J.L. ZENOR is a Christian fantasy and science fiction author. He regularly writes for the Christian blog Eternal Truth Ministry and participates in The Midnight Writers’ podcast to help authors. He has published short stories Rite of Passage and Guardian, which are available on Amazon, and has a story in the Adventures of a Zookeeper anthology. Find out more about J.L. Zenor on his website, JLZenor.com and follow @JLZenor on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Jon has participated in (and won) NaNoWriMo since 2013 when he started getting serious about finishing a novel. He was later inspired by watching other authors succeed in the realm of self-publishing which allowed him to start writing and publishing out of a love of writing rather than spending years trying to find an agent or publisher.
Jon and his wife live in the beautiful state of Colorado with their son, Malikai.
J.L. Zenor’s Life
I first started writing when I was a kid. I had a blue notebook and I would just write. At the time I was interested in Choose Your Own Adventure books so I tried to write a few of those, along with some other short stories. Sadly I cannot remember the details of any of them, and I am pretty sure that notebook is gone forever.
One year I started doing Boy Scouts, just as a Weeblo, and while waiting for the meetings to start I spent the time drawing a comic book character that I called Max. He lived in a castle and wore a red t-shirt. Later I created a super hero named Thunder-X, who got supersonic powers from lightning storms. I submitted my comic strip to the Disney Adventures magazine when they were running a contest to have kids submit comics, but they did not choose mine.
When I got older I found my dad’s old typewriter so I started using that to type my stories. I still remember the sounds and the smells of that typewriter. But sadly, I do not remember any of those stories either.
When I got into middle school I either got bored with writing or it just faded away, like so many hobbies that have come and gone over the years.
I did not do any serious writing again until I was 23 when I started a Christian blog called Eternal Truth Ministry. I wrote for this blog off and on for several years.
I never gave much thought to being a writer though, until 2011. A friend and his family came out to visit for several weeks during the summer. While he was visiting he mentioned a story that he had always wanted to write but he did not think he could write it well enough to get it published. A few nights later while working a night shift I got bored and decided to take a shot at my friend’s story. That night I wrote the first chapter and showed it to my friend the next day. He loved the story and we then set about working together to write the story.
After several months I had to stop writing so I could focus on finishing school. I had just gotten a new job as a Systems Administrator and the job required a bachelor’s degree at the time. Switching from part time to full time really killed any free time that I had to do anything creative or fun.
In 2013 I finally finished my degree and after taking a week off I jumped right back into writing. I started working on a short story that takes place about 20 years before the novel I started so that I could get myself back into writing, have a sense of accomplishment from actually finishing something, and to use as material in a writing group that I joined.
If all goes well I will have my first draft completed in 2014, rewrite the manuscript over the summer, and then I can spend the next several months working on finding an agent or researching how to go through the self-publishing route.