HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR
Author name: Jenna Petersen
About your family/background, your location:
I live in the Midwest (USA) with my husband and two cats, but we’ll be moving to Arizona before the end of the summer, so we’re a bit in transition.
How and why did you decide to get published?
Well, authors really aren’t in control of getting published, but as far as writing, I’ve always enjoyed writing and wanted to tell my stories. Luckily, publishers and now readers have wanted to buy them.
What genre do you write?
I write historical romance novels.
What is the story behind your book?
In 2009, I had a traditionally published book from Avon Books called HER NOTORIOUS VISCOUNT with two secondary characters, Rage and Lucinda.
Lots of people wanted to know what had happened to them so I decided to write and independently publish a long novella with their romance called ROGUE FOR A NIGHT.
If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?
I write early 19th century historical romance set in England, so it’s really not that much of ME. The sensibility just isn’t modern enough to write a fully modern character.
Use one word/phrase to describe your book:
Sexy, dark, emotional romance.
How have you found the writing process?
I’ve been writing full-time for over ten years, so I have developed my system of when and where I write. I have a page goal each day that I strive to meet before I can move on to other activities. I write five days a week and try to take weekends off (though, I’m not really good at the time off thing).
Do you have a blog? What do you write about?
I do have a blog at http://writerjennapetersen.blogspot.com/ I talk about writing, books and life in general there about once a week.
What books are on your shelf at home?
Right now, we’re preparing to move so I don’t really have anything on my shelf, but I have plenty on my Kindle, from some romances to a non-fiction book called THE HAPPINESS PROJECT where one woman took a year off trying to do things to make herself happier as a person in all areas of her life. Now, I just need to find five minutes to read.
Any awards/achievement you want to share?
I’ve won several awards, probably the best place to see them is at http://www.jennapetersen.com. I have a list of awards and reviews on each individual book page there.
Who’s your favourite author?
I don’t think I can pick, that’s like picking what my favourite movie is. I like different authors for different reasons and it all depends on what my mood is at the moment.
What are you good at as an individual?
I’m pretty good with the video games, my husband claims I can sing, but he’s biased, I like to cook and I think I’m ok at it. Also, I like to think I’m a good aunt, which is one of my most important roles.
What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?
I love to read but I never seem to have time for it, so I fear I spend a lot of spare time either watching TV or playing video games with my husband. Sometimes, it’s good to just turn the brain off and play.
What are your other interests?
Playing with the cats, reading, TV, video games, spending time with friends. We’re in the middle of a move right now, so my brain seems to be filled with selling/buying house info.
Your favourite pet?
I can’t pick. We have two cats.
What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?
I’m a pretty basic meat and potatoes girl. Give me a steak cooked well and a loaded potato and I’m happy.
What’s your music choice?
I listen to a wide variety. My current obsession is Mumford and Sons.
Name your favourite city in the world.
My husband and I went to Shanghai a few years ago and both loved it.
Name your favourite world leader and why?
Right now, I’m not really pleased with any of them.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
That people would find, buy and enjoy my books so I could keep paying my light bill.
What would you say you’re bad at?
Patience is not my strong suit.
Why should a reader buy your book?
I think if readers like sexy, emotional, Regency-set historical romance they’ll hopefully enjoy what I have to offer.
Where can your book be found/bought/website?
You can buy my books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jenna-Petersen/e/B001ITZ0L6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 and Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/jenna-petersen and you can find my traditionally published romances at most physical bookstores, too.
As for my website, it’s http://www.jennapetersen.com , my Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jenna-Petersen/88464562894 and you can follow me on twitter @jennaromance
Thank you Jenna for taking time out to answer these questions.
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