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want to visit germany one day! read one of ur answers that u moved there, how is it?

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I love it here! Very, very peaceful. I've been learning German for the last six months and since I work with kids I pick up new words everyday. The summer here is particularly lovely and the people are very friendly. One of the things I love most about Germans is the great conversations you can have about real world issues without any of it being shallow. Small talk doesn't really exist here and I enjoy the realness. Your friends are your friends for life.

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How don you know so much about police.. Stuff?😁 I'm on chapter 26? I think, or the chapter where it's the discussions between the officers and it's really well written and I'm wondering how you knew so much about it? was it the power of Google? Family member? I'm mesmerized!😂

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Hey Jennifer! Haha lots and lots of research. I spent quite a while researching police communications, listening to actual calls into Dispatch, watching videos, and reading transcripts so I got a feel for what these conversations sound like. Granted I took a creative license with how Anderson infiltrates the system, but I wanted that moment in the book to be as realistic as possible in terms of the communications because that's what the whole chapter centers on. Thank you so much for reading!

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Hopefully not too personal, and you don't have to answer if you don't want to, but why did you move to Germany?

Hey there! I'm totally fine with answering this one :). I moved to Germany because I went overseas last year and fell in love with the country and the people while I was studying to get my teaching certification. After teaching in other parts of Europe, I decided that Germany was the best fit and found an awesome place to work here as well. I lived in LA for over seven years and worked in music for longer, and I hit a point in my life where I wanted to do something different and challenging and fun. So I moved last year and am very happy I did :)

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Jenny I just checked out the audiobook (I think I'm on chapter 3?) and I love it so much already and I love Kristen's voice in the wattpad interview and I love it in the audiobook especially with the music. It's different, but just works and I enjoy it so much x

Patty, honestly thank you so much for taking the time to check out the audiobook! I remember you told me a couple days ago that you were going to start listening and I'm really excited to see that you've continued on with it! I'll be updating it continually so I hope you keep enjoying the book! Thank you again!

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Heyy, Love all your works and wanted to know can you tell me what gets you inspired?

Hey! Thank you so much for taking the time to read them :). Real life situations. Conflicts, loss, love, things that resonate with me emotionally. The things I've gone through, things my friends have experienced, so basically intense circumstances that change people inspire me. Those are the most interesting to write about!

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How did you come up with the story for CFTM? Did something inspire it?

I'd actually written a terrible story back in 8th grade that was about a boy and a girl who met in California and both had come from difficult circumstances.
I was reading it for fun to sort of laughing at myself and my old writing about two summers ago and decided I wanted to rewrite a totally new, improved story about two teenagers coming from broken situations and them working through their feelings for each other in the process.
I wanted more complex characters, higher stakes, and this time around I had real life experiences to pull from (falling in and out of love with a couple versions of Elias King, living in LA for many years, pulling from real experiences my friends and ex's went through.). So the majority of this story stems from real places, people, and real experiences.

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Do you plan your stories thoroughly or just do whatever?

Hey! I do quite a bit of planning for my stories but I don't tend to sit down and write out full outlines as I'm writing.
Weirdly enough, I outline after the book is finished to tighten the editing process. But as I'm writing I do a lot of mental planning, determine my characters motivations, conflicts, short term and long term goals, and write once I know exactly what I want to happen.
Then my developmental editor and I go over the early drafts over finish chapters and work out the kinks & polish! So that's how it all goes down :)

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