Jenny Allen is an amazing talent. I met her in a critique group because I wanted some female eyes to look at a story I was working on.
Yet another reason to join a critique group. More on that HERE
She had written a fantasy story – I hate fantasies – and I grudgingly returned the favor and looked at her story. Worse, it was three or four chapters in, so I was bound to be completely lost. *Dread*. But oh well, we have to do what we have to do.
I was immediately hooked.
A man diagnosed with schizophrenia, who has been in and out of mental institutions, discovers his delusions are real.
Whoa, what’s that gotta be like, thinking all the crazy stuff in your head actually happened?
From there, it turns out that this is part of an epic fantasy that she’s been writing for a few years, so it was a finished first draft, a real beginning-to-end-with-a-middle story.
And a really good one.
After a few chapters, I was a fan.
After a few more, I volunteered to help get it published.
Volunteered. As in, for no money. It’s that good.
Don’t take my word for it. Lower you expectations and let me persuade her to put up a sample chapter or two soon. Give her your thoughts. But trust me when I tell you, this is something special.
Enjoy the ride with me as this new author starts a blog and a twitter account and finishes a novel – something a lot of you are going to do. Follow along for the ups and down of the real life struggle to become a published author, as she tells you what she’s going through every step of the way.
Here’s the blog link
Here’s her Twitter handle @JenstraAllen
When you see where all this is in six months, you’ll wonder how she did it. So will I. but that’s the vibe I get from this thing.
When you find a writer who’s better than you are, you don’t get jealous, you tell the world.
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE.