Today we're talking to Jennelle L. White, the author of GROWING UP, POETRY & EASIEST SHORT/LONG TERM PLAN FOR SAVING MONEY.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born on Lackland Air Force Base Hospital in San Antonio, TX. Both of my parents were in the Air Force. Eventually, I was relocated to Owingsville KY (a small town) and was raised by my grandparents. I am a RN (Registered Nurse - in the behavioral health area) for 30 years. I also have Diplomas from Correspondence Schools in Wildlife & Forestry Conservation, Parapsychology, and am a Animal Care Specialist. Also, I became a Medical Assistant later on in life due to having had a back injury but was still able to continue my career in Nursing. I was elected for Who's Who in American Nursing. I enjoy hiking, travel, reading books, writing and I love animals.
How and when did you become a writer?
I started out with writing in junior high school when my teacher had our class to create a poetry book listing some of our most favorite children's poems or other types of poetry and we had to include with this class project two poems that we make up ourselves. I have always loved poetry as I always enjoyed reading the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. I made an A, 100% on my poetry book and my teacher asked if I did not want the book that she would like to keep it. I told her "no" that since I had put so much work into creating it that I wanted to keep it. I still have my poetry book I made for my class project.
I became a writer later on in my life. It is really something that just happened. I had two subjects that I wanted to write about and make them into a book which are my books listed above. I plan on doing 2-3 more books later on. I'm in the process of promoting my first two books listed above. Eventually, I would like to have my writing as a source of income but for now it is my hobby.
What genre do you write?
Basically, children's poetry and other poems and self-help books. Also, I would like to write about a scary story that is based on true events.
How would you describe your writing style?
Basically, I like to write at night and usually I tend to get ideals for my children's poems from when I take walks in the parks. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes were an inspiration for me to begin writing children's poetry. I feel my poems are unique. I tend to like poems that rhyme.
What makes you different from other writers?
I tend to and like to write about things I've experienced out in the environment in regards to my poetry. The ideal for my money savings plan book came from a question I posed to myself and others. I asked "how can I still save money in a more easier way while paying on my bill/debts at the same time?" I actually got my answer from my dream at night and got up and wrote down the solution to my question, thus creating my book on this subject.
I am really not sure if I am that different from other writers.
Who inspires you?
There have been several people who have inspired me along the way. I really love books that are self-help. I have learned a lot from these books. I love Jim Henson, creator and author of The Muppets, writers of the Super Heros such as Superman, Bat man etc and the author of The Archies. Also, Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret.
What are you most proud of?
Both of my books have received High ratings plus awards from book contests. Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money was given a 5-STAR RATING and is the 2011 Finalist Winner from ReadersFavorite.com Growing Up, Poetry received a 4-STAR RATING from Readers Favorite.com and received Honorable Mention at the Green Book Festival.
How did you come up with the titles of your books?
I came up simply with the title of my money savings plan book because it it the Easiest Short/Long Term Plan For Saving Money and is why that is the name/title of my book.
I came up with the title for my children's book, Growing Up, Poetry, because when I was little I spent time reading poems and nursery rhymes growing up and feel like, at times, that my life can be looked at as a poem, thus, Growing Up, Poetry.
How did you come up with the content?
I have different types of poems that I wrote about such as stars, puppy, kitten, the seasons, saving the environment, Halloween, and many more in my book, Growing Up, Poetry.
Give us a brief description of what your books are about.
EASIEST SHORT/LONG TERM PLAN FOR SAVING MONEY - It's been said to pay yourself first, to save at least 10% of your earnings but why stop at 10%? Why not 20%, etc? The problem is that most people may not be able to set aside 10% of their earnings, let alone 20%-30%. My plan begins with 2 steps and teaches you how to save money more easily and better. My plan makes it more affordable for everyone to be able to save money regardless of your job, occupation, debts, location and etc. My savings plan is unique - in that you can visually see what you'll save before it happens, easy to understand - as uses basic math & you don't have to be a financial guru or investor to use this plan, and is universal - benefits everyone, as those who work a 9 - 5 job, saving money for retirement or a vacation. The possibilities are endless using this plan!
GROWING UP, POETRY - When you're young the world seems new. Growing Up, Poetry is about a collection of poems that captures that Spirit of Youth. It brings back the emotions that one experiences for all ages at the arrival of spring or when school is out. Theses are poems everyone can enjoy for years to come. For ages 2 - 7 years old, although adults love the book also. One can experience the joys of childhood with whimsical pictures and poems! My book gives everyone a sense of peace & happiness. It inspires kids to care about saving the environment & savor the innocence of youth. There are poems about a puppy, a kitten, stars, the seasons and saving the environment, and many more.
We live in divisive times. Should your religion/politics influence your writing?
I believe that there is a touch of people's belief systems involved when they are writing along with political issues that they feel strong about but I feel it is not as discreet, but remains somewhat hidden throughout the pages of their books. I don't feel it to be right to force one's own religion and political beliefs on people because most people will stand up for what they believe in and not be or refuse to be influenced by other people's opinions and beliefs.
What are you working on now?
I have one short story manuscript of a children's book I created. I have been writing more poems and I am still in the process of writing my scary story based on true events that I encountered.
Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
My advice to young writers is to write what you are passionate about. Believe in yourself.