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Three Times A Charm with Jen Daiker
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Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.


This week I’m so excited about welcoming Jen Daiker. I met Jen through Twitter and when I clicked over to her blog I was hooked. She is more fun than should be allowed in one place.


Jen can you tell us a little about yourself?


I is a 25 year old (as of March 29th  J) Adult and Young Adult writer. I’m currently querying to agents for my Adult Chick lit titled – In the Mind of a Celebrity Stalker. Hoping to be repped but for now just trying not to go insane in this overly chaotic - yet fun – field.


Jen maintains a blog called Unedited. That and her pink hair are the reason I’m sure she’s destined to be a published author. Unedited is full of energy and spunk and oozes VOICE! Jen, what is your approach to Unedited?


Unedited is a blog about me and what I'm doing. It can range from fun little writing exercises all the way to random hunks - yes I mean hot guys - who would be characters in my books. I share books, thoughts, and truths. Everything pertaining to my journey into the writing world and the publishing world. Currently I am co-hosting the A to Z blogging challenge where for 26 days we get creative with the alphabet we've all learned and loved.


Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better. (Can I just add how much I love that Jen is an over achiever and answered SO many top 3’s and gave us ALL of the links!).


  • Top 3 books you’ve read in the past year.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan (http://www.sophiejordan.net)

The Wake Trilogy (all 3) by Lisa McMann (yes I’m cheating) (www.lisamcmann.com)


  • Top 3 blogs you follow.


Tiptoe Kisses (http://tiptoe-kisses.blogspot.com)

Creepy Query Girl (http://creepyquerygirl.blogspot.com)

Write-Brained (http://www.write-brained.com)


  • Top 3 pieces of advice


Don’t walk into traffic.

Playing guns with real guns can leave a mark.

Don’t make out with your mom (or dad).


Wait you wanted writing advice? Let’s see here…


Read, lots.

Write crap, it’s better than writing nothing.

Stay friends with weirdo’s, they make for good stories.


  • Top 3 comfort foods for working.


Sour gummy savers

Chocolate (both caramel and peanut butter)

Raspberry lemonade (yes I realize that’s not food)


  • Top 3 leisure activities.


Lying to strangers

Sleeping in hammocks

Visiting the beach


  • Top 3 status updates. (If someone else’s, please give them credit)


Courtesy of Me!

My brilliance shocks me

Wishing I could apparate

My wish: That leopard slippers were considered work appropriate


  • Top 3 tweets. (If someone else’s, please give them credit)


Courtesy of TaherehMafi (http://twitter.com/#!/taherehmafi)

I once knew a tortoise who lived life in the fast lane

I will be the girl sobbing into my popcorn

Being a writer is a lot like being pregnant. You’re tired all the time & you’re carrying around a baby that keeps kicking you in the gut.


  • Top 3 most admired authors.


Sophie Jordan (http://www.sophiejordan.net)

Carly Phillips (http://www.carlyphillips.com)

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (http://www.susanelizabethphillips.com)


  • Top 3 source of inspiration.


Tree’s (tall piney ones for my serial killer novels)

Trash TV & Chick Flicks (perfect insight for humor & chick lit novels)

Calming music (helps empty my mind)


  • Top 3 songs on your work-time play list.


I chose artists vs. actual songs:

A Fine Frenzy (www.afinefrenzy.com)

Adele (www.adele.tv)

Lily Allen (www.lilyallenmusic.com)


I know you like to be virtually stalked. Where can we find you?


Blog: Unedited http://jennifer-daiker.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jenunedited

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=569121012