I married my high school sweetheart over twenty-two years ago. Yes, I still like him as well as love him. We have three kids, two boys and a girl. She rules the roost, of course. I'm a complete chocolate addict. Seriously, I eat it with every meal. Cookies are a breakfast food. I love to garden. I find spending quiet time in the garden, digging in the dirt, clipping flowers, and planting allows my mind to create. I find myself plotting stories and thinking about my characters and who they are. By the time I come in, I can't wait to get to the keyboard again.
It wasn't just one who, but many. I love to read. I used to devour books - eight to ten a week. I loved romance and falling into the stories, hoping for the hero and heroine to get together, despite the odds against them. Of course, they always did, but the journey is what I loved most. Soon, I realized that all those times I went to bed without finishing a book and spent the whole night thinking about how I'd end it had only been practice for me to write my own, unique story. The first book I wrote - Saved by the Rancher - finally got published after many years of trying to get an agent and sell the book. It became a NY Times bestseller last November. Such a wonderful achievement. More than I could have ever hoped for, but it's thanks to those inspirational writers, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Judith McNaught, and Julie Garwood, to name a few, who made me think if they could do it, so could I.
Depends on the book and plot. I watch a lot of crime TV shows. Hannibal, CSI, Criminal Minds, the Blacklist. I love those intricate plots with a psychological twist. I'm writing a book right now about a woman who has a meth addicted father who goes on a binge and has a psychotic break. Since I've never used meth, or know anyone who has, I had to rely on several drug prevention websites for information. My next series is set in Montana (The Montana Men). The first book begins in January, so I did a lot of research into the weather. How much snow do they get in that month. What is the average temperature. Even the time of sunset. The days are very short that time of year. In Falling for Owen, I wanted to set up a scene where they record a phone call to set someone up. Turns out Colorado has some very strict laws against that, so I had to change the scene. After all, Owen is a lawyer and has to play by the book even if the villain doesn't.
Such as an office, a spare room, the dining room table, your couch? I have a very large open kitchen with a breakfast nook and a small living room. I sometimes sit at the kitchen table, but most of the time you'll find me in the living room in my favorite chair, my laptop on a TV table, and a movie I've seen a million times on the TV. I have a hard time working in complete quiet. I don't really watch the movie, it's more like white noise. I think I've seen Sherlock Holmes about a thousand times.
I write romantic suspense and am drawn to that genre, but sometimes I need a break. I love to read historical romances. It's a complete escape. I fall into the story and another time. Some of my favorite historical authors: Sabrina Jefferies, Hannah Howell, Monica McCarty, and Stephanie Laurens.
I've got a laptop with a wireless keyboard and mouse, so I sit in my chair with the keyboard in my lap and type away. I do not plot. In most cases, before I start a new book I've got the opening scene and that is it. Half the time, I don't even have the characters names. Naming them sometimes takes longer than the opening chapter. I also consider myself a binge writer. I can work for hours over the weekend and write anywhere from 10k to 20k words in two days.
Like I said, you'll probably find me in the garden, though it's looking a little bear, since I've been on one deadline after another for the past year. I love TV. I'm not afraid to admit that. Sometimes I'll binge watch all the episodes of the TV shows I DVR because I'm too busy writing.
Ocean beach or lakefront. No plans, just time to sit and relax. Good food I don't have to cook. My husband and I relaxing, having fun, and sharing some laughs.
Jennifer, thanks so much for visiting us today. Your book sounds great and I love the cover and this recipe sounds great too, I can't wait to try it !!!