Come Ask Virginia Jennings Some Questions

Introducing Virginia Lori Jennings!


Alright everyone, It seems ‘yours truly’ had messed up the order in her calendar- so for this week you get to ask me some questions! Bring on the fun!

About Virginia L. Jennings. (from Amazon Author Central):

I am the author of two science fiction books called “The Alien Mind” (first published in December 2005 completely rewritten, illustrated and republished in October 2012) and “Visionary from the Stars” (published January 2007), I also have plans in the works for two more books as well. I love to write and I have been doing so since the sixth grade. I was born in April 1987 in the state of New Hampshire; I was Home Schooled from seventh grade and graduated at 16 with a GED. I now live in South Carolina with my husband, three kids, and two cats. I graduated from High School at 16 and was published by the time I turned 18.

My ideal evening is spent watching Star Trek or Eureka with my family over dinner. I enjoy playing putt putt and watching the latest sci-fi or action adventure movie. I do most of my best writing in the car as my characters prefer to talk to me while I am driving. Finding time to write down what they tell me- now that is where the real challenge is! When I am not hanging out with her family or writing I spend a lot of my time on my facebook site , where I am mainly trying to reach out to others who enjoy writing. I am readily to answer questions and offer advice and support to new writers.

I also run the ‘Where Writers And Authors Meet’ writers group online, Both readers and writers are welcome to come join us! We have weekly author spotlights and interviews where the public is invited to ask the featured author some interview questions.

You can find more information about me at where you will also find my blog and links to my facebook page as well as other sites I visit!

As a special Perk for this week’s spotlight I would like to announced that The Alien Mind (Juvenile Science Fiction) can be found on Amazon for .99 during this week and next. Since this spotlight is a last minute decision it may take a few hours to update the price change. But- you can click the link to get it here!



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Virginia’s Interview will go live On September 2nd so do your research and come ask her some questions!

Would you like to be interviewed by the group? Here is how to enter.

Again- if you would like me to reference your author name or your website in the interview along side your question PLEASE leave a comment stating such when you post your comment.


Author, Blogger, and illustrator with PDMI Publishing Llc. V.L. Jennings' Blog (Speculating Among The Stars) can be found here: I am the author of two science fiction books called "The Alien Mind" and "Visionary from the Stars". I love to write and I have been doing so since the sixth grade. I was born in April 1987 in the state of New Hampshire; I was Home Schooled from seventh grade and graduated at 16 with a GED. I now live with my husband and three children in Dillon, South Carolina. You can find me on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, Linkedin, and Pinterest. I love connecting with people! I am readily to answer questions and offer advice and support to new writers.

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13 comments on “Come Ask Virginia Jennings Some Questions
  1. […] Ward says:  By special request: 1. Ok, Virginia, as a young lady that eschews immoral or illegal activities, do […]

  2. Dean Bonner says:

    Hi, Virginia. I’m pleased to hear I’m not the only oddball who writes mostly in their head as they go about daily activities.

    1) How did home schooling help or hinder your development as a writer?
    2) Would you recommend to newbies to self publish, or try one of the big publishing houses?
    3) If you suddenly sold five million copies, what would you change in your life? In my life?
    4) Do your scenes develop your characters, or does the interaction and dialogue among the characters drive the scene development and story direction?
    5) What’s your view on “Like” and “Share” parties and similar promotions?
    6) What do you feel are the best, and worst, promotional methods?
    7) What is your beta reader and editor process before publishing?
    8) What is the best way to handle a bad review, and/or nasty reviewer?

    For Stephen Ward: the capital of Finland is obviously a capital “F”

    Dean Bonner

  3. Ali Lewis says:

    How long does it take you to write a book and how do you come up with the ideas for the books?

  4. […] Come Ask Virginia Jennings Some Questions ( […]

  5. Jan Watford says:

    How do you find time to do all you do?

    Have you ever thought about writing another genre besides Science Foction?

