Jennifer Snow Romance Author   

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One year without a wardrobe malfunction is all I ask :)

Posted on 2 August, 2017 at 9:15 Comments comments (0)

Last week was the RWA National conference in Orlando Florida and it's taken me three days back home to readjust to daily life. These 4 days every year when romance authors from all over the world come together to network, share ideas, offers support and grow their careers are something I look forward to. I'm already counting the minutes until Denver 2018! (Friends, your texts are coming soon!)

This year is a bit of a transition year for me. I'm currently 'out of contract' and I'm exploring different opportunities. I'm writing several different projects that I have no idea if they will find homes, but my love of writing has definitely returned. So, this year at RWA, I focused on moving my career forward. 

Some of this was done poolside, I'll admit;)

Getting to see my author friends and meeting new ones is definitely the highlight for me! This year, I even met the 'Rita' ! The beautiful lady who started it all, giving romance authors a wonderful support system:)

As usual, the Harlequin party was a blast! Thank you Harlequin for another great night of letting loose with great friends, delicious desserts and open bar! You certainly know how to reward your authors!

But of course, no conference is complete for me unless I experience a wardrobe malfunction...Yep, another zipper! If you came to see me at the literacy signing, you were not aware that I was signing books with my pant zipper stuck halfway lol. Thank goodness for my long blouse! 

Maybe next year, I'll get through the conference without a malfuctioning wardrobe...but I hope not;)

See you all in Denver!

xo

Jen

Falling in love with romance with Francine Pascal

Posted on 4 June, 2017 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

My first introduction to romance was when I was about thirteen years old and it was through a Sweet Valley High special edition called Malibu Summer. I was obsessed with the Wakefield Twins since elementary school and this book changed my life lol. 

I found a second hand print copy at a neighborhood yard sale and I remember picking it up and starting to read and not wanting to stop. I hadn't brought any money with me to the yard sale, so I sat in one of their lawn chairs that they were also trying to sell and read until the owner of the house told me he had sold the chair, so I'd have to get up lol. 

I sat on the grass instead, for three hours, until I'd finished the book. It's was only a dollar, but I was afraid of leaving it there while I went to get money, afraid someone else would buy it. I needed to have it. 

So, I hid it beneath a few cookbooks and ran like crazy (I should state here that I was a chubby, unathletic child so running for me was usually a matter of life and death), got the dollar from my room and ran back to buy it. 

It was thankfully still there and it was mine. 

I read it three times that weekend. 

In the story, the Wakefield twins apply for 'Nanny positions' in Malibu for the summer and Elizaeth experiences her first true love. 

I was a shy bookworm growing up, so I identified with the quieter, studious Wakefield twin the most and seeing her fall in love with an older guy that she couldn't have had me swooning. SWOONING! 

I read the book so many times over the next few years. Especially when my dating life was non-existent until I thinned out and got contacts around the tenth grade lol. It was my escape and it was everything a first love should be. I loved everything about it-the Malibu setting with the beach and the sun and the fun, complex interaction between the sisters, but especially the romance. 

I love romance stories and that will never change. I love the idea of a fresh exciting relationship, having to overcome obstacles to be together and the idea that two souls can connect, even for just a summer in Malibu. 

Swoon.

What was your first taste of romance??

What we do for our kids-ComicCon 2017 & Guardians of the Galaxy!

Posted on 27 May, 2017 at 11:20 Comments comments (0)

Last month was the annual ComicCon convention in Calgary-my husband, son and I go every year! We love superhero movies and my six year old has recently been introduced to the world of Star Wars, so deciding on costumes was definitely fun. I thought for sure that he'd want to go as Kylo Ren...meaning I could be Rey (super easy, comfortable, mom-appropriate costume). 

Unfortunately, he had his heart set on being Rocket the Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. And he wanted us to match...

I'm sure you know where this is going...

My husband jumped on board quickly and went online searching for a Starlord costume with a real leather jacket and riding pants-HOT! (But that's a different kind of post;))

For anyone who has seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you can probably guess who I was **forced** to be;)

$100 in green body paint  and pink and purple hairspray later, countless YouTube videos on 'How to do Gamora makeup' , and a search for the least revealing costume I could find and off to ComicCon we went. 

