Nothing excites J. Keller Ford (Jenny)’s imagination more than snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic, all of which ooze out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and ever-lasting love. A mom of four, she lives in Florida her two dogs, a precocious cat, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.
Jenny’s debut, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING (Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books, Spring 2016) is a Young Adult fantasy. A seventeen-year-old squire with knightly ambitions reluctantly joins forces with a sixteen-year old over-achiever to battle a dragon, save the realm, and maybe even get the girl.
- Favorite book growing up: HEIDI by Johanna Spyri, GREAT EXPECTATIONS – oh and all the Hardy Boys series.
- Childhood aspiration: A veterinarian, a singer and a dancer, but not at the same time. Could you imagine a singing, dancing vet? The animals would be like “No. No. That’s okay, doc. I’m all better now.”
- Favorite time/place to write: In the morning, just as the sun is coming up. Preferably outside with a cup of coffee in one hand and a soft, gentle breeze caressing her face. Birds chirping in the background. Heaven and inspirational.
- Book currently reading/most recent read: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard.
- Favorite things to do: Playing with and taking care of animals, collecting sea shells, bowling, riding roller coasters, board games, taking long walks on the beach, listening to soft jazz, traveling.
- Favorite sports team: If she had to pick, it would be the Tampa Bay Rays or the Atlanta Braves.
- Surprising personal fact: In a community theater play when she was 10 years old, she played the part of a green dragon (go figure) who was determined to devour all the candy in the kingdom. On opening night, after she was captured by the “Candy Patrol,” she tore her green tights, forgot her lines, and had to ad lib the rest of the scene. A human ‘candy cane’ accidentally tripped her and she fell on stage, twisting her ankle. She walked with a limp the rest of the play. The audience laughed at what she thought were her misfortunes, but in the end, she received a standing ovation and shouted “Bravos.” Perhaps they thought her ‘disasters’ were part of the script. At that moment, hearing and seeing the audience applaud her despite her own perceived ‘horrors’ taught her a valuable lesson: don’t take herself too seriously, and don’t forget to laugh at her own short-comings. They’re never as bad as you think, and laughing sure beats the heck out of crying.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Knowing this labor of love that has been a part of her for such a long time, will finally be unleashed into the world. She gets goosebumps just thinking about it.
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