USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Saints writes so many different genres, she needs three different names! Writing Contemporary Romance as Jennifer Saints, Gothic Historical Romance and Paranormal Romance as Jennifer St. Giles, and Military Romantic Suspense as J.L. Saint, this bewitching Georgia Peach has a vivid and vast imagination which engages her readers with her rich characters and vibrant scenes.
When creating the perfect hero and heroine, do you rely solely on your imagination or do you draw inspiration from other sources (family and friends, actors/actresses etc.) or a combination of both?
Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble. Can’t you just imagine a witch stirring her cauldron, snatching everything within reach to stir into her brew? That’s me with a book and the characters that fill it. It’s a combination of my imagination and what I glean from life, the world, and others around me. Then there’s the magic. The characters come to life through the story and become their on unique person, unlike anyone else.
Which character from your own work would you most like to meet in the real world and why?
LOL That’s like asking which one of your children would you choose to spend time with. Each of my heroes and heroines have something within them that I admire and would choose to have as part of my life.
Which character from another authors work would you also like to meet?
Roarke from JD Robb’s books.
If you had to choose between writing a story that would leave your readers LAUGHING out Loud, CRYING from all the intense emotions or with a pressing need for a COLD SHOWER, which response would you prefer?
You must add the chill of suspense to that list as well. In truth, I shoot for the full range of emotions in my stories. I want to touch the hearts of my readers . I want them to feel my stories. To choose only one, though. I always love to leave my readers with a smile, so I guess I would go for laughter; it is the great healer of all things.
Living and breathing a cast of characters for months/years while writing a story must make it hard to set that character aside when the story is finished. Which character did you most have the trouble with saying “Goodbye” to?
Anne Trevelyan from THE MISTRESS OF TREVELYAN
A lot of authors are now using social media websites like FACEBOOK and TWITTER to connect with their fans and promote their new and upcoming work. How much of a difference do you believe that these interactions help in engaging new readers/fans to your work?
Social Media opened the door for readers and authors to make a personal connection. That, I think, helps an author be able to share so much more about their stories and their characters, which hopefully interests readers in what we so love to do. I know for myself that every time a reader reaches out to me it just makes my day and encourages me in my writing.
Now that self-publishing is growing in popularity and even established “Print” authors are choosing to release some of their work outside the traditional norm of a publishing house, do you believe that the added level of control given to the author will ultimately see a rise in the quality of the works available or just the quantity?
Definitely the quality will skyrocket. Authors do not have to go through the narrow gates of what traditional publishing thinks is marketable to write and publish a book. Authors can now write the stories they are passionate about and that interest them. The treasures are and will abound.
Speaking of control…when it comes to the cover art, when a character or couple are portrayed it’s not uncommon for them to be shown as a perfect model of themselves without any of the descriptive flaws found inside the pages of the story. Do you think that readers prefer the more romanticized version or would they rather see a truer version of the characters being portrayed? AND, which would you prefer?
A good writer will make a character both wonderful and flawed, and I think that readers like to get both in their heroes and heroines.
The NEWS is always doing stories on pirate and file sharing websites that illegally make copies of music, movies and television freely available online, but they rarely if ever include mention of eBooks in these reports. What are your thoughts on the lack of attention being given to this issue?
An author sweats blood for months on end to write a story. I think that it’s a shame that neither the legal world, nor those that pirate the books, care about that or are willing to pay an author for their hard work. But I love story, I will always write stories. Stories are meant to be cherished and shared, but not a day goes by that I don’t hope to one day make my living by writing. So I thank everyone who doesn’t pirate. Though I welcome a pirate hero, don’t you?
Would you care to share something about your latest release or a story that you are working on now?
As we speak, I am starting James Weldon’s story, HOT IRISH LASS, book four of the Weldon Brothers Series and part of my Southern Steam Book Collection. As is my newest release, COCKTAIL COVE, a fun and sexy southern tale with a touch of suspense that begins my Frankly, My Dear Series. I hope you’ll enjoy all of the books in this collection.
Look for Jennifer’s latest release COCKTAIL COVE available on November 1st in print and ebook!
When life shakes you up and pours you over the rocks…
Socialite Nikita Derringer is hiding from the mob because of a deal her ex made with the devil, that she accidentally did her ex in with her designer heals, is… beside the point.
Guilt ridden developer Ben Harding walked away from his lucrative big city job and is searching for redemption in the quiet solitude of his grandfather’s sacred fishing cove. But fate has something else in mind for them at cocktail cove. Throw in sex therapy for the masses, a bear of a dog, the deep end of passion and you’ve got a potent mix guaranteed to ignite your senses and fill your heart with love and laughter.
USA Today Bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles, Jennifer Saints, JL Saint is no ordinary Georgia Peach. She’s a Golden Heart, three-time Maggie, two-time National Reader’s Choice, Marlene, RT Reviewer’s Choice and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author. Jenni writes in multiple genres, including: romance, paranormal, contemporary, historical and military and time travel. She is a passionate patriot, event planner and the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children’s causes. Jenni believes fervently in following your dreams and never giving up.