Meet Our Fabulous Author Jennifer S. Segarra @jenssegarrauthor
First tell us something about yourself?
My name is Jennifer S. Segarra. I was born and raised in the USA. My father was from Cuba and my mother was from Puerto Rico but is also half Philippine. I am married and have 2 children. I speak both English and Spanish. I love to read and I love to write stories.
How and when your journey started as a writer?
I got my first taste for writing when I was in the 4th grade. My history teacher read us a story of Ponce De Leon and the Fountain of Youth. He then gave us an assignment to write the story but in our own words. When I went home and began to write the story in my own words as if I was there seeing the events happen with my own eyes, I was hooked.
When did you write your first story? Is it published or not?
I wrote my first story in April 2020 during the quarantine. It was the book “El Lechón Choncho, Otherwise known as Choncho the Pig.” It was published on January 25, 2021.
Tell us something more about your books?
Well the character Choncho the pig is based on the real life pig my mother had on her family farm in Puerto Rico. I am currently writing a follow-up to my book with a new adventure for Choncho. I also am writing a teen book based on my daughter and life during the quarantine last year.
Why do you choose kids as your reader ? is there any specific reason?
One of my favorite moments as a child was reading books. I loved going to the library with my mother and checking out books. My favorite authors were Judy Blume, Jane Austen, and Emily Brontë.
How did these stories and characters come to your mind?
Well my mother always told us stories of her life on the farm. I always told her when I was older how she would write a children’s book and she always said she would get to it but never got around to it. I then decided to take her story of Choncho and make it into a children’s book. My goal is to build a series of books dedicated to Choncho.
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