Jeanette spends her days surrounded by hunky alpha male heroes…at least in her mind. In real life, she’s a one-hero kind of woman. When she’s not chasing her daughter or their lovable-but-stupid Goldendoodle around the house, she’s deep in her own fictional world, building another love story. She and her family recently settled on the outskirts of St. Louis, and they are having fun exploring their new area.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jeanette: The Officer Breaks the Rules is the second book in the Semper Fi series, following Jeremy and Madison’s story. Jeremy is Tim O’Shay’s best friend (from book 1 of the series) and Madison is Tim’s sister. She’s wanted him since forever, and he’s avoided her for just as long. But now they’re stationed together and can’t avoid hanging out.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Jeanette: My writing routine right now consists of carving out as much time as I can during naps or preschool, and after Hubs gets home to spend some quality time with Tot. It’s a mad dash for the words, but mostly I lock myself in the office (literally, lock…toddler curiosity is a killer!) and do my thing until my butt goes numb, it’s too quiet (indicating there’s something wrong) or Hubs knocks and tells me if I don’t come out of there and hang out with him he’s going to bed. LOL
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Jeanette: Eloisa James recently wrote up about my western, Taking the Reins, in her monthly Barnes & Noble column, and let me know she greatly enjoyed the book. Uh, whoa, pardon me while I blink repeatedly in astonishment!
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book? Do you do anything to celebrate a sale, new contract or release?
Jeanette: Mostly, this involves something that means I’m not cooking for the night. Outback cheese fries are my kryptonite. Tell me I have a reason to celebrate, and I’m heading right for the fries and ranch dipping sauce. Oh, and now I’m hungry. Whoops!
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Jeanette: Free time? What is this “free time” of which you speak? Chasing after my 3 year old and full time writing and still attempting to make sure the Hubs knows I’m alive from behind the office door keeps me pretty busy. Oh, and we just moved recently, so I’m still in the process of organizing our new house. But I do love finding lost treasures in thrift stores or Craigslist and repurposing them or refinishing them. Just bought a pair of swivel chairs for a song that I have wonderful plans for…
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jeanette: I just had a release under my other pen name, Kat Murray, with a brand new series, a western romance called Taking the Reins. And then of course, in the summer you’ll see book three of the Semper Fi series, focusing on Dwayne as he comes home from a deployment and finds someone very special waiting for him.