I'm a writer, but that's where my creative and artistic abilities end, so the tube of body paint terrified me. And the first few streaks of green I applied nearly gave me an anxiety attack. In a few hours, I was going to walk the convention floor covered in green paint, with purple hair. 

But between the three of us and a lot of destroyed hotel room towels, we managed to get the pain and spray applied in a way that wasn't completely horrible. 

It felt awful lol! I couldn't run my hands through the tangled mess of hair and of course my nose was itchy the minute the paint went on, the costume was skin tight and in hindsight, I probably shouldn't have eaten a week before the event...

BUT, my son had a blast. He thought seeing his mom with a green face was the best thing ever. I scored serious 'Cool Mom Points' for this, making it all so worth it:) 

A friend of mine said later that I had balls for doing it, but for me, at 36 years old, doing crazy or embarrassing shit is not about courage anymore, it's about having fun with my son before he grows up and heads off to ComicCon with his buddies instead;)

The funny thing is, we are not a family photos kind of group. We barely have any photos of the 3 of us, but we do have these and I don't think any other photos could capture our family better:)


My 10th Harlequin!

Posted on 1 May, 2017 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

Today is a milestone day for my career! My 10th Harlequin TEMPTING KATE releases today and I'm so thrilled to say that I have enjoyed every last second of working with the Harlequin team. 

I started my writing career with Harlequin Heartwarming and I had the amazing pleasure of working with Senior Editor, Victoria Curran on my six book, small town Brookhollow series. The series is sweet and as the line name suggests-Heartwarming. I learned so much from Victoria. Her edits and feedback helped to shape the writer I am now and I'm forever grateful for her dedication to my books. She always has time to chat or answer an email, even though we currently don't have a project together and she is a wealth of knowledge about the publishing industry and romance. I was so fortunate to have her as my first editor. 

During my time writing the Brookhollow series with Heartwarming, I also contributed to a holiday anthology with two lovely, talented authors-Karen Rock and Kristine Rolofson. Winter Wedding Bells had a holiday wedding theme and the novella was so much fun to write. It was definitely the challenge of my career to coordinate timelines and stories that co-existed in the same world, but the end product was a beautiful anthology. 

I also participated in the Harlequin Heartwarming Thanksgiving Anthology, which consists of 13 short reads from amazing Heartwarming authors and it also includes recipes for Thanksgiving dinner. If you haven't checked that one out yet, you should! It's yummy! I mean, it's full of great reads lol. My contribution was a spin off to my Brookhollow series, featuring characters who hadn't yet received their HEA. 

Then, I decided to try my hand at sexier reads and my wedding themed series-HER HOLIDAY FLING & TEMPTING KATE found a wonderful home with the Harlequin Blaze line. I was so excited to be a part of this line as it had always been one of my favorites to read. Some of my favorite authors such as Joanne Rock, Tawny Weber, Karen Rock and Jill Shalvis had all written wonderful Blaze stories and I definitely felt pressure to live up to readers' expectations of this fun, sexy line. 

Working with Dana Grimaldi on these books was awesome! Dana's feedback made the books sexier, funnier and overall the type of books I was hoping to deliver. Once again, the attention to detail and dedication from my editor on these books truly made the difference and I loved working with her. She was never too busy to answer a phone call or email and as an author, I cherish that responsiveness and helpfullness. 

The art department created some beautiful covers for my Brookhollow series that I love to see on my shelf and my Blaze covers are HOT! :)

I can't thank Harlequin enough for the love and attention they have shown me and my work. I feel like I am truly part of a family there and I couldn't be happier about reaching a 10 book milestone with them!

If you haven't read a good romance in a while, why not pick up a Harlequin today?;)

xo

Jen

What's the Worst Thing that Could Happen?

Posted on 26 April, 2017 at 11:30 Comments comments (0)

When I first started my writing career (for real, after lots of starts and stops and life road bumps slowing me down), the thing I remember asking myself was 'What's the Worst Thing that Could Happen?' 

Naturally, my response was 'The books will never get published.'

The truth is, that was far from the worst thing that could happen, because with indie publishing becoming so popular and accepted by readers, platforms like Wattpad starting up, and authors simply publishing free reads on their websites, the stories would have found their way into readers' hands one way or another. 

