Writer Interview #1 – Jen Leeman

This is my first in what will hopefully be many written interviews of other writers.  Conducting these interviews was an idea that I got from one of the readers of this site, and I thought it was a great way to help each other learn and stay motivated.  My plan is to have all types of writers (freelancers, bloggers, novelists, ect) interviewed here.  If you’re interested in being interviewed (it is just a written interview) please contact me at Michael@WriteForMoneyOnline.com.   If you have any suggestions for future interviews, please let me know.

This first interview is with Jen Leeman of  http://driftwood-gardens.com.  Jen is also part of a Facebook writers group that I am in, which is where we ‘met’ and arranged this interview.

Q) What made you get into writing?

Jen: I’ve loved writing and reading for as long as I can remember.  I loved to write stories when I was little and if I wasn’t holding a pencil I had a book in my hand.

Q) What is your favorite topic to write about?

Jen: At the moment I like to blog about my life, my home and the DIY projects my husband and I do.  I also write about food and I am currently writing an e-book about entertaining on a budget.

Q) Please name 3 places where you find new clients.

Jen: I am just entering the world of freelance writing, so I only have the following two suggestions:

I just started looking into freelancing and I’ve applied at a site called Writer’s Access.  They accepted my application and I submitted my profile.  I’m hoping to get some assignments soon through that site.

As a blogger, I have written guest posts for other blogs.  A lot of bloggers appreciate content written by others because they’re more focused on design, social media or monetization than actual writing.

Q) What hours of the day do you do most of your writing?

Jen: Much to my family’s dismay, I spend many waking hours plugging away at the keyboard.  I have a full time job and I write early in the morning, when I get home from work, and I stay up late at night to write as well.  Today I’m home for a snow day, so I have bonus writing time.

Q) Please share one or two tricks you use to stay motivated and productive.

Jen: The number one thing I do when I’m lacking motivation is READ.  I find that reading makes me want to write.  I also keep a small notebook on me at all times so I can jot down ideas when I think of them, and reference it later on when I’m at a loss for material.

Q) How long did it take for you to get to the point where you were making your ‘goal amount’ with writing (if you have)?

Jen: I’m not making money writing.  It’s a dream of mine that I gave up on at some point, but I’ve decided to make it a reality.  I feel as if I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. (I’m 42)

Q) How did you get your start in writing?

Jen: I decided to start a blog last summer to combine my love of writing with the things I was doing in my home that I wanted to share.  I did it for myself as a hobby, but then people started reading it!  I have over 1600 e-mail subscribers already.  I’m very pleasantly surprised by how well it’s been received and it’s fueled my desire to grow as a writer.

Q) Do you do any writing besides freelance (books, kindle publishing, your own website(s))?

Jen: I like journaling.  My website has taken most of my free time lately but I’ve kept a journal on and off since I got my first diary at the age of 8.

Q) Is writing your only source of income, or do you also work in a ‘traditional’ job?

Jen: My “day job” is my only source of income.  I work in a local government agency and that job leaves me feeling empty and unfulfilled.  Writing is the work that makes me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile.  I would love to someday leave my job and write for a living.

Q) What is your favorite part about being a writer?

Jen: I love words.  I love baring my soul through writing.


Thank you Jen for sharing your answers with us.  I really appreciate you being my ‘guinea pig’ for these interviews.  It was really great getting to know you a little better.  Everyone, please take some time to stop at Jen’s blog, Driftwood Gardens.  I think you’ll enjoy it! 

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  1. says

    I love what you said about guest blogging. I think it is great when writers can post on each others sites, it is mutually beneficial and fun! What a great community of writers we have here!

    Thanks for the tip about keeping a notebook around when you’re reading in case you get inspired. That’s great!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us. I hope you can make your dream come true soon and quit your day job for full time writing.

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