But the most important item is a tiny rectangular piece of paper that serves as a reminder in the times that all those other things fail to help me create. Sitting on the desk in my office is a picture frame containing a fortune I received six or seven years ago in a Chinese takeout order. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my writing career – a day when I had received around my 100th rejection on my second book and I truly needed a sign to keep going. And while I’m not a superstitious person, I will admit it was the fortune that convinced me to write just one more book. And I am so glad I did.
Raised in northern Ohio, Jenna Patrick moved to North Carolina in 1998 to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. After ten years of devoting her brain to science and math, she returned to her true passion: writing fiction. She and her husband reside on Lake Norman with their two daughters and two rescue dogs. The Rules of Half is her debut novel.