The ACTUAL worst thing that could happen was not taking the chance-giving up before I finished that first book and never knowing if I could do it. 

So many aspiring authors are afraid to try. Afraid of failure, afraid of success, afraid of editors, afraid of other authors, afraid of putting themselves out there...the list of fears goes on. And they are entirely valid. I've had every last one of them. I still do.  

BUT, writing is not something someone just starts doing one day for fun. For real writers, we need to write, to create something, to get down on paper the thoughts in our head. It's not a choice for most of us. For some, it's journaling, others it's poetry, others it's novels or literary works. Either way, writers write because we can't not write. 

I have tried over the years to do other things. I have a degree. I started a Masters/PhD program in Neurolinguistics. I've held more jobs than I'll ever admit to, but the one thing that I could never stop doing is writing. 

I know this is sounding familiar to every writer reading this. 

The reason for the blog post is because I get asked so often how I make things happen-How did I find an agent? How did I get published? How did I get producers interested in adapting books? How did I reach out to NHL stars and famous musicians for research help? How did I land a Writer in Residence position when there currently wasn't a position to be had?

I punched fear in the face, silenced that inner voice that said I couldn't and I did it. I reached out and asked for what I wanted. 

Things will never fall into your lap. If that's what you're hoping for, waiting for...you will be disappointed. Luck does play a huge part in success, but it's the kind of luck you make for yourself. Yes, I was 'lucky' to find an agent who liked my particular voice. But that's because I only queried agents that I thought would. I was 'lucky' to sell my new series to my editor at GCP, but it's because we sent to story to an editor who loves the kind of heroes I write. I was 'lucky' to have an NHL star and his wife help me with research, but it was because I knew the kind hearted, helpful family I was approaching. 

I report the good news, I tend to stay quiet about the bad, so I know (because I've had emails telling me) that some people can view my career as slanted toward success and I am often viewed as 'too positive' (again, I've received emails lol) so here's the other side:

In the last three months, I've had two new series proposals rejected. It happens. I cried. I move on. 

I've changed agents which was a stressful, soul-searching decision to make. I cried. I went with my gut. I move on. 

I've started and stopped three new projects because I feel like a fraud each time I start to write. I cry and I keep writing. 

But along with those setbacks were all the good things I've experienced this year with my career. And while each of the above were setbacks, they were also good things. I love the start of my new relationship with my new agent. I realize the other two series weren't something I was feeling passionate about writing, but rather something I felt I needed to do. And I know that the reason I'm struggling with my new projects is that they scare me. They are different from what I usually write, and there's a new challenge there and new fears.

What's the Worst Thing that Could Happen if you went for what you wanted? 

You'd fail? Not in you want it bad enough. 

You'd succeed? Great!

Your family and friends wouldn't support you? The truth is, I have a fantastic support system, but I also had doubters along the way and ultimately, you take the positive support and the negative comments and use both to fuel your passion and drive. Succeed because you believe in yourself (or others believe in you until YOU do) and prove the others wrong. In the end-no one will care about your career as much as you do, so don't look to outside forces for encouragement or justification. Look within. 

Your romance career could hurt your day job? Write under a pen name. 

You don't know 'how' to write? I will lend you my writing how-to books;) I will give you a list of conferences to attend, groups to join. The romance community is big and loving and supportive!

No one will read your books? This is actually the closest answer. As an author, not reaching readers is what I'd consider the closest thing to the 'worst thing that could happen'. But, even if no one other than you ever reads a word of your story-you finished a book. You proved to yourself that you could do it. You pushed past fears, doubt, writer's block, life getting in the way, others telling you you can't do it...and you did. 

And I know you are thinking that it's easy for me to say that because I did get my work published, but the truth is, I'm currently 'out of contract' therefore the books I am writing now are currently 'just for me'. I hope they do find homes, but there's no guarantee. So right now, I am where a lot of you are-facing the unknown. 

It's scary, but it's also so fucking exciting.  (Sorry, I'd gone a whole blog post without swearing;)) 

So, which of the above excuses are you using to hold yourself back? Whichever it is-stop. 

