Monday, May 5, 2014

Inspiration Monday: Presenting J.K. Smejkal

Here I am, back for another installment of Inspiration Monday.

This month, I'm going to talk about someone who personally inspires me: my critique partner, J.K. Smejkal.

I met J.K. through one of those CP matchups they used to run over at Falling for Fiction. She was one of the first people to read my first novel, and she offered a lot of good advice and encouragement. Her enthusiasm for my work is a great boon to me. She's my number 2 booster behind my own mother.

In return for her feedback, I critiqued one of her WIPs. I was blown away by what I read. I was impressed by her powers of description, and to be honest, I was a bit jealous that I hadn't thought of the idea first.

In total I have critiqued/beta'd three of her novels. Each one created wonderful and intriguing worlds, characters and situations: A love story between a boy and a tree, what happens when the monsters inside us are let loose, and what it's like to lose your soul.

Here's the thing about J.K.: she doesn't give up. She queried one of her manuscripts to something like 80 different agents, and didn't get a bite from any of them. I don't have that patience or that thick of a skin, and maybe she's just a glutton for punishment, but she just keeps going until there's no one left to query. I know she's been through this with at least two manuscripts. All her patience and perseverance paid off, though. She finally got a hit. And not just a hit, an agent.

J. K.  is now represented by Katie Reed of Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management. She is now in the throes of editing and rewrites, and I am so happy for, and proud of, her.

So, here I am introducing J.K. Smejkal to the world. Please stop by her blog, or hit her up on Twitter or Facebook. Oh, and you HAVE to check out her Pinterest boards for her novels.

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