Today I am delighted to welcome Jennifer Ann Coffeen to my guest author blog. I always enjoy checking out my guest authors’ websites and learning a little more about them. Not only is Jennifer an up and coming Regency romance writer, but also she has been an actress and director with various theatre companies. She even moved to Scotland and performed with a theatre in Edinburgh for a short while. I am so totally envious of you, Jennifer. I have been to Edinburgh and would love to go back and spend more than a week in Scotland.
How do you respond to someone who says, “You write WHAT?”
Historical Romance! I love telling people about what I do. I think there’s an unfair stigma attached to writing romances and I want to help end that. It’s one of the reasons I don’t use a pen name. Writers like Jane Austen, Ann Radcliff, and Charlotte Bronte were frowned on for writing romances and now their novels are considered classics!
What made you decide to try and be a published author?
I didn’t start seriously writing until about 5 years ago, but I have always known I wanted to write a novel. One day I told my husband (fiancée at the time) that I wanted to write a romance novel set in the 19th century. Once I said the words out loud I was hooked. I started setting aside writing days and finding people to critique my chapters. Even with all the support it still took me several years to finish Priceless Deception!
Give us two random thoughts about yourself, something that might surprise your readers.
Several years ago my husband and I created a show called “Numbskull the Human Blockhead.” My part of the act was to eat fire. There’s a great picture of us backstage on my website!
(Starla) She only gave me “one” random thought, so I found something else really interesting on her website. I mentioned Jennifer is small theatre actress. She is more than that. Jennifer is a “recurring writer and performer with multi-talented ladies of the kates.” This is a rotating cast of female performers who dish out comedy, solo performances, clowning and more monthly at Lincoln Square’s Book Cellar (Chicago).
What do you love about writing? Hate about it?
I love coming up with the characters. It’s great fun to start typing the first draft and just watch all these people appear. They start chatting away, and the next thing I know I’m taking them all over Chicago with me. The main thing I dislike about writing is finding enough time. It’s a constant struggle.
What do you want your readers to take from your books?
I want readers to escape reality for a few hours. Reading to me has always been an adventure. When I was old enough I started traveling and finding my own adventures, now I create them on the page.
What is your favorite part about building a story world?
The language and the clothes! I love regency speak and nothing is more fun than describing someone’s unmentionables.
How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics?
I read everything I can get my hands on. Research books are great, and you actually can find a lot of information on the web, though you have to be careful about the source. I also read a lot of novels written in the early 19th century as well as other historical authors. Georgette Heyer is a must.
Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?
It’s not easy! I had my first baby this year and work part time. I used to have a very strict writing schedule, but I’ve found I have to be more flexible. I tend to carry printed out pages of my WIP with me. I snatch five minutes to write, rewrite, and just daydream about the next scene whenever I can!
Now let’s get to the specifics about your newest release, Priceless Deception…
Genre: Regency Romance
Length: 350 pages
Release Date: August 12, 2011
Buy Link: The Wild Rose Press
What is unique about this particular book?
While still a fun regency romance, Priceless Deception has a gothic undertone to it that just popped out. Madeline’s quest for the French Blue brings her face to face with her own worst nightmares. She fights the “curse” in the middle of the lively London season.
Did you have a favorite character in this book?
Definitely Helena. I created her as a confidante and companion for Madeline, but she had a mind of her own. She bounced right into the first scene and started complaining about Lord Vickem.
“The French Blue diamond must be destroyed.” Haunted by the words of her dying father, Lady Madeline Sinclair arrives for the London Season with more than parties and the latest fashion on her mind. She has sworn a vow, and the beautifully headstrong and fearless Madeline will allow nothing to distract her…until she meets the infamous Lord Colin, Duke of Douglas, a man known for his scandalous past engagement. With a dark grin and stormy eyes, he threatens to make her forget her duty, along with her manners.
Bound together by the mysterious diamond, Madeline and Colin soon succumb to the passion raging between them, even as the diamond eludes their grasp. But the true threat lies in the hands of an enemy whose dangerous obsession with the past has the power to destroy them both.
“I promise not to hit you again,” she replied, forcing a light tone. “If you promise not to throw me to the ground and—”
“And?” One eyebrow shot up.
He laughed then, a full, rich sound that seemed to drop the tension from his face. He was more recognizable now, and Madeline felt her shoulders relax.
“I am sorry,” she added. “My behavior that day was unforgivable. I do hope we can start over as friends, Lord Douglas.”
She held out her hand, the small warning bell in her head quickly silenced.
“It would be my pleasure.” He took the offered fingers, bending slightly to press them against his lips. Not a trace of impropriety, but a sigh caught in her throat all the same, and she held it there, no longer breathing.
In the back of her mind she knew this was not a good idea. She knew perfectly well she should invent some excuse, run straight back into the ballroom and discuss Lady Farris’s flowers. She didn’t move.
“And since we are already intimately acquainted, I must insist you call me Colin.”
“Colin,” she said, finally exhaling so the name rushed out in a breathless tone. She wildly searched her mind for something else to say but never managed a word.
Colin pulled her to him, the kiss as much a surprise as her own response to it. Madeline’s body instantly betrayed her, melting against the strong arms that held her until she had lost all sense of her earlier outrage. The world fell away, leaving nothing but Colin’s searing lips blistering her own—and the faint smell of lilacs.
AUTHOR CONTACT INFO
Author Website: Jennifer Ann Coffeen
Facebook: Jennifer Ann Coffeen
Amazon Author Page: Jennifer Ann Coffeen
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