Hi JM! Great to have a friend here visiting awhile - I am so glad we get to talk regularly through social media and our shared places at the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wishing you lots of success and sales with your latest release, WHATEVER IT TAKES! Let's start the interview...
1) What kind of music do you like?
I like a little bit of everything. Linkin’ Park, Daughtry, Pink, The Eagles, Josh Groban. Whatever moves me when I listen to it.
2) Describe your dream home…
Big kitchen, lots of counter space and an island in the middle, with an attached dining room. Four bedrooms, so I can convert one to a home office, and a four car garage for my car guys. Big back yard for the dogs. Oh, and as long as we’re dreaming, I’d like it sitting on a private beach. lol
3) Favorite literary hero & heroine?
Oh geez. This one’s hard. Jamie Frazer from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for the hero. Or Win Fairchild from Vonnie Davis’ Those Violet Eyes. Not sure I have a favorite heroine. I can’t think of one that really stands out in my mind. I don’t relate too well to most heroines. For me, reading is an escape, a chance to live someone else’s life, you know? So, I’m kind of looking for that fantasy aspect. So for me, it’s more about living through her for the hero. ;)
4) What are you reading now?
At the moment, I’m reading something naughty. ;) Desired by Stacey Kennedy. Though there are no less than a half dozen books on my kindle app all waiting for me. lol I don’t read much when I write, but now that I’m done with my latest, I took a bit of a break and am just now diving into my TBR pile.
5) What did you do on your last birthday?
I never really do much on my birthday. We usually go out to dinner and do the cake thing, but that’s pretty much it. I don’t like a lot of fanfare. Makes me uncomfortable. Dinner with the family makes me happy. :)
6) What comes first, plot or characters?
Characters, always. Though the series I just finished was a bit of both. I had the idea for the first book and planned the series around it. First time I’ve ever plotted anything. lol
7) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
All the time. Usually when I’m getting in my own way and not letting the story tell itself. Taking a few days off usually helps. If it doesn’t, then forcing myself to write until the muse finally gives in and plays nice usually works. Though sometimes it’s a matter of reworking a scene until that one spot my characters tell me I’ve flat out veered off course. lol
8) Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?
I used to, but not anymore. The older I get, the more I’ve come to like who I’ve become. I’ve grown comfortable with myself, so I stopped wishing I was someone else a long time ago.
9) Tell us about your latest book?
My latest release is Whatever It Takes, book two of my Morgan Family Romance series. Book one was Kyle’s story. This one is his sister, Becca’s story. The blurb will tell you the basic premise, so I’ll just tell you this. I had so much fun writing this book. Becca is my first spunky heroine. She’s a third degree black belt who isn’t afraid to push back, and Jackson is by far my most romantic hero. He has a wicked sense of humor, and he loves pushing Becca’s buttons. He loves riling her up, because she’s strong enough to push back. Made for some great fireworks between these two.
10) What’s next for you?
My agent and I are getting ready to start finding a home for a four book series I just finished. The stories are a lot spicier than I normally write. It originally began as an attempt to write erotic. I’d always wanted to try my hand at it, but by the time I finished with book 1, an entire series had opened up. What I ended up with was my usual emotion intensity, but with the heat cranked up. I have to tell you, I had a blast writing them. I let my imagination take me. It was really very freeing. Each story revolves around an auction, a “dates for charity” kind of thing. Like a bachelor auction, except the fourth book ended up being a bachelorette auction.
She’s been dying to hear the words…
Walking away from her husband was the hardest thing Becca Morgan has ever done, even if it was the only way to save her heart from being broken by a loveless marriage. Still, when a terrible accident forces her to stay at her ex’s house, emotions she thought she’d buried for Jackson Kade long ago start coming to the surface—and, to her surprise, seem to be reciprocated…
…he just doesn’t know how to say.
Jackson Kade has never known love like he knew with Becca, but his cold upbringing left him unable to show her how deeply he feels. When Becca winds up under his roof once more, he knows it’s his only opportunity to prove his devotion—and passion. But old habits die hard, and even one mistake could shatter their last chance at love…
“What are you afraid of, Jack?” She stiffened her spine and stood straighter. “That you might actually feel something?”
As quickly as he’d shut her out, he pivoted and stalked across the deck toward her. She took a step back, but in a few long strides, he reached her, seized her waist, and dragged her against him. As her body hit his, a gasp escaped, but she could only stare at him, stunned. A war raged in the depths of his eyes. More emotion than she remembered seeing there in a long time. Desire, anger, pain, frustration, all fighting for supremacy.
She braced her hands on his chest, to push him away, but his head dipped down, his lips brushing over hers, the barest of kisses.
“Or else I may do something I’m pretty sure you’ll hate me for in the mornin’.” The low huskiness of his voice washed over her like a heated caress, sending shivers down her spine, and obliterating whatever defenses she’d manage to build against him. “The feel of your hands on me about drove me mad. Do you have any idea how aroused I am right now? I’m two seconds from picking you up and carrying you upstairs.”
JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.
JM is waiting to chat!! Questions?? Comments??