Meet Jennifer Lesher, Author of Raising John
JL: I’m an author, armchair philosopher and non-sufferer of fools and I grew up in rural Indiana. I always knew I wanted to travel and write. After graduating from college in the Midwest I worked for a year on Alaskan fishing boats, to pay off student loans. This led me to Seattle and a fruitful career with a large software company. In my downtime I started writing – working on the craft and learning to push past my internal editor and just keep laying down the words on the page.
After a decade of working at a desk, I realized I really like airplanes and left the software company to pursue certification as an aircraft mechanic.
So, now I’m a writer who fixes airplanes for a major airline. Or, I’m an airplane mechanic who writes books.
When I have the time, I love to travel. I have been to countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, including a trip overland through 4 countries in eastern Africa. In my at-home spare time I mountain bike, play classical piano, and lift weights.
I live in Seattle, Washington.
JL: I grew up with an alcoholic father. Later in his life he developed the habit of going out at night to play pool and driving home drunk. My siblings and I tried to stop this from happening, and the “what if” of it haunted me. Raising John started from that “what if” and became a story of a man who found his way out of addiction and into a meaningful life.
BBB: What do you think readers will find most appealing about your book?
JL: The emotional punch. Readers get attached to the characters and then feel with them as they go through upheavals and tragedies.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
JL: A sequel to Raising John. Without giving too much away, it’s about John’s journey to find his father, who is a very peripheral character in the first book. Working title is Finding Home.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
JL: By visiting my website: www.jenniferlesherauthor.com.