Jennifer Rainville didn’t have a lengthy or legendary career in TV news, but it helped lead her into her true calling as a full-time author.
Rainville worked behind the scenes at WNBC in 2001, and got in front of the camera at Time Warner Cable’s NY1 from 2002 to 2005.
Rainville has just published her first book—a novel—Trance of Insignificance—weighted heavily on her own personal experiences.
“Much of the settings and many of my experiences served as the inspiration,” Rainville says. “But the characters are invented. It’s fiction.”
Much of Rainville’s professional (and personal) life is portrayed using the protagonist Jules Duvil.
Along with her own personal experiences, Rainville incorporated several “muses” from working in news.
Early in the fictional Duvil’s career, she gets swept up in a torrid love affair with a seasoned New York TV anchor. The duo would hook up, sometimes planned, sometimes spur of the moment, for several years. It is easy for the reader to feel the electricity between the passionate news professionals.
“I think the book is a juicy and fun puzzle for those who are in the news business,” Rainville says. “…For those who aren’t in the news business, I think it’s a riveting and meaningful read.”
Also taking from her backdrop in the industry, Rainville made sure to have the TV details as accurate as possible.
“If I was going to do a book and the setting was a television newsroom, especially in New York City … you’ve really got to get the details right in order for it to be honest and believable.”
Rainville did enjoy being on air at NY1, primarily because of the writing and storytelling ability it allowed her. But writing a book had always been her “childhood dream.”
“In hindsight, journalism is probably the best training ground because it helps you develop two key traits that you need as a writer, which is discipline and attention,” Rainville says.
Using what she learned from her TV days, Rainville began to gather her memories in the first year after she left the business.
“I started getting these …flashbacks and I would jot down scenes. I didn’t really know what format or how it was going to come to be,” Rainville recalls. “In 2008, I took all the notes that I scrambled on napkins, receipts, and magazine covers…and, no joke, it took me four months to write a first draft.”
Ultimately, when it came time to publish, Rainville had a tough decision to make.
“Publishing, especially today, [is] just the last bastion of this outdated old gatekeeper model …and I just got fed up with the pace and decided to do it myself,” Rainville says.
So after three years of going the “traditional route” in publishing, Rainville Books was born.
“I’m a firm believer that making your dreams come true really rests on nobody else’s shoulders but your own,” Rainville admits.
Those interested in purchasing Trance of Insignificance can either check out Rainville’s website, or visit McNally Jackson. The book store, located on Prince Street in Manhattan, has teamed up exclusively with Rainville to supply her book.