MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JENNIFER DAVIES
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hello I’m Jennifer Davies, but I go under two separate author names, J.M. Davies for my adult stories and Jennifer Owen Davies for my YA.
I write paranormal and contemporary romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest book which is due for release on 12th March, Forgotten Love, is the first book in the Bound by Love series. I was on vacation in Maine, where the series is set and I had this idea to write a story about starting over and second chances.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always read, and the romance genre sucked me in at a young age. The variety of books out there in this genre is incredible. There is a book for every taste.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Well, I always read a lot about a variety of topics when writing a new story. This one required research about the town where it is set, the military, and creating a business. I reached out to several outdoor survival groups on the East and West coast to gain some understanding to help me create my outdoor survival center.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Bound by Love series is about four military brothers who have now left the service, but work together at their outdoor survival center and the women they fall in love with.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Forgotten Love is the first in the series, but my tenth book. I love all the books I write so it is impossible to choose one.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I have ideas for stories all the time. I think it’s always a combination of several things. I love the idea of overcoming challenges and those who serve our country in the military face extraordinary daily battles. I wondered what happened when they returned home and that sparked my idea to explore that is this series. I want to create a series stories where both characters are facing problems, which when they find true love, they can heal each other. True love conquers all.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I created a vision board of characters and I am outlining all 4/5 books right now
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I usually get in around 2hrs of marketing to start and then I start writing, but honestly that varies depending on what phase I am at. Like right now, I am about to release Forgotten Love, so I am preparing promo graphics and arranging blogs to launch the book, while I outline the next book, which has a working title of Revisiting Love. Next is Deadly Love, Unexpected Love and Chasing love. I do set writing goals, usually a 1500-2000 word count.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have focused on my new release so answered above.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character names are important to me. Sometimes, they just come to me and at other times, I have to hunt for them. Summer is my main female character in Forgotten Love and her name just slipped in. Maybe because it was summer when I started to write this story!
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere, people, places, my mood. Other people stories. Books I’ve read, poetry.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Ha, I want to write a psychological thriller about two ambitious women, one who is willing to kill to get what she wants, which is everything the other woman has.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have created several and I like making them, but I’m not sure they actually lead to sales.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Professionally, the fact I am still determined to write and deliver the best stories I can.
Personally, my kids.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to read as part of my job, I meet some incredible storytellers and readers who are book obsessed
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
With ten more books under my belt, on the bestseller list, and a movie deal! One can dream. x
Have you always liked to write?
Always, I am a daydreamer and a romantic.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just do it. Read, read, and read. Find your own writing style and be your own worst critic. Grow a tough skin.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Hm, I think I would have to work in a book store or own bookstore preferably with either a coffee shop or wine bar attached.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I do, and I do take on board what readers say, it’s impossible not to. Reviews have helped me examined myself as a writer and they have helped me keep going when it gets tough. When I get a bad review, again I try to understand where the reader is coming from and if I think it is something, I need to change I will either in that book or for future reference.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The starting off and doubting phase…
What are you working on now?
I am drafting the outline and starting to write Destiny of the Witch, the final in The Rise of Orion paranormal series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“Perfect,” came a deep rich voice from the balcony. Ella twisted around and standing there was the dark handsome prince dressed in his black fitted tux and matching shirt with a purple brocade waistcoat. He sauntered past pulling at his silver cuffs as he smiled and nodded at her.
“It’s a delight finding two exquisite beauties in the same room. Ella you look stunning as always,” he said dropping a light kiss on her cheek as his hand gently rubbed her belly so quickly, she wasn’t sure that he had. She narrowed her eyes to study him, and he winked at her before focusing on Isabella.
“And, the temptress who has tamed me.”
Ella watched in fascination as, he lifted the witch’s hand turning it over to lay a soft kiss on her wrist, and her friend’s eyes widened. Her love for the vamp shining in her bright eyes and parted mouth.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I read a variety of books dependent upon which mood I’m in and the same goes for writing.
Where did your love of books come from?
I was a quiet child and reading allowed me to escape into a world where you see the world through the eyes of a million different people.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Jodi Picoult, Deborah Harkness and Diana Gabaldon. Right now, I am reading Colleen Hoover’s book It ends with us.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Well, as I have 4 books in the series so far, I guess I would have to choose Ella Masters, my main character from The Rise of Orion series.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
There are times it does both. I feel energized when I have a great idea either for a story or a plot point and then exhausted when I am struggling to find the words.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
When I read other writers brilliant work.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don’t try to be anything, I’m just me, and I write what is inside my head and heart.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have a close writer friend who I met when I started Writer’s supporting Writers on Facebook and we hash out our writing problems together at Starbucks. I have several local author friends and we meet regularly to chat about anything book related. I network with a bunch of authors on FB and at conferences that I attend. Having those strong connections absolutely help me to become a better writer.
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 ❤️