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Author Jena C. Henry discusses her book series, The Golden Age of Charli. Giveaway: 3 books + $25 Amazon gift card!

Win 3 The Golden Age of Charli paperbacks and a $25 Amazon gift card by commenting at end of this post!

Good-natured Charlotte “Charli” McAntic has spent her entire adult life happily caring for family, relishing her career, and loving her husband Pud, but her catapult into retirement and the Golden Years brings on a few unexpected surprises.

Rather than spending time with Charli, Pud seems to prefer the golf course.

RSVP by Jena C. Henry tells about Charli’s plot to bring Pud back to her arms while making a difference in her extended family’s lives.

7 Fun facts about Jena:

  • Jena C. Henry has a delightful laugh.
  • Jena wanted to major in creative writing, but her mom encouraged her to major in a career that she could “fall back on.” So she became a speech therapist and then went to law school.
  • She lives in LeBron James’s birthplace, so her family are big James fans.
  • She’s always lived in Akron and currently lives 20 miles from where she grew up.
  • Jena and her husband have been married over 30 years.
  • Jena and her husband have two young adult kids and have enjoyed each stage of their lives.
  • She and her husband are enjoying watching their kids, nieces, and nephews launch into their adult lives.
  • Jena’s family visits western Lake Erie every year. They have a house there, and love to gather the family to boat, grill, and enjoy the sunshine.

 

How did you start writing?

I always wanted to write a book. And my husband turned to me and said, ‘Well, then you’d better get started! What are you waiting for?’ So I did! I finally did it.

When my husband was prodding me to write, he said, ‘Why didn’t you do this a lot sooner?’ I replied, ‘Well, Hon, think about it. 30 years ago, what would I have written on? I’d have to have written it on a typewriter. And then what would I have done with it?’ There wasn’t Kindle, eBooks, the whole Internet that you could start learning and getting advice from–what would I have done in Akron, Ohio with this pile of paper? I’m sure other people have figured it out, but just me and my world, I just thought, ‘No, that just doesn’t seem possible for me.’ So now with Amazon, it seemed a lot more possible.

How did you get the idea of Charli?
My own experiences, my friends’ experiences. You know, life. Writing should entertain people, and it should also help people. So that’s what I try to do. I try to give a positive message and a positive way to look at life but have some fun with it, too.

It sounds like you and your husband are really close, did you have the same issues as Charli and her husband?
I would say that it’s a book. I had to exaggerate things. Even when you try to make a book positive and happy, you still need some ups and downs. You need some problems, so I really over-amplified it and based it on other people, too.

Meet Jena C. Henry.

Charli seems so positive, would you consider yourself positive, too?
Oh, absolutely! I think when I was younger, you kind of have more issues and feel things so strongly. And I finally realized and I finally realized that every day is a wonderful day. Just enjoy it. I try to encourage other people, because I have been blessed with a really good life. I don’t even feel like the word ‘failure’ applies to humans. Tires can fail, businesses can fail, but human beings–sometimes you pick one path and you think, yeah, you should have taken the other path. All mistakes are fixable, and you’re never a failure. As long as you wake up in the morning and you try again, you can never be a failure.



Official Rules:
1.You must be 18 years or older and live in the US or Canada (excluding Quebec)
2.No purchase necessary.
3.My immediate family members may not participate. Sorry!
4.Contest ends by at 9 CST on Monday morning.
5.Void in states or countries where prohibited.
6.Winner of 3 paperback books and $25 Amazon gift card will be selected by random drawing from participants in Comments section of blog.
7.Note: Author, Jena C. Henry donated the prizes in return for a blog post on www.sweetgumlife.com.
8.Please show Jena some reader love by visiting her Amazon page, here!

Please note that Stephanie L. Robertson and www.sweetgumlife.com doesn’t promote the use of alcohol. (The book covers depict wine glasses.) However, I feel that this is a clean read that my readers will enjoy.

21 Responses to Author Jena C. Henry discusses her book series, The Golden Age of Charli. Giveaway: 3 books + $25 Amazon gift card!

  1. I love your smile and your positive outlook on life. There’s too much doom and gloom in this world of ours. Good luck with your writing – and it’s nice to “meet” another lady of “a certain age” fulfilling her dream of writing. Snap! Never too late! All the best from England! Angela Petch

    • Me, too, Beth Ann. I really learn a lot from you both!

      For those of you who read blog comments, I’ve got to recommend Beth Ann’s blog, http://www.itsjustlife.me. She has a big teapot collection and features teapots on Teapot Tuesdays…just to name a few of her blog’s subjects.

    • You will love Charli, Barbara. Jena C. Henry writes with a spirited, positive voice and has likable characters. Even Pud, Charli’s husband who is a bit of a curmudgeon and adds to the humor of the book.

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