Thank you for joining me in welcoming special guest Jennifer Ryan to the blog today. She’s sharing her latest release with Avon titled Falling for Owen…don’t you just love the cover? But, before we dive into the blurb and excerpt Jennifer is giving us a glimpse into her writing day 🙂
And don’t forget to enter Jennifer’s wonderful giveaway at the end of the post!!!
Take it away Jennifer…
What is your writing day like?
Some people think that because I work at home I’m not really working. Why is that? I can spend just as much time procrastinating in an office as I can at home, but I think I get more done working at home than I would in an office. For me, it’s the sense that my time is limited, I have to take advantage of every moment. Why? Because I have three kids at home with me most of the day, so I have to take the time I have to write and use it.
Up until April, I worked full-time at home as a Cable Systems Designer. I set my own hours and worked on deadline for every project assigned to me by the company I worked for. Though the work is different than writing, it did help me a lot for setting up timetables to accomplish tasks in a timely manner to meet those deadlines. With back to back books coming out, believe me, I’m always on a deadline for something: turning in books, edits, promotions.
Now that I’ve quit my day job to be a full-time writer, my schedule has changed a bit, but what hasn’t is that I still think of writing as a career and a job, which requires work every day toward the deadlines looming.
So, what is a typical day for me. Well, Monday through Friday are pretty much always the same. I’m a creature of habit and live by a schedule.
I wake up at 6:30am. I have my coffee and a cookie and check my email, Twitter, Facebook, and book rankings. I get the kids up, which requires me to do that at least three times for my oldest, and get them ready for school. Lunches made, breakfast in hand, we get in the car at 7:40am and I spend an hour dropping them off at their three different schools. Back home at 8:30am, I get another cup of coffee, a cookie, and I sit down to write. I’m the freshest in the morning, so this is the time I like to use to create the story. If I have promotions to work on, I’ll complete my interviews and blog posts after a couple of hours on my current work in progress.
I work until lunch, which means I make my lunch around 1:40pm and get in my car to pick up my kids from their schools. I eat lunch in the parking lot of my daughter’s school before she lets out for the day. We pick up her two brothers and we’re home by 3:30pm. Pick up takes far longer than drop off. The kids all get a snack, we discuss homework, and the kids get an hour for TV or computer games, while I check social media again, rankings, and read over anything from the morning that I think needs a fresh pass. 4:30pm I send my oldest off to his tutor. The two younger ones do their homework, mostly on their own, but I help out when needed. I work on my book for another two hours, stopping often when the kids need me, which means I don’t get much done. 6:30pm I make dinner. We eat between 7:00pm and 7:30pm when their father gets home. My kids are old enough that I just send them off for showers and to get ready for bed. Dad does the bedtime thing, since he’s missed them all day and that’s his time to spend with them. Kisses goodnight for all, and I’m back at my computer editing until bedtime. It’s been a long day, so I’m much better reading over work and editing in the evening than trying to write anything good. Some evening I also spend working on my critique partners work.
I think of myself as the Little Engine that could. I keep chugging along through my hectic day to get to the end of the novel, finish all the promotion, and still find time for my family – and cleaning up the house. The important thing is that my writing is a job that I work at every day. I don’t put it off, I make it a part of every day. It is still the best job I’ve ever had because I love it so much, I don’t think of it as work.
The McBrides of Fallbrook return with reformed bad boy Owen. He’ll do whatever he must to protect the woman who’s captured his heart. Attorney by day, rancher by night Owen McBride conquered his dark past and made it his mission to help the innocent—even at the expense of a personal life. But when a client’s abusive ex-husband targets Owen and his gorgeous neighbor Claire gets caught in the crossfire, his feelings turn anything but professional. The mysterious beauty awakens something in him, and he’ll move heaven and earth to keep her safe.
Coffee shop owner Claire Walsh learned the hard way that handsome men aren’t to be trusted. Owen may be sexy as hell and determined to take care of her, but she’s reluctant to put her heart on the line. His presence in her life puts a target on her back, yet the more time she spends with him, the more she finds she can’t help falling for Owen.
JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.
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