Today I’m happy to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author Jennifer Wenn, whose book A FAMILY AFFAIR was released July 19.
Hi Jennifer and congratulations on your book. Please tell us a little about it.
A FAMILY AFFAIR is a historical romance about a young girl named Fanny who fell in love with her uncle’s best friend when she was five years old in that obnoxious, stalking way only a child can. She proposes to the ten-year older Devlin and he politely agree to marry her just to make the courageous (although very dirty) little girl happy.
Thirteen years later they meet again and are immediately drawn to each other. Devlin is mesmerized by the merry young debutant and knows he must have her although he made a vow a long time ago to never marry or have a family of his own, all due to his father’s mental abuse during his childhood.
When the demons from his past threatens to destroy their happily ever after, Fanny determinedly joins forces with her large, interfering family to get her husband back where he belongs – by her side.
Sounds like a terrific story, Jennifer. The hero’s journey to redemption will be fraught will well-meaning folks who will endear themselves to him and to the readers, no doubt. What drew you to this story?
Having a large family myself, I started to think about how it would have been for a couple if the heroine had an overprotective and loving family and the hero had none at all. A too interfering family can be slightly annoying for anyone – how would it be for someone used to be by himself?
That would certainly make someone reevaluate. Would you share an excerpt?
“I’m not fond of balls. I find them rather boring. But I have been abroad for a couple of years and thought it would be a perfect way to announce I’vereturned for good. But most importantly I hoped I would meet up with some old acquaintances.”
“I will give you some advice,” Fanny said, giving him her most innocent smile. “It is really hard to meet good friends when one is hiding in the shadows of the balcony.”
His laughter filled the air, and she could see heads turning their way. Some people were slowly moving closer to them, and she guessed they wouldn’t be alone more than a short while longer.
There were just too many eager mamas out there, ready to throw their daughters at his feet, and they wouldn’t let something like a quiet chat between two acquaintances stop them.
“Well, I wouldn’t really call it hiding. It’s more like trying to remember why I thought it was such a good idea to be here in the first place.”
“So what do you think now, when you have actually entered the ballroom, although from the wrong entrance. Was it such a bad idea?”
He leaned closer to her, and the warmth of his arm pressed against hers.
“Now I think it was the best idea I ever had.”
What’s your next project?
I and the editor are currently editing my second book in ‘The Royal Family’ series, NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE, which is coming out later this year.
That’s wonderful. I hope you’ll come back when it’s released. What one tip would you offer writers?
Never stop writing. As soon as you have written ‘The End’ (and edited the draft at least ten times) you should immediately continue with your next WIP. Quantity and quality another author once told me and I believe in that. Never stop writing and never stop editing.
Tell us a little about your process. How do your stories ‘come to you’ at first--through characters, setting, story line?
To me it’s the characters that introduce themselves and (sometimes) politely ask me to tell their story. When I have a hero and/or a heroine I always start with writing a sort of how-it-all-started-synopsis and then usually the rest of their family and friends comes to me as I write. I never outline the whole story immediately, not more than what I write in that first synopsis. I tend to scribble down a couple of sentences about the major plot points for the two or three next chapters while I write but no more. I know the ending – the rest will come as the story moves on.
That way has worked well for you. Do you have a special place you like to write?
I do most of my writing at our kitchen table, surrounded by my family and too many piles of dirty dishes.
You must have championship concentration. I’m impressed. Do you have other challenges with finding writing time?
I’ve seen other authors count the hours they spend writing – I count minutes. So yes, it’s quite a challenge to find time to climb into my bubble and lose myself into what story I’m currently working on. I have four children (the oldest has just turned nine) and they take up most of my days and nights. But then again, my problems with finding time makes me appreciate the precious minutes I find so much more.
Goodness. I wish you could teach a class on making the most of the minutes in your life. Good job. Best of luck with this book. It’s on my TBR list and I can’t wait to start.Thanks so much for being here today. I hope you’ll come back again.
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