Today we're doing a different type of interview, and it should be enlightening to both writers and readers following the blog.
My guest today is Jessica, or J.L Smith, if you want to be more specific.
Hello! Welcome to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s such a pleasure to have you here.
Hi, Marie, and fellow readers and writers! Thank you for letting me visit.
Can you tell us a little bit about your company or service, and how Writing in the Modern Age readers can benefit from it?
Thanks for having me! I run a book blog called Queen J Reads and a podcast called 100Lit, the latter of which I created to teach and document my own journey to 100 Reads per year. Both the blog and the podcast are designed to help readers discover new books, and authors — both aspiring and experienced — get information about writing, character development and publishing in order to strengthen and ultimately sell their work.
Yes, I am also writer under the name J.L. Smith (it’s pretty much my real name). I’m focused mostly on Middle Grade, which is a genre I’m pretty new to.
This is one of the reasons I established ‘Queen J Reads’ and ‘100Lit’. I am always reading so I’m always learning something and I want to share those things with others.
The book blog was previously named Forward Scribes. At the time I began it, I was on the last part of my dissertation for my educational program so I was massively stressed. Starting the book blog was basically my therapy. It let me read something for fun and then talk about it. That’s what I love about it.
100Lit was a podcast I started because I was watching a lot of movie review videos and people were just having fun talking about movies. They were eating pizza, having drinks, and not really worrying about being professional all the time. I felt like we should be talking about books the same way; just enjoying them with our drinks and meals.
I’ve actually done some expanding recently. I created a program entitled Kid Forward, which was specifically designed to enhance literacy skills for students, with language and learning differences through storytelling between family members and loved ones.
Mary Shelley is my all-time favorite.
No preference. As long as it’s a good book, I’m more than satisfied. It doesn’t really matter to me how I read that book.
Right now, I am reading a book called A Delusion of Satan by Frances Hill. It's talking about the different players and catalysts of the Salem Witch Trials. It’s a really interesting read thus far.