Help me welcome Jeanie Hall to Tuesday Author Chats. She and I are members of the Sisters of Suspense Blog. Let’s just jump right in to get to know her and her debut release. You’re going to love it!
Where are you from and did you always want to be a writer? Did you do something else before your writing career?
I’m originally from a tiny town in Arkansas, population 1248. I didn’t discover writing until I was in my early 30s. I was waiting for the next Harry Potter to come out – oh yeah, I’m a total Potter-phile – and decided to take a stab at writing it myself in the form of fan fiction. From that point onward, I was hooked. In my day job life I’ve been everything from an insurance agent to a teacher to a retail manager. I kept switching because none of them fulfilled me. What I really am is a writer.
Do you have any special time management tricks for working in writing time and living a “normal” life?
I’m afraid I’m still figuring that one out, Marsha. J I’m currently a retail manager and work a lot of hours away from home. My plan is to be able to walk away from that job so I can love what I do and do what I love – writing.
What is the best advice you’ve received about this journey?
The best advice is to just write. Many of the greatest writers have shared this philosophy. It’s the simplest and the most powerful truth in this business. Don’t ever stop writing. It’s how you learn, how you create, how you get better, and how you have content to publish in the first place.
What do you wish you’d known before you began?
I wish I’d believed in myself a little more. I wanted to finish my first book, but it took me years to complete it because I was scared. Scared of failure. You can’t be scared of failure. You have to take failure under your belt and treat it as the learning experience it is.
What process do you use? Are you more of a plotter or pantser?
Somewhere in between. I use Scrivener note cards to plot out my chapters – about a sentence for each one. Then I can change things, write out of order, and embellish as needed.
What sources do you use for inspiration? (Music, movies, people watching, etc.)
Mostly I use my own life experiences, though sometimes a scene from a movie or TV show will inspire me. The cult in my Cult Wife series is actually based very loosely on a church I once attended. It used to be a nursing home. I remember coming in to help clean the church and saw all these old patient rooms being used for storage. It was kind of creepy, so I utilized that setting for the cult’s compound in Oklahoma.
What’s next for you?
I’m now working on the second book in my Cult Wife series, Violation of the Mind. I’m writing the same kind of series Nora Roberts does in her J.D. Robb books where the story continues with the same couple throughout. My heroine Lynea and hero Brennan will be the stars of the series, however long it lasts.
Now for the fun stuff.
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
Reading, cuddling with my hubby and cats. Usually all at the same time. 🙂
If you could only eat three foods what would they be and why?
Chicken for its diverse uses and protein, carrots for its yum factor and health benefits, and chocolate because you know… Chocolate!
What would you like to do other than writing if talent/skill didn’t matter?
Garden. I love seeing beautiful things ripen and grow, but I tend to totally suck at it. If talent and skill weren’t a factor, I’d be golden! LOL
Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?
I have mix of locations for this one. My childhood favorite vacation was Disneyland, hands down. I’d love to go back since I haven’t been there since I was a kid. My hubby loves Branson, Missouri, and I do, too but now that we live in Virginia, that’s a long drive. Now we tend to do either winery trips or go visit the beautiful natural attractions Virginia has to offer. I love all of these.
Please share the blurb, an excerpt from your most recent release, book cover, and tell us where we can find you.
Here’s the blurb for my debut romantic suspense, Violation of Faith, which released March 2nd, 2016.
Lynea Kreig has spent the past three years being invisible. After running with her little sister halfway across the country–away from her abusive cult leader husband–she seeks nothing but safety and anonymity. When she’s offered a job which would keep her close to her sister, Lynea can’t refuse, even though she’ll have to work with a man who hates everything she used to be.
Ever since some wannabe Satanists murdered his sister, Professor Brennan Gage has been bent on eradicating cult activity. This obsession leaves little time for romance or anything else. Yet Lynea’s secretive nature both irritates and fascinates him, making her hard to ignore.
Over time, their close proximity morphs into mutual desire and a real chance at happiness. But happiness for Lynea will never be this simple, especially once her psychotic husband appears at the front door…