Jen: Today we welcome the fabulous Jaci Burton to Romancing the Book. Jaci, will you share a short bio with us?
Jaci: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jaci Burton lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t writing, she’s typically trying to convince her husband to remodel some room or another in their house. She loves her dogs, sports, casinos and getting lost in a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.
Jen: Please tell us about ALL WOUND UP and where you got the inspiration for this story.
Jaci: ALL WOUND UP continues the story of the Cassidy brothers, and in particular, Tucker Cassidy. The Cassidys are a dynasty of football athletes, starting with their father, a legacy player. Tucker is the only one who plays baseball, because he fell in love with the sport when he was a kid. He meets Aubry Ross in the wine cellar of her father’s home, and her father just happens to be the owner of his baseball team. It’s a very interesting first meet, and their subsequent meetings after that are what progress their relationship from accidental meetings into a full blown, hot and sexy romance.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing? Tell us the story of your “first call” when an editor wanted to publish your book.
Jaci: I’ve written since I was very young. I used to write fan fiction and poetry when I was a teen, but never wrote a book until I was older. My first book sold to an epublisher and that first call was the most exciting thing ever. There’s nothing more thrilling than finding out you’re going have your book published.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Jaci: My heroine, Aubry, is a doctor in the third year of her residency in emergency medicine, so a lot of research went into what kind of work she’s doing and where she’d be at this point in her career. My hero, Tucker, is a pitcher with a wicked curve ball. It was so much fun researching the curve!
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Jaci: So many amazing authors have influenced me. I’ve been reading romance for many years, starting with Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers where I fell in love with historical romance, and went on to Johanna Lindsey and then Elizabeth Lowell and Jude Deveraux and Julie Garwood. There’s Nora Roberts, of course, who I think is a master at writing a book you can’t put down.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Jaci: The first time I hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists was such a thrill for me. But actually, the highlight of my career is always hearing from a reader that they loved one of my books. There’s really nothing like it.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Jaci: Coming up in October is Hot Holiday Nights, a Play by Play holiday novella. And in December is Make Me Stay, Book Five of the Hope contemporary romance series.