Jensen Reed and I took some time this week to discuss her busy life and ever-growing publishing accomplishments.
A full-time mom by day, she burns the midnight oil to run her newly co-founded publishing company, Pixie Forest Publishing, and doing what she loves most (besides loving her children)—writing.
Originally from Nebraska, Jensen grew up on large ranch helping her family run a horse rescue for nearly a decade. This altruistic spirit has carried over into her writing career.
Jensen is committed to helping promote other authors and offering them support and inspiration in their writing endeavors. A self-proclaimed nerd, some of Jensen’s favorite books include Wheel of Time Series, Throne of Glass Series, Darwath Trilogy and Harry Potter.
Now that you’ve been introduced to Jensen, let’s get to know a little more about this busy woman.
Hello, Jensen, and welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.
Q. What inspired you to become a writer?
A. I have always loved words. I love weaving them together and making a story flow.
Q. You seem to enjoy compiling anthologies. How many include your work?
A. I’m published in five with three more coming out soon.
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. I wrote poetry in Jr. High and published some in high school. I’ve been writing fiction for about ten years now.
Q. How many books have you written?
A. I have written one book three times. HA. I am editing that and writing book two of the zombie series now. I have a TON of flash fiction and short stories written and a handful published.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your publishing company, Pixie Forest Publishing. I love the name by the way.
A. Thanks and of course! It began in April 2018 when my partner-in-crime Donise Sheppard and I got to talking about anthologies and how we both have always loved the idea of creating our own. Our main focus is our writers, our contributors. We feel writers should always be paid for their hard work, so we work hard to ensure they are!
Q. You write for several different genres: romance, horror, dark fantasy, and YA. Which genre is the easiest for you to write? Which is the most challenging?
A. I LOVE this question. I feel like it really just depends on the story. I dabble in so many because they just come to me. I have all of the above genres on my blog under “flash fiction”. My published ones are mostly horror though. I don’t really write sci-fi, just because I’m not inspired? Though I love to watch sci-fi movies with my husband.
Q. What are you working on now?
A. Revising Ranch, the first book in my Refuge Series. Writing Recourse, book two. Also working on the plot for the short story I will be putting into Pixie Forest Publishing’s second anthology that is modern fantasy themed. Plus I run several writing groups (Writing Bad, Writing Bad Promotions, Never-Ending Nano to name a few) and a parenting one that has been going longer than the writing ones.
Whew! I told you guys she was a busy woman!
Q. What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
A. Holding a book in my hand and seeing my name in it. MY words! IN A BOOK. It’s…indescribable. Being able to stack all five books (and knowing I have three more coming out soon) and see them is just happy making. Ha, Ha!
Q. What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
A. Don’t stop writing. Find a tribe of betas who like your style and understand it, and keep them. Use them. Show support to others in the writing community and it will come back to you. PFP wouldn’t be where it is now if we didn’t show support to our followers and contributors.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about?
A. I am a huge nerd. Doctor Who, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, and on and on and on. If you find a meme or something and want someone to squee or cry with you, share it with me! Tag me on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook, I don’t care. I love sharing the nerdiness with other nerds.
Q. Do you have a website/facebook page, etc?
A. Hahahaha, I have like twelve since I admin everything for Pixie Forest and Writing Bad.
Author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjensenreed/
I am on Goodreads and Amazon too!
Pixie Forest Publishing links
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pixieforestpub/
Thank you, Jensen, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you lots of luck in the future and continued success!