  6. Stephen Ward says:

    By special request:

    1. Ok, Virginia, as a young lady that eschews immoral or illegal activities, do you feel it is important for a children and young adult writer to set a good example?
    2. Besides entertainment, what would you like young people to take away from ‘Visionary From the Stars’ and ‘The Alien Mind’?
    3. What’s the capital of Finland?
    4. You are stranded on a lonely road at night. You hear soothing music coming from the other side of a grassy knoll. Do you follow it or say to yourself, “It’s a trap.”
    5. If this whole self-publishing thing goes South, what would you do?
    6. Someone, let’s call her Miss X, ask you to read her book and after reading each and every word, you realize this person, Miss X, should not be on the working side of a pen or keyboard. Knowing Miss X is going to badger you, what is your plan?
    7. Your aunt, let’s call her Aunt Lisa, is a mess. Although you have been successful at avoiding illegal or immoral behavior, Aunt Lisa has not had your luck. After thinking about it, you realize Aunt Lisa’s tales of woe would make a fascinating novel. Would you take a break from young sci-fi to write it, pass it long to a fellow writer to tackle or just drive Aunt Lisa to a family intervention?
    8. One of your children runs into the house crying his or her’s eyes out. Naturally being a good mother, you inquire as to what is wrong. Child says one of your books scared the bejesus out of a classmate. What to do?
    9. As the operator and moderator of Where Writers and Authors Freak, you have stated your mission is to help other writers. What is the purpose of this?
    10. I write, as our friend from Nuremburg knows, for fun and giggles. What do you hope to get out of sharing your prose with world?
    11. Take out or slave over a stove?
    12. You are at a PTA meeting where attendees are ask to bring finger food and treats. A friend of yours comes up to you giggling and says “Don’t eat any of my chocolate chip cookies”. You inquire as to why. It seems this prankster has stuffed her cookies with Ex-lax, begging the question: what (besides leaving her cookies alone) do you do?
    13. When you read the questions I write for others, do you laugh?
    14. In what ways do you think you need to grow as a writer? What habits, if you will, do you need to break?
    BONUS QUESTION: Character A likes Character B, but not Character C. Character D has immigration problems, while Character E wishes it’s spouse would catch some disease and die. Character B volunteered for war but when the fighting began it got scared and ran away and hid in Character A’s basement. Character F played a prank on Character A which caused Character G’s death. Character H cheated on its spouse with Character A, but Character I found out about it and told Character H’s spouse and nobody has seen Character A for days. Character J wrote a book that sucked causing Character D with its immigration problem to demand a refund from Book producer A. Character J thought it was Character E and beat it up when it came out of the hospital as its wish of its spouse having a fatal disease came true. Character K got bored with the antics of Character F and emigrated to Finland after finding out Character I was related to Hitler. Tell me, Gin, at what point did you want to stab me in the heart and watch me bleed to death?

  7. Edward Forrest Frank says:

    1) If you are a famous author, why hasn’t anyone on this website ever heard of you before?
    2) The answer to 15 is yes.
    3) If you were to write “The Alien Mind” starting today, would it be different, and if so in what way?
    4) What is the difference between Juvenile science fiction writers and writing science fiction for juveniles?
    5) When is your next great novel coming out? and can you give us a hint of what it is about?
    6) Do you like the color purple?
    7) What do you feel are the keys to writing science fiction for a younger audience?
    8) How has living in the south affected your writing?
    9) Do you say Y’all and other quaint southern phrases that everyone else laughs about?
    10) Do you test out your writing on your own children? Or do you rent them from Kids-R-Us to experiment with?

