I caught myself, after the first day of class this semester, thinking, “I hope I didn’t come off sounding like I think too highly of myself, like I’m such an expert.” And then I realized… I am an expert. I’m THE PROFESSOR. And not only that, but I’m teaching classes in my specific area of expertise. I caught myself. But too often, I do not.
One of the first things I did when stuff started falling into place with my writing career was talk about it with people like it was all this questionable accident. “Yeah, I wrote a book and it’s being published,” I’d say, like it was nothing—not like it was easy, but like it was literally nothing. It was amazing how quickly I was willing to let go of the hard work and sacrifices I’d made in hopes the thing I wanted to happen would. When it did, I did not want anyone to be uncomfortable or, God forbid, like me less for my accomplishments. Before I gave anyone a chance to be proud of me, to celebrate with me, I wanted them to know I was so sorry first.
Eventually a friend emailed me and told me I could work that angle less and when she did, I realized how truly scared I was of claiming my part in what I made happen for me. It’s so sad so many of the accomplished, hardworking women I know struggle with owning their success. How immediately they will tear themselves out of that part of the picture because it just doesn’t look as nice with them in it.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say here is: that’s enough of that. Let’s stop.
So many women I know do this. I’ve done it myself.
COVER REVEAL for the second book in the NATURALS series. What do you guys think?
About the Book:
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.
But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?
With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.
Look! I wrote an essay about how the factions in Divergent correspond to the Big 5 Personality traits! Bonus points to whoever can guess which faction I said was associated with which trait!
From Jennifer Lynn Barnes' essay “Divergent Psychology” in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy
Learn more and get a free excerpt at www.smartpopbooks.com/divergent
For me, one of the most appealing themes in all of fiction is what I would generally describe as “finding your people.” I think that, especially in our teen years, but often as adults as well, it is so easy to feel like we just do not fit anywhere, to feel deeply, fundamentally different, even though everyone else is feeling deeply, fundamentally different at the exact same time. But then one day, you meet someone, a friend or group of people or someone you fall for, and all of a sudden, you do fit. You are all misfits. You have found your people.
Eight years after writing The Squad, I still believe this to be true.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that for the past several months, I’ve been making reference to my SECRET PROJECT. It’s been a year in the making—a year of writing and working and submitting and not saying a word about it, but now I can tell you, happily, that my secret project is a YA political thriller in the vein of SCANDAL. See below:
From Publisher’s Marketplace
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s THE FIXER, a political thriller set against the backdrop of an elite Washington D.C. private school, pitched as part Veronica Mars, part Scandal, the younger sister of a powerful political fixer finds herself embroiled in high stakes and intrigue at her new school, to Catherine Onder at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a two-book deal, by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown.
The first book is due out in Spring 2015. I’ve already finished a draft. There are state dinners and political conspiracies and family drama and SISTERS!
Anonymous asked: When will we learn what your secret project is ?
*Attempts to look mysterious.*
*Fails at looking mysterious*
*Tries really, REALLY hard not to blurt out the news about Secret Project*
*Wants to blurt out news*
*Runs away so as not to tell you EVERYTHING*
TRANSLATION: Hopefully, I can tell you guys about it in the next week or two. Since I’ve been working on this project for the past year, I am super excited to finally be able to say something!
classwith8rass asked: In The second Naturals book will we get back stories for Sloan, Lia and Michael?
All of the supporting characters get a lot of screen time, and you will learn things about each of their pasts… though the things that you learn might raise even more questions.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS TO READ THIS BOOK.
Anonymous asked: Have you ever been stranded in an airport?
Yes, indeed I have!
Several years ago, some writing friends and I rented a castle in Ireland! On the way home from Writing Castle, I got stranded in the Atlanta airport overnight. I was very sleepy, but also afraid that my stuff would get stolen, so I zipped my purse and my laptop under my jacket and tied my bag to my legs and fell asleep in an airport chair.
Problem solving, thy name is Jen.