Then it started to hit closer to home, and for the first time in a long time, I sit and reflect on Memorial Day. I think about my cousin and his wife (both serving on separate bases in the same country, last I checked) who have two toddler aged girls that they've only seen via Skype basically. They've only been able to spend a few months with their girls at a time. Or I think about my friends who have spouses over seas and never know when they're going to be coming home for good or if there is an end in sight. There's also my old co-worker who calls back asking for simple treats like coffee because the stuff they have where he is, isn't all too great. My parents friends who have kids over seas, kids who are my age with their own families.
And of course there are my two grandfathers who both passed away recently. Both were World War II veterans who served on the Pacific side of the fighting. During both of their illnesses, I became fascinated with their stories from a time so unlike today. At the same time, very similar too. The enemies may look different, but the motivations are still the same. We fight to protect those we love. It's part of our human nature. And it's this love that I'm thinking about the most right now. A love I'm grateful for and admire because it's so incredibly selfless.
1. My eyes are two different colors.
2. I married into the family of relatives of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
3. I have a collection of autographed memorabilia for my someday office.
4. I don't plot or pants when I write. I Plants.
5. When I eat, I always finish eating one food before moving on to the next one. I never mix my foods together either.
Some interesting facts! Thanks for sharing. Why do you like being an author?
Sharing my stories and hearing what people think about them. Mostly though sharing my stories and getting them out there.
Who’s your favorite author of classic literature?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
What’s your favorite novel?
I don't think I can pick just one! There are so many I like. I suppose The Stand by Stephen King, or the Drawing of Three (also King).
Do you have a fond memory of interaction with a reader?
One reader sent me a Thank You card that was really sweet. I still keep it. :)
It's definitely nice hearing from readers. What was the happiest moment in your childhood?
Probably playing with my friends outside. We had some pretty crazy adventures at our respective houses, and they're the kind of memories I'll keep with me for my entire life.
I have six brothers and two sisters and remember those days playing outside in our own crazy adventures as well. Thanks so much for guesting. I enjoyed learning more about you and hearing your thoughts on Memorial Day.
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J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.
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