Shortly after I joined Jen McConnel’s street team, Witcherific, I started up a blog to talk about the different events going on in the street team and spread the witcherific news. Just recently I got the chance to talk to Jen McConnel and she agreed to do an awesome guest post! I can’t wait to get my hands on copies of her newest release, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY, and to be released soon–DAUGHTER OF CHAOS in March 2014. Check out the book below!
Jen McConnel: Odd Jobs
I thought I’d talk a little bit about my work history, since quitting her job is what starts Lou off on her adventure! Even though I’ve been writing since I was a child, I held a lot of odd jobs along the way to becoming an author. Here are my five favorite part-time jobs from my past.
Like Lou, the main character in THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY, I worked in a bookstore during college (actually, I worked in one in high school, too). I loved it; I was mostly in the children’s and YA sections, recommending books to parents and kids, and I especially loved the book events for the huge series launches. I stared working the weekend of the final Harry Potter release, and I actually met my husband during the launch of the final SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS books (he worked at the same bookstore). All in all, this is probably my favorite part-time job of my past.
2. Wedding Photographer’s Assistant
No joke. During my senior year of high school, I got to run around weddings carrying camera equipment, loading film, and holding the big reflector. It was awesome! I usually got a piece of cake, too, and there was one wedding where the groom’s sister was a bit tipsy and insisted that I get out on the dance floor with the guests. I don’t know what my employer thought of all that, but he didn’t fire me, so I can’t have made too big a fool of myself.
I had the good fortune to start sitting for a family with two amazing girls during my freshman year of college, and I loved reading with them and taking them to the park. I sat for them for five years, and by the time I graduated, they were more like nieces than strangers; I still consider that family part of my own extended family. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be paid to play with well-behaved kids, and, score! Read fun books to them?
4. Furniture Sales Assistant
I worked a lot in college, but the longest-lived of my college careers was as a sales assistant at a summer furniture (read: wicker) and home accents store. The job was a lot of fun; when I was hired, I was an interior design major, and I loved playing with swatches and arrangements. But the best part of the job was the staff; every woman at that store became surrogate moms, sisters, and aunts to me, giving me so much more than a paycheck as I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Looking back, I was really lucky a number of times with my work!
5. Mall Portrait Photographer
You might think this would be the worst job, especially when I tell you that it’s what I did during the holiday season of my junior year of high school, but I had an amazing amount of fun taking pictures of screaming kids and cranky families. I loved capturing perfect smiles, and even though the job gave me any number of headaches, I really enjoyed it. (It’s also the first time I learned the value of a practical pair of shoes; up to that point, I had been all about the cute heels that made my feet bleed).
What about you? What odd jobs have you held in your lives?
Thanks so much to Jen McConnel for doing this really fun guest post! I’m looking forward to her books even more now! Leave a comment below about your odd jobs!