Jennifer Brown Banks. Many of you already know Jennifer; she's the smart and savvy individual behind the award winning blog, Pen and Prosper.
What you might not know is that Jennifer recently published a book. It's entitled 7 Wide, Poetic Reflections, and is a collection of poems that is designed to appeal to a diverse audience. Ever keeping us in the loop of great writing advice and tips, Jennifer is as sweet and kind as they come. She's been a faithful friend and colleague, and I am excited to help her celebrate her newest accomplishment.
Welcome Jennifer! So glad you could stop by. :) What is your blog about?
Thank you, Karen! Pen and Prosper is devoted to helping writers at all levels and genres to grow more, know more, and reach their full creative potential. It's about the writing life and exploring creativity in all its myriad forms.
Your devotion is evident in each post. It's a wonderful source of practical info for writers. What benefits have you gained through blogging?
How much time do you have? LOL I have gained so many tangible and intangible benefits:
- A supportive community
- A bigger, stronger platform
- Blogging buddies worldwide
- A more experienced and well tuned writer's voice
- The joy of connecting with and learning from others
- Industry recognition for my work - I'm pleased to be among the "Top 100 Writing Blogs for 2016"
- An added income stream (I set up blogs for other writers, conduct "Blog Audits", and sell ad space)
Blogging can be a great experience, I agree. We reap so many benefits. Congratulations on 7 Wide! What prompted you to write it? What types of poetry will we find within the pages?
Thanks, Karen! It's been long overdue. Though I have contributed articles, essays, and blog posts to numerous publications over the years, poetry is for me. It's a great way to measure emotional growth and chronicle the highs and lows of life. I realized upon reflection, that it had been quite a few years since my last poetry title had been released. So now just seemed like a good time.
7 Wide is a dynamic collection of more than 40 poems on love, life, and social issues that will appeal to audiences of a diverse readership.
I'd not thought of poetry quite like that; your insight is helpful. What have you learned through the process of writing 7 Wide?
I've learned that poetry is cathartic. That writing a book provides a true sense of accomplishment and closure. And that poetry still remains one of my favorite genres in which to dabble.
What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book?
Put out a quality product, even if it's self published. Like your kids, it's a reflection of you.
Excellent advice! Thanks again for sharing with us today. Wishing you well with your new book.
More About Jennifer
Jennifer Brown Banks is an award winning blogger, award winning poet, veteran freelance writer, content creator, columnist, and seasoned bargain hunter. Her publishing credits include Pro Blogger, Men with Pens, Write to Done, Tiny Buddha, and South 85 Literary Journal. When not at the keyboard, she digs reading, cooking, music, shopping, herbal tea, and chocolate.
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