Speaker Spotlight: Jenny L. Cote’s “Road”
In her keynote address “Road,” Jenny L. Cote will discuss her process to develop a book from beginning to end, from writing to publishing. She’ll use the acronym ROAD as well as the metaphor of following a road to reach a destination. Her acronym ROAD stands for Route (mapping out a story, developing an outline from point A to Point B); Obstacles (writer’s block, research, distractions and dead ends); Attractions (fun things to see along the road for the writer as well as the reader); and Destination (editing, illustrations, typesetting, advance readers, publishing, and distribution for a new book).
An award-winning author and speaker, Jenny developed an early passion for God, history, and young people and beautifully blends these three passions in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C. S. Lewis by readers and book reviewers alike, she speaks on creative writing at schools, universities, and conferences around the world.
Jenny has a passion for making history fun for kids of all ages, instilling in them a desire to discover their part in HIStory. Her love for research has taken her to most Revolutionary sites in the U.S.; to London (with unprecedented access to Handel House Museum to write in Handel’s composing room); to Oxford (to stay in the home of C. S. Lewis, “the Kilns,” and interview Lewis’s secretary, Walter Hooper, at the Inklings’ famed Eagle and Child Pub); to Paris; to Normandy; to Rome; to Israel; and to Egypt. She partnered with the National Park Service to produce Epic Patriot Camp, a summer writing camp at Revolutionary parks to excite kids about history, research, and writing.
Jenny’s books are available online and in stores around the world, as well as in multiple e-book formats. Jenny holds two marketing degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. A Virginia native, Jenny now lives in Roswell, Georgia.