Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I’m originally from Baton Rouge, La., so I’m a southern girl. My husband is also from Louisiana, but he’s from Ruston, which is in the northern part of the state. True Blood territory—LOL! I have two little daughters, who are too funny and sweet. My oldest wants to write a book with me, so maybe we’ll do that one day. I would love that! As for traveling adventures, I have not had enough! A few years ago, when we lived closer to my parents, I was able to go with my husband on conference trips. So I’ve gotten to do self-guided tours of Boston, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Las Vegas. By far the most hilarious was the Hoover Dam tour. The scariest was when I got lost. Alone. In Chinatown… Eeep!
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love writing in all genres—wherever the story leads! But I know I need to specialize. At the moment I’m having fun, though. I loved writing my contemporary YA The Truth About Faking—it made me laugh, and I love hearing how happy it makes readers. But I’ve also got a women’s romance Rouge coming out in December that was actually YA at one time. It’s lightly historical, set in a cabaret theater in New Orleans. It’s very dark and lush and awful stuff happens… and I loved getting lost in that world as well. But then I just wrote a light YA science fiction/romance, and I absolutely adored it and the love story. I’m shopping that with agents at the moment, but perhaps I’ll release it sooner, depending on how well TTAF does. So yes, I’m all over the place.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I’m not as much a stickler for genre as I am a good love story. I’m a romance junkie—all subgenres welcome.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I’m kind of old fashioned, I guess, because I think YA really should be clean/sweet. But I love reading the New Adult books that are steamy—Easy springs to mind, Reow! But I know when I was a girl, I did read VC Andrews, but the books I really loved were sweeter. Honestly, it’s where the characters lead. As for whether I write steamy, well, my women’s romance, Rouge that I mentioned before is pretty steamy…
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2012?
I have to write Book 2 in the Rouge series before 2012 ends, so I’ll be pretty tied up with that. Then I have to immediately start on Book 3—those are the terms of my deal with Simon & Schuster. They’re coming out quickly, too, though! Look for those books Dec 12-June-Dec 13. I hope people like those books as well, even though they’re different from TTAF!
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Readers! I LOVE hearing from readers. I feel like I’m just an entertainer when it’s all said and done, and I try my best to tell a good story that readers can escape into—laugh, cry, fuss, sigh, whatever—but ultimately treasure. I absolutely love hearing from readers and making them happy.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
One reader who I didn’t know called The Truth About Faking “a perfect YA novel.” That really made my day.
Please share about your book.
The Truth About Faking is a YA romantic comedy. I say it’s light, but that’s just because it’s funny and Harley starts out pretty naive. It actually has some serious messages in it about judging people, stereotypes, loyalty, and friendship. It’s more a coming of age story, but I think readers will adore Harley and Jason’s relationship and how it grows and changes. It was so much fun to write, and Jason’s just the best guy character. I still have a crush on him.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Harley is actually very much like her mother, who she’s angry with for a big part of the book. She’s stubborn, she has very definite ideas about how people should act and what they should do, and she’s extremely loyal. And her loyalty gets her into some sticky situations—much like her mother’s does. (Was that 5? I’m sorry!)
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
In that YA science fiction-romance I was talking about, the main character Prentiss Puckett is one of my absolute favorite characters. She’s a spunky, tiny, little south Mississippi girl. But she’s so determined and just awesome. Of course, I love all my characters. Harley was just dear to me and made me laugh, and then Hale from Rouge is such a great, heartbreaking girl. I love all my female leads—and my guys. I guess I have to, right?
Thank you so much for having me, Jennifer! I hope you and your readers love TTAF and all of my books!
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