Hello Jennifer Wright! We’re thrilled you’re here!
Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
Well, I don’t really like hot drinks and I’m questioning your juice, so I think I’ll go with the soda, please. 🙂
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I won’t bore you with the back info – I was born and raised in Arizona, blah, blah, blah. Instead, I’ll say I currently live in one of the coldest damn states in the US, good ol’ Wisconsin (yes, I do live here by choice). I’m here in the burbs with my almost-fiancé (shopping for the bling as we speak), where I do nothing but read, write, occasionally watch a little of the boob-tube, and, oh yeah, the wonderful day job. 😛 I wish I could say I travel, go hiking, and all that other fun stuff, but I don’t. My personality makes up for my lack of a social life – a curse, I know, but I’m working on it.
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
Well, for my very first manuscript it was – OH. MY. GOD! (repeated several times). Now, I just smile, get a giddy feeling, and throw my hands in the air and say “Woohoo!”.
What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?
It was a series by JR Ward that got me searching out for a MM read, but it was JL Langley’s books that really did it for me. I started out writing MF, but the more I read MM the more I noticed my MF writing was lacking. So, one day I decided to take a leap and write what I love.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but most people don’t know that my first book published, Pavarus, actually started out as MF. It was a pain in the a** making the change, but I was so happy I did. Elena is much better as Wesley ;), and once I changed it, the story just flowed so much better from there on out.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
I’m a total oatmeal-molasses with raisins kind of girl.
How many hours a day do you spending writing?
Hours a day? Ha! I wish! Any day I work (usually 4-5 days a week) the chances of getting writing done is slim. I’d probably say I get about anywhere from 5-12 hours a week to write. Sucks, I know. 😦
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I revise as I go. I go back to read and re-read so much, I just can’t help myself. I have to have it as perfect as I can the first time. But I always do a final edit before submitting my work – usually consists of more changes, though, lol!
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
Main events in the story come very quickly to me, so I have basically the whole main points of the story in my head, but a lot of the writing freely happens to fill in the in-between parts.
If that makes any sense at all. :P
Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?
Oh, it has to be Zane – the bad boy hard-ass with an attitude problem. Yum! Too bad he’s gay, because I would soooo find a way to make him real and I’d be all over that in a heartbeat!
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
Yes! Gawd yes! Writers block basically has a permanent vacation home residing in my head and likes to visit quit frequently for long stays at a time. I’m ready to condemn that place then burn it to the ground. I hate writers block.
And, unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to get past it. It just kind of goes away when it wants to, and then my fingers are flying over the keyboard once again.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Yes, my office. Big desk, big comfy chair, and absolute silence.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
No, because he already knows better. And even though my office and the living room are at opposite ends of the house, he even keeps the TV volume lower so as not to disturb me. 😉
But I usually try to get any writing done when I’m home alone, though.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
I have an eclectic sense of humor. It can be corny, dirty, flat out fun, and totally dry. Making myself laugh is all I really care about, though.
But the one person that makes me laugh the most would have to be my man. Just looking at him gets me cracking up, lol! Just kidding! He seriously is funny, though. He gets me to laugh at least once a day. 😀
What is the most frequently asked Jen question?
That would have to be, “Why gay romance?”
Uh, because I like it, and that’s enough for me! If you don’t like it, then don’t read my books – simple.
What are you working on now?
Athis Dey: Finding Home series book 4. I’m determined to have this, and the 5th book, done by the end of the year.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?
Uhh…take showers. Yeah, that’s a hard question to answer, because I don’t really do anything to keep the creative spark alive. Like I said before, I live a kind of simple (borderline boring) life. I get my best ideas when I take a shower, long car rides with music, and just anything around me that sparks my interest.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?
Pretty much any het romance. I do prefer for it to have some sort of angst to it, though. I’m not really into reading non-fiction.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
Oh, definitely the horse trainer. I’ll take me a rustic cowboy any day.
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Reading, watching movies, and spending time with my man and family.
Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?
Airos: Finding Home series book 3. It comes out at Total-E-Bound on October 18th, 2013 at a 10% discount, then it is released everywhere else (Amazon, ARe, Barnes & Noble, etc) November 15th.
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!
If it’s for dinner and you want it undercooked or burnt, I’d be happy to help.
If it’s for baking, well then hand me an apron and measuring cup and watch me soar!