Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and many furred and feathered friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Rennaisance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. She has written three children’s books, To Find A Wonder, Hapenny Magick , and it’s sequel Tangled Magick. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at : www.thedragoncharmer.com.
Jennifer is represented by Jamie-Bodnar Drowley of Inklings Literary. Please contact the agency for rights questions.
Latest Press Release:
November 17, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Carson
Magick, Come to Life!
What do you do when you’re the village’s tiniest resident, and all odds seemed stacked like a tower of trolls against you? Call on your friends…and a little magick!
Fans of New Hampshire author Jennifer Carson’s charming adventure story, Hapenny Magick, will soon be able to be a part of Maewyn’s world! The New Hampshire premiere production of Hapenny Magick, the musical, has been scheduled! Join us for a wild ride through the Wedge with Maewyn, her wizard friends Callum and Aletta, as they try to save Mae’s best friend, Leif, from becoming dinner for a couple of nasty trolls. Full of whimsy and a gentle humor, Hapenny Magick is a delightful story of joy, wonder, courage, and perfect for the whole family!
Performances will be held at the Warner Town Hall, Warner, NH on April 1st and 2nd 2016. Audition dates are December 12 and 13, 2015 from 1-4pm at the meeting room at the Pillsbury Library in Warner, NH. Have a song prepared to sing and expect to read some scenes from the script. We are looking for actors, singers, dancers, and puppeteers from age 8-88!! We have parts for everyone. Rehearsals will be held at the Warner Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays starting in late January.
Hapenny Magick is being produced in conjunction with SKIT, the Sunapee Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater.
For previews of the show music visit this page.
To contact the composer, William Ogmundson, visit http://www.williamogmundson.com/.
Sample Author Q&A:
Q: How did you get into writing professionally?
A: I kind of fell into it. I’ve always been a highly creative person and an avid reader. One day my boys were outside playing and I was drawing as I was keeping an eye on them. I just happened to be practicing how to draw dragons and my, at the time 7 year old, son peeked over my shoulder and asked me how dragons got their fire breath. Like any modern mom, I went searching on the internet for an origin story, but, since the internet was relatively new at this point, I didn’t find one. That night, I woke up about 4 am and had this fabulous dragon in my head, telling me his story. That was the beginning of TO FIND A WONDER, which was published by a small press in 2009, six years after my son asked me that burning question. I haven’t put my pen down since!
Q: You’re drawn to fairieland, aren’t you? Why? What happens when you go there?
A: Ah, faerieland, where everything is possible, and nothing is as it seems. I am drawn to the faerie world because things are not perfect there. Yes, that little glowing faerie may look beautiful, but she has very sharp teeth. The little mushroom by the tree, it’s not really a mushroom. I love the personification of the world around us. I believe it bolsters our humanity when we think of other living creatures as having, for lack of a better word, souls.
Q: How does your approach to writing change when you’re writing short stories like A LIGHT OF VICTORY and full novels like HAPENNY MAGICK?
A: With a short story, just like poetry and picture books, every word has to be there for a reason, every sentence has to count. With novels you have a little more time to draw the reader into your world, to expose them to its culture. So, I guess, I’m a little more ruthless when it comes to self-editing a short story versus a novel.
Q: You evoke past eras beautifully, from food to the way people talk. As a writer, how do you tap into times other than your own?
A: Have you ever felt like you were born in the wrong century? That’s me. I love period films and stories and immersing myself in those worlds helps me to figure out how my own characters would behave and react. I also love to go to Renaissance festivals and living history museums, etc. That helps too. Of course, the main character in my short story, A Light of Victory, has to make a choice that I wouldn’t want anyone to have to make in any time period.
Q: I love it when protagonists assert their boundaries and expect to have those boundaries respected. Have you noticed any messages or thoughts about life you tend to put across in your work?
A: I tend to make my characters fight for the freedom to choose their own life path while struggling with what they feel are their responsibilities, and often the theme of pulling together to improve the state of your community pops up too.
Q: What do you personally feel young adults benefit from reading?
A: I think our society has gotten so far from each other as a whole, that many of us feel isolated from people who care about us. It is nice to provide that example of community, of how community used to be, and how it could be again.
Q: What would be your dream goal as a writer?
A: Writing is a labor of love for me. I really just want to write good stories, with good messages that people want to read and share with their friends and families. I want to surprise people with my creativity and I want to create a world so enchanting that readers will wish it was real. This is how I feel when I watch the older Muppet movies like Dark Crystal… I want to evoke that golden era of Jim Henson and the Froud’s working together. And, if a movie deal comes in at some point, that would be fabulous. Imagine getting to visit a world you created actually outside of your imagination!
Q: How is writing a musical or play different from writing a novel?
A: With a novel I, as the writer, have to provide all the visuals and action. When you are writing a script, you have actors and scenery. It’s your job as a playwright to move the plot forward with dialog, and to let the scenery and actors pull the audience into the world. It was also really important to me that the music for Hapenny Magick, the musical, not only gave the audience some insight into the characters, but also created empathy for them and moved the plot forward. Working with William Ogmundson was the best. We really seemed to be two halves of the same brain while working on this project.
Q: What projects are you working on now?
A: I just finished the first draft of a YA novel titled, The Dragon and the Stag. I’m also working on a new stage play based on a short story I wrote called A Light of Victory and reworking my first novel To Find A Wonder. I’m hoping to republish it as it is out of print after the death of the publisher forced the house to go out of business.
Full of whimsey and gentle humor…. A satisfying adventure.—Kate Coombs, author of Runaway Princess and Runaway Dragon.
Carson has created a delightful story of joy and wonder and courage. I’m looking forward to sharing this one with my children.”—Jim Hines, author of the Jig the Goblin series