JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jennifer Coissiere, author of Crossing Over
(Words Mosiac Publications)
Fifteen years ago, Rachelle Martin stood on the stage at her family church singing, from her heart, her motherâ€™s favorite song. In that same church, on that very same day, Rachelleâ€™s mother died, and so did Rachelleâ€™s will to sing.
Rachelle and her twin brother, Raheem, are now 30-years-old. While heâ€™s gone on with his life, Rachelle is still grieving their lost, refusing to accept any change. When their father, Dwight, asks Rachelle for the ultimate, priceless Christmas present, she begins her journey to crossover into the living.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Crossing Over?
Jennifer Coissiere: My inspiration for writing anything comes from people or things around me. For Crossing Over my inspiration came from a couple things. My best friend lost her mother when she was 9 years old, and she still talks about her from time to time. You can tell she is still grieving the lost.
The other thing is my fear of death. I know that death is inevitable, but itâ€™s my biggest fear. I wonder how am I going to handle it if any of my family members or a close friend dies. Grief can take over a personâ€™s entire life if she let it.
JP: What sets Crossing Over apart from other novels in the Christian Fiction genre?
JC: In Crossing Over, I believe that everyone who reads it will connect to one of the characters in some kind of way. The characters are flawed and know theyâ€™re not perfect; which makes them more relatable.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Crossing Over getting out to the public?
JC: I have confidence in the story that I was writing and in myself. Couple that with my friends and family who stood in my corner, helped me to work really hard to publish Crossing Over.
I also set realistic goals for myself. All authors want lots of people to read and enjoy their books, but my goal was to touch one personâ€™s life with the message from my book. Once I reached that one person everything else after that was a bonus.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Crossing Over?
JC: I donâ€™t really have a concrete writing process. I had a book that I write titles in. I cannot write a story if I donâ€™t have a title. Once I get the idea for the story behind the title I try to find the right characters to embody the story.
I began writing Crossing Over in July of 2008 but didnâ€™t have a completed manuscript until September 2009. I self-published it March 2010. My publishing company is Words Mosaic Publications.
JP: What’s next for Jennifer Coissiere?
JC: Currently, I am working on several different stories in different genres. But my main focus is on the sequel to Crossing Over titled Beyond New Beginnings. In Beyond New Beginnings, Iâ€™m addressing the broken mother-daughter relationship of two of the secondary characters from Crossing Over. That should be out early 2011.
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