I write because I have to. I wrote my first book in middle school – on notebook paper no less and tied it all together with a shoestring. In high school and college I wrote poetry, even making it into an anthology while I was in high school. From poetry I slipped into writing songs and music, but that ended when I broke a finger and it never healed – couldn’t do fingering anymore. Writing is something I’ve always done, and books are just the culmination of the road I’ve been on. I love to write!
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Oh, yes! I started writing in middle school with stories about some of my favorite tv characters, and then wrote a book on notebook paper tied together with a shoestring. It’s awful by the way. It’s up in my attic somewhere in a box. Still, it was an accomplishment to write that many pages. Next I moved on to poetry, then to songs and music. About 5 years ago I was laid off my job and decided it was now the time to get that book lounging around inside me out into the open. Now I’m working on the third book in the series.
What books did you love growing up?
I think my mom started me on the old ‘Bobbsey Twins’ books. I also read the ‘Nancy Drew’ books, and the ‘Trixie Belden’ series of books. After those I went to other sorts of books; much as I hate to admit it I read romance novels in high school. Then in college I went in for science-fiction and fantasy. I still read on a daily basis; I think I currently have over 400 books on my kindle and they are all over the place genre wise.
How did you develop your writing?
Gosh. I’m not sure I have a good answer for that. People have always told me I’m a good writer – I had a composition teacher in high school that encouraged me to write. There’s just something about putting words down, either on paper or on a computer screen, and having them make sense and eliciting some sort of emotion from people the drives me. I like to write funny things, but I like to do the drama thing as well. ‘Space Dude – the Novel’ has a lot of fun written into it. The second book, ‘Space Dude – the Trouble with Travels’ is a little darker, but still has a lot of fun in it. My third book is much darker, and truthfully, I’m not sure where all that darkness is coming from, but even it has some lighter moments. It seems to be a natural progression.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I really have an affinity for these characters I’m currently writing about, so I have to say they inspire me. One of the reviews I got on Amazon.com for the first book said, “…into that universe, she dropped the true treasure of Space Dude – its characters. Jeter obviously got to know these characters deeply before (and as) she wrote about them, and her passion for this rag-tag bunch of authentic, lovable folks shines through on every page!”
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Genre - Space, Fantasy
Rating – PG