Friday, July 13, 2012

Denise Jaden's NEVER ENOUGH--Giveaway and Interview

It's time to celebrate the release of Denise Jaden's second novel! Everyone who comments on this post will win a signed bookmark and be entered to win NEVER ENOUGH. Come back next Friday and I'll announce the winner. Trust me, you want your own copy of this book. Your comment below will also enter you into a fantastic drawing for huge piles of books from Denise's Prize Vault!

I’ll start by stealing a favorite question from your own author interviews.  Tell me about your book in seven words or less:
Two sisters who don’t feel like enough.

I know you’re a huge fan of fast drafting. What are three benefits/advantages of drafting a novel in one month? Was Never Enough a product of Nanowrimo?
I have written a few novels that will never see the light of day. The biggest advantage of fast-drafting for me, is that each of these novels have only really wasted a month of my time. One other huge thing I learned from NaNoWriMo was to always move forward with my writing. In the past, I’ve gotten stuck on certain scenes and chapters, spent a long time just trying to get them right, only to delete them later because they didn’t actually further the story.

In Losing Faith and Never Enough, you’ve touched on some sensitive issues. Do you choose your ideas and subject matter or do they choose you?
Oh, they most definitely choose me. Usually an idea or character gets under my skin and just won’t let go of me until I write about it. In the case of Never Enough, I was living with a girl with a severe eating disorder for a while, and I started writing the story because I wanted to understand her better. I wanted to be a helpful force, rather than a hurtful one in her life.

You’ve confessed to me that you were a reluctant teen reader, what got you reading?
In my twenties, a friend of mine passed along a book to me, Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer, insisting that I read it. I did, and I was completely shocked that reading could be enjoyable and something I could do for FUN. I went right out and bought the sequel.

Your YA Contemporary novels introduce us to multi-dimensional, realistic characters who readers are easily able to connect with. Do they come to you fully drawn or do you use special tools to get to know your characters better?
Usually my main characters come to me fully drawn. I can hear their voices, see their quirks. I kind of feel like I live with them during the time that I’m brainstorming a book. Secondary characters, and especially parents, take more work for me. I use character interviews and different tools to really get to know them. I often write sections from a secondary character’s point of view, just to get to know him or her better.

I know you’re a writer with a rich life and a very busy schedule. What do you say to yourself when your writing/publishing schedule feels overwhelming?
Suck it up, princess. There are plenty of writers who would cut off their right arm to be in your shoes.

But on a more serious note, I had a real rotten year in my personal life last year, and it has helped me put things into perspective. While I’m thrilled to see my books hitting bookstore shelves, I definitely put more of a priority on my family now and don’t feel in such a rush to have multiple books out there.

As creator of the encouraging spring writing challenge, MARCH MADNESS, I know you believe in the importance of a supportive writing group. What are three ways  connecting with authors and writers has helped your writing career?
Only three? Yes, I’m a huge believer in having a support network! I have been talked off the ledge many times by writer friends when I was on my hundredth rejection and things looked dismal. I love getting and giving feedback on writing (critiquing someone else’s work teaches me at least as much as having my own work critiqued). Plus, I can honestly say that Losing Faith, my debut novel, would not have enjoyed the success that it has without the help of my awesome network of writers passing along the word about it. So at every stage, from drafting to querying to publishing, the support of other writers is absolutely essential to me.

What’s one question you’re dying to be asked about Never Enough?
Honestly, I feel like I’ve been asked everything under the sun about this book, but here is one of my favorite questions: Have you personally ever suffered from an eating disorder?

Have you?
Yes and no. I have definitely had unhealthy ways of looking at food and at my body over the years. For several years, I was involved with producing bodybuilding and fitness competitions with my husband, and even competing in a few fitness competitions myself. I have since come to the conclusion that I don’t think that’s a healthy lifestyle for most women. Putting your body on display to be judged is like playing with the fire of a woman’s emotions. I became extremely regimented with my diet and extremely critical of my body. If it wasn’t for the friend of mine who came into my life around that time suffering from a severe eating disorder, I have no doubt that I could have gone down that route myself.  

Thanks Angelina!
Denise Jaden's Author Website


  1. Great interview! Loved LOSING FAITH and looking forward to this book :)

  2. Great interview, ladies. I'll have to get both of Denise's books for my daughter. I think she'll love them. :)

  3. What a great interview Denise and Angelina. I love your "suck it up sister" line :0)

  4. Wow, that's incredible. Congrats on your new book, Denise! And thank you for being so honest and frank. Thank you for March Madness and the #WIPmadness that resulted. I agree how much a support network matters. :)

  5. I liked this interview, too, and also chuckled at "Suck it up, princess!"

  6. I see that "Suck it up, princess" comment resonated with several of us. I think the attitude behind it is the difference between successful authors and wannabees, too. Before publication writers often whine at difficulties; afterwards they "just do it".

    Congratulations on this new release, Denise. See you at your signing tomorrow!

  7. I wanna put "Suck it up, princess." on a poster in my office. Great interview, ladies! And here's to many sales, Denise! I loved Losing Faith and look forward to reading Never Enough.

  8. PICK ME, PICK ME!!! Just kidding. But thanks so much, Angelina, and thank all of you for all of the kind words :-)

  9. Great interview. The book sounds amazing!

  10. I really want to read Never Enough it sounds really interesting! Great Interview :)

  11. What a great interview! Especially loved the last question and response… Can't wait to read 'Never Enough'…

  12. The book sounds really interesting.


  13. Sounds like it'll be a good book!

  14. I've heard fabulous things about your book Never Enough. :))

  15. I hadn't heard of this one yet. Interesting interview. Sounds like a title I'm going to want to add to my list. Thanks!

  16. Great interview! I know too many wonderful ladies who suffered from eating disorders, so I'm very interesting in reading this. As well, thank you to Angi and Denise for all their encouraging words!

  17. Very nice interview. I think this book will be something my niece would love to read.

  18. great interview. I think I learned the same lessons during NaNo as well. Love writing fast drafts.


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