Saturday, October 20, 2012

Interview with Jennifer Laurens about the Heavenly Series

Interview with Jennifer Laurens about the Heavenly Series

Jennifer Laurens answered a few of my questions about the Heavenly Series.
I hope you enjoy the interview!

1 – Can you describe the Heavenly series to your readers in 10 or less words? 

Girl falls for autistic sister's guardian angel---hell breaks loose.

2 - What compelled you to write about angels? 

Having a child with autism causes one to ponder many issues and ask a lot of questions. There was so much about my daughter's condition I thought was the kiss of death. For a long time I felt hopeless. I did everything in my power to "heal" her...we tried every new "cure" that came out...for years.Accepting her condition was a process that took me from disbelief, to anger, to mourning and finally through a spiritual realization that enabled me to accept. Later, I decided to write about it--because our family ( not just me but all the children, my husband ) all dealt with her autism differently. I thought maybe there was a message of hope there for others.

3 - In the Heavenly series, who was the hardest character to write? 

Luke. My son still deals with drug addiction. It's him on those pages--a son I have watched slowly slip away. At least in the books I could control the outcome.

4 - Some of the characters in the Heavenly series have some unusual and interesting names. How did you come up with them?  

I wanted names that would be unique to my story. Matthias comes from a biblical reference of Matthew---without being as common as Matthew, plus it was a name popular when Matthias was born. Abria ( pronounced Uh-bree-uh)  is the name of a friend of our family. I'd never heard it before, and, with autism being a standout to write about, I thought her name HAD to be completely different, like the character, like the child. Zoe isn't super common, but different enough to embody the character of Zoe who is a personality and characteristic combination of my two oldest daughters.

5 - What would you say is the best part about being a self-published writer? 

Being able to have complete creative control over everything from story concept to cover design.

6 - Who are your favorite writers? 

Oooh, I adore Scott Spencer who wrote my fav book Endless Love. I also adore Markus Zusak, Josephine Hart and Celia Rees. And Nora Roberts.

7 - What about books? What are your favorite books? 

Books that knock me off my feet with beautiful expression and edgy mood: Endless Love, Damage, The Kite Runner, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, The Wish House, Inexcusable, Honest Illusions, Keturah and Lord Death, the Monstromologist to name a few. I also enjoyed The Hunger Games.

8 - Are you working in a new book right now? If yes, what can you let us know about it?
I'm actually juggling three books right now, trying to figure out which one to run with. I have to feel some connection with the current project, and I feel connected to all of them! It's a challenge I've had before, until one takes off, I'm going to keep on keeping on....

Thank you, Jennifer! :)


  1. Great interview! I like how the book deals with tough subjects but presents it in a relatable way. I really need to read the rest of these!

  2. What a beautiful interview. Such tough things to think about. She does a wonderful job!

  3. great interview, I like part question about interesting names (question 4)

  4. Great interview. I have already had first book of this series, and can't wait to read it. The story sounds really great.

  5. This definitely sounds like an emotionally draining journey for Jennifer Laurens, and I can't help but want to go and pick this book up to see what the outlet Heavenly has become. I feel . . . wow. My heart. Is hurting. And I NEED TO READ THIS.

  6. This is such a great interview!
    Really touches on some great things.
    I'm definitely going to pick up the first in this series!

  7. Great interview! I have Heavenly sitting on my shelves for quite sometime now and I should definitely put it on schedule to read it soon.

  8. Great Interview! The author has taken up some serious issues and I am sure it must have been tough for her to write about those things.

  9. Great interview! I own a few of her books but haven't gotten to them yet. They seem really good though! :]

  10. Such beautiful and cool interview - I liked especially the explanation about name choosing - thought that was pretty awesome! <3

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  11. Great interview. i appreciated that Jennifer open up about her daughter autism and to write the books based on her experience.