MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JEN DAVIS
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Jen Davis, contemporary romance with suspense elements
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The title character, Brick, is an enforcer for a drug dealer. He breaks people who don’t pay what they owe. It’s a job he hates, but he does it because the boss will kill his grandmother if he doesn’t cooperate. He meet the heroine, Liv, on the construction site where he does his day job. She’s the sister of one of his co-workers, a high school teacher, and a cancer survivor trying to break out of the doldrums of her life. He fights their connection, fearful of dragging her down into his world, but she makes some bad choices that lead her into danger, and she’ll need his protection if she hopes to survive it.
I’m a big believer in writing what you want to read. My favorite heroes have never been the slick billionaires. They’re the guys who learn their worth through the eyes of their heroines. That’s who Brick is for me.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve been a romance reviewer and blogger for the past eight or nine years. I can’t imagine writing anything else.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Ha! How long it takes a body to break down in a vat of sulfuric acid. (Two days, BTW.)
Can you tell me about your Series?
The series centers on the men who work at the construction company. Each book features a different hero/couple.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Brick. It’s where it all began.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Though the characters are very different in many ways, Brick was inspired by Terrible, a character in Stacia Kane’s Downside series.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The second book in this series, Kane, is out February 26.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Brick’s name has meaning and the way it’s become his identity is actually one part of his arc in the story.
Where do your ideas come from?
They usually play out like a movie in my head once I have the characters. I write the main plot out on about five pages of notebook paper (front and back) and then I use that as the bones of the book.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d love to try some other sub genres of romance like SFF but I am intimidated by the world building elements. One day, maybe.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Forcing myself to focus. Twitter is a demanding mistress.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like them, especially if they contain images of the character beyond just the cover. I don’t have one, though.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Signing my contract with Limitless. I’m still waiting for it to completely sink in.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Sharing my stories and characters with other people.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, still writing and loving it as much as I do.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. My day job in journalism has always involved a lot of writing, even if it is very different.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Expect to fail before you succeed. And know it might take writing a few books before you create a product you love.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I shouldn’t, but yes, I do. I don’t respond though. Reviews are for readers, not for authors. I don’t want to invade that space.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The clock. It always feels like I’m moving too slowly, no matter how much I push myself.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on book three in this series. Hopefully, it will be ready this spring.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your book?
Her fantasies of him had nothing on the real thing. Brick kissed with more than just his lips; his whole body swept her up in passion.
The bulk of him overwhelmed her…exhilarated her. The heat and pressure at her mouth intensified with every breath, consuming her, burning her alive. He couldn’t get close enough.
Neither could she.
Her hands clutched his hips, gripping his jeans, crushing him to her. She moaned at the intensity of the contact.
When his tongue finally slipped between her lips, her knees went weak. One of his arms snaked around her back.
No way he’d let her fall.
All her senses trained on this man, on this moment, as she tried to stamp the memory into her mind forever. The trace of cinnamon on his tongue. The scent of soap and sandalwood.
It was all perfect.
He was fucking perfect.
Her nipples grew tight against the pressure of his chest. And God, why had no one kissed her this way before? Her head swam, and she swayed on her feet, unable to breathe or think or function. She could only drown in his touch.
As he pulled away, she sucked in a deep breath and stumbled right back into his arms. Holding tight to his waist, she buried her head into his chest until the world began to right itself again.
The way his ragged breaths slowly turned heavy and even, helped her find her center. His gentle strokes over her hair soothed her.
It could have been seconds, minutes, or hours.
She could stay in his arms forever.
“You make it impossible to walk away from you,” he murmured.
She smiled against his t-shirt. Beneath his regular scent, she caught of trace of sawdust he must have picked up at work. “You should stop trying.”
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Social media. (Or my kids. I love them, but it’s hard to write with them in the room.)
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don’t believe in writing to trends, although some people are very successful doing that. I do this because I love it. It needs to be something I enjoy writing.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have so many established author friends thanks to my blogging, but I try not to take advantage of those friendships to launch as an author, myself. I do have a lot of new (or nearly new) authors like myself who critique with me or we’re just cheerleaders for each other. Jolie Vines, Meka James, Luna Joya, Amber Renaud, to name a few.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️