Interview with Author Jane Owen – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Jane Owen

Author Jane Owen is the great-granddaughter of esteemed editor Max Perkins, editor of Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, amongst others. Her love of writing was encouraged by her parents and she hopes to pass it along to her daughter.

Tell me more about your latest book

Tom Woof and Max the Owl is the first in a series called Storybook Farm. It is the tale of a young puppy who loves to write, who comes to live on a farm full of animals who don’t get along. Tom wants to share his stories, but he ends up writing them wherever he happens to be when he thinks of them, and this makes him very unpopular with the animals who don’t understand him. Fortunately, the wise owl who lives on the farm Max The Owl does understand, and he teaches Tom not only how to write his ideas down in a way that can be enjoyed, but he also shows him how to bring the animals together through their shared love of stories.

Tom Woof and Max the Owl are based on the real- life characters of the writer Jane Owen’s great- grandfather Max Perkins the book editor, and one of his writers Thomas Wolfe. Jane hopes this book will encourage creativity, compassion, community, and a love of literature.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

The process of making sure the story was entertaining for small children whilst having good lessons and being easy to understand, but not be boring.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

This is my first book but I was lucky enough to get chosen by Waterside to publish it.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

I think writing is a very spiritual thing to do yes. It definitely taps into a very different level than every day thinking.

What’s the best way to market your books?

Find your audience, know your audience and try to communicate to them in a way that resonates.

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

Extremely hard. Its not as lucrative as it once was unless you are in the top 1%. However if you love it, just keep doing it and hopefully one day it will all fall into place.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Keep Writing!

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