About Jael McHenry

Jael McHenry is the debut author of The Kitchen Daughter (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books, April 12, 2011). Her work has appeared in publications such as the North American Review, Indiana Review, and the Graduate Review at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. You can read more about Jael and her book at jaelmchenry.com or follow her on Twitter at @jaelmchenry.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • What You Would Have Learned at BEA
  • Checking In With a Dual Social Media Identity
  • The Dangers of a Good Book
  • The Dangers of Storytelling
  • Learning to Love the Synopsis
  • Social Media the Second Time Around
  • You’re Such a Character
  • The Labor of Launch
  • When Your Book is Not Your Book
  • The Green-Eyed Conference Monster
  • Should You Read About Writing?
  • MFA vs NYC vs DIY

  • What You Would Have Learned at BEA

    The publishing world was a curious mix of hyperactivity and near-total silence last week, which can mean only one thing: Book Expo America, known as BEA. It’s an absolutely immense industry-only tradeshow and the largest publishing event in the U.S. by far, with roughly 20,000 publishing industry professionals in attendance. If you didn’t go, you might […]

    The Dangers of a Good Book

    Last week, I read a fantastic book. Good news, right? As writers we are all readers first, and there’s an unmatched joy in disappearing into a well-written book, or we wouldn’t be reading in the first place. However, sometimes, reading a fantastic book pushes me into a downward spiral. I’ll never write that well, I […]

    The Dangers of Storytelling

    As writers, storytelling is our business and our art. It’s our core skill. Writing is about putting words together to create a coherent tale, taking our readers on an unexpected journey, and delivering a satisfactory conclusion at the end of that delightful ride. You know what doesn’t cohere as cleanly? Life. I’m not one of […]

    Learning to Love the Synopsis

    There are those who say writing the query and/or the synopsis of the novel is harder than writing the entire novel. I wouldn’t go quite that far, but I’ve always hated writing synopses. I stopped minding queries when I realized I didn’t need to pack the whole novel into a paragraph, just supply enough of […]

    Social Media the Second Time Around

    As I’ve mentioned here before, my next book is coming out under a pseudonym — which is energizing and daunting in equal measure. One area where the chickens are really coming home to roost (or going elsewhere to roost, I guess) is in social media. Because Jael McHenry has her own online world that she’s […]

    You’re Such a Character

    As an author, especially one just starting out, you’re often told about the importance of your “brand.” You’re lectured that how you act on social media, what you talk about in interviews, and what you write should all be in keeping with whatever “brand” you choose. But that can seem artificial or inauthentic. You’re a person, after […]

    The Labor of Launch

    It’s not uncommon, especially among those of us who are both writers and moms, to compare books and babies. For a while there was even a blog called Book Pregnant. In my experience, having one go-around with each, books and babies are different in a whole lot of ways. But as I prepare for the […]

    When Your Book is Not Your Book

    Even before my first book came out, people were already asking about my second book, and the questions haven’t stopped. Which is pretty great — far better for people to be interested than not! But I haven’t been able to give a good answer. I’m working on it. The research is taking a while… I’ll […]

    The Green-Eyed Conference Monster

    The internet has done lots of amazing things for writers; it has also created lots of opportunities for us to be aware, at all times, of exactly what we’re missing. May is a prime time for writers’  conferences. Just this past weekend, there was the DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) Writers Conference, and Muse and the Marketplace […]

    Should You Read About Writing?

    A writer friend of mine recently moved offices, and in doing so, had to downsize his book collection. He purged several dozen books about writing. Offering them to a group of us fellow writers, he wryly noted, “Take what you want, but remember, if reading books about writing was enough to make someone a successful […]

    MFA vs NYC vs DIY

    Last week my Twitter stream lit up with reviews and excerpts and analysis of a book called MFA vs NYC. It wasn’t quite a #sharknado level of traffic — closer, perhaps, to #amtrakresidency — but it was still undeniable: something about this book was grabbing the attention of writers all up and down the line. […]