When I came across Jennifer Haymore‘s beautiful website and read the blurb for her book, A HINT OF WICKED, I immediately emailed, bugging her to interview on my blog. Read the blurb and you’ll understand why I was so adamant she stop by. The book not only sounds interesting and sexy, but completely unique. If you dare, read the excerpt on her site and you’ll be as obsessed as I am! Come June, I’ll definitely be picking up my copy of A Hint of Wicked, but one lucky reader will get a preview now! Read the interview for details.
I was homeschooled for a year, in 3rd/4th grades, because in those days we were living on a boat sailing the Pacific Ocean. My mother used to make me write a story a day… I thought it was torture! But I think my creative juices started flowing then. We ended up in Hawaii, and every chance I got, I’d write stories about our adventures on the Pacific. In middle school, my writing took on a fantasy flavor that lasted throughout my early adulthood. I started writing romance in 2004 after my daughter was born. I always wanted to write, but not necessarily be a writer–I never thought it would be possible for something I wrote to be made into an actual book!
What’s your writing schedule like?
I wake up, get the kids ready for school and take them. Come home, get coffee, go through emails. By then it’s usually around 10-10:30. I write like mad until I have to pick up my daughter from school at 12:45. But my really productive time is at night after the kids have gone to bed. Usually I leave the house, find an isolated corner in a bookstore café, turn on my iPod and get lost in the story. I’ll write until 10 or 11 (or until they kick me out of the café!) and then come home, fall into bed, and start over the next day!
Where do you get your ideas?
My husband is my sounding board, but his ideas and perspectives are very raw and very “mannish”
For example, in A Hint of Wicked, the huge problem that the characters face is printed on the front cover: “What happens when a woman desires not one man, but two?” At times during the writing of that book, even I wondered if there was an answer! It was a definitely a difficult and painful problem to solve! Fortunately, there was an answer, and it is one that is ultimately fulfilling for all the characters.
Do you plan out your books? Do you plot ahead of time?
I do plan out the books to a certain extent, now that I know I have books contracted in advance. My editors usually like to see the first three chapters and the synopsis before the story is completely written.
As I’m writing one book, usually the kernel of the idea for the next one will pop into my mind. I talk with my husband, and he helps me hash out the idea/concept into something workable. At that point, I go to my computer and start jotting down ideas. I’ll switch off between working out a synopsis and writing the first three chapters for a few weeks. At the end, I have a rough synopsis, which I use as a guideline as I continue to write the book, usually developing it as I go; and three chapters which form the basis for the remainder of the book.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Where can we find you on the web (website, blog, facebook)?
Website & blog: http://www.jenniferhaymore.com/
Thanks to Jennifer for stopping by!
CAUGHT BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE . . .Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his best friend and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife. TORN