Monday, June 20, 2016
5 Questions With Jennifer Brown Banks
Many of you are aware that Jennifer Brown Banks is a multi published veteran freelance writer. But did you know that she's also the manager at Coffeehouse for Writers? She's currently featuring a series on her blog, Pen and Prosper, called 5 Questions that interviews the CFW instructors. (You might remember my interview there a few weeks ago.).
Since Jennifer is so good at interviewing others, I thought it'd be fun to ask her to step up to the mic for a change. Let's see if we can surprise you with the "little known Jennifer facts" revealed here.
Welcome, Jennifer! Would you care to share a little about yourself and your background?
Sure. First of all, it’s a pleasure to be here; thank you for having me today. Where do I start?
I have a very diverse professional and creative background. My career span has included: crunching numbers, working as an office manager in public relations, freelance writing, telemarketing, and online teaching (to name a few). Though my degrees are in Business, my passion is in writing.
I knew your background was diverse but had no idea it included telemarketing. That must have been an interesting experience. Tell us, did you always want to be a writer? How did you know for sure?
Growing up as a shy and awkward teen, words were my refuge. I did well in my academic studies, (particularly English and creative arts), but never really viewed writing as a career. My mom actually convinced me to seek publication for my work, and the rest, as they say…”is history.”
Way to go, Mom! What foresight she had. You are blessed to have that support and encouragement. What book title best describes your life or writing philosophy?
I’d have to say “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
Now there's a good title to live by! What would it surprise us to learn about you?
Let’s see…that I’m extremely disciplined, (except for eating). I hardly ever miss an episode of the game show Jeopardy. I love herbal teas. I’m a good dancer. And that I can “rock the mic” at karaoke!
Well, if it makes you feel any better, disciplined eating is not my specialty either. Lol :) What’s your favorite creative, but non-writing activity?
I love to read, listen to music, shop at antique and thrift shops, make gift baskets, hang out with other creatives, and cook.
Sounds like a great way to unwind and recharge. Thanks so much for joining us, Jennifer!
Thanks again, Karen!
Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, award-winning blogger, writing instructor, and herbal tea lover. You can learn more about her at her blog, Pen and Prosper, or take her popular blogging classes at the Coffeehouse for Writers.
More on Jennifer
Stop by her blog and check out her book of poetry, 7 Wide, on Amazon.
Just in Case You Didn't Know
The Coffeehouse for Writers offers quality, affordable online courses for writers at any level. Courses include Basic Boot Camp, Blogging for Profit or Pleasure, Making a Living as a Freelance Writer, Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Creating Characters. If those don't strike your fancy, CFW's classes also cover journaling, stress relief, editing your work in progress, and breaking into ebooks. For more info, visit the CFW site.
Did you learn anything new about Jennifer? Have you ever taken any writing courses? What might we be surprised to learn about you?