Get Inside the Mind of Jennifer Wingard (@Independent_Pen)

I met Jennifer Wingard on Facebook through good friend and editor, Annetta Ribken.

Her company, The Independent Pen provides writing and editing services, including copy editing and beta reading.

Along with me, she’s one of 22 authors featured in the Allegories of the Tarot anthology, and I’m thrilled to write with her!

You will find Jennifer’s answers spare and to the point, probably like her editing style. Mixed in there is a sense of edgy humor and a genuinely, warm person. I hope you enjoy learning more about her.


Jennifer lives on Virginia’s coast and spends most of her time copy editing for some amazingly talented authors. When not editing for her business, The Independent Pen, she usually writes, sews, or knits in the few minutes she can snatch that aren’t filled with homeschooling or chasing the kids and pets. During the summer, she can often be found at one of the many local beaches, books and knitting in tow.

Jennifer is currently at work on a series of novellas, Brides of Sam, and a mystery novel (or series of novels). Her short story, “A Body for Your Birthday” appears in Allegories of the Tarot, an anthology scheduled for release on October 31st.

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Inside Jennifer’s Mind

[eden] Thrilled to have you here, Jennifer. As a busy woman, what makes you most happy?

[Jennifer] Days with a balanced blend of work, family time, and personal time.

[eden] Nice 😉 

What turns you on creatively? All of my free time is spent in some creative pursuit or another so it could be anything from a particularly gorgeous stitch pattern on someone’s knitting to a brilliant turn of phrase I overhear. People watching usually meets all my creative inspiration demands.

[eden] Same here.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Just, only, and actually

What quality do you most admire in a man? Dependability

In a woman? Independence

What is your greatest regret? Something I can’t share here. Yes, I have deep, dark secrets.

[eden] Hmm … fodder for a story? 😉

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Boob size, for certain.

[eden] I know what you mean, I need mine reduced too (sic)

What is your greatest fear? Having one of my kids die before me.

Which living person do you most admire? A dear friend of mine who has been an unflagging mentor and a continual encouragement. And she’s fun, too. An all around winner for my admiration.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’ve had a few jobs that never came close to providing the satisfaction I have with my current career path. The only one I think may come close would be paid assassin. It’s been tied with editing and writing since I was a child.

[eden] Paid assassin, eh? I can see that. They would never suspect you.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A ninja. A ginger ninja.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Teaching my kids to read

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Laziness

What is your greatest extravagance? Fabric and yarn, without a doubt. I hoard fabric and yarn enough I should probably join a support group for hoarders.

[eden] Can you make me a hat for Christmas? haha

What is one thing you want to do before you die? Publish a book (or many books) of my own.

Who is your favorite writer? Charlotte Bronte. It blows my mind she created such amazing characters without knowing the world herself.

What are some of your favorite curse words? Really? I can do this here? Mine is a phrase I reserve for when someone’s really done a no-no. “Goddamn motherfucking son (or daughter) of a syphilitic bitch and a flaccid-peckered jackass”

[eden] Ha, I would pay to hear you say this! 

Do you have a motto? It changes based on my mood, but one I come back to repeatedly is “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

[eden] I like this one, very much. Thanks Jennifer for coming on my blog.

Readers, please say “hi” to Jennifer and learn more about her services through The Independent Pen. She’s a wonderful resource for all writers.

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19 responses to “Get Inside the Mind of Jennifer Wingard (@Independent_Pen)

  1. I have mad love for this ginger ninja. She’s an excellent copy editor but an even more stellar person. Great interview, Eden. XOXO


  2. Paid assassin tied to editing and writing. 🙂

    And that favorite curse phrase. Is that copyrighted?


  3. Thank you so much for hosting me, Eden. 🙂 I love your comments in the post.


  4. 😀 SO MUCH LOVE. Jen is already a ninja–she kicks copy ASS. MWAH.


  5. I like those answers, Jennifer!

    Ginger ninja and paid assassin, huh?


  6. Love your favorite cuss word(s). 🙂


  7. As always, a great interview! Jennifer ROCKS! xox


  8. Great interview, Jennifer. I just found out a month ago that damn editor was two words– joking. I love editors and couldn’t publish without you great people. I may have to use some of your cursing in my next pirate story, lol.


  9. Great interview! Love the ginger ninja, will have to steal that. And best curse words ever. Those will definitely come in handy. 😀


  10. Ginger Ninja… love it and your expressively detailed curse. I tried it out a couple times – it rolls off the tongue surprisingly well and is just the right length to really get out some frustration. I’m curious how many versions you went through before settling on it? 😀


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