Please help me welcome author Jennifer Bernard to the blog today 🙂 I’m excited that she’s taken the hot seat and agreed to answer a few questions. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her and her latest release Caught By You!
Don’t forget to look for the link to enter her awesome giveaway as well 🙂
Let’s get started …
What 5 words describe you best?
Bookworm chocoholic romantic wanderlustful wordsmith.
Love those words! Where’s the last place you went on vacation?
I live in Alaska, but every winter we spend a few sanity-preserving months in Hawaii. I wouldn’t call it “vacation” because we work our butts off on the place we’re building. But it sure is a relief from the long cold winter.
Sounds like heaven. My bucket list includes a Hawaiian visit 🙂 What’s your goal for 2016?
My last Love Between the Bases book comes out in July, so I suppose I have two goals. Wrap up my baseball series with a bang, and start a new series with an even bigger bang! I have several projects claiming space in my brain at the moment. I’m excited to work on all of them but need to decide what comes first.
Best of luck with your goal 🙂 When did you realize that you wanted to become an author?
To be honest, I think that desire was born the minute I realized that those magical items called books were created from someone’s imagination. It blew my mind. I started with angsty poems and worked my way to sexy novels. I’ve been writing in one way or another since third grade.
What was your first thought when you saw the book cover for CAUGHT BY YOU?
“OMG, he’s wearing a shirt!” This is actually my very first cover that doesn’t show a bare-chested man embracing a woman. I’m very curious to see how readers respond to the relative lack of skin.
Your cover is awesome! I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in CAUGHT BY YOU.
Donna MacIntyre and Mike Solo are my favorite kind of characters – what I like to call “the extraordinary of the ordinary.” They’re regular people with real-life challenges, but the way they meet those challenges is what makes them fascinating. So I wanted names that sounded like people you might know. In Mike’s case, I wanted a great baseball-sounding name that would look good on a Jumbotron.
What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
I’m a big believer in voice. The authors I admire most are the ones you can identify within a page or so. My hope is that I’m true to my own voice and my own unique combination of humor and emotion.
Which character in CAUGHT BY YOU was the hardest to write and why?
One of antagonists is a publicity-loving homophobic pitcher. Mike Solo has a gay brother, and his support of his brother has driven a wedge between him and his strict Catholic family. So homophobia is a hot-button for him, and working with Yazmer makes him nuts. I found Yazmer hard to write because I too have a gay family member, so writing a homophobic character was a real challenge.
What’s the one scene from your book that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
Interestingly, I think I want to single out the first scene, because I rewrote it so many times! It started out completely different – it took place in a hospital, it included more members of Mike’s baseball team, more characters from the previous book in the series. I was trying to explain so many things in one scene! I rewrote it several times, until I finally let all that go and focused on the most important thing – Mike and Donna interacting. That’s now one of my favorite scenes.
Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.
Total hunk, with those catcher’s thighs and devil-green eyes. Always up for fun, but there’s something deeper behind that teasing exterior. And you just know it’s bound to be delicious.
Love it! When is your writing most productive?
When I know I only have a limited time to write before I have to pick up my daughter, or make dinner, or whataver, that’s when I really buckle down and make the words fly. But for me, the biggest luxury is when I have an entire day with nothing to do besides write. Pure heaven!
Tell us about your book in tweet form—that’s right, you get 140 characters 🙂
Catcher Mike Solo just gave Donna the hottest kiss of her life, but now she’s in major league trouble with her powerful ex. Love comes out of left field in Caught By You!
Awesome tweet 🙂 Share with us something about yourself not many people know.
I can’t hear out of my left ear.
Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
I’m in the edit process for DRIVE YOU WILD, the third book in the Love Between the Bases series. Beyond that, I have a few chapters written in a new series and a women’s fiction project I’m starting to flesh out. I also have a joint project with Erin Nicholas underway. It’s called GETTING WOUND UP, a crossover between my baseball series and her Sapphire Falls series. We’re about to send it off to an editor, and it will hit e-retailers in March 2016. It’s my first self-pub project and I’ve had a great time with it.
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
The last movie I saw was Gentleman Bronco. (My kid loves it, don’t ask me why.)
If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life I’d choose Avocadoes.
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
My toothbrush wishes it were a baseball bat. (Hey, I’m trying to get the baseball connection in!)
I never wear panty hose. I hate and despise them.
If I won the lotto the first thing I’d do is pay off all my credit cards. Too mundane? I’d travel the world leaving random anonymous gifts and cash for people I liked.
Thanks for letting me interview you! I love your Random Fun answers 🙂 Especially the lotto one. How fun would that be 🙂
He ran a hand through the rough curls at the back of his head. “I have to confess something.” His Catholic-boy conscience had been tugging at him this whole time. “Only a couple of those library books are mine. Mostly they’re my neighbor’s. He’s house-bound, so I pick up books for him.”
Amusement lit up her little heart-shaped face. “Your confession is that you don’t read big piles of books, and that you go to the library for your neighbor? I’m crushed. I was thinking there was a secret genius hidden inside that ripped body.”
“Maybe I was trying to impress you. We’ve been dancing around each other all season. Don’t you want to see if there’s anything to this chemistry?”
Her eyes widened. “Here? Are you trying to add public indecency to all those fines?”
“Just a kiss. One kiss. There’s nothing indecent about a kiss.”
She considered that for a long moment, while a pleasant tension rose between them. Finally she seemed to make up her mind. She took a step forward, brushing against him.
“Nothing indecent, Priest? I’ve got news for you.”
“There is if you do it right.” And she lifted her mouth to his.