Welcome, Jenna. Thank you so much for visiting with me today. To start, tell us about your writing journey, how long have you been published, how many books and in what genres.
I have been writing for almost six years now. I was fortunate enough to be published early on (in a small way) after only two years of writing with a short historical romance. Then I had the opportunity to publish two erotic contemporaries and finally my first full length romance novel, Only Scandal Will Do. At the moment I have a total of eight (8) book published. Three are contemporary romances and four are historical romances. The eighth one is a compilation of short Christmas stories, both contemporary and historical.
And what do you like best about being an author?
The thing I like the best about being an author is being able to create something that transports people from their normal lives into another place and time. I do this in the theatre when I direct, but with a very limited number of people. As an author I have the potential to reach thousands of people with my books. That is truly exciting
And I have to say you are very good at it. Are there any similarities between you and any of your characters? Or are there any characters you particularly relate to?
There are a couple of my heroines who have characteristics very similar to me. Katarina, in Only Scandal Will Do, is actually sort of my alter ego. As I wrote her, I began to live vicariously through her, because she did all the things I would never have had the guts to do, such as fighting back against her attacker in every way possible. I also wrote her as an excellent swordswoman because while I did fence for about a year a very long time ago, I was never very good. So I endowed Kat with the ability to think on her feet and plan strategy effortlessly—something I could never do with a sword in my hand.
And Lady Alyse de Coursey, in Time Enough to Love, like me, does not like to be in the limelight and have herself be made a spectacle of. I hate standing up before crowds—not a good thing when one teaches class every day.
That’s very true. As a teacher you are always on! Since you are a teacher how much time are you able to spend on your writing every week? And what else, if anything, do you find time to do?
My writing time is tied intimately to the season. During summer, when school is out, I write constantly or at least write and promote constantly. When school starts I have to fit the writing in when I can. I either stay up late to write or get up early to write. When I’m not writing, I’m usually in the theatre, where my favorite form of exercise is stage combat. I was a fencer during my senior year in high school and I still love it when I direct a show that has swordplay in it. I directed Romeo and Juliet last spring and had four glorious fights choreographed for me. Love it!
And is there anything you’d like to share with the readers, something you’d like them to know
I hope my readers will not be shy, but write comments and ask questions, both here today and on my blog. I love answering comments and there’s usually no question or comment that I won’t address. I’m particularly keen to know which time period my readers prefer for me to write in, as I’m coming to a crossroads in a very short time. My next project can be either medieval, Georgian, or Regency—which do you think I should start next?
Hmm, very good question. Thank you so much for being here. I’ve enjoyed our little talk.
Now a little about her latest paperback which is a medieval, Time Enough to Love.
TIME ENOUGH TO LOVE
Lady Alyse de Courcy is in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a reputed connoisseur of women. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed. But when Sir Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, she finds herself succumbing to his seductive ways.
After a night of passion with Geoffrey, Alyse is eagerly looking forward to her wedding. But when Geoffrey is forced to marry another, a heartbroken and possibly pregnant Alyse finds herself in her own private hell. She must either gamble with her reputation or marry someone she does not love. As Geoffrey’s best friend, Thomas has sworn to serve and protect Alyse, an oath now sorely tested when he agrees to marry her—in name only—to guard her reputation. Yet, as they grow closer, they discover a passion between them they cannot deny.
All three set out in the princess’s entourage and upon their arrival in France, Alyse’s love and desire for Geoffrey reemerges as strong as when they first met. Tormented by this revelation, Alyse is bitterly torn between the love of her life and her love for her husband.
Into this agonizing situation, the disaster of the Black Death rears its head, decimating the princess’s retinue and threatening all their lives. Alyse, Thomas and Geoffrey must try to save the princess from the ravening disease but at a dire cost to themselves. With her world plunged into chaos, Alyse struggles with her feelings for both of the men she loves. But which love will survive?
When Lady Alyse de Courcy is betrothed to Sir Geoffrey Longford, sight unseen, she has no choice but to make the best of a bad bargain. The hulking knight is far from her ideal man, and although he does possess some wit and charm, they are no match for the sinfully sensual man she secretly admires, Thomas, Earl of Braeton. Who happens to be Sir Geoffrey’s best friend. But at the court of King Edward III, secrets have an unfortunate habit of revealing themselves.
Sir Geoffrey, one of the king’s strongest and most skillful knights, finds himself smitten by Lady Alyse from the first, and vows to win her love, despite her infatuation for his friend. So when Geoffrey puts his mind to wooing Alyse, she begins to succumb to his seductive ways. There is, however, always the shadow of her regard for Thomas.