Jena Benton - Writer and Illustrator

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New Blog Home

Posted by Jena Benton on September 26, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Changes are coming.  I'm gearing up to change my blog, if not my entire website (as the technology isn't serving what I need any more).  I've archived and categorized all of my blog entries (and the interviews are easier to find now) over on WordPress: https://jenabenton.wordpress.com/


 All future entries will be over there (and I hope easier to subscribe to).  I'll keep you posted on the changes to come. =)

Simply 7 interview with Josh Funk

Posted by Jena Benton on September 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I’m happy to introduce my readers to author Josh Funk. His books are hysterically funny AND rhyme. How funny? Well, his self-written bio says it all.


“Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books - such as the Award-Winning LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST, PIRASAURS!, DEAR DRAGON, the forthcoming Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast Sequel: THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH, and more....

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Another Simply 7 interview with Henry Herz

Posted by Jena Benton on September 10, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been waiting to share this one for quite some time.  As you may know if you've been reading my blog for a while, I'm a great lover of the ocean.  I'm also incredibly fond of fairy tales.  Today's book combines both of those loves in the most fantastic way and absolutely tickles my fancy.  The illustrations are adorable, it teaches kids about a sea creature that isn't common, and it just works on so many levels!  I'm SO excited to tell you guys all about it!  ...

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Simply 7 interview with Diana Murray for Book #3!

Posted by Jena Benton on August 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm excited to talk with Diana Murray once again.  Her THIRD picture book is coming out TOMORROW and it's absolutely a cutie!  "Ned the Knitting Pirate" is a fun take on being yourself (and it has a mermaid!).  Is it any surprise that this sea-loving-blogger loves this book?  I think not!  How exciting to have not one, not two, but THREE picture books come out in one summer!


If you missed my first two interviews with Diana, be sure to check them out....

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Simply 7 interview with Miranda Paul

Posted by Jena Benton on August 15, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's author is the amazing Miranda Paul!  She is a picture book author who writes both nonfiction and fiction.  Her three nonfiction books have already won her a lot of awards (such poetic writing!), and this summer she has two fiction picture books coming out.  She is a former educator (always a soft spot for me as a teacher) and the current Mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books™.  You can learn more about her at her website here: http://mirandapaul.com...

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Simply 7 interview with Henry Herz

Posted by Jena Benton on August 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Surprise! It’s already time for another Simply 7 interview. I meant to publish this one on the book’s birthday, but I got a bit sidetracked with the wedding (now done) and somehow missed the fact that the book’s release date got bumped up and has already come out!


Today’s picture book author, Henry Herz, has written several picture books and has a couple coming out this year. He loves to write fantasy and science fiction, and has participated i...

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Another Simply 7 interview with Diana Murray

Posted by Jena Benton on August 7, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Diana Murray has THREE picture books coming out this summer, her debut summer as a picture book author nonetheless!  I interviewed her about her first book "City Shapes" here: http://jenabenton.webs.com/apps/blog/show/44076269-simply-7-interview-with-diana-murray


She has a great sense of humor, is a mom to two children and a goldfish named Pickle.  You can learn more about her at her website here: http://www.dianamurray.com/


She is joini...

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Simply 7 interview with Pat Zietlow Miller

Posted by Jena Benton on July 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (2)

I'm excited to say that the Simply 7 interviews are taking off like hot cakes you guys.  I've been able to ask some very talented authors questions about their books and their writing craft.  There are quite a few lined up in the next few months that you will really enjoy (and I've found them incredibly insightful).


Today's Simply 7 interview is with the wonderful Pat Zietlow Miller.  Her latest book "Sophie's Squash Go to School" is a delightful sequel to the...

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Simply 7 interview with Diana Murray

Posted by Jena Benton on July 12, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It's time for another exciting Simply 7 interview with a picture book author.  This time Diana Murray has kindly agreed to answer some questions.  Her first picture book, "City Shapes," just came out in June.  She has 2 more books coming out this summer (one in July and one in August), as well as one next year.


Diana is a writer of children's books and award winning poetry.  She moved to the US from the Ukraine when she was only 2 and has lived most of he...

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Simply 7 interview with Tricia Brown

Posted by Jena Benton on June 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m very excited to talk with today’s author, Tricia Brown, and her new book “Zig, the Warrior Princess.” Just look at this fabulous goofy cover! http://triciabrownbooks.com/meet-zig/


Tricia is an Alaskan author who has written many picture books (“The Itchy Little Musk Ox,” “Patsy Ann of Alaska,” “Charlie and the Blanket Toss,” and “Bobbie the Wonder Dog: a True Story” just to name a few!). She h...

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