Thursday, February 24, 2011

LRC Featured Author interview with Denise Jaden (Losing Faith)

Losing Faith 
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
My review here

Thank you Denise for agreeing to participate and offering Losing Faith for giveaway.
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Bio from her site:

"I am, or have been, everything from a professional Polynesian
dancer and fitness competitor to a mushroom farmer and
church secretary. Most of my time now is spent homeschooling
or playing with our seven year old son or in front of my
computer writing."

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.

Losing Faith is a story about secrets, and wishing you had paid more attention.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
The idea stemmed from my own teen years. I lost a close friend when I was sixteen. I’ve also  attended a variety of churches over the years and saw people’s ways of dealing with tragedy from the perspective of different faith-walks. I’ve always thought there was a lot to explore on this topic. 

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I’d love to have dinner with Tessa. She’s a really fun character and constantly surprises me. I’m currently writing a companion novel to Losing Faith in Tessa’s point of view.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?

I read every day, whether I have time or not. LOL. I have enormous list of favorite books, but the ones I can think of offhand are these: WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, FLASH BURNOUT by L.K Madigan, and HARMONIC FEEDBACK by Tara Kelly.

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
My second novel will be released from Simon Pulse/ Simon & Schuster in summer, 2012. It’s called APPETITE FOR BEAUTY, but you’ll have to wait on more details on that one, as it is ever-evolving at this point.

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I don’t mean to be difficult, but honestly, I really love my life. I don’t think I’d want another person’s life, even fictional. But if I had to choose…I’d probably pick something in a small town. Maybe CATALYST by Laurie Halse Anderson.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I don’t NEED anything to write except my laptop. But I love having a cup of green tea and some carrot sticks nearby. As for music, I’m a silent writer. Having music on while I write does not work for me, and even the idea of matching up songs with my books has always been a difficult process. I’ve had some help with this in the past.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’d love to be able to go somewhere else in the world in any single moment, just by snapping my fingers or something. That would be a blast! I’ve always wanted to see the whole world, but at this rate, I’m not doing very well with that goal.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

I love traveling. I’m also a professional Polynesian dancer/teacher. I homeschool my son and love hanging out with my family. There are tons of other things I’d like to try, but there never seems to be enough time in a day!

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?

If you’ve decided to give my book a try: THANK YOU!!! And I truly hope you enjoy it! With so many amazing new books on the market, I’m really thankful for anyone who’s willing to give my book a chance.


  1. Thanks for the great interview! Losing Faith is on my TBR and I can't wait to read it.

  2. Great interview. I am really looking forward to reading Losing Faith. I appreciate it when an author draws on there own personal experiences and shares them in their novels, even if it was a painful one. I think it adds depth to the story.

    Thanks ladies.

  3. Yay for a book from Tessa's POV! I cannot wait for that to come out. And great choice of superpower. I'm not a fan of flying and snapping my fingers to travel would be so much easier.


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