Let’s welcome writer Jenni Noordhoek to the blog for another cast/crew interview!
Month of the Novel: What’s your role in Month of the Novel?
Jenni Noordhoek: I wrote Episode 4.
MotN: From what you’ve seen of the scripts, what do you like about Season 2?
JN: The setting, definitely. I love a good spaceship story!
MotN: Now, of course, Month of the Novel isn’t the only thing you do. What else are you up to?
JN: I am a college student, so I mostly sit in class, do homework, and attempt to hold down three jobs (writing tutor, box office saleswoman, and pizza delivery girl). On occasion that I can afford to take off from work, I participate in my college’s theatre productions!
MotN: Season 2 is going to be sci-fi themed. What do you like about the science fiction genre? Do you have a favorite sci-fi book or movie?
JN: I really like the potential in science fiction to examine the things that make us human and ask deep questions. Therefore, I suggest everyone read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and watch Doctor Who. Really truly. 😀
MotN: What’s your process for writing an episode of Month of the Novel? Does it differ from your process for writing other things?
JN: The process is very different. When I wrote my episode, I knew where I was going with it and how it had to fit in (more or less) with the other episodes. The characters also had little flexibility. However, I try to write more organically when I have something that I’m writing for me. I usually use a mind map to explore ideas and then juxtapose them. An outline is often part of the game but it’s very flexible and I alter it as I go along.
MotN: What’s the hardest part about writing for Month of the Novel?
JN: Deadlines when I’m balancing with homework and other life!
MotN: How about the best part?
MotN: Where do you draw your inspiration?
JN: The deep dark reaches of my mind and heart. It’s a scary place back there.
MotN: Have you ever done NaNoWriMo yourself? What was your experience with it?
JN: NaNo is a long and arduous journey ending in much depression as life always takes precedence over writing. *sigh*
MotN: Just for fun, do you have a favorite food? Why is it your favorite?
JN: PIZZA. After all, I do work at a pizza place…
MotN: Is there something positively unique about you that you could tell us?
JN: I have been told that I could be a girl version of the Eleventh Doctor…
You can learn even more about Jenni Noordhoek at her website, Tumblr, and follow her on Twitter.