My name is Jennifer Fromke. I am a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to three incredible kids. I am a new author. I have been writing for three to four years now. My first book was just published this spring. It’s been a really fun ride figuring how to actually have a full-time job when I really didn’t think I was working.
Yes, you have to cross that line from being the “Yes, I’m just writing for fun” to the “No, this is a job and you need to give me some personal space to be able to write.” How did that work out? Your kids would have been relatively young, right? What are the ages of your kids?
My kids are 12, 14, and 15 now. I guess that’s it’s been about three or four years that I started to write. Really, I did start on a very part-time basis. I was writing whenever I had a couple of spare moments. My family has been incredibly supportive. The kids have been so great. If I tell them that I need to write, they really get that. They have been just excited as me with this whole thing coming out. Seeing an actual book in print on the countertop has been really fun. They have been really helpful which has eased the whole process but at first it was a challenge.
They were used to Mom just being there for them all day.
Right. Once it got to the point where they were in school all day, there was time for me. There was time to kill so I did get to start working. It was not until I actually got my book contract that I said, “Oh, now I have deadlines.” I really needed to make those deadlines. I needed to have a plan as far as how much I could write by the deadline. That was the big challenge and it really worked out fantastically, I have to say. I’ve learned to write at many places and at many times.
Let’s walk through a typical day. You get up and you get the kids up and off to school.
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