A few years ago, as The Hubby and I were trudging through our local Air Force Base Exchange, I did what I always do: Stopped at the small collection of books sandwiched between boy magazines and electronics. There, amidst the newest Harlequin releases and vampire romances, sat a beautifully bound historical by the name of A Hint of Wicked. It's author? Then-Newcomer Jennifer Haymore. I picked it up--the cover girl in the fabulous red dress whispered my name, I tell ya--flipped it over, read the blurb, figured, "Why not? Why not take a chance on a new author?"
Boy, am I glad I did.
Today, I am both honored and thrilled to present the marvelously talented JENNIFER HAYMORE and her newest release SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS.
Hello, Jennifer, and welcome! Let's just start off with a writerly question, shall we? For most, a certain book, author, or personal experience (or a combo of all 3) sparked that storyteller’s muse. What or who did that for you?
For the most part, I think it was a combination of experiences. But it might have all started when my family took me sailing across the Pacific. We had some wild, stranger-than-fiction adventures on that trip, and when we got back to the USA a year later, I couldn’t stop writing about it. And that’s when the stories started coming to me.
Speaking of The Muse, what (if any) music inspires you most?
Almost all music inspires me. I have eclectic tastes, from rap to classical. I find inspiration from it all.
You’ve got two new releases under your belt this month, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (the second book in the Donovan series) and the ebook short story/novella entitled Once Upon a Wicked Night, which you’ve described as book 1.5 of the same series. Other than the obvious diverse length between the two, what major difference(s) did you discover when writing a full-length novel, as opposed to the shorter, more concise novella?
They both have their own challenges. Novellas are difficult! You need to stay on track, there’s no wandering allowed. Also, if it’s a romance, you need to condense your hero and heroine’s process of falling in love without making it seemed rushed, which is definitely a challenge. I’ve been writing novels so consistently for some time now, I find novellas extremely difficult to write.
You’ve written a lot of dashing, deliciously masculine heroes. Indulge us for a moment and share your personal favorite, won’t you? And why is he so special to you?
That’d be my husband, (grin), and not because he’d be annoyed if I chose someone else in my answer to this question! Among his many many awesome qualities, including his never-ending patience with me and my quirks, he’s the most loyal person I’ve ever known.
Ever get the urge to write and, ultimately, publish something different? Like, say, a contemporary?
What I secretly pine to write and publish is a young adult novel. Something that kids or teens could really sink their teeth into.
This is a two-parter: Do you ever find yourself discouraged? What advice would you give to young writers out there, still seeking publication?
Sometimes I find myself discouraged. Usually it’s from deadlines & my muse not cooperating, or from heavy edits, or from negative reviews. Sometimes it takes a day or two for me to pick myself back up and move on. This can be a tough business sometimes, but it’s the business I chose, and I always remember that I am blessed to have the ability to share my stories with the world.
To new writers, I always say keep reading and keep writing. Never give up. Everyone in this business has a different path--the challenge is to find the one that is right for you.
Since we readers love a juicy series—getting to know new characters, while revisiting the now-familiar feels like coming home—can you give us a little insight? A sneak peek into what’s next for the Donovans?
The oldest Donovan sisters were twins, and anyone reading the story knows that one of those twins was lost at sea years ago, never to be seen again and presumed drowned.
Well…that’s not exactly true. Captain Langley has a big surprise for him in store with PLEASURES OF A TEMPTED LADY (releases August 1, 2012).
This will be the final book in the Donovan series, and I can’t wait!
Finish this sentence: “One question I wish someone would ask but hasn’t is…”
Hmmm…none! Honestly, I think I’ve been asked them all, lol. J And I love sharing with readers, so if anyone has more questions, here’s my info:
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As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes quiet, sometimes raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she's earned degrees in computer science and education and held various jobs ranging from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she's never stopped writing.
You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.