About the Author
Jennifer K. Clark is a full-time author, a hobby artist, and a Halloween enthusiast. She lives in central Utah where she spends her time writing books and having conversations with the characters in her head. (Yes, she’s one of those people.) She is a multi-genre author and has written Renaissance romance, contemporary suspense, YA, and children’s activity books. In her spare time, she loves to be creative and has done everything from building a secret passage in her home to making handmade books. She makes every day an adventure.
1. Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My sister, Stephonie, inspired me to become an author. I had made up a story and shared it with Stephonie, and she insisted that I turn it into a book. I wasn’t confident in my writing skills, so she agreed to help me. Together we co-authored two novels: MARK OF ROYALTY and BONDS OF LOYALTY. I’ve been writing ever since.
2. What inspired the idea for The Wizard’s Workshop?
I’m a huge Halloween fan, and I was working on making a potions book as a Halloween prop. I like things to be authentic, so I decided to include actual potions adapted from science experiments. My kids absolutely loved it! I was teaching art at the time, so I took the potions book to school and my students went crazy over the wizard-style experiments. Pretty soon, I had people inviting me to other schools and to parties to make my “potions”. Everywhere I went, someone wanted a copy of my book. It was a no-brainer from there—I needed to publish a version of my book. The end result is THE WIZARD’S WORKSHOP.
3. What do you want readers/children to take away from doing the activities/potions in this book?
I want readers to create their own world of magic—to take a piece of fantasy and move it into the real world. We are only limited by our own imagination.
4. What writing projects are you currently working on? What can you share with us about these projects?
I’m working on a value series for teenage girls. The main characters of these books go on adventures where they organically learn about a particular value like faith, or individual worth, and so on. I have eight books planned and have three written so far. I’m also contemplating another science experiment book. I have ideas for an ocean/mermaid themed one.
5. When you are not working on a book, what other “hats” do you wear?
Being a mom is my biggest hat. My kids are practically grown, but I still love it! On the side, I run a small online business, and I’m always working on big projects like building secret passages and assembling talking skeletons (another Halloween project). My husband and I are currently building a paintball field and, if I get my way, we’ll add a zip-line to it. I’m always up for an adventure.
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