  8. Stephen Ward says:

    1. Is it true your real maiden last name is Goldberg?
    2. In “The Alien Mind”, I noticed a few similarities to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” especially as they related to racism. Care to comment?
    3. Does your recent arrest in New York City play apart in your next book, “I Was Arrested in New York (and to Hell with them)?
    4. What caused you to change the name of the Aruk from their original name, the Dipsy Doodles?
    5. Is it true you are going to Bulgaria to help Evanich Brumul co-author the play, “Kill All Those Sons A Bitches”?
    6. If I am the Court Jester does that make you the Queen? And if you are the Queen, does that make Brandy the sinister Prime Minister?
    7. Why did you delete the scenes where Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes is the all seeing eye in the sky?
    8. When did you begin using ‘Where Writers and Authors Are Duped’ as a CIA front? Is it true that Snowden is your contact in lieu of his Cuban operative?
    9. Did Jim Henry cheat you out of your royalties after you got tipsy at the weekly poker game?
    10. When you optioned “Visionary From the Stars’ for a motion picture where you aware that Climax Films was a distributor of pornography? Explain.
    11. What was your inspiration for your little known short story in the Bradfield Anthology series, “Hitler and Me: The Romance That Could Have Been?”
    12. Jo Linsdale-Italian-Name-I-Can-Never-Remember has lately hinted in ‘Where Writers and Authors Secretly Despise Each Other’ that the two of you may collaborate on a book together. Will it be in the science fiction genre or are you two planning to tap into the erotica market?
    13. Is your artwork derived from the experimental works of Colivier, the decadent art movement of 1920’s Berlin, Monet’s Blue Period or perhaps Warhol’s Pop Art movement of the 1960’s. I see traces of each and wondered which school of thought you felt more akin to with regards to your illustrations?
    14. Bram Donavon in his ‘Essays of the Irish Proletariat described himself as, “moving through the time continuum as if I were possessed with an alien mind.” When you were studying the masters of Irish literature did this phrase nestle in your mind and allow you the freedom to explore your own thoughts in this field?
    15. (BONUS QUESTION): In this example, character A is a source of friction between character B and a sub-rival of character C. Character D aligns itself with character A, but at the same time has latent feelings for character C and its protagonist, Character E while fearing Character B and some limited sympathy for character A. Character F, on the other hand had a night of romance with character B and had the child of Character G while on vacation with character A and character E, but secretly longs to murder character H after character B’s botched abortion cause after character I was drugged on hallucinogen provided by character C. With this limited information, can you, Virginia Lori Jennings, explain why Mick Jagger thinks we can’t always get what we want, using these characters as examples?

    • Stephen- I will save the answers to your first two questions for the interview… the rest I will be happy to get over with here lol.

      3. I always strive to be an upstanding citizen so as to prove a suitable role model for children
      4. The Aruk have always been the Aruk- I know not of these dipsy doodles you speak of.
      5. Bulgaria- under any situation would probably be a no as I have school age children that need carting too and from school. It would take longer than a weekend to travel to and get anything done in Bulgaria.
      6.You are the Court Jester due to weird random questions such as these- any other hierarchy is a complete illusion 😉
      8. I don’t play poker with Jim Henry.
      9. Who is Snowden, and … I’m not at liberty to say.
      10. It would be awesome if Visionary From The Stars was optioned for a movie- anything other than a PG13 movie or lower would get turned down 😉
      11. I’ve never heard of it.
      12.A) I don’t and won’t write erotica. B) Jo Linsdell is an awesome lady to work with… I don’t think we have any plans in the works for working on a book together at this time though.
      13)I have not heard of these styles of work so I haven’t the foggiest.
      14) I have not read any of Bram’s Essays
      15) Whaaa??? = Mind BLOWN!

  9. ruthie67 says:

    If you could play any character in Star Trek, who would it be and why?

  10. Jaimie Hope says:

    What inspired you to start writing in the sixth grade? Did you finish what you began working on then and has it been published?

  11. Do you write an outline or do you jump right into a story and see where it takes you?
    What sort of scenes are the hardest for you to write?
    Which of your characters was your favourite to write?

  12. Jo Linsdell says:

    Who inspires you?
    While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
    What are your strengths as a writer?
    What books or authors have most influenced your life?

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