The first thing you should know about me is I'm notoriously terrible at
talking about myself. There are two kinds of authors in the world: the
witty, gregarious storytellers who excel at making friends and
promoting their work, and the twitchy recluse who cowered in corners at
dinner parties and fears direct sunlight. I think you can guess which
kind I am.
Born, raised and still residing in Victoria, BC, I've been subjecting
myself to the masochistic joys of creative writing ever since I picked
up a pencil (I traded up for a laptop as soon as I could). In university, I self-published my first novel Shard. Since then I've worked on a variety of projects, and until A Ghost Town Vampire, faced the inevitable series of rejections.
every dreamer needs a day job, I spend ten months of the year teaching
Grades 3 and 4 at my local elementary school. I count it a job well done when
I send my students home in June a little more curious and a little more
confident than when I first met then in September. I also run a
creative writing club, and have seen several of my students publish
their work through national writing contests.
In lieu of a lengthy biography, please enjoy TEN RANDOM WRITING FACTS ABOUT ME.
- My first stories were all about "Jane and Squire the Wonder Dog" - Squire was a Golden Retriever my family dogsat.
- My first published work was a poem for the Poetry Institute of Canada's student writing contest in 1999.
- I'm a keyboard addict: I cannot write more than about half a page
longhand before my fingers start cramping and my handwriting becomes
- If I don't have my iPod on, I'm not serious about writing right now.
- The first person I told when I got my Wings e-Press contact was
one of my Grade 2 students. (I was at work when I got the email, and I
blurted it out when she asked why I had such a strange look on my face.)
- My most productive writing hours are between 8pm and 1am.
- This means I can only seriously write on weekends and vacations.
- My cat has interrupted the writing of this list 3 times now, by
lying down on my keyboard. She thinks she's being cute. She's not.
- I often get story ideas while I'm dreaming.
- Unfortunately, as soon as I wake up, I realize 90% of those story ideas are awful.
© Jane Senese 2013.