Today I’m welcoming Genevieve Jourdin, author of Just Add Heat, a contemporary romance. Thank you for stopping by, Genevieve!
All about Genevieve…
I’m Genevieve and I work for “The Man.” Okay, I work for “A” man. Luckily, that man is my husband and I don’t take orders- I give them. I spend most of my days crunching numbers (boring) and I spend most of my evenings reading and writing “romantica” (not boring).
I’d ask you to “follow” me but there are a few problems with that:
*I have a blog but I don’t update it very regularly. It’s http://genjourdin.blogspot.com/
*I think FB is the devil.
*Tweeting seems too complicated because there are too many @’s and #’s.
You can drop me a line at email@example.com (I’m not living in the stone age!)
1. How did your life as a writer begin?
I used to devour the old Harlequin’s with the red edges that I would “liberate” from the bottom of my grandmother’s closet. Even as a young teen, I would very often rewrite parts of the story that I didn’t like. I guess it was a bit of fanfiction before I knew there was such a thing. My first stab at a story of my own was about fourteen years ago when my husband bought me a fabulous hardbound journal with lined paper. It was screaming for a romance story, so I wrote one. It was terrible, and I’ll never publish it, but once I got that one out of my head, they started coming nonstop.
2. Tell us about your writing process. Do you outline, or are you more of a seat of your pants type of a writer?
I write by the seat of my pants. I always know how the story will end, and I usually write the last scene first, but the journey to the final scene is usually a series of surprises.
3. What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I love reading and writing in first person (although I know that a lot of people don’t), but the one thing I always feel is missing is the other lead character’s side of things. A few years ago I wrote a companion story to a short story just so that I could articulate the hero’s point of view. Ever since then, every story I write in first person is done in two parts—the heroine who gets the main story and the hero gets to tell his own version of events. It’s usually just for me, but I did put out Baby, It’s Cold Outside after I released Just Add Heat because I felt like it had enough “meat” to carry the story on its own. Unfortunately, it takes a lot longer to finish my books doing it this way.
4. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
I want to be the kind of writer that is able to put out three good books a year, consistently. Of course, this is partially thwarted by my aforementioned quirk, but it’s still my eventual goal. I wouldn’t mind becoming a best seller overnight, either.
5. Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I want to be able to speak, read, and understand German enough to move there for a few months and not have to rely on English speakers. All four of my grandparents were first generation Americans whose first language was German and I always wanted to go over and see where my family came from. My high school German is laughable, but I guess I could get myself to the train station or the hospital.
6. What do you have in store next for your readers?
I’ve been working on a story involving a sexy 6 foot tall leprechaun.
Take one part slightly insecure woman and add one part confidently sexy man. Mix well. Pour out the memories of the past two years and what do you have? A recipe for disaster.
Justine is a boyfriend-less chef; at least, that’s the last thing she remembers. After a fall wiped the memories of the last two years of her life, she’s struggling to absorb her new circumstances. Apparently, she’s the racy star of her own web-based cooking show and has become involved with a sexy younger man. Why would amnesia strike when her whole life has had such a major upgrade?
Carter is living the life he’s always dreamed of, a life with Justine, and he refuses to let a bump on the head derail his plans for a Happily Ever After. He’ll do whatever it takes to remind her that they are the perfect couple, but how do you make the woman you love remember that she loves you?
Luckily for the both of them, her recollections are tied up with her hormones, and they have all the ingredients they need for a happy life.
No recipe required: Just Add Heat
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