Interview & Contest: Jennifer Probst

Jen:  Today we are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Probst to Romancing the Book. As some of you may already know, Jennifer has been enjoying her time on the USA Today Bestseller List for the last two week with The Marriage Bargain!

Jennifer: A big thank you to Romancing the Book for allowing me to visit today!

Jen: Please share a short bio with us. Where can you be found online?

Jennifer: Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons, one 4 and one 6, keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

Her publications with Red Sage include “Masquerade” Secrets Volume 11, The Tantric Principle, and Sex, Lies and Contracts. Her 1NightStand series include Catch Me and Play Me in The Steele Brothers series with Decadent, and her USA Today Bestseller, The Marriage Bargain, from the Indulgence line at Entangled. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story about a shelter dog, “A Life Worth Living.” All of her books are available at her website or Amazon.

I highly encourage stalking at all times! You can find me at the following:

Website and Blog: http://www.jenniferprobst.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2965489.Jennifer_Probst?origin=
Author Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/jenniferprobst.authorpage
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jenniferprobst

Jen: Tell us about The Marriage Bargain.

Jennifer: But of course! It’s fun, sexy, with lots of heart. At least, that was my intent! This is the first in a series of Marriage to a Billionaire books with Entangled. You’ll meet Alexa who is an open hearted, free spirited soul desperate to save her family home. She has a past with Nick – he was her best friend’s brother and they grew up together – and he was also the first one to break her heart. Flash forward years later, and he needs a wife in order to save his architectural firm. Problem is, Nick doesn’t believe in love. He doesn’t believe in anything. They set up a marriage of convenience with firm rules in play. When they’re forced together on a daily basis, slowly you see Nick become unraveled as Alexa teaches him about love. But it’s a long road, filled with tons of snappy dialogue and sexual tension, and real life obstacles. I had so much fun writing this book and the characters haunted me for months afterward, making it extremely hard to write anything else!

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?

Jennifer: I’m a pantser all the way! Synopsis and outlines used to terrify me, but I’ve found a way to work with them in order to actually manage a three book contract –lol! I have a rough idea where I’m going, I know my characters, and then I show up at the page and hope they guide me through it!

Jen: How do you come up with character’s names?

Jennifer: I love naming a character – it’s a special process for me. I have an idea what type of person the character is, and then I scour the Internet on all the baby naming sites, looking for both history and the right feel for my character.

Jen: Who has influenced your writing?

Jennifer: All the greats. Romance writers who are my yodas to my young jedi training! Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Sandra Brown, Iris Johansen, Jill Shalvis, Carly Phillips, Emily Giffin, listen, I can go on and on for hours so I will stop. And I always mention Stephen King and Dean Koontz because I buy their books on name alone. Oh, and Lisa Gardner and Tammy Hoag blow me away too!

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?

Jennifer: Ummm, see the list above! Honestly, I am ripping through all the Entangled books right now because they are SO good. I also discovered some great Harlequin authors such as Wendy S. Marcus and Amy Carson and always on the lookout for their new stuff. Reading a really good one from Cindi Meyers right now and have Diane Alberts next on my list.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Jennifer: So excited to say The Marriage Trap is finished and on to edits! That is the second book in my series and continues with Maggie and Michael’s story from The Marriage Bargain. Then I’ll start on the third in the series and let me readers decide if they want more!

Jen: Do you have anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Jennifer: I would like to thank the readers for taking a chance sometimes on an unknown author, for being such amazing, devoted fans, and for giving writers an audience because that is what we live for. I am honored by the fan mail I receive every day and push myself to write better for them!

Yes, let’s ask this question: What is your favorite author right now and why? Let’s discover some new talented writers out there maybe some people don’t know about!

Contest details:

  • The prize is a download of The Marriage Bargain.
  • The contest is open to everyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, April 4.

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