The Author Spotlight series featured on this blog showcases writers and their work. Writing can be a fulfilling but lonely journey - so why not have some fun and make a few friends along the way? Let’s get to know Jack A. Ori (@HeroicMuse2016):
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was six. I wanted to write autobiographical fiction like Laura Ingalls Wilder! When I was eight or so, my grandmother gave me a typewriter she didn’t need anymore and I spent most of my free time writing one “novel” after another on it.
What are common traps/mistakes for aspiring writers?
I think the biggest trap is taking the world’s doubts too much to heart. So many people will tell you you can’t do it, your writing sucks, etc., and I think a lot of aspiring writers internalize that and it gets in the way of their ability to get their writing out into the world.
By the same token, though, writers don’t know it all, and it’s important to let other writers read our work, get constructive criticism, and learn more about the industry before jumping into publishing.
What is something you loved but had to edit out of this book that was like sawing off a limb (isn’t writing fun)?
Oh man, there were so many scenes that got turned into summaries because the book was too long and they were too irrelevant. One of the hardest ones was a heart-to-heart my protagonist has with her mother toward the end of the book, in which she and her mom talk about her mom’s past before her bipolar disorder was under control It was an emotional scene but ultimately there was no room for it and the story worked fine without it.
Tell us a little bit about your story and what inspired you to write "Reinventing Hannah".
Reinventing Hannah is about a teenager’s struggle to reclaim her voice after she is sexually assaulted. I wrote it to empower sexual assault survivors. It’s based on some of my own experiences, some of the experiences of people I worked with as a social worker, and my desire to help young people transcend serious issues in their lives.
If you had to describe the main character in three words, what would those three words be?
Hannah is a shy, empathetic survivor.
How can we purchase your book?
Here’s my Amazon link:
It’s available both in paperback and digitally and I’m in Kindle Unlimited, so the ebook is free for KU members.