IT'S GUEST AUTHOR SATURDAY! Please welcome sweet romance author Jennifer Vido...


Hi, Jennifer! I am so happy to welcome you to my blog for the first time and to learn more about you and your latest release SERENDIPITY BY THE SEA - I love the cover and sound of this book, btw! Let's kick things off with my questions...

1.) What genre do you typically read? Why?

I typically read romance novels because I’m a big fan of happily-ever-afters. I first fell in love with the genre when I read a Danielle Steel novel in high school. Her writing captures the true essence of escapism. Romance novels aren’t just love stories. These books have intricate plotlines about exciting places that explore complex feelings and emotions. The best part about reading this genre is the undeniable feeling of hope readers experience about finding true love one day.  

2.) Share a favourite childhood memory.

My family’s weekly visit to the local library is one of my fondest childhood memories. My Mother shared her love of reading with my brothers and me early on. I grew up in a coastal town in New Jersey, and the library was, and still is, the heartbeat of the community. I used to fill a tote bag with stories by Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also loved reading Nancy Drew Mysteries and Encyclopedia Brown. Whenever I walk into a library, I feel at home.       

3.) Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?

My shameless addition is paint-by-numbers kits. I am not artistic by any means. I can’t draw or paint beautiful landscapes, but I can match the number to a paint color. It is a relaxing way to unwind while listening to a podcast, music, or audiobook after a busy day.   

4.) What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

The biggest challenge of writing a new book is outlining the story. I like ironing out the book's significant plotlines at the get-go to have a viable framework. Then, I develop the characters and define the romantic relationship. Lastly, I go back and fill in the story with secondary plotlines and characters. 

5.) Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?

What works best for me is setting aside a certain amount of time each day to write. If the story flows on that day, I celebrate the number of words I have written. I find this takes the pressure off of me to hit a certain daily number. I feel more creative and not so restricted.  

6.) What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I love writing series. My entree into the publishing world began with the Piper O’Donnell Social Lite mystery series—Par for the Course, Country Clubbed, and Murder by the Minutes. Currently, I am writing the Gull Island sweet romance series—Serendipity by the Sea, Serenity by the Sea, and Simplicity by the Sea. I have a fondness for recurring characters and familiar locales. Writing a series is like visiting with an old friend. It gets sweeter with time. 

Book Blurb:

Will her wanderlust ex-boyfriend’s return allow a hopeless romantic a second chance at love?

Cate Ainsworth is poised to land her dream job when an ex-boyfriend—the guy she once loved who left town without explanation—returns to their Lowcountry hometown. Their long-denied attraction tugs her in a new direction, but will she risk everything for a second chance at love?

A freelance photographer, Knox Price seeks adventure, not commitment. Back in town to care for his uncle gets complicated when he crosses paths with Cate, igniting a spark he can’t ignore. But can he confess the truth about why he walked away?

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Jennifer Vido is the author of Serendipity by the Sea, the first book in the new Gull Island sweet romance series set in the Lowcountry. An avid booklover, she interviews bestselling authors in her Jen’s Jewels weekly column on A longtime Arthritis Foundation advocate, she’s been featured by Lifetime Television, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Redbook, and Arthritis Today. Currently, she serves as the executive director for a legal non-profit in her community. A Maryland resident, she and her husband are the proud parents of two grown sons, two rescue dogs, and a finicky calico cat.

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