Jenna: Sure, I started writing full-time in 1999 when my husband said, “you’re only happy when you’re writing, why don’t you just do that.” I write historical romance as Jenna Petersen, erotic romance as Jess Michaels and zombie comedy (not romance, but more funny urban fantasy) as Jesse Petersen.
Jen: Tell us about A Scoundrel’s Surrender and where is can be purchased.
Jenna: A Scoundrel’s Surrender is the third and final book in my “Billingham Bastards” series for Avon Books. The series is about three men who discover they aren’t who they think they are and also find love in the process. In SCOUNDREL, Caleb Talbot found out that he wasn’t his father’s son and went on a bender to forget, leaving behind his family and the one woman he’d ever felt anything for, Marah Farnsworth. Now that the man who raised him is dying, he has to come home and face everything he tried to escape, including Marah. If any of you have read my 2008 release, LESSONS FROM A COURTESAN, Caleb and Marah are secondary characters in that book, though that book is not part of the Billingham series.
Jenna: I have been writing as long as I can remember, but I was first published in 2004 in a novella collection from Red Sage Publishing called SECRETS, Volume 11. In September of that same year, my literary agent called me to tell me I’d sold two books to Avon and I wrote erotic romance and historical romance for them for the next 7 years and 15 books. Now I’ve branched out into independent publishing.
Jenna: Sensual. Emotional. Dark.
Jenna: I tend to fling myself from the bed/shower/car where I get many ideas and scribble them down in such a messy fashion that I later can’t read them.
Jenna: It’s really all about telling the stories that I’m passionate about. That’s one of the things I love most about indie publishing is that I can guide my writing much more by what idea is really ringing my bell at the time, versus what story is contracted (though I loved every book I wrote with traditional publishers).
Jenna: I love historical romance and I’m really loving the zombie stories, too. I don’t think there’ s a clear “I’d never write that” genre. If I had an idea and felt I had the skill and drive to carry it through, I’d try it.
Jenna: My editors have always been really good about not changing my voice or my vision too much. Certainly I’ve taken all their suggestions to heart and I don’t think I’ve ever made a change that wasn’t spot on correct.
Jenna: I really do like Sarah, my lead character from my zombie book, MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES. She’s very modern and snarky and sort of a geek, so she’s likely most like me. As for my romances, I think I love Ana from DESIRE NEVER DIES most just because she has such a strong emotional journey.
Jenna: My husband who continues to support me in my career, my literary agent who I adore, my parents who introduced me to a love of reading, LM Montgomery who made me feel like I had friends in her books, and Lisa Kleypas who writes the sexy really well.
Jenna: I’ve been very lucky to have wonderful supportive comments from readers. I especially love comments where I’ve made someone happy during an unhappy time, even for a few short hours. That makes everything worth while.
Jenna: Well, after A SCOUNDREL’S SURRENDER I’m publishing entirely independently (at least for the foreseeable future). I already have a couple of independent titles available: ROGUE FOR A NIGHT and ALMOST A SPINSTER and in September I’ll be releasing THE SECRETS OF A LADY. They range in price from .99 – 2.99 and are available on Kindle and Nook readers (and on all their other applications for reading). I intend to publish a new book in October, November and December, too and hopefully at least three historical romances next year. I hope readers will enjoy the stories and the lower price point!
Jenna: My website is http://www.jennapetersen.com where you can find out all the latest news and sign up for my newsletter. On Twitter I’m @jennaromance and on Facebook I’m at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Petersen/88464562894?ref=ts I’m very active online and try to respond to everything I can.
Jenna: Just hoping they’ll continue supporting me in my writing in the future and enjoy the stories to come!
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