What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
Well, the best thing I learned from an editor is that they loved my manuscript and wanted to publish me! And the worst is always that they don’t like what I’ve submitted or they aren’t enough of a fan of the project to represent it. But this is a very subjective business and you have to develop a think skin in order to survive.
What is your typical day?
I’m a mom of two teen girls, so I don’t really have a typical day. But in general, I get the kids off to school way too early in the morning, walk my dog with two other friends while trying to convince my dog that she’s not the alpha of the pack and the other two really big dogs don’t need her to protect them, and do morning errands. Then I sit down to write until the girls come home. At that point, my day goes in a million different directions, depending on what they need to get done and where they need to go. If I’m lucky, I can still get in more writing or editing before dinner. Otherwise, I’ll do a little more after dinner, watch some TV or read and go to bed.
What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?
I love reading historical romances, women’s fiction and some contemporary romance. I throw in a few mysteries or thrillers just to add some excitement now and then.
What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
If I enjoyed the book, I’ll keep it to reread (I just reread Justine Davis’ The Morning Side of Dawn). Otherwise, I’ll give it away or donate it to the library.
Always! Family too. But I’m learning to deal with it. I still turn red when people talk about my books, and will sometimes change the subject if I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about how much sex is in my books (like when the conversation occurs in the middle of a meeting) at a particular time. At the same time, I love that my family and friends want to support me.
What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
Quite often, it will be a minor character in a TV show or movie. Sometimes, it’s a billboard or a stranger I pass in the street. At other times, it’s “what if this happened.”
What’s next for you?
I’m working on Book 3 of the Women of Valor series (Miriam’s Surrender is Book 2) and I’m also working on a standalone, contemporary romance about a woman who is restoring an old mansion and a war photographer who helps her.
by Jennifer Wilck
Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.
Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.
With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.
“I’m glad you agreed to have dinner with me. Maybe we’ll do it again?”
“I’d like that.” She looked at Josh and smiled.
He tipped his head and Miriam could feel his breath warm her face. Mere inches apart, she could see silver and black flecks in his irises, stubble on his cheeks, the arch of his eyebrow. Shivers zinged up her spine. Like a magnetic pull, she wanted to lean into him, to feel his body against hers, to press her lips against his. But they worked together, and a kiss would change everything. As if he read her mind, he pulled back, said goodbye and got into the cab and drove away. Miriam covered her lips with her fingers.
What in the world was she supposed to do now? He’d come close to kissing her. She could still feel the electric charge between them; still catch a slight scent of his musky aftershave in the air. His hand had held her arm with enough pressure to keep her against him. Although she’d watched him leave, she could still feel the imprint of his touch. She stroked her hand up and down her arm.
Did she give away how much she wanted to kiss him too? It was so quick, so unexpected, she couldn’t be sure. Her mind shot off in all directions as she entered her building and took the elevator to her fifth floor apartment.
They worked together! How in the world was she supposed to look at him when they next met? Should she acknowledge the kiss that almost happened? Should she pretend it never did? He didn’t plan on discussing it at their next meeting, did he?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).
One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.
In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.
When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.
I can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com
.I tweet at @JWilck.
My blog (Fried Oreos) is http://jenniferwilck.blogspot.com
and I contribute to Heroines With Hearts at www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com
and to Front Porch Saturdays at http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com
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