Now, stop reading my rambling, and go write something!

xo

Jen



Behind the Scenes of a Cover shoot!

Posted on 19 March, 2017 at 15:00 Comments comments (0)

Most of you have seen the cover for my May release-MAYBE THIS LOVE below, but I wanted to share the behind the scenes photos that my editor sent to me. This looks like so much fun! I'm hoping some day to be able to visit a shoot set:)

The final cover

The behind the scenes shots!

These two are so adorable! And perfect as Olivia and Ben!


Love the white dress! And Olivia wears one similar in the book:) And those shoes!!


MAYBE THIS LOVE releases May 30th. It is avail now for PRE-ORDER:) 

How Play Dates Used to Terrify Me! (And now, slightly less so...)

Posted on 19 March, 2017 at 14:15 Comments comments (1)

I was never a play date or mommy group kind of mom. As a writer, I've always been more of an introvert. Anti-social perhaps lol. I'm friendly and outwardly confident, but the idea of walking into a Mommy Group gave me hives. I always envisioned those things as a baby battle zone, where we compare every aspect of our child's development to the other babies. And every way I parented would be critized or judged. 

No thanks. Not for me. 

And that was okay before my son started school. 

But last year, when he started kindergarten, everything changed. It was no longer up to me whether or not we did play dates. My son now had the control. After all, I wanted him to have friends, right?

Which meant, I needed to make friends. 

Let's just say he had an easier time than I did. 

But over the months and slowly but surely, I got used to the weekly get togethers at play centers or someone's home and surprisingly it wasn't horrible lol. 

Now, almost two years later, I actually initiate the play times. Why? Because, it's really the only way to survive this parenting thing. 

Whenever my little guy has an issue that I'm not sure how to deal with, it's fairly certain that one of his friends have had a similar problem and getting advice from someone who has been there is so helpful. Likewise, I feel like I can help them with other situations. 

In the last two years, I've become part of a group of warriors, silently banded together, having one another's back, keeping an eye on each others kids and just supporting one another as we navigate the school years. 

Yes, I do still shudder slightly at the idea that I have to come out of my shell, let my guard down a bit and leave the house but I'm slowly getting better at it. 

Now, I do it for my son, but I also do it for myself. Being an author is such a solitary, often lonely profession. Parenting doesn't have to be. 

xo

Jen

Coffee Time with Jen featuring Chloe Flowers

Posted on 2 December, 2016 at 9:40 Comments comments (4)

Welcome to Coffee Time with Jen featuring Chloe Flowers!!! Thanks for stopping by Chloe!

What authors have inspired you to write?

Kathleen Woodiwiss, hands down. My favourite historical romance of all time is “A Rose in Winter.” It’s a twist on the Beauty and the Beast tale. The longing and torment, the action and adventure and the sensual romance hooked me as a young girl, and I read every one of her books. She shaped my writing style, although my writing isn’t as flowery or dramatic…

Sherrilyn Kenyon is an inspiration in and of herself. She started with nothing as a single mom and pursued her dream until she achieved it.

What does your writing process look like?

I can’t go on a journey without a general plan and a roadmap. I start with a question, like: “What would compel a nun to kidnap a pirate?” From there, I do nothing but mull it over in my head for a couple of weeks before I write a word. Once I have a movie reel spinning in my mind, I sit down and write an outline. Next, I do a character sketch, which is really fun because I’ll use character archetypes and birthdates. From that point I rip through the first draft pretty fast.

What advice has been the most helpful to you in your career?

Dory always said, “Just keep swimming.” I follow her mantra every day and just keep writing. Love that fish to pieces.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

A grossly underpaid volleyball coach. I have been coaching for almost ten years. I did the math once and discovered that when I divided the total hours into the pay, I was making about $2.37 an hour.

Do you read reviews? How do you celebrate the good, get over the bad?

Occasionally I do read reviews. I think I have one three star and one two star review on my first book. All my books average 4.5 stars on Amazon, so I have to look at it from a business angle. Here’s the thing: I used to own a gourmet cookie company called CookieChix. We made high-end gourmet cookies with the best chocolate, nuts and sugars. We packaged them in gift boxes and tied them with ribbons and bows. Although they tasted and looked awesome, there were some people who wouldn’t buy them because they were too expensive. It worried me at first. Did I price them too high? Would I sell a ton more if I lowered the price? (yes) Could I keep up with the demand? (Probably not) So I had to conclude that those people were not my customers. Same thing goes here. My customers are the readers who enjoy the kind of books I write. Low star reviews come from people who are not my customers.

