Jennifer S. Alderson

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Biografie

Jennifer S. Alderson werkte als journaliste en website ontwikkelaar in Seattle, Washington (V.S.) maar verruilde haar baan voor een lange reis door Azië en Midden-Amerika met de rugzak. In 2004 kwam zij naar Nederland om kunstgeschiedenis te studeren. Nu werkt en woont zij in Amsterdam, samen met haar Nederlandse man en jonge zoon.

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is gedeeltelijk geïnspireerd door haar ervaringen, opgedaan tijdens haar studie museumstudies bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam en het werken voor verschillende Nederlandse musea.

Jennifer is ook auteur van Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in Backpacking. Beide boeken zijn deel van een lopende serie van boeken die de avonturen van reiziger en cultuurliefhebber, Zelda Richardson, volgen.


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Q&A with Jennifer S. Alderson

What are you currently working on?

Stolen art and the Second World War play an important role in my second novel, The Lover’s Portrait (out in June 2016); the story of an American art student who finds clues to the location of a collection of masterpieces that had disappeared during the Second World War. The subject matter is directly influenced by my move to the Netherlands and choice to study museology at the University of Amsterdam. After arriving, I became fascinated by the Second World War, a topic I knew embarrassing little about. You can learn so much about that period simply by walking around Amsterdam; there are a plethora of monuments and signs commemorating resistance actions and Nazi retaliations spread throughout the city, not just at the Anne Frank House! 

In a few days, I’ll be sending the final manuscript of The Lover’s Portrait off to my editor so she can proofread it. Yeah! As soon as the second novel is out the door, I’ll get back to finishing the first draft of my third novel, another art-related mystery. This yet-to-be-named manuscript’s plot was directly inspired by a few quirky facts I’d read about while working on an exhibition for the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam about Papua New Guinean bis poles collected by the legendary anthropologist Michael Rockefeller. 

I’ll be the first to admit that my upcoming novels do differ dramatically from my first in style, genre and subject matter. I wrote Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking (December 2015) as a travel adventure for the ‘backpacker fiction’ genre because I wanted to do something with my own experiences backpacking through Asia and this was the best style for the story.The Lover’s Portrait is a mystery simply because it was the most effective means of sharing my fascination with the artistic and cultural history of the Netherlands in a way that I hope will reach and interest my readers! 


What inspired Down and Out in Kathmandu?

In September 1999, just weeks before my twenty-seventh birthday, I flew to Kathmandu to volunteer for three months before backpacking around Nepal and Thailand on my own for another two. During my volunteer experience and travels, I sent weekly emails to family and friends describing all of the strange, exciting and beautiful things and events I’d witnessed or taken part of. It was my first trip abroad and such an amazing journey, yet so intense. Writing those messages was a great way to process everything.

After I returned home to Seattle, friends kept asking me what I was going to do with the emails I’d sent. I was so focused on settling down and working full-time again that I hadn’t even looked at them since leaving Asia! Only after an acquaintance presented me with a bound copy of all of my texts and suggested I publish them as a traveler’s diary, did I finally decide to use my experiences as the basis for this book.

 

Why did you choose to use your travel experiences as the basis for a fictionalized adventure novel, instead of a travel memoir? 

Originally I did start out by writing a travel memoir! I’d even gotten 70,000 words down before my day job got in the way of writing. Even so, I was so sure that I was going to finish the manuscript as a travel memoir that I commissioned a friend of mine, talented artist Don Farrell, to make a cover for it, aptly named Folly in Divinity

I looked at the manuscript every few months and tinkered with it when I wasn’t too tired. But after a while, I realized it was pretty boring. Nothing so terribly dangerous, exciting or interesting happened during those three months of volunteering to justify a book about my time in Nepal.

