Jen Malone

Jennifer Malone is a YA and middle grade author and editor as well as a teacher at the Film program at Boston University, drawing on her experiences as former New England Head of Publicity and Promotions for 20th Century Fox and Miramax Films. She lives with her husband and children in Massachusetts. At Your Service is her debut novel.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Can't Hurt To Try It. Unless We're Talking Sword Juggling. Or Spam.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to play the guitar. And sing on key. Possibly in Italian.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. A chocolate shortage?

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Oprah Winfrey. She manages to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time and I think that's the mark of a true leader. Plus, I used to work as a film publicist and had a chance to work with her on the press tour for the film Beloved. In addition to being a lovely person to work with, she checked out a night early from the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons, and offered the suite to my coworkers and me instead. Let me just say, Tom Cruise is not the only one who has jumped on Oprah's couch!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Just and really. Sometimes it fits with the voice of the character, but I think that might just be make making really bad excuses. And I like to start sentences with "and". I have a friend who reads my early drafts and always points that out! And I just think that's really mean. Just kidding. Really.

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