What type of scene do you find hardest to write? Scary, funny, romantic, sad?

The sensual romantic scenes are hardest for me because I know my mom’s going to read it. My dad called the other day to tell me he’s finished the first two and actually shocked me into silence. When I decided to become a writer, I chose the romance genre because I felt it would be the hardest for me to write. My thought was that if I could write romance, I could write anything…

What is one subject you’d never write about as an author?

Good God, politics.

What is one career goal you’ve yet to achieve that you are striving for?

I want to write a movie script, or have one or more of my books made into a movie. I am outlining a contemporary series of romantic comedies with this goal in mind.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I have a TON, because I’m a klutz. The biggest one is from an experimental surgery on my knee. I tore the ligaments high jumping in a college meet. I had already broken the school record and qualified for Nationals before that jump. I was training for the Olympic trials at the time as well. It was a devastating injury, which threw me onto a completely different life path. Because of it, I chose a different career from writing. Because of it I also met my husband. It’s taken me a while, but I have finally circled back around to the career of my heart: writing. God simply had a different plan for me at the time, and I’m glad that things worked out this way.

Do you have any tattoos? Where & What?

No way. Hate needles. My friend, Michelle did talk me into getting my belly button pierced a few years back, though. I got mine pierced, held her hand while they pierced hers, paid my bill, walked outside and promptly passed out. I have a nice little scar on my forehead as a souvenir. Still have the piercing, though.

What would you like your obituary to say if you could write it?

Flags at the Chateau St Michelle winery in Washington State are flying at half-mast following the passing of Chloe Flowers. The board of directors called an emergency meeting to discuss strategies to soften the anticipated sharp drop in sales. Chloe leaves behind a tall, dark and handsome husband she lovingly called “Woody,” who was responsible for three children, who in turn provided excellent excuses for eating with her fingers, buying a trampoline and watching Disney movies. Cause of death has yet to be determined, but authorities did confirm that large amounts of chocolate pudding and whipped cream were involved. Chloe has requested six players from the Cleveland Browns be her pallbearers so that they can let her down one last time. Her last request was to have her ashes spread over her small ravaged vegetable garden in hopes that the deer choke on them.

 

Ready for the Lightning Round of ‘Have You Ever?’

Yep!

-Grab your coffee and take a sip if you have done any of these things.

Have You Ever…

-Written naked?

Cup paused halfway to mouth…Not yet. (Is that a thing? Maybe I should try it).

-Gotten arrested?

No sip, (never been caught).

-Gotten into a bar fight? No sip. (At least not that I can remember).

-Lied on a resume?

No sip. (The odds work against you on that one).

-Pee’d in public?

Sip and spit? (Does peeing in the woods on a golf course count?)

-Called in sick to work when you weren’t sick?

(Chugging) Well, duh. Who hasn’t?

-Had a crush on a friend or co-worker?

(Choking) Nah. I worked in the fashion industry, and most of the cute guys were gay. I did get excellent advice on accessorizing, however.

-Lied about your age?

Requesting a refill, please. (Consistently. For a long time, my kids did it for me. My college-aged nephew showed me his fake ID at a family party and I asked him if he could get me one that said I was 32).

-Taken candy from a baby?

No, (I always ask politely first).

-Snuck in contraband snacks to a movie?

Sipping inconspicuously. (I have a special purse that can hold 4 bottles of water, 8 boxes of movie candy and a small Pacific seal).

Shwew!

That’s it!! You survived Coffee Time With Jen!

Awesome! Next caramel macchiato is on me!


 


Coffee Time with Jen featuring Anna J Stewart

Posted on 24 November, 2016 at 9:35 Comments comments (1)

Welcome to one of my favorite authors-Anna J Stewart!! Anna and I met and became fast friends at RWA Nationals a few years ago and now she's my date every year for the Harlequin and Berkley Publisher parties lol! I love this woman and her books!


