Jena C. Henry is a writer and a reader and bon vivant who thrives on encouraging other creatives. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes and reads on her front porch and enjoys relaxing by gorgeous bodies…of water.

Jena C. Henry is the author of a fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, which spotlights the love and laughter of family life amid the problems and praises of retirement. She is delighted to share her new book–there are now three in the series–to encourage and entertain readers.

After forty years of wanting to be a writer, she achieved her dream. She has loved the writing and editing process, and was delighted at how enjoyable and energizing the world of marketing and promoting can be. It’s all about making friends!

Jena is active on social media and enjoys chatting with and learning from her many online professional acquaintances and friends. She offers beta reading and book reviewing services. She features her favorite authors on her website. Jena writes a weekly blog that explores a variety of topics -writing, book and author marketing, and how to live a positive life, mixed in with thoughts of beaches, scotch, and green bean casseroles. Which just by the way would be a great title for a book – beaches, scotch and green bean casseroles. She has been interviewed and featured on other writers’ blogs. Next on her list- giving presentations at conferences and workshops.

As her book character Charli is fond of saying, “Press On!”

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21 Things You Need To Know About Jena Henry

What book have you gifted the most? Why? 

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. I received this as a gift when I was a child and now I gift this charming book to children I love.

What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why? 

Hootsuite to schedule my social media

What word do you misspell most often? 

Words like recurring- when do you double or not double that last consonant?! My own typos and autocorrect trip me up the most.

What three things do you do to be a successful writer? 

Read, think, live, write. Which is four things- so I guess writers don’t always follow the rules.

What are the titles of the last two books you have read? 

I read two books this week at the request of the authors. I was honored to write reviews for: Swaying by Lucinda Blanchard and Distant Starlit Nights by Myriam Ullens. Both are 5 star reads.

What is your favorite word? 

Ubiquitous

What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus? 

Thesaurus

What would you name the autobiography of your life? 

It All Goes by So Fast

What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing? 

Coffee- like everybody else!

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

No. Exquisite writing is worth so much more. Priceless.

Examples:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. –Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers. Tennessee Williams

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Daphne du Maurier

What animal are you most similar to and why? 

Beaver- I am an organized workaholic.

How would your best friend describe you? 

Fun, friendly, creative

What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs) 

I sleep soundly every night- so that’s a blessing. On the other hand, my husband just read that people who have trouble sleeping are highly intelligent, oops.

What is one thing you will never do again?  

 Walk up the down escalator

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare?  

We would probably take you out to eat, but if you came for dinner we would make special and fun food. Caviar, oysters, rolls, breads, dips, sauces, standing rib roast, roasted vegetables, baked potatoes, 5 kinds of dessert including baked Alaska and pecan pie.

What is the best compliment you have received – or would like to receive? 

“You are the best Mom I could ever have.”

What question do you hate to answer? 

What’s for dinner?

Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’? 

Small groups- but I would go with a small group to a crowded place.

What would you sing at Karaoke night? 

Something by Whitney Houston- “I ah I ah I will aaalllwaays Loooove Yououou!“ Go big or go home, right?

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Caution: Crazy conversationalist ahead!

What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?

What do you want to be when you grow up? Why- because I am still figuring that out! 

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