Some of you have no idea who I am. I thought for this blog, I would do a “getting to know me”. Maybe, even those who know me will learn something new.
My name is Jennifer Pineo but I go by Jenn. Always with two n’s. I live in Oklahoma but I’m not from here. Actually I’m not sure I’m from anywhere but I sure do miss the friends, trees and seafood I found in Maine. Perhaps, that’s enough to make it home.
I have three boys that I refer to as “The Stooges” on good days and “Children of the Corn” on bad days. I do not look old enough to have a child going into his senior year in high school. Rest assured, I am though. They will be found in ALL the books I hope to write.
My husband is, without falter, the greatest man I have ever known. If I write about loyalty, strength, truth, sincerity and love, I’m writing about him. We have the best love story I’ve ever heard. One day, perhaps I’ll share it with the world. For now though, I’m selfishly keeping it to myself.
I have about four book ideas that I want to work on. My biggest struggle is pulling myself away from the books I’m reading long enough to write.
A Life Without was started because of a bitter woman I didn’t like at work. I’m thinking if it ever gets published I’ll mail her an anonymous thank you card and a hundred-dollar bill.
I always write to music. Cheesy, sappy music. It seems to work though so why mess with it?
I have a group of wonderful friends who listen to my ideas, tell me when I get it wrong and believe in me with a depth I didn’t know was possible. You will also find them in my books. After all, isn’t that the least I can do?
I refuse to self-publish. Maybe I’m too stubborn for my own good but I believe I can do this the old-fashioned way. I believe my book is that good.
I write until I’ve fallen asleep sitting up at my computer and sometimes I’ll get out of bed at 3am just to write again. I’ve jumped out of the shower with shampoo in my hair to add one more sentence to a chapter. I guess that’s when it goes from being a hobby to being a passion.
My goal is to have an agent by Christmas.
I measure my success by the amount of tears I create.
Every bookstore or library I step foot into, I go find the exact spot where my book will go. I cannot wait for the day I actually find it there.
I will never give up on this dream because one of the greatest lessons I can teach my children is to have diligence in pursuing their dreams. I believe they will learn that by watching me pursue mine.
In the end, it will have been worth all the waiting, rejections and hard work if my husband and children can say they are proud of me. Even if they are the only ones, it will have been worth it.