Jen: We are excited to welcome Jane Porter back to Romancing the Book. Jane, will you share a short bio with us?
Jane: Bestselling novelist Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award four times. Jane’s Flirting With Forty, picked by Redbook as its Red Hot Summer Read, went back for seven printings in six weeks before being made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. September 2012 brought the release of The Good Woman, the first of her Brennan Sisters trilogy, followed in February 2013 by The Good Daughter, and book three is the series, The Good Wife, is slated for release in September of 2013. A mother of three sons, Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. You can learn more about Jane and her novels by visiting www.janeporter.com
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jane: The Good Daughter is book two in the Brennan Sisters series and it’s the story about the middle sister, Kit Brennan. I love this book. Really love it a lot. A Catholic school English teacher, Kit’s always been a selfless person who takes responsibility very seriously and puts the needs of her students first. She always follows the rules, caters to her girlfriends and is there any time a family member needs her to pick up the slack, especially as her mother battles with cancer and elder sister deals with a rocky marriage. Kit’s the mediator among her siblings but as her 40th birthday approaches, she starts to wonder if it’ll ever be her turn to have a family of her own. Then, on an all-girls trip to the family cabin by the sea, Kit meets Jude Knight who is the complete opposite of the type of man she could take home to her family. He makes her pulse race madly and question her lifestyle and yearn for passion. But while her heart may be tempted strongly, how could this tough, motorcycle riding man ever fit into her neat, quiet life?
As for where the idea came from, well, the Brennan Sisters series as a whole came from a string of conversations I had with my brother Rob’s wife, Andrea. They live in San Francisco and her father was a San Francisco firefighter and over the years I got to know her family and every time we talked about them, it stirred my imagination and made me wonder about so many things we go through as women trying to be the glue that holds a family together and be strong and selfless when needed. I realized we all had so much in common, that these situations and emotions are universal and we aren’t the only women to experience that conflict as a mother, wife or sister… or daughter. We women lead such complex, fascinating lives and there are always challenges to overcome. It’s a juggling act and sometimes we sacrifice what we want in order to make our loved ones happy but there are also times when we need to learn to put ourselves first and these are the themes in my Brennan novels, because they’re the themes in so many women’s lives.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Jane: I’m at my desk as soon as I’ve driven my 14 year old to school and then I stay there until 5 or 6 pm, and if I’m on deadline, I will probably write until 8 or 9 pm. I tend to write every day, at least six days a week because I agreed to write a lot of books in the past few years. Last year I wrote more than five books, and that adds up to a lot of words so it keeps me busy. Unless I’m away from home on business or taking time to be with family, mornings tend to be about the business of writing, answering email, taking care of logistics, with me ready to write by eleven or noon. Then the afternoon is devoted to the story—with the goal of writing at least 7-8 pages. I write slower in the beginning of a book, and can reach up to 35-40 pages a day at the end.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Jane: “It’s like you were in my head and you knew just what I was thinking, and how I’ve been feeling.”
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Jane: I read a lot of historical and paranormal romance, as well as adore everything written by the late Georgette Heyer. I also love Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Joanna Bourne and paranormal authors Kresley Cole and JR Ward.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Jane: Probably a combination of Meg and Kit Brennan. As the oldest daughter, and the second oldest in a family with four kids, I was the family caretaker. It was my job to make sure the others were okay, and I took my job very seriously.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Jane: Read, travel, watch movies, go for drives, putter in my garden, cook. By the time a book is finished I hate my desk and computer so I want to do anything and everything that’s not desk related.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jane: Book three of the Brennan Sisters series, The Good Wife, is scheduled for release in September this year so I’m looking forward to that and hopeful that readers will love it as much as they’ve loved and enjoyed the first two books in the series. Now I’m working on a new project set in Montana. It’s going to be a series of books about a rugged ranching family, and the first book in the Shanahan Brothers will be out in December this year.