Hello Everyone, Sue-Ellen/Allie here…
Today is special! My longtime friend and first critique partner is visiting. Please welcome National Bestselling Author, Brenda Jernigan…
Brenda Jernigan is a bestselling author. Her books have been nominated for many awards: Bookseller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic.”
She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire. Brenda discovered the love of books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library — she was hooked. She set an ambitious goal and began work on her first novel. She continued to write six more novels in rapid succession. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt.
She is a member of RWA, NINC, PAN, PASIC, and Outreach International Romance Writers.
Her books have been printed in several languages and her last book “Southern Seduction” written under the name of Alexandria Scott was printed in Russian.
Connect with Brenda…
Newsletter Sign-up: http://brendajbooks.com/sign-up-for-news-and-book-info/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KI2LIK
Brenda is giving away a digital copy of her award-winning title, Western Seduction. The beautiful cover and its blurb are at the bottom of this post. To enter, just leave a comment. Brenda will announce a winner later tonight.
For now, let’s get to know her…
Guest Author ~ Brenda Jernigan
ER) As we’re longtime friends, I know you love visiting the North Carolina beach and also that you do the world’s best Christmas decorating. What other likes, hobbies, or activities do you enjoy? Maybe something that would surprise your readers.
BJ) Hobbies – I used to do a lot of things. I paint, cross-stitch, and make lampshades and baskets. However, once I was published, I didn’t have time for anything other than deadlines.
*Sue-Ellen/Allie notes: This is one of Brenda’s paintings. Isn’t she talented?
Now back to Brenda…
BJ) Something that would surprise readers – I kept a book from the library. I was trying to find a really good book and I found it. SOMETHING WONDERFUL by Judith McNaught. I loved this book so much that I didn’t want to turn it in, so I told the library that I’d lost it. I bet I paid $20 for that little $3.95 book but it was worth it. Later on, I met Judith at an RWA conference and had her sign the book. She laughed when she saw it and said it was an original.
However, the book is so highlighted and full of paperclips that I doubt I could get any money for it. Judith said when she saw all my markings that she did the same thing with Jude Deveraux’s books.
On a recent trip to the UK, I visited Edinburgh and got to sit behind the desk where JK Rowling finished Harry Potter. I was on cloud nine, I was so excited.
ER) Do you have a favorite character from your own books?
BJ) That is a hard question. I like Adam (The Duke’s Lady) because he is so strong and hard.
ER) What do you love best about writing? What not so much?
BJ) What I love best in controlling my entire world and seeing where the story goes. Unfortunately, I am a seat-of –your-pants author so sometimes I don’t know how the story will end. The best part about writing is typing The End.
What I don’t like is the constant doubt that I’ve said the same thing before or that the book might not be as good as my last one. I never want to let readers down. I want to take you away from your everyday world so that you forget the pile of bills on your desk, and most of all I want to make you laugh and cry and sigh when the book is over.
ER) What would you say is the hardest part of writing? The easiest?
BJ) The hardest part is getting the story right. With my newest book Western Seduction, I wrote the first half and set it aside for 4 years. I didn’t have any idea how I wanted the story to end.
The easiest is going back after a book is finished and reading your story later. Sometimes I think, “I wrote that? And why in the world did I think that was hard.”
ER) Finish this sentence: Authors beware, didn’t you know that…
BJ: Authors beware, didn’t you know that: writing is hard work with lots of doubts. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Not everybody will love you.
ER) If you weren’t an author, what would you enjoy doing?
BJ) I’ve pretty much done everything. However, I am the type of person who has to be doing something so why not writing. I would like to have one of those dreams like JK Rowling and Diana Gabaldon where the entire book comes to me. I mean … am I asking for a lot?
Fun Stuff Q’s
ER) Five Fun Facts about yourself.
BJ) I’m retired. I’m dyslexic. I’m a redhead. I’m easygoing. I hated reading when I was young.
ER) Night or day writer?
BJ) I write on paper first. I have trouble sitting for long periods behind the computer – probably because I did it for so many years – so I write 30 minutes here and there unless I’m on a good scene and then words keep coming. I’m not a morning person or an evening person. However I do have several hours around lunchtime, which is my best time.
*SEW/AM adds: This above and below made me smile. I remember back when we were early critique partners and your snailmail chapters always arrived with a letter mentioning how you’d worked on the chaps on your lunch break from work.
ER) Quiet or music when you write?
BJ) When I worked – I used to go to the lake at lunchtime and write in my car. That was/is my favorite time, because it is quiet and nobody can bother you and you can’t see something else you need to be doing. Sometimes when I am typing on the computer, I will put on Beethoven because it is soothing.
ER) Favorite food(s)?
BJ) Steak and baked potatoes
ER) What you’d never eat?
BJ) Collards and I don’t care for mushy green stuff.
ER) Coffee or tea?
BJ) Both and I’m a Pepsi girl.
ER) Favorite season?
BJ) I like all the seasons but get tired of each one. My favorites are fall and spring.
ER) Favorite time and place to read?
BJ) In bed. I love it when you are trying to stay awake to read 1 more page and the book slips from your hand. Best way to go to sleep.
ER) What’s coming up for you?
BJ) I’m starting a new book. If the writing gods are good to me I hope to finish it this year. I will also have a few book bundles coming out in the next couple of months.
ER) Anything you’d like readers to know?
BJ) I do not put out books every few months. I’m a slow writer. When I was younger, I could work on 2 books at a time. However, I like to have a life and do other things so I am a little slower. Life is too short, remember to enjoy it. I do love to hear from readers. My favorite emails are the ones that say I kept the reader up all night because they couldn’t put the book down.
Brenda’s Giveaway! Digital copy of Western Seduction to one lucky reader! Leave a comment to enter.
Shannon McKinley flees Scotland to America hoping for a new life. She has answered an ad to be a nanny at Star Ranch in the Texas Territory. It doesn’t matter that she has never been a nanny. If she can handle men…she can handle children. As Shannon tames Luke Griffin’s two wild children, Luke proves a little more difficult as he still mourns his dead wife. Shannon will never accept being second best. As she begins to melt the ice from Luke’s heart, can he really let the past go and take a chance on love?
When a feisty Scot steps out of the stage in Cottonwood, Texas, Luke Griffin can do nothing but stare. He advertised for old and ugly, but this woman doesn’t fit that description at all. And she is much too small to survive in Texas. He will send her back on the next stage. But for now, Luke will take her to the ranch and ignore the heat that runs though his veins every time she is near him.
In this wild and rugged land, will Shannon’s dark secret endanger the family she has come to love?
Thanks so much for being here, Brenda!