Jen: Today we welcome Jennifer Faye to Romancing the Book. Jennifer, will you share a short bio with us?
Jennifer: Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming romances. Step into the pages of exciting destinations with rugged cowboys, sexy tycoons & enchanting royalty. Jennifer has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats.
Jennifer loves to hear from readers—you can contact her via her website.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jennifer: My newest release is BEST MAN FOR THE BRIDESMAID.
Always the bridesmaid…
Planning her sister’s Italian wedding only reminds Jules Lane of how far away she is from finding her own true love. And worse, she’s doing it alongside the brooding, mouthwateringly handsome best man, Stefano DeFiore.
Having seen the destructive power of love, Stefano has no time for weddings—but Jules’s smile is captivating. Making her feel like the most beautiful woman in the world is one thing, but can he give this blushing bridesmaid a happily-ever-after of her own?
The story idea originated while writing the first book in the duet ~ THE PLAYBOY OF ROME, The DeFiore Brothers. Jules carries scars with her both inside and out. Stefano also has his own emotional scars. Together they help each other to heal, but that’s all I can tell you without ruining the story. 😉
Jen: What what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Jennifer: I’ve been enthralled with books as far back as I can remember. Dr. Seuss showed me how fun words can be. And in elementary school, I passed short stories around the lunch table. It took me a while to take my writing seriously but eventually I realized that I wanted to be a professional writer.
My Call Story is rather long and involved but I’ll try to give you the condensed version. I’d finalled in Harlequin’s SYTYCW competition twice. While having both SYTYCW manuscripts under editorial consideration, I also submitted a manuscript via the Harlequin Romance Fast Track. And yes, all three manuscripts were aimed at the same line- Harlequin Romance.
And then one morning out of the blue, I got an email from the editor I’d been working with for months. She wanted to know if it’d be a good time to call. Oh my goodness!!! *cue fluttering heart* What could this mean? Was it the call? *cue denial* Did she want to talk about all of my submissions and how we would proceed? That must be it. Because I never heard of an editor calling to say that someone was a terrible writer and they should find a different profession. At least I was hoping she wouldn’t say that. LOL. Okay so I was a little nervous and having the craziest thoughts. Then I realized I hadn’t emailed her back. *cue rapid keystrokes*
On Thursday, October 18th @ 8:30a.m. EST my phone rang and my palms grew moist. I answered and all I could hear was static. Heavy static. Then like someone was shouting over the ocean I heard the faintest British accent. The editor got out enough for me to understand she’d try calling back.
*cue next phone ring / pounding heart* This time the line was clear and she wanted to buy my Fast Track submission. SQUEE!!!!!! It was published as RANCHER TO THE RESCUE.
P.S. my original SYTYCW manuscript also sold, SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER. 🙂
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Jennifer: I started off as a panster, but I soon realized that it was taking me too long to do rewrites when my writing had led me down a dead-end street. There had to be a better way. A faster way.
So I started taking online classes. Finally I latched onto a plotting method that clicked with my brain. I then started writing a synopsis before ever tackling the book. I now submit a detailed synopsis to my editor and have her point out anything that doesn’t work for her. It is sooo much easier to revise a synopsis versus revising a book. 😉
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Jennifer: Fun, Quirky, Heartwarming
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Jennifer: I am always writing down notes. There’s no way I can hang onto the snippets of ideas. They are like fleeting rainbows. And if I don’t record them, poof, they’re gone.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Jennifer: Oh my, there have been so many. But the one thing that has truly touched me is the reader mail. The readers have been so kind and generous. I really appreciate them and their notes. They are what make this so worthwhile. 🙂
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jennifer: Coming in May is A MOMENT TO DANCE (A Whistle Stop Romance, book 2).
A MOMENT TO DANCE revisits the Southwest town of Whistle Stop where attraction unfolds between Ella, an elementary school teacher hiding deep scars from her past while trying to start over, and Tony, a rancher and firefighter also struggling with a new role, as guardian to his young, orphaned nephew. Ella and Tony’s journey is tender, touching and magical as they help one another, and learn to trust and love again.