release so many thoughts and emotions onto paper. It’s very cathartic. My least favorite is sometimes it feels like I can write forever before coming to the end. Sometimes, I would just like to get to the end.
- Are writers born, taught, or both? I believe writers are born. It’s not just anyone who can sit down and write a ninety thousand page book or come up with a story and then bring it to paper. I don’t think that’s something you can teach. I think a writer can be taught to be a better writer. But I don’t think you can teach someone to be a writer. It’s either in you or it’s not.
- What would you tell younger and less experienced if you could? Ha! I feel like I’m the younger and inexperienced one. My advice for writing a book would be to regiment yourself to sit down at the same time every day and write a certain number of pages until your project is complete. If you are looking for a publisher, beware of ones who want you to pay for something. Google them and find out as much as you can about them before you make a decision. And follow your gut.
Also, email authors. Most authors love to share their knowledge and experiences with other authors. Jamie McGuire has a huge fact page on self-publishing. There are so many resources out there. Make sure you research everything. And most importantly, have fun! Chances are you aren’t going to have a best seller with your first book or even your first few. So, you might as well have fun and be proud of the product you produced.
A Shot In the Dark
Most of the patients that are brought to the trauma bay in the ER remain nameless, and for the most part, faceless. For Laney Pearson and the rest of the staff, this makes it easier to move past the senseless death and destruction that they see on an almost daily basis. But all of that changes for Laney when she finds herself trying to pump the life back into a young motorcycle rider who arrives by helicopter more dead than alive.
Skyler Smith has all the makings of the next great motocross rider, right up until he crashes while trying to perform the trick that will secure his future. From the time his motionless body is lifted off the track, the question becomes not when his next race takes place, but whether he will live to see another day. And now there is mounting evidence that the tragedy was no accident
Laney can never envision this boy’s crash and the ensuing investigation will have such an impact on her own life, but in the days that follow, she discovers a life within her she never knew existed. While the police sort through the mounting evidence from the crash, Laney has to sort through her own feelings for the handsome trauma surgeon that she previously never gave a second thought. Is he really as charming as he seems, or is there another reality hiding beneath the surface? And just how long has he been watching her?
Jennifer is a Registered Nurse, and she holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration. She has 15 years of experience working in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit of a major trauma center. While she is equally adept at all facets of patient care, Emergency room nursing is her passion, and is the inspiration for this story. Currently, she resides in Southern California with her husband and their three amazing boys. This is her first published novel, with the sequel expected soon.