Welcome to In the Spotlight and today it is my great peasure to squidge up next to Jenny Hale.
Jenny is an author of women’s romatic fiction as she points out:
When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.
While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result is Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.
The rest is history.
When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.
Welcome to the blog, Jenny. I’m going to start with a few rapid fire questions if you don’t mind. Mr Potato Head or Sindy dolls? (If you don’t remember either of these, you are definitely far too young to be on my blog!)
Mr. Potato Head.
The A Team! I pity the fool…!
Ooh..a proper fan, eh? Smarties or Starburst?
What was the first book you ever bought for yourself?
Sweet Valley High Twins
I’ve never read that. I was a Famous Five fan. Now, imagine you are visiting a zoo. Which animal enclosure would you head to visit first and why?
Lol. I can see you drinking tea and chattting to a hairy gorilla. Sorry, this next part is obligatory. The audience expects it. Can you tell us a short joke?
I can never remember jokes! Can I do a quote? It’s funny! “I wrote a few children’s books. Not on purpose.” –Steven Wright
I’ll accept that as Steven Wright is very funny indeed. So what makes you laugh most?
Everything! Things kids say make me laugh. Here are a few from my own kids:
My 6 year-old was sick and I made him drink a lot of water. One morning he said, “I’m not sick anymore! I’m gonna get back on the ol’ milk!”
Or, my 9 year-old walked past me, totally serious, and said, “I’ll be right back. I’m going to go call my lady friend…”
It’s so true. Children say the funniest things. (And the most embarrassing.) What is your favourite comedy show on television at the moment?
Mr Grumpy is nodding in approval. He hates television unless it’s a documentary. You have found another fan in him. So, what one mad thing would you like to do before you are too old to do it?
Sometimes I think it would be cool if I could sell my house and travel the world.
You’ve set off Mr Grumpy again. If he nods any more his head will fall off. (Like Mr Potato Head) He wants to do that too – sell up and travel the world. Right, onto you and your books. What genre do you write?
Romantic Women’s Fiction
Who is your favourite character in your books?
I like Robert Marley in Coming Home for Christmas. He’s fun to mess with. Haha.
Where do you think up your ideas for stories?
Gosh, I don’t know. I get my ideas by talking. The more I talk about the idea, the bigger it gets. I like to bounce thoughts off people.
What do you do to help you concentrate on writing?
Shut the door. I currently write with both kids at home, so concentration is a luxury. Shutting the door helps… 😉
Could you please tell us something about you that doesn’t show up on your website. Surprise us!
I’m addicted to coffee. I have one cup every morning. I’ll make my hubby drive 15 miles out of the way to get me a cup if we’re on vacation and I can’t make my morning cup of coffee. (And he usually does it.) J I love to talk. I could sit down with a stranger and keep the conversation going for hours. I’m a little bit obsessive compulsive and get excited by color-coded notes and pastel pens and highlighters. I love American football, and while I don’t watch TV shows, I will watch sports on TV.
Jenny thank you very much for finding time in your busy schedule to be here today. I wish you ever success with the lunch of your super new book that is ut today. It looks a terrific read and I am sure it will be racing up the charts as we speak.
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.
At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?
What readers are saying about Jenny Hale
‘A gorgeous novel with wonderful characters and such a meaningful plot, one which I think everyone can learn from.’ Reviewed the Book
‘A delightful read with a wonderful setting and cast of characters at its core; definitely recommended to chick lit fans!’ Spoonful of Happy Endings
‘A perfect romance read. Full of tension and heart wrenching feelings that have you biting your lower lip in either frustration or sadness. Have a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye or giggling like a schoolgirl.’ The Book Geek Wears Pajamas
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