Yes, I’m Needy, And Other Confessions From Jenni L. Walsh


This week we’re doing confessions. If you missed Crystal, Amy, or Lynn’s posts, get after them next (and look out for Tiffany’s tomorrow). But right now, I’m about to drop some truth on ya.

Yes, I’m needy, and other confessions from Jenni L. Walsh:

I loved TWILIGHT. I did, though so many times writer/reader friends give me a “for real?” look. I flew through the series prior to beginning my author adventures, and the characters and plot created such strong emotions for me while I read. I think that’s a sign of a good book (and I even read/enjoyed the Twilight Reimagined version). But…

I’ll never read 50 SHADES OF GREY. This is in part due to the fact I’ve been told the writing is frustrating to read, because my TBR list is already a mile high, and also because this series was like insanely popular and I’ll admit…

I get envious of other authors. It’s not my best trait (okay, it’s a bad one), but it also doesn’t discredit I’m super proud of my own work. I’d never be hurtful toward another author, but I just have those moments where I think silently to myself… but I want what they’ve got too. Which sometimes leads to the next fact:

I can be needy. And impatient. I try not to slam my poor agent or editor with emails. Plural. So, I’m that weirdo that keeps a running list of questions/thoughts/bright ideas, and when I can’t help myself any longer, I hit send. I feel a pang of guilt as it travels through cyber space. And then, I get over it and check my email every 10 seconds. I can’t help it. This industry has me by the balls and…

Damn, this industry can be slow. In the advertising world, where I worked as a copywriter, I had clients. Those clients expected me to complete my work yesterday. And man, if I didn’t respond to an email the same day there’d be hell to pay. it’s just, well, a lot different than the book world. But,

I wouldn’t trade this for any other world. The anxiety, the late nights, the early mornings, the aforementioned waiting, the coffee burns, my children having oatmeal for dinner, the joys of a publisher wanting my book, and one day (on um, May 9, 2017) a reader finally cracking open BECOMING BONNIE, I’ll take it all. And hopefully a few of you out there will get done reading and think…


Author: Jenni L. Walsh

Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years ​chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. BECOMING BONNIE (Tor Forge/Macmillan, 5/9/2017) is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. SIDE BY SIDE, telling Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree story, will be released in the summer of 2018. Please learn more about Jenni's books at

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