What does your writing process look like?

When I first start a book, I use a number of different writing books to lock in on the characters: Tami Cowden's book on Archetypes, an Astrology book, and the Character Naming sourcebook. I write out all the information I need/think I'll need by hand in a spiral notebook then go back and highlight want I believe connects to the characters. Then I dive in to the first 100 pages, with a character list in front of me and the general conflict between the two. The deeper into the book I go, that's when I research and flesh things out. I hit Pinterest for images to inspire me, where they live, what they look like, what they drive or where they work. The middle takes me forever to get through it seems, but eventually everything clicks into place and the last 75 pages or so just flies.

 

I'm also one of those writers who edit as she goes. If something changes in the story as I'm writing, I immediately go back and fix it earlier. It makes for an easier editing job once the final first draft is done.

 

What advice has been the most helpful to you in your career?

Honestly? Write. Write, write, write. And read. The more I write, the faster the story comes and the words flow. Whoever said writing is like a muscle is absolutely right. When I haven't written for a while, it's difficult to get into the swing of things again.

The other piece of advice is to always keep the internal conflict in mind for whichever character's POV I'm in. Whether they say something, do something, or think something, the conflict has to be on the page, otherwise the reader won't know why to cheer them on.

 

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I would have loved to have gone to cooking or baking school.

 

Do you read reviews? How do you celebrate the good, get over the bad?

Alas, I do. I've learned to embrace the bad ones as a badge of honor, but it's tough to hear almost cruel criticism of your work. I have a one star review for one of my books and it was my first bad review (from a reader, anyway), but when I read the whole review I realized she'd read the whole book, so, in the end, I won. :) I don't celebrate the good ones and I try not to bemoan the bad ones. Not everyone is going to love everything I write. It's just the way it is.

What type of scene do you find hardest to write? Scary, funny, romantic, sad?

No contest: I have the worst time writing love/sex scenes, LOL. It might be why I like writing sweet romance so much, but when I finally lock in on what the hero and heroine have at stake emotionally by being together, that usually makes it easier.

What is one subject you’d never write about as an author?

If you'd asked me a few months ago I probably would have said writing about a hero or heroine who had lost a child, but given I recently sold a book that will deal specifically with that subject, can't say that anymore. Probably something having to do with injuring animals. I tend to go for as much happy life as possible...the conflict will just have to suffice.

What is one career goal you’ve yet to achieve that you are striving for?

I want to be writing single title print books. I've come close, and written single title books that were released digitally, but...yeah. That's still the dream!

 

Moving on to the Fun Questions:

Do you have a recurring nightmare?

I used to have one when I was growing up, about ants carrying my family away from the house. Giant, people sized ants. *shudder* I hate ants.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I have a small scar across the bridge of my nose from when I was about a year old. Apparently I fell and hit my face on the edge of a toy chest.

Do you have any tattoos? Where & What?

Not yet, but I'm planning to get one soon! I'm hoping it'll be a thistle (in honor of my Scottish heritage) with a few symbols from my favorite TV shows thrown in.


 

Ready for the Lightning Round of ‘Have You Ever?’

Definitely!

Grab your coffee and take a sip if you have done any of these things. 

Have You Ever…

-Written naked? No sip

-Gotten arrested? No sip

-Gotten into a bar fight? No sip

-Lied on a resume? No sip

-Pee’d in public? No sip

-Called in sick to work when you weren’t sick? Sip

-Had a crush on a friend or co-worker? Sip

-Lied about your age? No sip

-Taken candy from a baby? No sip

-Snuck in contraband snacks to a movie? Gulp

 

That’s it!! You survived Coffee Time With Jen!

Thank you for being a guest author!



Coffee Time with Jen featuring Dana Volney!

Posted on 17 November, 2016 at 9:45 Comments comments (0)

A big warm welcome to Dana Volney!! Welcome to Coffee Time with Jen:)


What does your writing process look like? A little chaotic I start by deciding which type of story I’m going with to next: holiday, contemporary, suspense. Then jot down notes in a book (or on sticky notes, random to-do lists, or on my phone) for a couple of days while a plot brews. Eventually I fill out character worksheets and form an actual plot (timelines, arcs, ideas on ending) on a long sheet of paper. After that I basically try to write at every opportunity and get the first draft done so I can get to the fun part of editing and polishing the characters and story!

