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Friday, August 8, 2014

Interview with Author Jennifer Ryan and Giveaway

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.

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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and three kids. I met my husband in high school, and we've been married for more than twenty years. My favorite foods are tacos and chocolate. Yes, cookies and brownies are breakfast foods and go great with coffee. I love to garden, read, and watch TV. I'm a homebody. When I do escape my writing cave, I love the beach or the forest.

Did you always want to be a writer?
No, I wanted to be a doctor once upon a time. I'm an avid reader, and one day I had my own story playing in my head. I mean, those characters wouldn't shut up. So, I wrote my first novel Saved by the Rancher in secret. Only a few members of my immediate family knew. I told the rest when I got my publishing deal...because then it was real, and I couldn't stop writing. I loved it.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Panster and binge writer. I can spend the whole day writing with limited breaks. All I need is a movie I've seen a dozen times, a cup of tea, and chocolate, and I'm good to go for hours.

Where do your ideas come from?
That is probably the hardest question. My imagination for the most part. I love that time in the morning when I'm not quite awake and my mind wanders. The same thing happens at stop lights. I've been honked at a lot over the last few years. The shower is another great place to let my mind go and fall into a story. Sometimes it can be as simple as a line from a song that sparks something.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Suspenseful. Sexy sheriff discovers murdered ex-girlfriend is alive-and his again if they unravel the lies...and forgive. #DylansRedemption

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Although I write suspense and love to read it, I love historical novels. Some of my favorite authors are Hannah Howell, Monica McCarty, Judith McNaught, Sabrina Jeffries, and Stephanie Laurens.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
That's like asking me to pick a favorite child. I love them all and like them in different ways. I'm a series junkie. So, some of my favorites are Stephanie Laurens' The Cynsters. Monica McCarty's The Highland Guard. Nora Robert's In the Garden. Julie Garwood's FBI series.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
The opening scene. Balancing the action with giving the reader enough, but not too much, of the backstory. Naming all the characters sometimes takes longer than writing that first chapter. It's got to be just right.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Nora Roberts. Icon in the romance industry. I'd love to pick her brain about the business and storytelling. Stephen King. Amazing writer and storyteller. I think he'd be interesting. The way he thinks intrigues me. Jane Austen. I'd like to know what she thinks of her books standing the test of time and still being relevant today.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I'm one of those writers who likes to always be working on something. Right now, it's my next series - The Montana Men. AT WOLF RANCH is complete. I just turned in FOR HER HEART. I'm writing the third cowboy brother - Dane right now. No title yet. Those titles can be a killer to come up with sometimes.

In DYLAN'S REDEMPTION, Dylan has never stopped loving his first true love, Jessie. Do you still think about your first love? Would you ever want to try to win them back? Or are some things better left in the past?

There's a new sheriff in Fallbrook … Meet Dylan McBride.

Jessie Thompson had one hell of a week. Dylan McBride, the boy she loved, skipped town without a word. Then her drunk of a father tried to kill her, and she fled Fallbrook, vowing never to return. Eight years later, her father is dead, and Jessie reluctantly goes home—only to come face-to-face with the man who shattered her heart. A man who, for nearly a decade, believed she was dead.

Dylan accepted the position as sheriff of Fallbrook looking for a fresh start and a chance to uncover the truth about Jessie's disappearance. He knew he'd have to face a few ghosts … he just never thought one would be Jessie, all grown up, stunning … and alive. The pull between them is instant, but Dylan's heart has already mourned Jessie, and she has secrets she can never share. Can they escape the darkness of their past for a chance at a bright future together?

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 Print Set of the McBrides Series Books One and Two 

To Enter: 
  • Please answer Jennifer's question: Do you still think about your first love? Would you ever want to try to win them back? Or are some things better left in the past?
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Good Luck! 

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  1. I have not read any of her books so I really look forward to it, if I win.

  2. I've not read the books as of yet.

  3. Well, I married my first love, so I can't say!! I haven't read any of these books yet, but they are on my wish list. I'd love to win these. Thanks for the chance.

  4. I definitely still think about him but in this case the past should probably just stay in the past

  5. I haven't read anything in the McBride series, but the idea of a reformed bad boy sounds nice. I occasionally think of my first love, but purely in a "Gee, I hope he's doing well" kind of way. I'm very happy with that relationship existing in the past tense. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  6. I haven't read any books in this series yet. But I'd pick the sexy lawyer.