Hi, I’m Jen Berlyn!
I am an aspiring young adult fantasy romance author. I am also a Click Pro Master photographer with Click Community.
This blog is my way of documenting and sharing my artistic pursuits.
Here you will find updates on my most recent writing projects. I also share photographs, poems, and book recommendations.
But I like to keep things positive, so you won’t find any negative reviews here. Let’s be honest – if I don’t love something, I’m probably not finishing it. Life is too short!
As with many authors, my childhood was full of daydreaming fantasy worlds. My mom has boxes of books and stories written in varying forms of my developing penmanship. But as I grew, I began keeping those stories inside. Instead of putting them to paper, I did my homework. I played sports. I learned the piano and then the flute.
It wasn’t until after college that I started putting the stories in my head back onto paper once again. But even then, it was short scenes without any overarching plot lines. In the summer of 2017, I wrote 50K words of a novel during a Camp NaNoWriMo. But once again, life happened. I became a mom and picked up a camera.
Although my favorite stories include a high stakes plot, enemy-to-lovers protagonists, strong supporting cast, and magic (always magic), I also enjoy reading non-fiction. Writing craft, creativity, art, photography, and psychology are some of my favorite non-fiction genres. And I love a good natured debate on any of those topics.
Inspired by Old World Europe, my photographs are often timeless and painterly in style. Dramatic light and soft desaturated colors give my images a romantic feel. If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in the German country side – preferably, in a renovated castle. And I think that comes through in both my photography and my writing.
My images are an ode to art forms that I do not have the patience to practice: charcoal sketching/drawing and oil painting.
You’ll find a full list of my camera gear here: My 2023 Photography Kit
Life & Other Adventures
Regardless of the time of day, you’ll see me with either a latte, a book, or my camera in hand. And I usually don’t leave the house without all three.
When not creating new art, I also enjoy discussing creative theory. I have a bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology and German from Hanover College, and I am always open to learning about new people cultures, and places.