HRR Interview: Jenn LeBlanc

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Jen: Today we welcome our next HRR author, Jenn LeBlanc.  Jenn, will you share a short bio with us?
Jenn: Walnut (but not THAT Walnut).
Studio Smexy.
RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Born and raised in beautiful Colorado and never wanting to leave–very nearly with a camera in hand–I’m currently on an extended vacation to Los Angeles.

I started my own family, went to college, started a business objectifying all the beautiful people and tried to get used to humidity wrecking havoc with my hair. Texting complete conversations using only RuPaul’s Drag Race gifs, and totally beating the daylights out of a ninja (with a camera in hand of course) are my prized talents.

Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wore shorts and flip-flops year-round in Colorado–much to the chagrin of my friends and family and once I finished my first novel I quickly remembered: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this ground-breaking new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers: The Illustrated Romance. The images from my book started a ruckus, and from there #StudioSmexy was born. I’ve since shot over 1,000 romance novel covers and currently shoot custom images for very special clients.

You can find me on Twitter and Facebook sharing eye candy (NSFW) and being a total rock star.

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Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Jenn: Celeste is autochorissexual. Autochorissexuality is a subset of asexuality. Celeste would probably identify as gray asexual in the 21st century. She is also a woman of color. Her grandmother is from Capri, and her family is of the peerage in England in 1885.

Her hero, Quinn, is bisexual—the spare.

His hero, Calder, is gay—the heir to a duke.

This book is Celeste’s story, it’s her sexual awakening, her HFN. The next book is Calder and Quinn’s HEA.

So, when I say Quinn’s her hero, it’s not in the traditional romance genre sense. Except it also is.

She had no idea what passion was,
Until she saw them…
Lady Alain needs a husband,
And Quintin Wyntor will do just fine.

A mutual agreement of respect and marriage—
As long as he never visits her bed to claim his rights as a husband.
But seeing him with another man changed it all.
For better. And for worse.
Passion stirred.
Desire ignited.
And yet, she still never wants to touch or be touched.
But Quinn’s heart shattered when his lover walked away.
So he’s exploring his feelings for Celeste to ease his broken heart.
In one unchecked moment of passion, mutual need spins out of control
and bringing Calder home now may be impossible.


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Jen: Describe an ideal date.
Jenn: I’ve never really dated. So I have no personal experience and honestly don’t like the idea of it. I think it adds a layer of unnecessary pressure because at this point dating is more like a job interview. So a perfect date? One that doesn’t actually happen. A perfect date for me would be one I wasn’t aware of, in other words, just going out, doing whatever, spending time with someone, getting to know them a little and having so much fun with that person that the details were simply irrelevant.

Jen: Favorite day of the week.
Jenn: I don’t actually have one, but I dislike the weekends because everyone is out doing stuff. I prefer to stay home on the weekends and avoid all the people. I’m the girl that hates the mall at Christmas too, so…

Jen: Favorite James Bond actor?
Jenn: I are up on Roger Moore but once I discovered Sean Connery I was a goner.

Jen: Favorite childhood story?
Jenn: Alice in Wonderland

Jen: Do you color your hair or go natural?
Jenn: The sun does all the heavy lifting for me, though I have dyed my hair in the past, now it’s just turning white, so I’m striped, like Chewbacca.

Jen: How far from where you grew up do you live?
Jenn: Far. I grew up in Denver, but now live in LA, as of last September. It’s been disarming.

Jen: What do you collect?
Jenn: Editions of Alice in Wonderland.

Jen: Which reality show would you want to be on?
Jenn: Bachelor in paradise, I want to be the feisty guest romance author that gives side eye to all the shenanigans.

Jen: What is your favorite genre to read.
Jenn: Romance, primarily historical but also erotic. A little of everything else except contemporary, I just don’t connect with it.

Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Jenn: I’ve had dinner with so many of my heroes, I don’t know who I would want to have dinner with at this point. I am very blessed in my friendships. So if I could have dinner with anyone, it would be David Bowie and Alan Rickman, January devastated me.

Jen: Chocolate or vanilla?
Jenn: Ew.

Jen: Cat or dog? Dane + cats.
Jenn: There’s nothing better.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Jenn:  Next up is Calder and Quinn’s story! Though they figure very prominently in Celeste’s book, only Celeste get her HFN in her book. The boys are antsy!

He’s in love the with wrong person…

Thorne Magnus Calder, heir to the Duke of St. Cyr is in love–and his mind and heart refuse to relent. Meanwhile, courting the lovely Lady Alain, Lord Quintin Joseph Wyntor’s heart belongs only to Calder, a crime neither man wishes to face. The passion these men have for each other leaves them both reeling with helplessness as they suffer without one another. Their needs and desires will only result in persecution and danger if discovered.

But when Lady Alain forces Quinn to accept that his love for Calder cannot be denied, Calder and Quinn realize that the risk they face might not be as perilous as surviving without each other. Together, they search for a way to confront the truth–while remaining in each other’s lives–and arms.

Can the two men defy the odds, ignore the threat of prosecution, and find a place in their lives for each other?