Please join me in welcoming Jennifer Delamere to my blog today. Her first book An Heiress at Heart is being toured by the ACRBA (Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance) this week. Her second book is coming out in September and the cover is amazing.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve lived all over the
United States for both work and study, plus I
spent three wonderful years in Canada
( Montreal and ). I am now happily settled in Ottawa . Although the wandering bug hasn’t left me,
I now prefer to travel with a suitcase rather than a moving van! I currently
have a “day” job editing educational materials for schools. About five years
ago I decided to try my hand at writing fiction. I can be a lot more creative
than at my day job, that’s for sure! An
Heiress at Heart is my first novel. Raleigh, North
2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
As a child I was a voracious reader. I probably read nearly everything in my school library. As for favorites, I was a big fan of the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. I also read all of the Nancy Drew mystery series.
3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?
I love to read historical fiction of all types, plus nonfiction history books. I also enjoy classic writers like Charles Dickens. At the moment I’m writing historical romance, but in the future I may branch out into other genres. I love reading time travel books, and I may try to write one someday.
4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
When I was in high school I discovered the romantic suspense novels of Mary Stewart. I have read and reread them numerous times over the years. Most of her books are set in
Greece, or . Each one gives such
a captivating sense of place that I’m sure they are responsible for my desire
to travel to those countries. Her descriptions are so vivid, and I love her
heroes, who are usually dark, tortured, and initially mistaken by the heroine
for the villain! I love that her writing is detailed, intelligent, absorbing,
and keeps me turning the pages. Great Britain
5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
It was a gradual process. There are writers in my family tree: my mother was a journalist, and her grandfather kept a detailed diary for many years. I also kept a diary, although that faded out a year or two after college. Initially I wanted to be a screenwriter. At university I studied screenwriting as well as English. I’ve written several romantic comedy screenplays. It was through a series of somewhat unusual circumstances that my interest in screenwriting led me to meet authors who were members of Romance Writers of America. I decided to join RWA myself, and it was then that I began to seriously consider novel writing.
6. How did you go about becoming an author?
When I decided to write a book, I began with what I had learned about story structure and dialogue from my screenwriting studies. Then I took many workshops and classes offered by RWA and applied what I learned there. Through my involvement with RWA I got excellent critiques and advice from other published authors. As for choosing my story, I wanted to write a romance that included inspirational elements but didn’t short-change the excitement and sizzle of falling in love. I was aware it might be too “sexy” for traditional Christian publishers and yet too “PG” for mainstream publishers. I had no way of knowing that a mainstream publisher was in fact currently searching for just such a book. I basically wrote the kind of story that I would want to read, and you can see why I believe that’s the best piece of writing advice I can give to other new authors.
7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
Happily I have a “day” job that I enjoy very much. If I was not doing that, I’d love to be involved in filmmaking somehow.
8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
My husband and I enjoy hiking in the summer and downhill skiing in winter. I love being out in nature where I can enjoy God’s handiwork firsthand, and a good physical challenge is a welcome change of pace from writing and desk work.
9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I have been to both
England and , and would love to return to
either of those places. I would also love to visit France Australia
Reading The Fatal Shore years ago
piqued my interest in New Zealand ,
and I’ve read many books about it since. I’d love to actually visit some of the
places I’ve read about! (Jenny here I hope you get to visit her at some stage.) Australia
10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Mary Stewart – I understand she’s still alive, although she is in her 90s. I would love to ask her more about her approach to writing and her travels in
France and in the 1950s and 60s. Since
that may not happen, I’ve settled for a marvelous interview she did in the
early 1990s that can be found on YouTube. Greece
Micheal Wood, English historian and filmmaker – His exciting four-part series In Search of Shakespeare totally renewed my fascination with Shakespeare’s plays as well as the life and times of the man himself. He relates what he knows with such energy and enthusiasm that I think he’d be marvelous to talk to.
Bill Bryson, because he adores travel and history as much as I do, and because his books and interviews are so humorous I think he would be a fun dinner companion.
Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
My next book, A Lady Most Lovely, will be released on September 24. The book takes place in
but there is a strong Australian connection. Before the hero arrives in London England, he has survived a shipwreck off Melbourne, the bushfires in in 1851 known as Black Thursday,
and made a fortune in the gold fields. Here is the cover blurb: Victoria
Socialite Margaret Vaughn is the wealthiest heiress in
—or so everybody
thinks. Saddled with debts left by her father, she agrees to marry a rich man
who can save her family’s estate. But when her fiancé turns out to be just
another poor social climber, Margaret faces financial ruin—and social
humiliation. Just when she thinks all is lost, she finds an unlikely savior in
Tom Poole . . . London
After amassing a fortune in the gold fields of
Australia and surviving a harrowing shipwreck,
Tom Poole is the toast of
society. Yet despite his newfound fame, he’s never forgotten his own humble
beginnings. When he learns of Margaret’s plight, he offers her financial assistance—but
his interest is not strictly business. This rugged adventurer now seeks a
different kind of gold. Although many men pursue Margaret’s hand because of her
beauty and lands, can Tom convince her it’s her heart he’s after? London
My website is www.jenniferdelamere.com. I’m also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jennifer.delamere, and on Twitter: @JenDelamere.