Jen: Today our guest is Deanna Jewel. Deanna, tell our readers a bit about yourself.
DJ: I live in the Pacific Northwest and have been writing since 1991. I’ve completed one time travel and one historical novel and have several others in the works. Never Surrender, my time travel romance, is available in print, e-book and iBook for download to eReaders and iPads. This novel won an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Quill Awards at Writing.com. My second novel, an historical taking place in England, 1778, was released in April 2010, titled No Turning Back, and is also in print, eBook and iBook for download to your electronic readers. Hard at work on the edits for my next novel, I hope to have that available in mid 2011.
I’m married to a retired captain of the fire department who has also owned his own businesses for 23 years. He has one grandson; we also have two Siamese cats: Zoie and Sinbad. I have two daughters still living back East, and two granddaughters. I’ve enjoyed reading historical romance novels for over thirty years, camping with my family, and traveling. A trip years ago to Dubois, Wyoming, south of Yellowstone, inspired my time-travel novel. The landscape and town locations described in Never Surrender are real. Jon Daley, a professor at Boise State University, translated the Shoshone language that you will find in the book.
My writing goal is to draw the reader into the story to experience what the characters feel, to show both the hero’s and heroine’s points of view, and to take the reader away from their every day stress to a place not yet visited. I hope my novels do that for you.
Jen: Your main character will pull at our heart strings. Tell us about your hero.
DJ: Creating Nathan was a pure pleasure. I gave him attributes that I like in men and he respects women like he would respect his mother. I wanted a man who had felt love before; one who would know what and who he was looking for when he found her. Nathan already knew the qualities he wanted in his woman that would make his heart skip each time he glanced at her or held her in his arms. He wanted a woman to spend the rest of his life with, to watch his children grow up with, and to fall deeper in love with as each day passed. Ok, that’s plenty……he just gets me carried away! I hope the readers will fall in love with him too!
Jen: What is the most profound discovery you’ve made in terms of your writing and how it has
touched the lives of others?
DJ: When I first started writing, a critique partner said something that made me completely rewrite my book or at least that’s how it seemed but it totally made sense – stay in once character’s point of view for at least an entire scene if not the entire chapter. I had started out head hopping with my characters and having characters ‘see’ things that they actually couldn’t see. Let me restate that…consider a character describing themselves. That doesn’t actually happen unless they are standing in front of a mirror, such as ‘her brown eyes brightened when she saw Tom come into the room’. If you’re in that characters head, they don’t see their own eyes brighten when they see another character. When I read that now in other books it totally pulls me out of the story. That stops my reading, I have to go back and re-read and if you make a reader do that too many times, they’ll just put the book down.
Jen: What do you foresee in your future over the next five years and do you hope to branch out from historical romance into other genres? Can your fans expect a sequel to Never Surrender or No Turning Back in the near future?
DJ: Again, from what I’ve read, the publishers would like you to stick to one genre. I’ve already broken that rule by writing a time travel and an historical romance. My current project is a contemporary so again, I’ve broken the ‘rule’, but what I hear from my inner self is ‘you can do that’ and I’ve done it.
I’ve not started the sequel to Never Surrender but when I do, that will also be a contemporary. For my current project, I didn’t originally plan on the story going in the direction it is, but then again, the characters popped in and took over. The story is about an abandoned lighthouse with a ghost. The ghost is none other than my hero from No Turning Back. That wasn’t planned; it just happened and has grown from there. His ship went down in a storm off the coast of America and Vanessa was with him at the time so they both perished. Only Nathan’s ghost is in the lighthouse and his job is to bring together his reincarnated counterparts, who are the hero and heroine of the new story. That’s all I’m saying about it but I’ve had many questions from the readers as well as those who are glad I’m doing a contemporary. I can’t say exactly what genre I write in since now I’ve done all three! I’ll keep writing and staying in contact with readers. My website has several links to place I can be found online and I also have sample chapters out there, check my BookBuzzr link!
Jen: Where can people go to get more information about you and your book?
DJ: Here are my site links:
My Main Website: http://deannajewel.com
My Blog: http://deannajewel.blogspot.com
FB Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=371589027638
(I will be having a drawing once I hit 500 and 1000 fans on this page. Don’t miss out!)
I have more site links on my main website and Blog that I invite your readers to check out! I also have several other contests going on if they go to my contest pages.
Jen: Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
DJ: I’m going to give away a signed copy of No Turning Back to one lucky commenter! From those who leave a comment or question (and leave their email address), I’ll pull a name on TUESDAY December 21 for the WINNER!
Thank you so much for having me here today ladies!