 So I put the manuscript in a drawer and tried to forget about it. After a few years of working eighty-hour weeks, I started taking time off to travel again. I eventually quit my job and moved to the Netherlands to study art history. Everywhere I traveled, that unfinished manuscript went with me. I just couldn’t let it go! After repeated attempts at re-working the original text into a fictionalized story failed, I elected to step back from the manuscript and think of another way to use my own experiences as a backpacker, as basis for a novel. During my travels around Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam I’d met so many hippie-stoners, hardcore trekkers, shady characters, and NGO volunteers that I decided to devise a plot which would incorporate all of these personages and my own experiences into one story. Ultimately only about two-thousand words of my original manuscript made it into Down and Out in Kathmandu!

Though I knew the direction in which I wanted to head, I was having trouble making it work. Friends told me about Arvon writing courses in the United Kingdom that they’d gone on, which sounded  wonderful. Shortly thereafter, I took my original manuscript and an outline for a new book to a week-long Arvon writing retreat in Moniack Mhor, Scotland. It was truly magical, and definitely the best decision I could have made at that time! Thanks to the critical, yet positive feedback and week-long guidance of tutors Val McDermid and Alan Bissett, I figured out how to get the book I wanted to write, down on paper. And before the week was over, I had written the first fifty pages of the Down and Out in Kathmandumanuscript. 


Other interesting links:

Editor Jane Dean :  wordgeyserediting.com/credited-projects/

Sanders & Rozemeijer Fototeam.nl : www.fototeam.nl

The Art of Don Farrell : www.donfarrell-art.com 

Persbericht:

KUNSTCOLLECTIE VERMIST SINDS DE TWEEDE WERELDOORLOG GEVONDEN IN AMSTERDAM

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery nu voor te bestellen

 AMSTERDAM, NEDERLAND, 10 MEI 2016 – Jennifer S. Alderson kondigt de publicatie aan van haar tweede Engelstalige roman, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, op 24 juni 2016 als paperback en eBook. Het boek is nu al voor te bestellen op Amazon.nl, Apple iBooks, Kobo Books en Barnes & Noble. Dit amateur sleuth mysterie beschrijft de benarde situatie van homoseksuelen en Joodse kunstenaars in Europa tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, evenals de complexiteit die inherent is aan de teruggave van kunst gestolen door de nazi's in de jaren 1930 en 1940.

Gesitueerd in Amsterdam, is The Lover’s Portrait het verhaal van de Amerikaanse kunstgeschiedenis studente Zelda Richardson, die aanwijzingen vindt naar een schat van schilderijen, verborgen in 1942 door een homoseksuele kunsthandelaar die liever sterft dan dat hij zijn kunstverzameling aan zijn Nazi afperser prijs geeft.

Haar ontdekking maakt haar het doelwit van iemand bereid om te stelen – en zelfs te doden – om de kunstschat te vinden. Als de lijst van mogelijke daders groeit, beseft Zelda dat zij de kunstverzameling moet vinden en een moordenaar ontmaskeren, als zij wil overleven.

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is gedeeltelijk geïnspireerd door de ervaringen van de auteur, opgedaan tijdens haar studie kunstgeschiedenis bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam en het werken voor verschillende Nederlandse musea. Voordat zij twaalf jaar geleden naar Amsterdam kwam, werkte Jennifer S. Alderson als journalist en website ontwikkelaar in Seattle, Washington, V.S.

Jennifer is ook de auteur van Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in Backpacking, een reisfictie verhaal over een idealistische vrijwilligster in Nepal die per ongeluk verstrengeld raakt met een internationale bende van smokkelaars die denken dat zij hun diamanten heeft gestolen. Beide boeken zijn deel van een lopende serie van boeken die de avonturen van reiziger en cultuurliefhebber, Zelda Richardson, volgen.

Om een recensiekopie te bemachtigen of voor een interview, neem contact op met de auteur via jennifersalderson@gmail.com. Beelden van de omslag en foto’s van haar zijn te vinden op http://www.jennifersalderson.nl.

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