Today we will have Jenn Pierce on the blog to talk about her books Hidden Danger and Expecting Danger.
Expecting Danger will release on 12/4/18 and I, for one, am very excited. I read Hidden Danger and was enamored with Jenn’s writing. It is a pleasure to have her on the blog today.
I will get to the interview in just a moment. First, I need to comment on this cover. I love it! It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Spooky woods speaking of mystery and suspense with the baby shoes bringing up all sorts of questions in my mind…yep, I’m excited about this book.
Okay, here we go with the interview. I will highlight my questions in bold and any responses of mine will be in parentheses.
Where do you get your inspiration? What led you to become an author?
My inspiration comes from God. The words for the first two books just flowed. I actually never really thought of being a real author. I did try NaNoWriMo several years ago but don’t think I wrote more than 100 hundred words. My writing started after my dad died in January 2014. I spent the rest of 2014 reading books. I read and read and read. I read 135 books that year. 2015 started and one day while reading a book I thought, “I can do this.” I started with one scene and it all flowed from there.
(Jenn, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. He would be so proud of you and the work you have done.)
What is your favorite moment from Expecting Danger?
I love the entire book but I think my favorite moment is the dinner Kate and Jake have with Maggie and Cody.
(Now I will be looking for this scene in particular.)
I absolutely loved the nursery rhyme aspect of Hidden Danger. Will we see more rhymes in Expecting Danger?
I’m so glad you loved it. Unfortunately, there are no nursery rhymes in Expecting Danger. But I think you’ll still love it.
(I’m sure I will. You have a natural knack for writing that immediately pulled me in. I’m just happy you have another book coming out soon!)
What is your writing style? Are you a planner or a panster?
I am a complete pantster. I start with a scene and the novel unfolds from there. Inside note, I didn’t know who the villain was in Hidden Danger until it was at least halfway written.
(You sound just like me when I’m writing. I love those moments when it all sort of snaps together like the final piece of a puzzle locking into place.)
What is your favorite thing/feeling that you get from writing?
I love creating stories and putting them out for others to read.
(And we love you for your willingness to create stories for us.)
How did your writing journey begin and what is next for you as an author?
While I was writing Hidden Danger I came across a contest hosted by Harlequin’s Love Inspired lines. I learned a lot and entered. I didn’t make it past the first round but I pushed on and finished. When it was complete, I submitted it to Harlequin and it was rejected. By then I’d already started on Expecting Danger. My best friend kept pushing me to submit it to other publishers but I’ve always heard you never sell your first book. I thought I’d wait until Expecting Danger was complete that way I could say, “Oh, you liked Hidden Danger? I have this one too.” One day on my lunch break, I was playing on Facebook and a friend mentioned that #PitMad was going on on Twitter. At that time Twitter only allowed 144 characters. I had to boil down my novel to 144 characters, less actually because I had to include the # and genre. I got a like within 5 minutes. I was so excited. I submitted the requested chapters and within a week had a request for the full manuscript. I ended up signing a contract with Anaiah. When Expecting Danger was complete, I signed another contract.
I’m currently working on the third book in the Small Town Guardians series, Finding Danger. Hopefully, I’ll have it finished soon and submitted to my editor.
(A third book! I’m grinning like I just got asked to prom! Jenn, I’m so happy for you and your writing journey. You have done an excellent job writing your novels. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Thank you for being part of my blog.)
Thank you for having me!
Jenn’s first novel, Hidden Danger, is available now. Click the link to purchase: Hidden Danger
Here’s the blurb:
All Maggie Jones wants to do is sell her late father’s property and get out of Whitehaven, Texas as fast as possible—before she runs into the one man she’s spent the past six years avoiding. Someone has other plans for her, though. Sinister plans. And when a seemingly harmless act of vandalism turns into a series of menacing threats, she has no choice but to turn to last person on earth she wants to see for help.
Sheriff Cody Smith never expected to see Maggie again, especially after he’d broken her heart all those years ago. Maybe this is the second chance he’s always wanted. But when he realizes Maggie’s in grave danger, he intends to keep her safe at all costs. With lines from an old nursery rhyme as their only clue, he needs to find out who’s behind this deadly game before the rhyme ends and Maggie’s time runs out. Can he protect her, catch the bad guy, and make amends for past wrongs? Or will old wounds get in the way?
Expecting Danger will release on 12/4/18. Click the link to purchase: Expecting Danger
Here’s the blurb:
Kate has been on the run from the men who killed her husband and left her for dead—which isn’t easy considering she’s eight months pregnant—but now they’ve found her. Again. Still reeling from her late husband’s betrayal, the last thing Kate wants is the help of a handsome stranger.
Security expert, Jacob Jones, is still grieving the loss of his pregnant wife, and he’s not ready to move on. But when he thwarts an attempted abduction of the beautiful Kate, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her. Despite her reluctance, he’s determined to do whatever it takes to save her, including giving up his own life.
Kate’s only option is to take a leap of faith and allow Jacob to help her. But can she trust him to keep her and her unborn baby alive? Or will he fail her like everyone else in her life?
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