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? A baker! I have a serious sweet tooth and would like to learn the craft of baking a whole lot more (I just ordered “The Dollop Book of Frosting” by Heather Saffer to bake my way through—wish me luck!). I’d open a bakery and work on serving different, delicious treats you don’t hear of every day!

Do you read reviews? How do you celebrate the good, get over the bad? I’ve gotten a lot better (less obsessive) about reading reviews—I usually just look at the total number now. I will skim the newest ones, and if they look positive then I’ll take a peek. We all need a little boost now and then and reviews can certainly keep me going on days where writing isn’t coming as easily! The bad reviews can actually be helpful, too—that’s how I like to think of them anyway . If there is a pattern then I take that as constructive criticism and try to better that particular weakness in my current manuscript.

What is the best marketing strategy you’ve ever tried? Participating on blog and Facebook parties—like actually having conversations with other authors and readers. I love to be social and don’t just post and walk away when I join those parties. This seems to be the best way to meet awesome people and readers who actually want to keep in touch through social media or my newsletter.

What type of scene do you find hardest to write? Scary, funny, romantic, sad? I like the humor in my stories to be organic, so I don’t put pressure on myself to make dialogue funny. However, there needs to be romance in a romance story, so, sometimes it’s a challenge to make sure to get the right amount of romance in a novel so that it’s not cheesy, but real, and there’s enough to make sure the couple falls in love organically. The story needs to always feel real, have the right pace and flow, and stay true to the characters—nailing that mix can be the hardest.

What is one subject you’d never write about as an author? I’m still new in my career and exploring all types of stories and scenes. So, I’m not sure I can say “never” to anything at this point.

What is one career goal you’ve yet to achieve that you are striving for? I have big ultimate goals like being on best sellers lists, as I’m sure all authors do, and a couple achievements that are steps to get there that I think about a lot. Right now I’ve got my eyes set on cracking the Amazon Top 100 list (which I’ve done bundled with other authors but not solely) in any of my categories—that drives most of my marketing decisions at this point.

Do you have any scars? What are they from? I do have a scar on my stomach from having my appendix removed as a child. It’s not one of those neat little scars that people have nowadays because my surgery was done years ago before laparoscopy. So, it’s pretty prevalent on my lower right side.

Do you have any tattoos? Where & What? I don’t, not yet! I think about getting one a lot—especially when my sister and I watch shows like Master Ink—but I haven’t found anything that means that much to me yet to go through the pain. Then there’s the question of where to put it – wrist? ribs (apparently this is super painful!)? foot? If one of my author goals is accomplished I do have a couple ideas in mind!

 

Ready for the Lightning Round of ‘Have You Ever?’

YES!

-Grab your coffee and take a sip if you have done any of these things. 

Have You Ever…

-Written naked? Sip

-Gotten arrested? No Sip

-Gotten into a bar fight? No Sip

-Lied on a resume? No Sip

-Pee’d in public? No Sip

-Called in sick to work when you weren’t sick? Sip

-Had a crush on a friend or co-worker? Sip

-Lied about your age? No Sip

-Taken candy from a baby? Sip

-Snuck in contraband snacks to a movie? Sip

 

That’s it!! You survived Coffee Time With Jen!

Thank you for being a guest author!

 

Silver Morgenstern had her entire life figured out—be a surgeon. That’s all she ever wanted. When her dreams are cut short with one flick of the wrist, she moves back home, and takes on an administrative role at the local hospital. Dealing with paperwork is nothing compared to saving lives.

Fisher Tibbs successfully started and has operated Combat Children’s Hunger for the last five years. Giving back to children has always been important to him especially after losing his own child at a young age. He’d love to see it through, but instead he’s planning a future for CCH without him.

When patient Fisher Tibbs’s paperwork comes across Silver’s desk, wishing to no longer be on the heart transplant list, she gets sucked into the moment—deciding to convince him life is worth the fight. With the focus of saving his heart, she never expected him to save her own. Time has always been an enemy for Fisher, though, and this holiday season is no different. Love might be too late.

 




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