Today, my Gentle Readers, I have a lawyer turned author for you to meet. Jenn Bregman’s first book, The TimeKeepers, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. As usual, I will have my questions/comments in BLUE and Jenn will be in GREEN.
Jenn, Thank for coming to visit us today. Let’s jump right in and get to know you. Tell us about your early reading experiences.
I have been a voracious (yes, think giant dinosaur teeth!) reader since I was a kid. During elementary school, I would hop on my bike, go to the library every day in the summer, check-out as many books as I could fit into my basket, pedal home, read them all, and then repeat the next day. I just couldn’t get enough books! And I had friends, so go figure? It must have been whatever secret sauce was in those books . . .
That sounds like a great summer to me. After you finished devouring whole libraries as a kid, what genre did you settle on as a favorite?
I love my genre — thrillers! I also love the subcategories — legal thrillers, mysteries, historical thrillers. And I love biographies of people I admire.
What made you cross that line from just devouring these books to creating one of your own?
It really was the process of writing on Law Review in Law School and then writing my article that got published in the UCLA Law Review. The reason, I think, was that it was SO hard. Every part of it was hard. The research, writing, and editing were incredibly demanding and I didn’t know if I could do it. But then, when it was done and published, I thought maybe, just maybe, I could write. And I was proud of the effort and the product. “Trial” so to speak, by fire!
Very punny for a lawyer *wink*. I’m guessing on your particular flavor to write, but do you find yourself dabbling into other areas or sticking with the one path?
I only write legal thrillers, with perhaps some elements of mystery and history mixed in. That is my voice.
Admirable that you have found your niche. Run with it. We can’t let Grisham have all the best legal thrillers. Tell us a little about your journey as a writer.
I love that you use the word “journey,” because it is. First, you need to have something that you “have” to write, it’s not enough to “want” to, you need to “have” to. Then, of course, is the actual writing followed by editing, editing and more editing. After that initial process, I contacted an agent who I knew through a friend, who was wonderful and supportive and gave me some very good ideas about how to improve the work. I implemented those and then was lucky enough to receive even more helpful advice from other agents and friends. My biggest surprise about the whole process was the kindness many showed me by people in the industry. Criticism was truly constructive and given gracefully and with a generous spirit. These people gave me the greatest gift of all — their time — and for that, I am forever grateful.
Sounds like you have some great connections. Maybe I can borrow them one day. Just kidding. When you aren’t taking the legal world, literary and for real, by storm, what keeps you busy?
I am a crazy adventurer and love running marathons, hiking fourteeners, scuba diving and other physical pursuits that challenge me and scare me. I adore my family and friends and spend a lot of time with both. And, although I’m not practicing law anymore, I enjoy working with my bar associations and their causes. I also try to do one thing that stretches me (either physically — ha!, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually) every day.
That sounds like a great philosophy. Did you have anything else you wanted to share with my readers?
Finally, it seems that a lot of us crazy readers are also crazy closet writers. As I answered the question about the “journey” above, it struck me that we all have our journey and our story to tell. So, whoever, is reading this, I encourage you to tell your story if you at all want to. Write it. Don’t criticize it, just finish it. Who knows? It might be really good.
Sound advice, Counselor. Something that everyone should take under advisement. Thank you again for stopping by, Jenn.
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