15 January, 2016

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - How Carousel came to be by Jennifer Renson

*** Special Feature - January 2016 ***

Meet the Author

My name is Jennifer Renson.
Writing is my passion and I hope to one day make it my full time career. I graduated from Monmouth University with my major in Public Relations/Journalism and a minor in History.
I acquired my Masters Degree in Counselor Education with a New Jersey State Certificate for School Counselor. 
I participate in Open Mic events throughout New Jersey, attend book signings, and when I am not writing poetry/books freelance write for Lost Treasure Magazine covering a variety of topics such Captain Kidd, Cesare Borgia, King Arthur, The Library of Alexandria and Richard III.
My first young adult novel Carousel about the abandoned ride bringing together two young people while the elusive doll maker tries to keep them apart in a alternative Lucca, Italy was released in August 2015 with the prequel The Cottontail in the works. A portion of my endless poetry has been published into three poetry books: Delightfully Dark: A Collection of Poems and Tales, Eo: Go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel and Uncharted.
I’ve had the honor and liberty to meet well known actor and photographer Norman Reedus, the talented Michael Rooker, and the creative minds behind The Lego Movie/21 & 22 Jump Street: Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Not only have I been a extra in Chris Rockwell and The Stickball Social Club’s music video “We Don’t Play To Win” but I’ve been featured in Monmouth University’s Monmouth Magazine and have been on internet radio including 40footholestudio.
I hope to inspire the world with my works and if they make just one person smile, make one day bright, make just bit more of happiness, I feel accomplished!

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After living in the countryside for years, Princio returns to his homeland, the tiny yet prosperous Kingdom of Lucca, upon the orders of his dying grandfather. Living alone in the annexed building next to the palace, Princio is discovered by the kingdom’s chief doll maker, Feletti, who purposely withholds his knowledge of Princio’s past in order to gain his trust and friendship. Princio believes Feletti to be a true friend until he meets Marian, a girl with a penchant for cooking and a natural curiosity, and their chance meeting in the kingdom’s carousel sets off a series of events with the potential to change everything. As Princio, Marian, and Feletti’s dark secrets begin to unfurl, their lives slowly come to light.

How Carousel came to be!

   Carousel began with the villain Feletti. He was the first person I imagined and developed knowing he was going to be the bad guy and having some involvement with doll making. I knew that using dolls in a scary/suspense/fairy tale way had been used before so I wanted to take what people would expect and change it.

    Most stories I write/imagine follow this sort of young adult fictional style usually taking place in a real time period where even though these are fictional characters each one probably represents either yourself or someone you may know or have encountered.

    Carousel takes places in a alternative Lucca, Italy. Think carousels existing in the late 1400's to early 1500's. The reason I chose a carousel as the centerfold for bringing together all the characters is because it represented something innocent and enchanting. It was my favorite ride as a child and has this powerful essence to it, as though we enter a magical world for just a moment each time we ride it.

    Marian and her brother Placido were the next characters I developed, knowing that I wanted to connect her to Feletti for the big reveal towards the end of the story. Following this theme of innocence and enchantment I wandered Marian to be the living definition of those words having a natural talent for cooking. Princio was the last character and somewhat the hardest to write because of his backstory. I had to make him discover this inner strength he never knew he had. I had to make him grow in a world he never knew, rediscovering himself and relearning everything that was taught to him by his grandfather.

    Princio spent most of his life living in the countryside with his grandfather and no one else. When his grandfather tells him to return to where he was born upon his death but to never show his face Princio becomes secluded and unaware of what the world can be. Sometimes it can be dark and horrid and other times it can be beautiful and kind. He had to learn the difference between the two and make his own path, even if that meant he didn't have to do it alone.          

    Taking all of this and writing a story that I imagined someone like Tim Burton would enjoy reading Carousel, became the result. I had entered a contest through Pulse LLC. They wanted young adult novels submitted and the winner would have their story published. Carousel was already done for a year and I wanted to get my career off the ground. Little did I know they chose my story and here it is today for the world to read.

     It's suspenseful, sometimes scary, unique and above all different. This is a different kind of story than most that people are reading and writing. I am proud of this work and am glad to say that the prequel to this tale The Cottontail is in the works through the same publishing company. If mysterious doll makers, alternative timelines and whimsical old palaces are something you enjoy, pick this is, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Other Books by the Author

"Delightfully Dark", A Collection of Poems and Tales is the first published book of poetry by New Jersey native Jennifer Renson. Readers are invited into unpredictable poetic tales written through vivid characters and colorful settings from the Victorian Era, post apocalyptic Georgia, and the middle of nowhere. While some characters are reunited after unforeseen circumstances others are able to find inner strength, accept changes, and embrace the world around them. Photographs taken from beautiful up state New York accompany this thematic combination of fantasy and reality.

"Eo" latin for "go, walk, ride, sail, pass, travel" is N.J native Jennifer Renson's second book of published poetry. Leave your world behind and go on a journey through time and place. In "Eo", we return to post apocalyptic Georgia where we follow a father and his thoughts about his son while a odd radio transmission is broadcasted. Friends follow a circus, as another returns home to the ideal cottage, and a spectator watches a world of creatures from a window in the clouds. Readers enter the minds of several characters in their own worlds, while exploring others. Smell the ocean air, absorb the sun and spend some quality time with the moon. As a special surprise the readers get to add their personal touch to the book. Stuck in traffic? Play a little tic-tac-toe. Traveling to somewhere new? Write it down and paste the pictures. Draw the constellations you feel from the plane window. Turn your daydreams into a poem of your own or two. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, car, boat, horse, bicycle or foot, you can carry, inspirational and delightful poetry with you.

Welcome to the unknown and unexplored in "Uncharted", Jennifer Renson's third book of poetry. Prepare to dive deep into the thoughts and dreams of several lives from a leader struggling to keep his group alive, to a dark horse deserving of a title, a lovesick London man, a water sprite, a man worthy of being called a Prince, and men of liberty. 

From tale to photograph be immersed in times almost forgotten as you trek through the uncharted roads ahead of your life.  

Book Buy Links
Amazon.com: Carousel, Delightfully Dark, Eo, Uncharted 
Barnes and Noble: Carousel, Delightfully Dark, Eo
GooglePlay: Carousel

PDF Copy of Carousel & PDF Copy of Uncharted - Open Internationally

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