Thursday, February 14, 2013

Author Spotlight - Jennifer Shirk


The Minxes have two special Valentine's treats for you:
  • Our Minxy anthology Blaze is available for free on Amazon from today until 16th February, so if you haven't already, grab your copy today.
  • Today's spotlight author is giving away a copy of her latest release to one lucky commenter, so read on and get commenting!

Jennifer Shirk is from New Jersey in the US. She has been published by Samhain Publishing, Amazon's Montlake Romance imprint, and most recently by Entangled Publishing. Way to go, Jennifer!

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I'm a pharmacist, turned stay-at-home mom turned author. I'm married and have one child, four hermit crabs and now one guinea pig.

What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th?(Nora only!)
Maybe someday I'll write as many as Nora. LOL This is only number #5 for me.

Everyone who writes knows it's not easy - what methods do you use to keep at it on days when it would be so much easier to go shoe shopping?
Deadlines, plus it really does help your other books if you keep writing new ones. So that keeps me going.

What is your top promo tip for other authors?
Top promo tip? Hmm...honestly, I'm learning the best promo is to write a really good book, otherwise, it doesn't matter how much you tweet or blog, it still won't sell.

How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing?
I tend to work best in the mornings so that's when I make time to write. Then the afternoons I can do errands or take care of the house.

Do you write every day?
I TRY to write every day. But it doesn't always happen. Lately, I'm on blog tour and all my writing time has been used for interviews and blog posts!

Is there a book you haven't written yet that you're dying to? What genre?
YES. I am dying to write a YA. I will. I even have a premise and partial outline. Someday....

Keeping fit: Do you have an exercise regime to counterbalance all those hours sitting at a computer?
Yes, I run and do spin classes, and right now I'm redoing the P90x workout regime. That's about an hour 6 days a week, but I LOVE it.

What was the most fun part of writing this book?
I had a great time using my humour. I kind of wrote this book with the thinking that this book was for ME and I was just going to have fun with it no matter what happened.

Could you be friends with any of your heroines?
YES! But especially Phoebe in A Little Bit Cupid. She's just so fun--like a Sandra Bullock character.

Writing snacks – what are your favourites?
I try to stay pretty healthy when writing, but I do enjoy a Tootsie Pop or a Blow Pop when I'm writing just for something sweet to suck on. I love a hot cup of tea when I'm writing too now that it's cold out.

Thanks so much for having me!!

A LITTLE BIT CUPID is now available for 99cents at Amazon and B&N!

Finding love should be easy, but wedding photographer Phoebe Ward knows better. When Cupid shows up on a crazy mission to help her —and save the world in the process—Phoebe realizes love might be even more complicated than she thought. Even with Cupid showing her Mr. Right , she can’t stop thinking about his best friend, Mr. Wrong.

Cal Crawford has never had time for love, but now he’s falling for Phoebe. Which means it’s got to be just plain wrong to set her up with his best friend, right? But even though seeing Phoebe with someone else will break his heart, he can’t walk away from her.

Phoebe can’t afford to choose the wrong guy with the fate of the world at stake. But maybe Cupid has it wrong. Maybe she has to rely just a little bit on Cupid, and a whole lot more on her heart.

A Little Bit of Cupid is available on Amazon, Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble.

You can find Jennifer on her website, her blog, on Twitter, on Facebook and on Goodreads.


Jennifer Shirk said...

Thanks so MUCH for having me!!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, I just wanted to add, there is a FACEBOOK VALENTINE's DAY PARTY tonight!
I'm hosting a party with author Stephanie Monahan, the author of 33 Valentines.

8pm – 10pm EST. TONIGHT at the Entangled Edge Facebook Page.

Prizes: Entangled Edge is giving away a Philosophy Valentines Bath Set!

I'm giving away an Amazon GC and an adorable Valentine's Day coffee (or tea) mug!
And I don't know what Stephanie is giving away. But we're doing two giveaways an hour.

So...if you happen to be online then or around a computer, pop in and say hi.


Ruchi Vasudeva said...

Thanks so much for the gifts, Minxes! Can't wait to read both. Congrats Jennifer, love the premise, wish you huge sales! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Mornings are devoted to my to-do list, which means the writing tends to get pushed to the end. You're smart to do it first thing in the day.

Caroline said...

Great blog. I like writing in the mornings and then late at night! Strange, but it works for me! Good luck with your book - I love the cover! Caroline x

Sally Clements said...

Thanks so much for being minxy today, Jennifer! I love the sound of your book, and the cover is sooooo cute!

Sutton Fox said...

If you haven't read Jennifer's story, you're missing out on a fun time! It's fab. I loved it.

Thanks, Minxes for the Blaze. That's going to be my weekend treat!