Jenny: That’s such a challenging question.
I’m much happier exploring the characters I create than my own personality.
Like so many writers, I’m a quiet person. I guess you could say I’m a happy
suburbanite. I like living in Australia, chatting with friendly neighbours,
growing my own tomatoes. I have a degree in history (and sociology) that I
mis-use when I write steampunk.
inspired you to be a writer?
Jenny: I never had a choice. It was born in
me. Mum remembers me sitting at a tiny kid’s table in a corner of the kitchen
literally scribbling line after line on the paper. I couldn’t read or write
yet, but I was determined to “write” anyway! The need to write never went away,
even if for years I didn’t focus on it. Even my high school yearbook predicted
I’d be an author … okay, they also said I’d be Jessica Fletcher! Hey guys, that
is sooo not what I write J
did you chose your genre?
Jenny: I read a lot of contemporary
romance. Harlequin feeds the addiction, so you can imagine how excited I was to
learn Harlequin was launching an Australian digital imprint, Escape Publishing.
I also read other genres and subgenres of romance (I love paranormal romance),
but I always come back to contemporary romance because in it there’s nowhere to
hide. A scary vampire can’t add tension by flying in the window and there’s no
psycho hiding in the shower, as in romantic suspense. With contemporary romance
the focus is on the emotional journey, and I like that intensity.
made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
Jenny: “Drawing Closer” is a story inspired
by my love for the town I grew up in. Fremantle is Australia’s main Indian
Ocean port. It’s a beautiful city, with buildings of creamy limestone, and
wearing its mixed history of convicts and more hopeful immigrants with great
charm. It’s also a centre for artists. I wanted to write a story that captured
that magic and shared it with the world—and what better story is there for
capturing magic than a romance?
did you come up with the title?
Jenny: Usually I struggle with titles, but
not this time. There was no other possible title, not with Zoe being an artist
and Nick being her inspiration. I love puns and I couldn’t resist punning on
the attraction that is “drawing” them together.
do you love most about writing this story?
Jenny: You’ve probably guessed that I loved
writing about Fremantle. But that wasn’t the best bit. The tension between Zoe
and Nick took even me (the author) by surprise. Now, that was fun to explore. I
don’t want to share any spoilers, but Zoe had some very interesting and totally
understandable fantasies about him.
do you think makes a good story?
Jenny: Passion. And by that I mean all
sorts of passion, not just sexual heat. The passion for justice that drives a
crime novel or the passion for life that lights up a biography or even a
passion for food that creates a wonderful cookbook. Passion hooks readers
because it’s rich in energy and hope. Encountering an author’s passion is one
of the joys of reading.
us a little about your current release …..
Jenny: “Drawing Closer” is a short story,
10,000 words. That makes it about a fifth the length of a typical category
romance, and perfect for a leisurely lunchtime read or an after-dinner
indulgence. I like reading novellas and short stories since when they’re
well-written they pack all the emotional punch of a longer story, but respect
the fact that sometimes life is just too busy for a
Drawing Closer Blurb
Loyola has a secret. Just between her and her sketchbook, she loves sculptor
Nick Gordon. Her drawings of him are hot and naked.
has a secret, too. He’s being blackmailed. Protecting his family means ignoring
his desire for Zoe.
in the world of art, passion breaks every rule and secrets are made for
And Nas, I have to say a huge thank
you! not only for having me on your blog, but for being a fantastic editor. You
made “Drawing Closer” shine.
[Thanks so much for your kind comment, Jenny. I tried my best for you.]