Please welcome Jennifer Jakes, historical author and Golden Heart Nominated…
…and Kindle #1 Best Selling (proud of that one)
You should be Congratulations, Jennifer! Okay lol as a coffee lover, who isn’t human and can’t function until that first bold taste literally fires up my bloodstream, what do you crave to start the day?
Oh, I am so with you on that! I have to have a Mega-cup of coffee…maybe 2…before I can actually think clearly. But I might be known to take even more drastic steps. I might have had coffee with an espresso shot and then a Mtn. Dew. Of course that could be a vicious rumor. Probably not though. LOL
My upcoming character, Fate, has control issues over lives — courteous of my muse. Where does your muse like to take your creativity?
Wherever she darn well pleases! Recently my Muse and I have been locked in battle. For months (!!!) the Muse and I have disagreed over a plot. Not just a plot point, but the whole plot L I’ve tried sweet talking her, trying to get her to tell me about this story I wanted to write. But until I admitted defeat and let her tell me how the plot WOULD go (not could go) she was silent. So the pages I’d sweated blood over had to be scrapped. It was a rough learning experience for me, but my Muse is one tough er, um, (yes, I really want to call her a bad name but she listens to everything) woman.
lol I feel the same when it comes to my laptop these days. My muse is the temptress when it comes to writing. She pulls me where she wants to go. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I am a plantser. I have a main plot idea, I know the black moment (for the most part) and a few things that will happen. Then I like to just start writing and let the story come to me. (If my Muse allows it, that is. See comment above.)
Every HEA (happily-ever-after) has a beginning, where do you get your ideas?
Usually mine is just a “spark” of something I see or hear. It can be a picture or just a very broad “what if” kind of thing. Then I start running all kinds of twists and turns about that scenario through my mind until I get “that feeling” (and if you write you know what I mean)…. then I go from there.
I can definitely relate! What heat level and chaos does your muse prefer to create for Major Sinclair Bradford and Eden Gabriellei, who is tempted to break her own rules, in your new release, ‘Eden’s Sin’?
My Muse prefers sensual heat. Think dim lights, cool sheets, and a hot hero. Or candle light, a warm bath, and a hot hero….Hmmm, I detect at pattern here. LOL
Chaos is almost always external circumstances testing the convictions and “rules” my characters live their lives by. They are forced to choose and the choice
always means they might lose what they want most. I don’t like – and thankfully neither does my Muse – plots where the Hero and Heroine actually break up over the black moment, to then find each other again. I had some publishers turn down my first book because I didn’t have them separate. But I feel like there’s enough of that in the real world and I’m writing happy endings, so I can write it how I want. LOL Oh, there’s doubt as to whether they can beat the obstacles against them, but they “hang tough” together.
Maggie Monroe and Rafe McBride, who rides into town for supplies and leaves with more than he bargains for, in ‘Rafe’s Redemption’?
The Muse was feeling more naughty with Rafe and Maggie. I still love the bath tub scene. Oh, who am I kidding…….I still love Rafe. He will probably always be my favorite hero. He’s like my “first love” since Rafe was my debut novel. LOL Chaos: I like how torn Rafe is. He is truly the “tortured” hero. So if that’s the kind of hero you like reading about….
Isabella Douglas and her husband, Captain Ian Douglas, who can’t remember being married to Isabella, yet, has erotic memories in ‘Twice in a Lifetime’?
This is the story that would NOT leave me alone! By that I mean, it’s not my usual genre but every time I would try to gather thoughts for a western, this little story (it’s a 20,000 word novella) keep jumping into my mind. It literally “bugged” me until I wrote it. Well, I guess that was my Muse. She must have really liked this story. LOL Maybe it was her naughty side coming out. This one is more sexually graphic — Ian is one lusty, sexy pirate! *wink*
But this story was like a 2 yr old tugging on my leg: “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy….” So I finally just said, “OK, I’ll write you.”
‘Rafe’s Redemption’ has two very hot covers. Can you give other authors and readers some insight on why covers are changed with books?
As I said earlier, Rafe was my debut novel. When I sold to a publisher, they wanted it to be erotic romance. So I had to add some VERY *not for the faint of heart* sex scenes. That would be the “blue” cover. When I got my rights back, I put the book back to its original heat level. It’s hot, don’t get me wrong (the above mentioned bath tub scene for one….) but it’s not what would be considered erotic romance anymore. It’s sensually hot. This is the “gold” cover and is much more my preference since it’s the way I first wrote it. J
Any new wip (works-in-progress) you are willing to share just a wee bit for readers?
Since my Muse and I are no longer fighting, yes. LOL I am writing a series about the Yukon Gold Rush. I started this over a year ago L The fighting with my Muse made me put the story away (and I wrote Eden’s Sin). But now that we’ve agreed on a plot, what was going to be 1 book titled Alaskan Heat, is now going to be a series titled Alaskan Heat and the books will tentatively be titled: Runaway Hearts, Deceived Hearts, Broken Hearts.
Every muse/writer has addictions. I have several addictions – coffee, dark chocolate, creating, reading and lace – I refuse to give up. What addictions do you refuse to give up and willing to share? What about your muse? Your heroes and heroines?
I’m a sugar addict. I admit it. My favorite….Twinkies and doughnuts. I love Mexican food and could eat that every meal. J I’m also a work-aholic at my day job. I admit that too . LOL I’m very Type A personality which is probably why my Muse and I fight. If she’d just listen to me….(which is what my Muse says too). LOL
My Heroes and heroines sometimes have addictions but usually they are just convicted to what they feel is right. And they are stubborn. I can’t imagine where they get that trait from….
Outside of writing, where does life take you?
Mostly juggling my life . LOL I work with Kim Killion of Killion Group/ Hot Damn Designs. We try to attend several writing conferences each year so I definitely travel in the summer months. We also shoot our own Stock Images so yes, I’m forced to look at hot male models to decide if we want to shoot them. *sigh* LOL And then Hubby and I have 2 daughters – 18 yrs and 12 yrs old – so I’ve usually got some kind of ‘mom’ stuff going on too J
I love working with you and Kim Kim’s covers are hot! Jennifer, thank you so much for taking time to tempt us into another era…Anyone who visits your excerpts will NOT be disappointed!