I am loving all these stories!! Here is a personal testimony by author Jenna Kay. I adore the heart she shows in this post, and boy can I ever relate to that feeling of wanting to do something just for her, on top of being the best mom and wife she can be :-)
Jenna is not only giving away a SIGNED COPY of Clarity, but signed bookmarks, too! Be sure to hop over to her Amazon page and 'like' it for two entries to win, then come back by here and let me know in the comments for a third entry! And, of course, if you tweet this post and include me (@EndingUnplanned) you get a FOURTH entry! The more posts you comment on and tweet about, the more entrires you get. Check out the Prize Pack Giveaway: Epic List of Books Up for Grabs post for all the details!
Writing and self-publishing is tough by themselves, but I personally think writing about myself (other than the worlds I create) is a lot tougher. So instead of harping on it I'm just going to dive in--here we go!
My name is Jenna Kay (full name Jenna Kay Armour Pridgen) and I'm the author of "Clarity", the first of five books in my Seer Society series. It's a series about a girl who learns she's a biblical Seer after she meets her guardian angel. She finds out there is an unseen war being battled all around us, the battle between good and evil over lost souls.
The most common question I get is this: Where did this all come from? Let's just say I've surprised a lot of people by publishing a book, because two and a half years ago the only things I ever read were bank statements and magazines.
First I'll give you a little peek at my life more than two years ago: A wife, homemaker, stay-at-home mama of three. No job outside the home, struggling to make ends meet. In one word I felt trapped . . . not that I don't love my hubby and kids because I do! They're my whole world! I just felt there was something else I was supposed to be doing.
So I prayed . . . and prayed . . . and prayed. I prayed for a full year nonstop, asking God to help me figure out what it was He was wanting me to do, to help me figure out what I was made for. In between all this my daddy passed away after battling lung cancer. He passed January 24th, 2009. I'm telling you that date because I feel, in some strange way, that it bares some significance to when God answered me.
April 24th, 2009, three months to the date of my daddy's passing, He answered me--I knew He wanted me to write. I was thrilled, excited, all that junk, but then I was like: So. . .what do I write?
Now that . . . I can't really answer, only that it came to me, I wrote it down, and I'm super excited about the Seer Society's future.
Another question I get: Why self-publishing?
Well, I'm new to this game. I felt this strict urge to get it out there and fast, so self-publishing was the way to go. I'm learning (slowly) how to market it and whatnot, but if an agent comes along and is interested, I'm taking it!
Thank you for letting me share a piece of my life with you for all to see. Never in a million years did I see myself as an author, but I'm loving, loving, loving it!
My advice for those who are afraid to take a chance: Do what I did and DIVE IN!
Jenna was blessed with two loving parent, both that encouraged her to follow her dreams and always made sure that she made it to Church. She currently resides in North Georgia where she spends time with her three young children and her loving and extremely talented husband.