Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Writers Wednesday: Jennifer Wenn

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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  1. Hi Jennifer and welcome. Congratulations on A FAMILY AFFAIR, which has gotten great reviews. I cant' wait to read it. Thanks for being here.

    1. Hi Barbara, and thank you for having me here on your lovely blog. It's always fun to visit my fellow Roses!

  2. Hi Jennifer! It's always nice to meet another TWRP author :) When I moved into our house four years ago, I had this great idea (and image in my head) for a fancy office for myself. Bought the desk (love it!), painted the walls purple because purple inspires imagination, and hung a beautiful picture of an Italian countryside. And then that office became more associated with my (second) job as a transcription quality control specialist and I couldn't find inspiration writing at my beautiful desk anymore. I now write on the dining room table, on the patio, in a recliner...anywhere but that pretty office I had to have. ha! Oh, and sometimes I write amidst laundry, too :) It was nice to "meet" you, Jenn!

  3. LOL, Niecey, it seems we have a lot in common there. I don't need to have a glorious setting, the stories comes anyway. As a matter of fact, it seems that the less inspirational environment the better my imagine works.
    But who knows, there might be someone out there who finds Dirty dishes inspirational!
    Nice to meet you too!

    1. I can just block out dirty dishes, any time LOL. Your office sounds fantastic, Niecey, but like you and Jennifer, my writing areas are creative.

      Thanks for being her.

  4. Jennifer, ELLA Quinn's comments didn't post properly, so I'm forwarding it.
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    This sounds like a wonderful book. I was one of those little girls who fell
    in love with a much older man. He humored me by telling me he'd wait for me
    to grow up, then married another woman. I was so heartbroken. Tweeted and
    shared on FB.

    Ella Quinn | ella@ellaquinnauthor.com

    1. I too was hopelessly in love with one of the boys in the house next door. I used to sit by his side while he worked on the car he was trying to fix until he had his driving license. I talked and talked and talked and he hummed and hummed and hummed. Even now, thirty-something years later, I can hardly believe his kindness towards me. I must have bored his ears off, LOL.


  5. Blogger isn't cooperating today. Here's a post from Lisa Belcastro that I'm reposting, Jennifer.
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    Wow! Totally impressed that Jennifer can work at the kitchen table. My
    office is off of my kitchen and so often that is too close to the
    conversations that easily distract me. Looking forward to reading A Family

    Lisa Belcastro | lisa@lisabelcastro.com

    1. Lisa,
      I guess being in the middle of the overwhelming chaos that I call my kitchen makes the surrounding conversations less interesting. If I had almost heard what was said I might have been listening more.
      Or am I just very good ignoring others, LOL.
      I on the other hand can't work when it's too quiet.


  6. Thanks, Lisa. I'm sorry your post didn't take the first time through. I agree--kitchen tables for me only if everyone else is gone. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I admire your ability to write with your family around you. I've occasionally been able to do that, but usually I have to hide out in the bedroom to get anything done.

    1. Unfortunately hiding makes concentrating worse for me. My 3 year old and my 1 year old doesn't miss me when I sit next to them but if I were to hide somewhere... They would be howling outside the door and that's a sound I can't ignore, LOL.


  8. Great interview! The excerpt is great! Can't wait to read this one.

    1. Thank you Lana, I hope you'll enjoy it!


  9. Hi Jennifer,

    I love your advice about editing your ms at least 10 times. It seems every time I go through mine, I find something that needs tweaking. In my experience, most non-writers think you just get the story down on paper and send it off to be published. How hard can it be? LOL

    Your blurb is so intriguing, I'm off to purchase a copy of "A Family Affair." Hope you have great sales.

    1. Hi Katherine,
      Everyone, and I do mean everyone, I talk to that are non-writers always get so surprised when I tell them how many times I go over my draft. I wish I was that kind of author who can write a perfect story immediately but unfortunately I'm not. Too many words and to many thats' and not to forget - too much telling! LOL

      I hope you'll enjoy the novel!