Jennifer Adam

Take Back the Dark, poetry, Issue 37, December 15, 2016


Birthday? March 8, 1977
 
When did you start writing? As soon as I could hold a pencil. My kindergarten teacher showed me how to fold and staple paper to make little books, and that was it. I didn't seriously start writing fiction and poetry until a few years ago, though - I was too busy raising children and training wild horses.
 
When and what and where did you first get published? I've had essays and articles about wild mustangs published in a number of places, but my first fiction sale was a story called "Jim Towne Hollow and the Skinwitch" in The Edge of Propinquity back in July, 2011.
 
What themes do you like to write about? I often find myself writing about transformation, freedom, and the consequences of choice. I also love to explore the magic that lies just beneath the surface of our everyday lives, the secrets in the shadows.
 
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? This question is nearly impossible for me to answer, because I've been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. The list of stories and writers who have influenced me is beyond count, at this point. I'm also a moody reader, so certain things tend to resonate more strongly depending on what frame of mind I'm in at any given moment. I will say that my shelf of favorite books/writers includes Charles Dickens, Alice Hoffman, Stephanie Burgis, Sarah Prineas, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peter Beagle, and Guy Gavriel Kay. My favorite poets are Mary Oliver, Dylan Thomas, and Wendell Berry.
 
Biography
Jennifer Adam lives on a farm with one husband, two teenagers, three dogs, a small herd of horses, and an entire room of books. When she’s not taming wild mustangs, hiking through the woods, driving tractors, or dancing in the moonlight, she can be found surrounded by colored pens and sticky notes. Her work has appeared in The Edge of Propinquity, As You Wish: The Loathly Lady, Six Hens, Queens and Courtesans, and a variety of horse journals. She is currently working on her second novel. Visit her at www.facebook.com/jennifer.s.adam