Recently, I had the
opportunity to chat with a very talented author. So, without
further delay let’s hear from
It sounds like you have always been a
writer. When did you start focusing on getting published?
I started pursuing publication a little over two years ago
when I joined RWA and my local RWA chapter. I’d written for
years and always wanted to be a published author, but I never
actually finished anything until recently.
Tell us what makes Jenny tick.
Oh, boy. How long do you have? Love. Love is what makes me tick.
Well, that and coffee.
Love for my husband, my children, my family, coffee. It’s what keeps
me going and helps me write. The love part. Well, the coffee, too.
How do your
stories develop? Is it with a character, a scene, a location, or in
an entirely different way?
It really depends on the story. Often times, characters start
rambling in my mind, or I get a snippet of a scene or plot and I go
from there. I have a little notebook I keep in my purse where I
write down ideas when the muse of inspiration hits.
Tell us some of
your favorites…foods, movies, music, authors, books, colors, and any
others you want to share?
I love potatoes in any way, shape or form (except potato salad).
Mostly, I love French fries. I’m a huge fan of gangster movies: The
Godfather Trilogy, Casino, Goodfellas, The Departed. Martin
Scorscese is my own personal god. I love alternative rock and
country. A bit of an eclectic mix, I know. Country music always has
a story to tell, which is why I adore it.
My favorite authors are Rachel Gibson, Jonathan Kellerman, Dean
Koontz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sherillyn Kenyon. I love so
many books, it would be difficult for me to choose one, although See
Jane Score by Rachel Gibson is one of my all-time favs.
If you could
bring one of your characters or any character to life, who would it
be and why?
I try (‘try’ being the operative word) to get up before the fam
every morning at 5. I write for about an hour before the Internet
beckons. Then I have to get the kids up and ready, and I write again
in between “Mommy, I want (insert random snack or request here),”
from my two-year-old while my daughter is in kindergarten. If the
two-year-old decides to take a nap, I write again, and then if I’m
not completely exhausted by the end of the night, I write after the
kids go to bed.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
love hearing from my readers. I can be reached at
I’m starting a quarterly newsletter, so those readers who want to
receive it can shoot me an email, as well.
Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers? What was the best piece of advice that
you received when you were starting out?
Keep writing no matter what. Even if you only write a sentence one
day and two pages the next, keep writing! It’s the only way you’ll
ever finish. Also, joining a local writer’s group, such as your
local RWA chapter and gleaning whatever information relevant to the
craft is a great help. It’s also a good way to network and meet
How do you
promote your work?
To be honest, I’ve been promoting so much, I feel like my own pimp.
LOL. I started by joining loops or listservs geared toward romance
writing such as Chatting With Joyfully Reviewed. I’m getting to know
other writers online. I’ve also requested author interviews and
spotlights. I’ve done 4 so far. So, basically, I just put myself out
there. I’ve also created business cards that I hand out at any
available opportunity and roped my relatives into giving them out,
How would you
spend a perfect day?
Honestly? Writing. And then shopping.
Are your friends
and family your greatest supporters? Do they read your work?
Absolutely. My family is uber supportive of my writing career. One
of my mother-in-laws reads everything I write before I submit. She’s
my ‘first reader.’ I thought I would have to guilt them into buying
my work, but they all jumped on board and did the honors themselves.
I’m lucky to have such a supportive crew.
Do you believe
in happily ever after and have you found yours?
I am a full believer in the HAP (happily-ever-after). What’s the
point without it? Love is a powerful, all-consuming emotion. It
moves mountains. I’m incredibly blessed to have found my own hero.
We’ll be celebrating our tenth anniversary next year. He’s my rock.
I’d be lost in this world without him.
When writing do
you plan the story out before beginning or does it develop as you
Both. I write a short outline, but usually the characters change
their minds and declare mutiny on said outline. I end up going where
the characters go since they lead the story.
What is your
Teehee. Venti 3 shot Carmel Macchiato from Starbucks. Yum!
anything else you would like to share with us? Any current or
I have two releases coming soon; The Truth About Roxy, from The Wild
Rose Press, and Letting Luce, from Amira Press. Here’s a blurb from
The Truth About Roxy:
Roxy Palmer is a walking, breathing cliché. And darned tired of it.
Working as the assistant librarian in her small, Southern home town,
Roxy also anonymously pens the local love column, Ask Paula
Rockwell—Thorton, Georgia's answer to Dear Abby.
But when the door leading to Roxy's lifetime dream is slammed in her
face by one of the good ol' boys, Roxy brings out the big guns--and
turns the genteel town upside down with her racier, feminist,
home-wrecking new format.
Paula Rockwell is making Sheriff Noah Kennedy's life crazy. He's got
angry husbands lined around the block, demanding the cancellation of
the column, fights breaking out and women catching their boyfriends'
trucks on fire. If he ever gets his hands on that woman…
But he's got his hands full of Roxy at the moment, and if he ever
discovers the truth about Roxy, all hell will break loose.
When Lucy Hollister tried to drop-kick her personal computer out her
second-story window, she had no idea it would eventually lead to the
seduction of her very hot, very yummy best friend, Rory Carlisle.
After all, she’s the queen of passivity, and he’s the reining king
of the non-committed relationship. When a sexy online flirtation
leads the couple into some steamy situations, Rory realizes that his
cute best friend is letting loose—in the best possible way.
Can this couple get past old hurts and guarded hearts to embrace the
passionate love that awaits?
Thanks for having me!