1/11: J Lenni Dorner

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J Lenni Dorner has recently published a short story, “EGOT and the Pond King” in WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014. J says, “I was inspired by two different writing prompts. The first was a requirement to enter the contest- the phrase ‘I have a list and a map. What could possibly go wrong?’ had to appear. The second prompt was a bit of humor about names and American entertainment awards- it lends to a joke inside the story. (EGOT is an acronym for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony.” A distinction officially held by twelve people)

At the end of today’s feature is a buy link for WRONG! Right now let’s get better acquainted with J Lenni.

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I weave fantasy with lore to unhinge your mind. I’ve written aellen few books that remain unpublished (querying, editing, totally rewriting). I’ve published short stories and poetry under several other names.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

For NaNoWriMo 2014, I’ll be working on The Dagger in the Darkrise, which is a high fantasy novel. It was inspired by a gaming community my friends and I began taking part in fifteen years ago.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I’ve scribbled a few ideas, notes, dialog exchanges, and character quirks on a notebook that I keep on the headboard of my bed. My sleep handwriting is terrible though, so I’m not certain what all of it says.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Don’t be a writer. Be anything else. Only be a writer if you are enraged that I just told you not to be one and were mentally arguing with me.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Even if you make a mistake, it’s better than making no attempt at all.

What inspires you to write?Vyerhannika

I write because I have to. I write for the same reason that I breathe, eat, or sleep. I write because my characters need me. I write because doing so reminds me that I am alive, that I have a purpose, and that the next page is a reason to wake up tomorrow.

Tell us about your writing process

A character gets into my head and demands to exist. The loudest ones win. The quiet ones attempt to kill them off.

Do you listen to or talk to your characters? How do you interact with your characters while you are writing?

The characters aren’t real good about ever shutting up. Seriously, I’m either a writer or a complete psycho. It’s a thin line. My interactions with them while writing are a bit touch and go, because sometimes (most times) I have to torture them a bit.

What advice would you give other writers?

For writing fiction you simply have to do exactly what all the cup with sayingother successful authors have, but in a way that no other ever came up with.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

I think it’s going to be really interesting. There’s a big flood right now from the indie section. Some of it is great, some of it is good, and some of it is in desperate need of editors. The larger presses are going to need to adapt to this new love of authors who don’t need them. Those who can change, who can offer something amazing to writers and readers alike, will survive. Any who can’t adapt will vanish in the next decade, tossed onto the pile with Enron, MySpace, and Pontiac vehicles.

Excerpt from J Lenni’s story in the book:wrong_book_cover JLenniDorner_long

“Well, to be honest, the first thing I said was that I never thought anyone would propose marriage thanks to a pack of sugar and a cardboard flag.”

I laugh as I bend my wrist to flick the stone into the water.

“Oh, dear. Here, you can eat the rest of mine,” Grammy says, stopping my hand just before I take a bite of stone. The rest of my sandwich lingers on the pond, waiting for the king to enjoy my mistake.

“He should at least let me see his trident!”


“The pond king! Our map led us here. What does the list say? Does it mention how to wake him up?”

More about J Lenni Dorner:

J began publishing under pseudonyms at age eight, and won several awards before turning eighteen. Education includes the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Excellence in Creative Writing semi-finals and Penn State University’s Honors and Scholars program. While embracing the ancient tribal traditions, J Lenni Dorner discovered a story originated by The Grandfathers. J is happily married and living in Pennsylvania (USA) on the original lands of the Lenni Lenape people. When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games (such as The Sims and Civilization), funny cat videos, finding new drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies.

Email: jlennidorner@gmail.com

Blog: jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

Buy link:  ” WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014 “ Will be available in December. Short story contest winners, short-listed finalists, judges, invited award winning guests and CWI staff produced 30 very different, thought-provoking plots. Genres include general fiction, humor, fantasy, romance, dystopian, horror and sci-fi.


Proceeds from sales of “WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014” will benefit cancer patients in writing courses.

Thank you, J Lenni, how can we go “WRONG”? Sorry, couldn’t resist! See you all tomorrow for another new author.



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