Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
My dreams of becoming a writer started in the ninth grade thanks to a dynamic English teacher. That year I actually reported on freelance writing for my career project. However, I didn’t seriously pursue my dream until after a life threatening illness in 1988.
My ninth grade English teacher was the catalyst for my writing journey as well. What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Actually, the inspiration for Tangled Memories was personal. At a state fair, a palm reader read my palm and told me I knew my ex-husband in a past life. That got me thinking “what if?” The “birth” scene is a partial description of my “life threatening illness” mentioned earlier.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I’d say they are from my imagination, but my heroines are probably a lot like me—or how I’d like to be if I had the time, money and courage to behave like they do.
That's one aspect of writing that I love...to create interesting characters. What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
When I wrote Kentucky Cowboy, I took several trips to Professional Bull Rider events to watch the cowboys.
Sounds like some fun research. Where do you go to do your research?
The most research I’ve ever done for a novel is for my medieval My Lord Raven. I have hundreds of medieval history books. For my contemporaries, I research as needed. For my Ladies of Legend novellas, A Groovy Christmas (set in 1968) and Not Quite Christmas (1969) I used the Internet to jog memory from my high school years.
Research is so vital to creating a believable novel. So who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
My favorite book is Katherine by Anya Seton. I’ve recently discovered Philippa Gregory and her first-person books about historical figures. I have read The White Queen and The Red Queen, who was in real life the descendent of Katherine in Anya Seton’s book.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
I sold my first book to Kensington for their Precious Gems line in 1998. This was 10 years after I started to write romance. During that time I was a single parent raising two children. About 2007, I contracted with a brand new e-publisher, Resplendence Publishing. They were jumping on the e-book band wagon before many other publishers started. The books are in various e-book formats and later print on demand. I also write for Turquoise Morning Press, a new publisher. I’d say the journey to publication is changing with the advent of e-publishing. And it is easy now to self-publish. I wonder how that will change everything for everyone.
I agree. It definitely is a different publishing world now, even since when my first book got published in 2004 and from all the "mail-in" submissions with SASE's that I was sending in many years before. It's easier to break into the publishing industry now, but I hope that with the advent of the eBook and even with self-publishing that authors continue to pay attention to quality editing (myself included).
Jan, thank you so much for stopping by today for an interview. Can you share your book cover with us and tell us about Tangled Memories?
I contracted it in 1999 for a very early e-publisher. At the end of that contract, Tangled Memories went to ImaJinn Books for a few years. There it was given a 4 Star Review at Romantic Times Magazine. Not one to let a good book die, I contracted with another e-publisher after that contract. And now Tangled Memories is being re-printed by Turquoise Morning Press in August.
The beauty of an e-book is that it doesn’t go out of print!
What people have said about Tangled Memories:
“Lush, vivid writing. Tone, style and voice are all original and quite wonderful. The mood is nicely maintained, with just enough brooding suspense and Gothic overtones. Reminiscent of Mary Stewart.” Author Patricia Kay
“If you liked ‘Rebecca’ or ‘Jane Eyre,’ you are going to love this story.” Becci Davis, reviewer
I don’t have a buy link yet, but here is the publisher’s site. http://www.turquoisemorningpress.com
Love, love, love the book cover! Thanks for sharing about Tangled Memories and I'm glad it's still available for readers.