Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Greenhall.
Jennifer, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Resonance is a steamy, psychic paranormal romance. The setting is our San Diego but with a twist–psychic abilities have evolved over the last thirty years to become more pervasive and powerful. While steeped heavily in romance, the series explores how the world might change with 500+ people with very significant psychic abilities. How might the power structures adapt? How many people will harness their abilities for good or for evil?
The idea for The Resonance Series and its characters came to me while I was working on my M.D./Ph.D. at UC San Diego. I wrote the first draft of the first book, Resonance, in late 2009, in just a little over two months between wrapping up my Ph.D. in Neurosciences and heading back to medical school for the clinical years. I put the manuscript aside for a few months, then did one round of editing and shared it with friends for feedback. I also shared it with an acquaintance who happened to be a nonfiction agent.
After reading it, she wanted to represent me, so we sent it off to about ten paranormal romance publishing house editors. Resonance was almost picked up by one publisher, and aside from the fact that the others were only looking to purchase vampire novels at that time, I received a lot of helpful, constructive criticism. I also realized that I should have spent more time crafting the novel (doing much, much more than one self-edit) and should have at least consulted a developmental editor before submitting.
After that experience, which was a little disappointing but mostly positive, I decided I would self-publish, especially since paranormal editors weren’t that interested in psychics. I hired an editor for a developmental edit, but before I could implement that advice, life got in the way (school, kids, family issues, health concerns), and the years passed by. In 2017, I dove back in again. After several updates and revisions later, Resonance was finally published on March 16, 2018. The second book in the series, Dissonance, should be published in early 2019, followed shortly thereafter by the third book, Entangled.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Fear of failure and criticism was/is a big issue for me. I had a lot of personal obstacles get in the way, but I think that my fear of failure is what really prevented me from publishing Resonance years ago. All of those obstacles were legitimate but also convenient excuses. I wish I’d published in 2012 right after I received the developmental edit because self-publishing is more difficult now.
Though there are many tools that make it easier in some ways, the marketplace is flooded with millions of books, and especially in the romance genre, it’s hard to make an impression and get noticed above the noise. I am still trying to figure out how to market effectively. I’m also an introvert which makes putting myself out there a bit more difficult.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
In addition to writing fiction, I am starting a medical blog called themedicalexception.com to share my personal observations and experiences as a medical scientist in order to help others who may have similar health issues. One important issue is a genetic mutation that can cause prolonged recovery from head injuries and can result in permanent brain damage.
I believe that parents should find out if they have this mutation in their family before they decide whether to permit their children to play contact sports. The blog will focus on genetics, the microbiome, traumatic brain injuries, women’s health, and healthy aging.
- Website: https://jennifergreenhall.com https://themedicalexception.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenngreenhall
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifergreenhall
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenngreenhall
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