Thursday, July 25, 2013

Author Spotlight - Jennifer Faye

I'm thrilled that today the Minxes welcome the wonderful, hard working and inspirational Jennifer Faye. I *met* Jennifer on the eharlequin boards and  followed her journey to published author with great interest. There are few people who deserve their success more and I know I speak on behalf of all Minxes who wish Jennifer all the very best with her debut (and subsequent!) books. *whispers* #teamsytycw

Jennifer Faye has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden. Jennifer loves to hear from readers--you can contact her via her website.

You can also find her at these other locations:

1. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself

I’m a homebody who doesn’t have enough time to do all of the things she loves to do such as read, cross-stitch, quilt, embroider, and garden. I also love to bake, but that’s on my naughty list as I’m in the process of getting fit or at least trying to. ;-) I’m forever trying to figure out how to make the days longer, but so far I haven’t come up with a solution.

2. What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th?(Nora only!)

RANCHER TO THE RESCUE is my debut! :-D At long last I’ve been able to fulfil a long held dream of mine to be a Harlequin author. My second book, SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER, will be released October 1st. I am currently finishing #3 and I’m looking forward to the next book.

3. 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?

Okay this is a little strange for a writer, but I love numbers. I always have. So when I set off to write a book, I set up a spreadsheet to keep track of my daily word count, my overall written percentage, and the # of words needed to be written daily to finish on a specified date. So I know that if I do go shoe shopping that day instead of writing my daily word count, my required # of daily words is going to climb and each day I’ll have that much more work to do to finish on time. I don’t like to keep piling on the work. It’s easier just to get the writing done first and then do the shoe shopping. Plus it’s a lot more fun to shop when I don’t have that grey cloud of guilt hanging over me.

4.  What is your top promo tip for other authors?

Oh boy, I’d love to know the answer to that question myself. And trust me, I’ve spent the past few months leading up to my debut trying to figure it out. The one nugget of advice I’ve gleaned that everyone seems to agree with is that your next book is your best promo. Keep the books coming and you’ll keep your readers happy. :-)

5.  How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing?

Every day is a little different, but for the most part my mornings are spent doing emails/social media, exercise and household chores. After lunch, I like to settle on the porch with my laptop and write away the afternoon. Of course that only works during the nice weather. When it’s too hot or too cold, I settle inside on the recliner with my laptop and kitty.

Do you write every day? For the most part, yes. I write or do writing related things seven days a week. I’m hoping to one day get caught up and take weekends off. LOL. My husband says he’ll believe it when he sees it. But you never know. Stranger things have happened. ;-)

6.  Is there a book you haven't written yet that you're dying to? What genre?

Oh my goodness. Most definitely. In fact, I have a list about as long as my arm, okay maybe not that long…yet, of story ideas I want to write. Most of them are contemporaries.

7.  Keeping fit: Do you have an exercise regime to counterbalance all those hours sitting at a computer?

Oh yes, definitely. In fact, I have a weekly post on my blog, Hearts & Scribbles, devoted to weight loss/fitness. It’s called Weigh-in Wednesday. It’s my most popular column. And let me tell you the pressure of coming into a public forum each week to tell about my weight loss and whether or not I’ve been keeping up with the program has been a huge help. When I’m staring down a donut that I really want and I know that soon I’ll have to get back on that scale, I have the gumption to walk away. :-)

8.  In what way is being a published writer different to how you thought it would be?

I thought mainly what I’d be doing was writing book after book. Instead I find my time split between social networking / marketing / writing. I was talking with a friend of mine and we likened it to starting up a small business. There’s a lot more involved than just writing the next book. You’ve got to think like a business woman and stay on top of the market to make the best decisions for you.

9.  Could you be friends with any of your heroines?

I definitely could be friends with all of my heroines. They are down to earth people, and the best part is the first two are both great in the kitchen. I could easily envision having tea and cookies in their kitchens while chatting about the men in our lives or the kids. Or just talking about life in general.


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Angela Adams said...

Hi, Jennifer,

I enjoyed reading your interview. Best wishes with "Rancher to the Rescue."

Jennifer Faye said...

Hi, Angela!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging out with me.

Hope you have a great weekend! :-)