I’m not sure when or where I first met Jennie Marts, but somehow we crossed paths and I’m so glad we did. She’s an amazing author and a great friend too! Her books cover a range of genres, all of which I read and love. Give me hockey boys, cowboys, romance, and cozy mysteries and I’m a happy gal! Jennie, do you think you could combine those four things into one book? Challenge extended!! 🙂
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About Jennie as an Author
What inspired you to write your first book?
A mini-midlife crisis. Lol. I have always loved writing and knew in my heart that I always wanted to write a book. But it wasn’t until my sons left home for college, and I found myself re-evaluating my life, that I finally took the steps to fulfill that dream. So much of my identity had been wrapped up in being a mom, and now I can still be a mom, but I can also follow my passion and build a new career that I have always wanted and that has me getting out of bed in the morning filled withexcitement and ready to jump into my day.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
I write humorous women’s fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary, and western romance. I also have a series of mysteries.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write about love, laughter, and happily ever afters. I love writing stories set in small towns and my books usually involve friends, dogs, and hunky heroes. I want my books to make readers laugh, and occasionally cry, and swoon over my heroes, and close the book wanting more. One of my favorite things that I hear from readers is that they wish they could be in the Page Turners book club or that the book club feels like visiting old friends to them.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s always been in me. I have always been a voracious reader and loved stories. I loved NancyDrew books and wrote my first mystery when I was in 5th grade.
Oh gosh, that’s a huge question. The first one that comes to mind is in my newest Page Turner book, Tangled Up in Tuesday. Zoey is an organized accountant whose life goes from managed to messy when a dead body shows up in her apartment. There is a scene where she is hiding out in this community theatre and ends up trying on Glenda the Good Witch’s dress and the ruby slippers and a little magic happens when she clicks her heels together and makes a wish. My favorite scene in Romancing the Ranger is probably when Ranger Wade takes Reese night fishing and it turns into topless fishing and sex on the shores of the lake next to a fire. It’s fun and sexy and cute.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I would first say to remember that writing is a marathon not a sprint. Everything about your writing career takes a long time. It takes patience and a will to learn. Learn everything you can about theindustry, about marketing, about the craft of writing. Network with other writers. Enjoy the experience. And always be writing the next book.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU!!! Thank you for falling in love with my heroes and seeing my heroines as your friends. Thank you for reading my books and finding me to tell me how much you enjoyed my stories. I love connecting with readers and invite any of my readers to join my street team, Jennie’s Page Turners. You can find it on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/190207341316308/
How do you beat writer’s block?
I don’t really have a lot of writer’s block. I am constantly working on a book so I have the pieces of the story constantly floating around in my mind. But when I do get stuck, I usually change venues. Sometimes I move from the sofa to the back porch, or I go to Panera or a coffee shop. I take a walk or take a shower or call a friend. I have a lot of writer friends that I can turn to when I’m stuck on a scene that help me power through or throw out a great idea to get me over the hump.
I get asked this a lot and I think Sunny, the heroine of my first book, Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body, is the most like me. She is blond withlong, naturally curly hair and has a friendly, outgoing, positive demeanor. She likes Cheetos and Diet Coke and has a golden retriever that is based on my own dog. After that first book though, the characters take on their own personalities and looks.
About Jennie’s new release, Romancing the Ranger
I actually brainstormed it with another writer friend.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Probably to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
How much of the book is realistic?
Romancing the Ranger is about a city girl who meets a hunky park ranger when she accidentally burns down the outhouse in his state park and is required to rebuild it under the ranger’s supervision. Part of the idea behind this story came from a real situation that happened in Colorado where I am from. A woman really did go in to a state park to burn mementos of a broken relationship. That turned into a massive forest fire that burned homes. I wanted my story to be light and fun and not harmful, so my heroine only burns down the state park’s outhouse. This story is special to me because my own hero, my husband of 26 years now, was a park ranger and still works in parks so this story has some realistic moments that may have actually happened. I also love fish-out-of-water stories and I think it is realistic that people can find themselves in those kind of situations. Is it realistic to go to a state park and find a hunky park ranger? It could happen. Go visit some state parks and see. ☺
About Jennie as a Reader
The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood really changed my life. The story of Vivi gave me this whole new understanding of how to see my own mother not as my mom, but as young woman with three kids and going through hard changes in her life. It truly changed my relationship with my own mom. My favorite books were all of the Harry Potter, and I believe reading them aloud to my sons brought me closer to them and fostered a love of reading in them.
Rustler’s Moon by Jodi Thomas. I have always loved Jodi’s books, and I met her at my first Writer’s Conference and she told a story in her Keynote speech that has stuck with me throughout my whole writing career. I would tell it to you, but it will make me cry. Look me up at a conference sometime and I’ll tell you though. ☺
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Is there anything else you would like to share?
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