Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Author Interview: Jenny Lynne

Today, I am happy to have Jenny Lynne, author of Wild Animal School on to tell us a little bit more about her and her book!

About the Book


Sixteen-year-old Jessica Rainville’s dream of working with exotic animals is about to come true. She’s signed up to spend a summer learning to train and care for tigers, lions, leopards, bears, and elephants at an exotic animal ranch. She will pet tigers, feed grizzly bears, and ride bareback on elephants. But the experience will test her in ways that she never imagined. And just one mistake can mean the difference between life and death.

The Interview

Hi Jenny,

Thanks so much for taking a minute to answer some questions for me. It’s such a pleasure to have you stop by!

Thank you for having me!

Wild Animal School is about wild, exotic animals so I’m guessing you are an animal lover?  

Yes! Animals have always been an important part of my life. I was raised alongside cats, a dog, a rabbit, a hamster, a guinea pig, and a few fish. Unlike Jessica in Wild Animal School, who spends a summer working with exotic animals when she is sixteen years old, I didn’t have my first hands-on experience with exotic animals until I was an adult.

I have a 4 year old that is obsessed with lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, bears, okay my kid is pretty much just obsessed with animals in general. Seriously, I could totally see my kid going to this school when he gets older. Where did you come up with the idea for this school? Is it based on a real ranch? And most importantly, can I sign my kid up??
Bob’s Animal Sanctuary only exists in the pages of Wild Animal School. The novel incorporates a bunch of incredible experiences that I’ve had working with exotic animals at many different locations. 

Tell us something interesting about Wild Animal School that we should know before reading it that we won’t get from the description.
People who read both Wild Animal School and my second novel, Kid Docs, about a ten-year-old boy who is part of an experimental program that trains young children to be doctors, will find a connection between them. The books can be read in either order.

What can we expect from you next? Are you working on something now?
I’m planning my next novel, and I’m researching and writing stories about bucket-list-worthy things to do for my

Is there a moment that you can pinpoint and say, “that’s why I decided I wanted to be a writer?” If so, when was that moment? What happened?
I was lying in bed in a hotel room trying desperately to fall asleep, when I came up with an idea for a movie. When I got back home, I took out every book on screenwriting that I could find from the library, read them, and then wrote a script. I wrote three more scripts after that, but because most people don’t really enjoy reading scripts, it was hard to share what I’d written with other people. Instead of writing a fifth script, I decided to write what was going to be my next script, Wild Animal School, as a novel. I’m glad that I did, because already more people than have ever read my scripts have read Wild Animal School. And if Hollywood becomes interested in Wild Animal School, the book can always be turned into a script and then a movie.

If being a writer wasn’t an option, what would your dream job be?
In addition to being a writer, I am a pediatrician. Being a pediatrician was my childhood dream.

Avid readers’ favorite books seem to change week to week based on what they’ve read recently or what kind of mood they are in (at least that’s how I am) What’s your favorite book right now?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The book is so imaginative.

I believe that all good writers have something they want readers to take away from their books. What do you want readers to take away from yours?
Try to make your greatest dreams come true, even if they are difficult to accomplish or take you outside your comfort zone.

Now, on to the this or that portion of the interview. If at any time you don’t have a preference you can choose neither.

This or that:
Coke or Pepsi: Neither. I’m a water drinker, pretty much exclusively.

Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate. I almost always have a piece of chocolate after every meal, including breakfast.

Early Bird or Night Owl: Early bird, but I do my best writing in the afternoon and evening.

Harry Potter or Twilight: Harry Potter, by a landslide.

Answer to Previous or The Hunger Games: Harry Potter, by a slightly smaller landslide.

Vampires or Werewolves: If I had to choose, werewolves, but I’m not really a fan of either.

Zombies or Unicorns: Unicorns. I don’t like zombies at all.

Twitter or Facebook: Facebook. It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, even my grandmother is on Facebook!

MAC or PC: PC, but some of my best friends are MACs.

Ebook or print: I like both. I enjoy turning the pages of a paper book, but being able to hold a whole library in the palm of my hand is extremely cool.

Buy Wild Animal School

Amazon (ebook) | Amazon (Paperback)

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