Jennifer White’s story, “The Haunted Note“, may be the shortest one in 2015’s World Unknown Review, but it deinitely strikes a chord. (I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself!). It’s also perfect for October with its moody tone and the significance of Halloween. And, naturally, I wanted to “sit down” (in the virtual sense!) with the author and have a little chat about her, her work, and what inspires her. So please start up some ominous music, sit back, and get to know Jennifer White with me in the following interview:
So, we’ll start off simply: Who is Jennifer White?
A British writer currently residing in Texas. When I’m not helping out with a menagerie of animals at home, I volunteer at the local library or lose myself in the world of editing. One day, I shall stop fiddling with my work-in-progress novel and, hopefully, get it published.
How did you discover the World Unknown Review, and what inspired you to submit your story, “The Haunted Note?”
I discovered the World Unknown Review through my mum and at very short notice. Since it was deadline day, I didn’t have much chance to write anything new. “The Haunted Note” was written for a Halloween special on a blog I was doing with a friend at the time and was the most recent piece I’d written that I was happy enough to send out.
See, last minute entries are awesome, anyone who’s reading this and hasn’t submitted yet! “The Haunted Note” was one of the stories in this volume that shared something with another: a supernatural musical score. Any speculation on why music can so often be tied in with something haunting or peculiar?
This one is a toughy. Perhaps it’s because of the wide range of emotions you can create with music. Just by changing the way a piece is played, you can make a somber sounding piece bouncy and happy and vice versa.
Do you have any personal connection with making music?
Well, I’m definitely no Mozart or Beethoven, but I am teaching myself how to play guitar and piano.
What would you say is one of your favorite musical pieces and why?
Those are both such classics! Now, tell us about the last book you read.
The last book I read was Changes by Jim Butcher. Filled with snarky wizards, monstrous vampires, and a bunch of other supernatural beings, it’s a very fun read. The only issue is it ended on a cliffhanger.
Gotta love those cliffhangers! Who are your writing influences and inspirations?
Ah, the type of question that makes you forget everything you’ve ever read. Let’s see, I suppose I’ll have to be very unoriginal and say J. K. Rowling stands out the most. There’s a bunch of other authors across various genres as well, such as Sophie Kinsella, Dean Koontz, and Jim Butcher.
Kinsella’s a new one one that list for me. I’ll have to check her work out! What’s next for Jennifer White?
Next up is another Halloween piece for a contest on Deviant Art and then a writing tournament, again, on DA. Other than that, I’ll see where the Muse takes me.
Where might we be able to find more of your work?
You can find me on my blog https://nimtriel.wordpress.com/ and, for anyone who’s curious, I’ve had a Deviant Art account http://amethyst96.deviantart.com/ for years. Although I find most of the work on there cringe-worthy, hopefully it shows how I’ve improved over the years. Or not, as the case may be. Either way, I hope it inspires people to keep trying regardless of how awful they may think their work is.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’d like to give a big ‘Thank You’ to L.S. Engler and her World Unknown Review. I’m honored to be a part of it!
And I’m honored to have her a part of it, too! A big Thank You back to Jennifer for sharing with me her thoughts and ideas and I hope to see much more from her in the future.