Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Janna Ariane and I am currently 17 years old. I started writing my book, Just Play Along, when I was still 16. I plan on writing more books and have a passion for criminal justice. I am getting my pharmacy technician license in June and I will be attending college to obtain my psychology degree so I start my journey as a Criminal psychologist.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Just Play Along was written during a hard time in my life. Many repressed memories started to arise and I was having trouble seeing the good in the world. At the time, I was going through my first heart break and I wanted to understand why he did what he did and why he left, so that is why Just Play Along is written in a guy’s perspective. Writing this book helped me cope with the break up and helped me understand my parents and the world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know if this is unusual, but I prepare to write by listening to sad songs and begin writing when I’m feeling sad enough.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Sarah Dessen and John Green influenced me the most. Many of my peers and teachers have compared my writing technique to the both of them. Just Play Along has both serious and comedic connotations.
What are you working on now?
I recently got released from residential treatment for trauma and eating disorder, and while I was in there, I started planning out my next book and even wrote the first chapters on my free time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I usually have my publicist help me out with promoting my book. I meet him at a studio, which we call set, and record videos regarding my book to post on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and much more.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Writing a book is a very difficult thing to do that requires persistence and determination. Even when you feel stuck, take a step back and relax, go adventure or go out and keep doing that until you get an idea.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never stop dreaming. Your imagination and your hopes and dreams are important for happiness.
What are you reading now?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
What’s next for you as a writer?
As of right now, I am going to continue adventuring through life to gain more experience for future books. My family comes first, and it’s been months since I’ve been home from treatment, so I’ll be focusing more on my relationship with my family for now.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Lord of the Flies. Little Women, and a dictionary. I like words.
Author Websites and Profiles
Janna Ariane Lorenzo Website