The Authors’ Shelf: Jennifer Irwin

jenirwinJennifer Irwin is an author who lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend. She has three sons and he has one. Other than dogs and cats, she is the only female in the house!

Jen’s first novel, A Dress the Color of the Sky, will be released in the Fall (our spring for fellow Aussies).

Something exciting that has been happening along with the release of her book is that the film rights to the manuscript have been sold, meaning Jen’s book is being made into a feature length film! I would be pinching myself over that one too, Jen, for sure.

This past year, she has signed with a literary agent in New York (the same agent who reps Alec Baldwin). After much thought, Jennifer decided to publish her novel with a small indie press, Glass Spider Publishing. They recently assigned her an editor and they are currently in full editing mode which she is really enjoying.




What made you want to write?

I started writing A Dress the Color of the Sky to help myself heal from a toxic marriage.


What is your favourite book to date?

My favorite book to date is Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. For some reason, Angela’s Ashes had a huge impact on me. I do believe that books can have different effects on people depending on where they are in their lives. What resonated with me in the story was the resilience of the human spirit and how we are all stronger than we think or want to believe.


What was your favourite book growing up?

My favorite book growing up was, A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. My oldest son is a voracious reader and I had him read it hoping he would enjoy it as much as I did. He was like, “Mom this is such a sad book. The kids only friend is a cricket!”


Your first book: where were you when the idea came to you?

I can’t say where I was physically when I decided to write, A Dress the Color of the Sky but I do know that I was not in a great place emotionally. The book came to me when I was a single mother, struggling financially and searching for answers. What I discovered was that writing both empowered me and healed me more than I could ever imagine.


Where is your ideal writing space?

My ideal writing space is at my dining room table which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. I usually sit on a ball when I write. The trouble with working out of my house is that I can’t write until everything is neat and tidy. It’s really annoying!


Which author(s) inspire you?

For the most part, I am inspired by any writer who is willing to take a risk and write a book. Of course, those who have had great success are quite inspiring to me. I’m especially pleased when a breakout author hits the best seller list. Right now, I’m reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is her first novel and she has knocked it out of the ball park! I truly admire John Grisham. I had the honor of meeting him and sharing a glass of wine in front of a fireplace in the lobby of a hotel. He was kind, well-spoken, a gentleman and very well dressed. The man exuded elegance and class yet he was approachable and engaging. All his success has not gone to his head and I found that to be very inspiring.


If you were to go to any library or bookstore in the world, where would you go? 

My favorite library is the New York Public Library. It’s just magnificent and a place I could escape for an entire day and never be bored. I am also a huge fan of Rizzoli’s which is the most beautiful bookstore in New York City.


What do you love about reading and/or writing the most?

What I love about reading and writing are exactly the same, to escape from reality.



Keep an eye out for A Dress the Color of the Sky to be released this year!



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