So… why did you start writing Miss Jen?
Updated: Nov 24, 2019
This is about to be a boring blog but I get asked this question A LOT so let’s go!
Writing for me started off as a means of escapism and freedom. To me, my life had always been quite mediocre. I mean don’t get me wrong, I loved my life and still do. (I thank God that I’m still here every single day.) I loved my parents, my older brother and my city. My parents weren’t the richest but they always made shit happen for me so I was truly blessed. (Still am of course!) I loved my friends (well most of them lol) and my home. But I guess seeing the life of celebrities from a very young age and seeing their lifestyles just made me feel like my life lacked passion… lacked that je ne sais quoi. 😉
So writing for me was that way of providing an extra passion to my life. Creating stories and new characters gave me something to look forward to each day. It made me feel special knowing that my brain could come up with all sorts of different, wild ideas. And of course, having family from America (Portland, Oregon to be exact) also spiked my interest in creating american characters with lives that I had actually never lived myself.
Writing novels weren’t the first thing I started writing. Songs were actually the first thing. One of my first loves in this life had to be music. This was due to my parents having an extensive collection of African American music legends such as Barry White, Michael Jackson, Billy Paul, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye… the list goes on and on! I would spend hours just listening through their discographies and falling in love. 90% of my music library today is purely African American music. I love my R&B & Hip-Hop, trap music and STRIPPER BOPS!
As you can see, African American culture had a massive impact on my life from an early age. Even as a young black British Nigerian, I was still exposed to African American culture and I’m extremely grateful that I was. Because my exposure meant that I can deliver such great storylines today!
Now back to present day. Writing still remains a way for me to be free and escape from the world. Because believe this world is crazy and I’m convinced that everyone is mad except me. (Well not everyone but you get my drift.) But it also happens to be one of my main sources of income. I’m grateful to be able to say that I’m making great money doing what I love because not many people can actually say that. And having amazing readers who appreciate my work wholeheartedly makes everything so much better.
So that’s basically the answer to my most asked question.
⁃ Jen xo