The short story:
Jen Guberman isn’t a New York Time’s bestselling author, and she has no critical acclaims, but her mom thinks her books are pretty good. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with her Bachelor’s in Communications & New Media, and she was a member of three honor societies. Jen lives with her mom and her plant collection in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The long story:
Lawdy, buckle up. Once I start talking about myself, I don’t stop. It all started when I was ten years old. Just kidding. I have no idea how old I was. When I was hardly old enough to put words on paper, I tried to write a “book” (I ripped off the Magic Tree House series). I’ve always been a crazy cat lady, so Little-Me wrote a scene in which a cat gave birth to kittens. I described it as “plop, plop, plop.” That was when we knew I was gifted. Or “special”, as my mom called it.
Fast-forward a few years to late elementary school. I was obsessed with the Goosebump books and tried to write my own scary short stories. I actually found one of them as an adult, and apparently that’s when those annoying Head-On medication ads were always on TV (you know the ones… “HEAD-ON, APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD”). One of my short stories was about a girl who tried to cure a splitting headache with Head-On but her head exploded instead.
Let’s skip middle school. Nothing good there anyways.
My sophomore year of high school. I was still trying to crawl out of the pit of awkwardness (sometimes, I wonder if I never really got out of it). I was in a creative writing class, and we had to work more in-depth with our story concepts than I was used to. I loved every second of that class! By the end of it, I was convinced I was going to write a novel.
That summer, I attempted. I tried to write a story about some chick in a post-apocalypse/post-war London. She was supposed to have some super important package to deliver and it was going to be a long, dangerous journey. Except, as I got into it, I realized I had no idea what in the world would be in the package to make it so important. After the summer, I scrapped that story.
A few times after that, I tried to start writing novels and always ended up with the same issue: I had no actual plot.
Freshman year of college, I thought about books I love. I thought about dystopian novels and how much I love the categorization of people (the smart ones, the brave ones, the etc.). I wanted to do something like that. I couldn’t think of original groupings that would make sense, so I negated all of the typical ones, which lead to groups of dumb people, cowards, etc. Not really something you want to read about. Then, I thought, “what if they’re only sorted if they do something wrong?” From there, I developed the entire concept of the Eos Dawn Series.
Ever since publishing the Eos Dawn Series, I’ve hosted several book signings, writing courses, and book releases. I love every minute of being an author. My favorite part of the job? When a reader tells me, “I can’t believe ______!” (“I can’t believe you killed ____!” or “I can’t believe _____ did ____!”). It tells me the story became real for my readers, and that’s what this is all about.