I’m pleased to welcome guest blogger Crimson Romance writer Jennifer De Cuir.
Jennifer tells me she lives in the Pacific Northwest, where sunshine is rare and coffee is a must. She lives with her children (two little humans, one big human she married) and has three fur babies. All of them keep her very busy. Chocolate and crocheting keep her sane.
Hi Jennifer, thanks for stopping by. Please tell us about your writing process.
Do you plot or are you a pantser?
I start out with the best of intentions to plot my heart out. Tons of index cards and post its, even a poster board to line up all my key plot points and acts. But I really only get a good read on my hero and heroine and a general feel for the direction of the story (mostly the beginning and the very end) and then I’m off and running. I waste SO much money at Staples!
What advice did you receive when you decided to write? Was it helpful?
My mother, God rest her soul, found it very difficult to support the idea of my writing novels. She tried to push me to go into journalism – where the money is, in writing. I explained that the whole point of writing, for me, was to write what *I* wanted, not what someone assigned me to write. So, no, it definitely was not helpful.
Why did you decide to write about a small town or a big city?
I loved the small town I grew up in and not a day goes by that I don’t miss it. By creating Scallop Shores, a small town on the coast of Maine, I am able to slip off to visit my memories, since I can’t visit my own hometown.
Do you use real places, why or why not?
Scallop Shores is completely made up but is based on the touristy town of York, Maine. So… yes and no. ;)
What is your writing schedule? Tell us about your day.
I have a daughter in elementary school and a little guy in pre-K. So my best writing window happens in the very early morning, if I can manage it (if I can sneak down the hall w/o waking anyone up), or during Little Guy’s school hours. Occasionally we’ll do a cereal-for-dinner night if I’ve got a great idea for a scene and absolutely must get it down before I lose it.
How do you feel about promoting your books, like dislike, learning how?
I hate this part of the business! I feel like I’m constantly having to pimp myself out and it’s a very uncomfortable feeling. Uncomfortable but necessary. I’m extremely shy, so putting myself out there is happening slowly.
What do you read when you have the time?
I love all romance genres, but if I have the time to just kick back and read for pleasure, my guilty pleasure is time travel.
What are your hobbies and do they contribute to your writing?
I love to crochet and usually try to fit that into most of my books, as crocheting baby clothes are my absolute favorite thing to make. Someone is either working on a baby sweater, or receiving one as a gift.
What are your future plans?
My first book, Drawn to Jonah, is coming out in a Modern Love book bundle being put out by Crimson Romance on July 14th. I am frantically trying to finish my 4th Scallop Shores novel, tentatively titled Trapped in Tourist Town. I’ve also promised my editor a Christmas novella based on Sam’s best friend from Wynter’s Journey, Riley. I really need to learn to write FASTER!
Drawn to Jonah -First in the series set in Scallop Shores. Quinn finds new purpose in life caring for the local handyman's daughter and teaching the sexy single dad how to read. He knows he owes her a huge debt, but he'll start by giving her his heart.
Wynter’s Journey -A childhood promise brings Wynter and Sam together again after tragedy ripped them apart over ten years earlier. Fate has given him a second chance to tell her how he feels. This time he's not going to run.
Crimson Romance: http://www.adamsmediastore.com/wynters-journey
Thank you Jennifer. BTW, I can certainly relate to wanting to write faster. : )
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