A Conversation with Jen Alexander, author of “The Aftermath”

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

A native of North Carolina, Jen Alexander spent her childhood with her nose buried in either a book or a video game, and sometimes both simultaneously. Following a dream about a character trapped inside a live-action video game, Jen was encouraged by her husband to write The Aftermath, which is her debut novel. Jen now lives in North Carolina with her family, and in her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and trying to beat agonizingly tough levels of God of War and Call of Duty. 

Jen, congratulations on the release of your debut novel The Aftermath. What are your emotions a week out from release date? I suppose by now you’ll have been some feedback based on ARCs, but surely nothing will beat seeing your novel in your local bookstore.
Thank you so much! Honestly, I’m relieved and thrilled that The Aftermath is finally out. This morning, I went to my local bookstore to see the book on the shelves. I’m sure I freaked out everyone in the teen section because I took about twenty pictures, but I was so amazed to see my book in a store. It was an incredible experience.

Was The Aftermath your first attempt at getting published or your first attempt at writing a novel?
Before The Aftermath, I had started writing other books, but I never finished. When I started writing about Claudia, I couldn’t stop. She had so much to say to me. The Aftermath was my first completed novel and my first attempt at getting published.