Interview With Author Jennifer Ott (A Soul to Shine, Literary Fiction)


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In your own words, please describe your book.

It’s a story about facing judgment and criticism, which seems to be so prevalent today. What we don’t think about is the judgments and criticism we place others. We don’t like when people judge us, but sometimes we are quick to judge others. This is a story about the release of all judgments (the ones we receive and the ones we give out), and how it liberates our souls and spirits. Once we don’t accept criticism and we don’t dish it out, we are free.

What genre/genres does your book fall under?

Literary Fiction/New Adult


Is this book part of a series?

No. Not now, but who knows.


What was the inspiration behind your book?

I was in the process of writing another book. I often use real actors/actresses as muses for my books to define the characters. I know this is going to sound funny, but my muses hijacked my mind and created this story. The characters wanted to tell this story. For weeks, I heard the character’s chatter – in the morning, at night while I was trying to sleep, and as I was driving to work, until this book was completed and I freed my muses. I know, it sounds real strange.

Also, we are inundated by celebrity gossip. I see all the “ooh’s and awe’s” and I read all the negative comments celebrities face. There was one actress in particular who admitted her own self-doubts and anxieties in the face of fan gossip. I can even see in her eyes, how she is trapped and imprisoned by it. I think she was the main inspiration.

I also wanted to mention, why I would create a porn star character. Because I believe adult entertainers receive more judgment and criticism than most people. Why would anyone willingly go into a career in porn? I wanted to know, so the best way to understand is to write about it. I was shocked what my character, Dimitri expressed to me.

What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?

I’ve always been a writer. I just am. I think there were times I wrote based on experiences that touched me, or my style and voice evolves.

So far, what has been the greatest moment in your writing career?

There has been a couple. My book Saying Goodbye has won awards and my book Edge of Civilization has touched so many people personally. So many people of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s were affected by the Vietnam War, and other cultural changes. I was surprised how many people related to my character, Earl. Reviews like this make it all worthwhile. “Your book broke my heart, but also helped me heal.”

Are you self-published or published through a small-press? Can you tell our readers what led up to that and your publishing experience?

I am self-published. I’ve been through the small press, and was highly unsatisfied. Self-publishing gives me creative control with my writing, and my covers. I also learn from working with editors, and all other vendors that bring a book to life.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a follow up to “Edge of Civilization” called “Searching Civilization”. This will be the main character’s love interest’s life story.

After leaving an abusive ex, Andy Daniels heads back to Las Vegas to reunite with the love of her life, only to find him gone. Devastated from losing him, she realizes her life holds for her several choices – return to her burn-out hippies days at Berkley, succumb to society’s expectations with a suitable companion, or hold onto her faith in love and wait for her lost love to return.

In your own words, please tell us about yourself.

I am really passionate about people and their stories. I believe everyone has a story, from Hollywood starlets, porn stars to homeless person in the street. I like to study and write about what makes people “tick”. There is always more to a person than what we see, or even want to see.

What are some of your likes and dislikes?

I’m a total pamper queen. I love to feel good, which would be anything from a good massage, or a great afternoon nap.

For my dislikes, it is the inspiration for this book. I really don’t like judgments, and criticism. Everyone has their own issues, often they displace them on others to feel good about themselves. I don’t like that. Everyone is just trying to do their best with what they have.

How can readers connect with you?

I am on Facebook often – follow me, friend me. I’m always open to getting to know knew people.

Tell us one thing about yourself that we wouldn’t know?

I work in the Fashion Industry, and hate it.


If there was one thing you could tell your readers, what would it be?

Have fun. Even though I tend to write heavy subjects, I usually try to do it with lightness and a touch of comedy.


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