The Jensons – A children’s comic fantasy novel written and illustrated by 13-year-old Chelsea Anyanwu.
The Jensons is a comic fantasy children’s story about this really wealthy family causing mayhem wherever they land their feet. They are notoriously known everywhere for their money and their crimes. They go about making enemies, more criminal records and money for themselves as they go. Although they fight amongst themselves to death all the time, they are still a very closely knitted family and love each other so much and will forever stick together. The youngest, Sally, is the darling of the family and could get away with almost anything. This crazy family are the JENSONS.
Interview questions for Chelsea Anyanwu
Q: briefly tell us about yourself. At what age did you discover you can write as a writer?
A: My name is Chelsea Anyanwu. I’m 13 years old and I’m a year 9 student at St Ursula’s Convent School. I’m the first of 4 children. I have two younger sisters and a younger brother. I love them so much.
I love to draw and I draw everyday. Everyone around me tells me how good my drawings are. When I was in primary school, my teachers always put my work up for display and everyone always encourages me to draw.
I can be a bit shy but it depends who I am with. But when I’m with my friends and family I can be very loud and even a bit crazy but with everyone else I become quiet.
I recently began watching anime and I love it so much. I love anime mainly because of the art of it and how it is exaggerated.
Q: What were your favourite books as a child? At your early writing age/stage, which kind of thing did you write about?
A:When I was in primary I enjoyed reading Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy kid and I also read some David Walliam books and all these books made me laugh. I also read all the Roald Dahl books and the most interesting is Matilda. But my favourite book is either Fuzzy Mud written by Louis Sachar or The Curious Incident Of the Dog in the nighttime, written by Mark Haddon.
I used to tell my sisters stories from the top of my head which always made them laugh. After telling them the stories I would write them down so I could remember them later on.
Q: Tell us about your new book The Jensons.
A: The Jemsons is about a family who are super rich and cause trouble wherever they go. They tend to argue a lot amongst each other but no matter what, they would still stick together. They love each other a lot.
What inspired you to write it?
Everything around me inspires me. Like the way the characters behave come from TV or just people you would see on the street. You might see someone behaving weirdly and then you can use that to create a character. Also, the Jensons story started from me telling my sisters stories from top of my head. I will create the story and the scene and plot with bits and bobs in the house and they will become the character. I will make different voices to bring each story alive. When we are done playing and telling each scene, I will write it down.
Q: How long did it take you to write the book? And what are your writing processes like?
A: It took quite a while to write the story because I kept having more ideas to add to it, so I had to keep going back and forth to edit it. I began writing the story when I was 8 years and as I grew up, my taste and idea continued to change and I would rewrite it. I had to rewrite at least over 4 times.
Also, I lost my plot when my mum mistakenly threw out all our characters during a spring clean of the house. That threw me out of ideas for a while. I had to start replacing the characters again to get back into the story.
Q: What lessons do you think young people could learn from the book?
A: Young people can learn family bonding and how to resolve issues in the family because the Jensons often get into arguments but they always resolve them and stick together as family. Also, the story touched on bullying and children can learn to speak up and stand up for themselves with their classmates.
Q: How do you feel being a published writer? And, are you currently working on another book?
A:I feel very proud of myself for actually writing the book because it took so long and it’s not too easy. I am currently writing more stories in the Jensons series. I’m almost through with the second book. I’m also writing another book that is not in the Jensons series.
Q: Who are your mentors?
A: My mum is so creative and hardworking. She inspires me alot. My dad also is very funny, he tells us endless stories and he is also a writer. They both are our role models. My younger sister is also a writer. Sometimes we challenge ourselves on our vocabulary strength and descriptive writing. She is so good.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m drawn to things that involve design – whether it’s fashion or arts. So far in school, I’m learning Design Technology and I’ve been good with product designs. I’m not yet sure which form of art I want to go for. I would also like to continue writing books.
For any enquiries please contact the publisher on
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 02035321354
Visit – www.thejensons.club
Twitter – @thejensons