An Interview With Author Jennifer Brown

My daughter’s interview with Jennifer Brown for journalism.

By: Gretchen Hosking
Follow me on Twitter @Gsking_OwlFeed

Creative writing is amazing. It allows readers to have an escape from the real world for a while as they delve into another. The author’s amazing worlds and lovable characters keep us entwined within their stories.

4271350_origRecently I was able to interview Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List and Perfect Escape, about her experiences with writing young adult books. Before becoming an author, writing was her hobby. It was never thought of as a career for her until her older son was born and she had to quit her day job.

Even though she was skeptical going into it, she was willing to try and turn her hobby into a career. This idea eventually ended up working for her and became reality. The only thing she said that frustrates her about the writing process is “keeping the world from taking…

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Haiku Challenge


Changing appearance
Second picture shows contrast
Over years between

In both of these pictures, I am standing in front of the closet in my bedroom. The first one was taken quite a few years ago, but I recently had it up on Facebook to celebrate Star Trek turning 50. The second I took last week before I went out to the Phoenix art and chocolate show on Thursday. The #haikuchallenge word on twitter today is second. I have been lax in the poetry writing lately, I need to get back into it.

Shawn and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary next month. I started to fiddle with his limerick gift. The traditional gift is china. We spent a few days up in New Mexico for our 15th anniversary and toured some vineyards and actually picked up crystal souvenir wine glasses. But I still had fun with the limerick.

There was a woman being a pistol
who wrapped herself as a present coital
fifteenth anniversary
was becoming a quandary
since she found no great gift in crystal

18th anniversary limerick

19th anniversary limerick

Melt Down, poem by Veronica Hosking (WHEN I MOVED Poetry and Prose Series)

It’s hard to believe the little girl napping in this photo has started her first semester at ASU.

Silver Birch Press

phoenix1Melt Down
by Veronica Hosking

So long Buffalo
Packed up our belongings
Left for warmer climate
Envious of sunny Arizona
Eighty degrees in February
Never looked back

IMAGE: Vintage postcard Phoenix, Arizona.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Back in November 1998, my husband had a splenectomy and we moved into my parents’ house while he was on disability. In February of ’99, Shawn moved across country to Phoenix, Arizona. Rachael and I followed at the end of June. As I write this poem 17 years later, Arizona is under an excessive heat wave. On Father’s Day we hit 118 and lost our AC for a couple hours. Still better than being buried under seven feet of snow.

hosking2AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Rachael napping on the patio of our apartment in Phoenix surrounded by the boxes we will pack up to move into our house.

hosking1ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Veronica Hosking is a wife, mother…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2016 #Worldsuicidepreventionday

My family lost two loved ones to suicide – my brother-in-law November 27, 2013 and then my cousin November 5, 2014. Last year my husband, mother-in-law and niece got tattoos to commemorate Scott’s 40th birthday.

When a family member or friend decides to end their own life, the survivors question what they could have done differently. It is usually a question with no easy, straight forward answer. Today my thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and with those who have thought about suicide. Please know there are people in the world who love you and want to help anyway they can.

Follow Her on Twitter

This summer I haven’t written very much. The other day I wrote a haiku for the #haikuchallenge

Whole in attendance
Phone calls are inaccurate
Cannot seem to fix

As part of journalism class, Gretchen has had to open a twitter account @GsKing_owlfeed. She noticed my haiku the other day. Mom, you said I had a whole in attendance. Yes, kiddo, whole as intact. Somehow I got two phone calls last week stating she missed her first class on two separate days. Both teachers know she was in class, but somehow the attendance system has her marked unexcused absence. We’re working on fixing it, never thought it would be this difficult. The attendance officers seem to be unreachable. Speaking of never – today’s #haikuchallenge word.

Daughter reads haiku
does not like whole attendance
never been absent

On the plus side, no phone call last night. Yay! My daughter was in school. She let me read her first article for the newspaper. Mom was impressed. She is the editor for her section. Articles are due tomorrow, but she needs to edit them first. No one else has given her their piece. I told her, Next time make the due date earlier then it needs to be into the teacher. It’s all a learning curve.

Honda Fit or Clown Car

So over on Facebook, they show your On this day memories. Well last year, I wrote about Rachael’s first solo drive. This morning six friends stuffed into the car for the drive to ASU.

Carpool to school grows
Students pack in like sardines
Monday morning blues

The #haikuchallenge word today was blue. Not sure if they’d be blue due to the first day of the week or from the lack of breathing room.

Grandpa’s Guitar


Grandpa Heintz and Rachael EMCC graduation

A long time ago, when we moved to Arizona my dad’s Martin guitar was included in the items we drove across the country. When I was in junior high, I took private lessons on the guitar and kinda inherited it. My husband has a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender. Every once in a while, we pull out the guitars to strum. Both girls always enjoyed tinkering on them.

Something I did not realize until we did high school registration for Gretchen at the end of July. She signed up to take guitar lessons this year. When Grandpa was here in May for Rachael’s graduations, he asked if we still had his guitar. Yes, though we don’t pull it out often. Well last week it was pulled out, because Gretchen needs to practice. They will be having a recital in December.


Rachael dusting off guitar

No I don’t have a picture of Gretchen with the guitar. She is very good at avoiding the camera lens. After her first day of school on August 9th, I did sneak a picture of her as she fell asleep on the couch, being sophomoric is hard.😉 Shhh… she hasn’t noticed I posted the photo to Facebook nor my little tease. But I have every right after she decided to bite her thumb at me her freshman year (side effect of reading Romeo and Juliet). For those who would actually like to see a picture of a smiling Gretchen – First Day of School.

Guitar lessons on
Grandpa’s classic Martin gives
Unique peek to past



Rachael at Glacier National Park

Escape oven temps
Hike Glacier National Park
Sweet summertime snow

Last Tuesday the girls and I were eating dinner and Gretchen complained about her day spent cleaning. I said, Well I was busy doing laundry all day so your sister can pack. It’s good to clean for when you leave someday. You don’t want to live in a pigpen.

I’m leaving Sunday!?

Rachael laughs and I said, Oh yeah we’re sending Rachael off on Saturday and giving you the boot Sunday. Then Rachael said, She said someday.

Meanwhile Phoenix has been hot this summer. We’ve been 110 or higher more than average. On Father’s Day we hit 118! AND lost our electricity for a couple hours.

Sweet summertime sweat
Electricity cuts out
Hottest day of year

Phoenix ComiCon


Last year we skipped Phoenix ComiCon to attend Leprecon and to meet Dayton Ward. Yes, mom was a happy fan, but the girls found the other con somewhat lacking. This year we were back at the big ComiCon. I even got Rachael to answer questions about Frankenstein for a project by some people over at ASU.


Gretchen and Rachael at Phoenix ComiCon

Phoenix ComiCon
Wheelchair will not slip through crowd
Dad abandons us

Both Rachael and Gretchen couldn’t wait to get dressed up as Attack on Titan characters. Rachael was able to attend two days of the con. On Friday they had an Attack on Titan cosplay meet up.


Attack on Titan Meet Up Phoenix ComiCon

Meanwhile Gretchen was upset, because she didn’t have anything cool to wear on Saturday. Rachael told her she could wear the uniform and she’ll wear the suit. On Friday Rachael said a few people came up to her to ask where she bought her wig. They wanted to buy one, in a different color of course. Levi’s hair is black which if you were that well versed in Attack on Titan (Rachael is) why would one think she had the wrong color for a wig. Yeah, it’s her real hair.