"Jennifer Snow is an award winning, contemporary romance author writing for Harlequin, Grand Central and Berkley/NAL. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and son."
1 - Tell me about the day you decided you wanted to write "A Lot Like Love". What inspired you to embark on this journey?
I've always loved small town romances that feature an Inn and family secrets. This new Blue Moon Bay series gave me an opportunity to write my variation of that kind of story. I wanted to put a fresh spin on it, which is why the heroine in this story is definitely a 'fish out of water' when it comes to owning a B & B, but she quickly learns to adapt and make it work for her, by focusing on her own strengths.
2 - Do you have any pieces of advice you would give to someone who is about to start writing their own book that you wish you knew before you started your own?
Just start writing. You can learn the craft along the way by reading books, attending workshops, networking with other authors, but a book won't be written, if you don't actual write.
3 - How do you handle criticism or negative feedback when you are in the editing process? In other words, did you experience any hardships while editing the final version of "A Lot Like Love"?
After thirty five novels, the editing has gotten a little easier. I try to really use what I learn from my editors with each book and try not to make the same mistakes over and over (just new ones lol). I love getting feedback from my editors because it ultimately makes the book stronger. Do I take all the advice or recommended changes? No. But most of the time, I agree with the notes.
4 - How do you keep a healthy balance between work and personal life? What are some tips on staying consistent?
I try to do some work everyday during the week and keep my weekends for family time. That doesn't always happen. Life happens and some days I'm pulled away from the laptop, but then I try to make up the lost writing time for a few hours on the weekend. My family is very supportive of my career, so they understand if some days I need to put in more time than others.
5 - What's your best advice for getting over writer's block?
Just write lol. Write anything. Write all the crappy words until the good ones start to come. I don't think I experience writer's block as much as I experience lack of motivation somedays or I hit a section or scene in my book that I'm not inspired to write or struggling to come up with.
In those cases, I try to jump ahead and write scenes that do excite me. I don't write in order and I fast draft with my first draft being about 40k words. Then I go back and revise and flesh out scenes, add description and internal dialogue, etc that I skipped over in just getting the story onto the page. It's not the best process for everyone, but it works for me.
6 - What's the best book you have read this year so far?
7 - What's the best advice you have ever received on happiness?
No one else can control your happiness and you need to enjoy the journey.
8 - Do you plan on writing more books in the future?
Absolutely! I have six more books still to write currently under contract with Entangled and HQN and then I have my self-pubbed Women's Fiction series with 2 new releases next year and I plan to keep writing thrillers under J.M. Winchester. I also write screenplays and have several projects in the works for filming within the year. Lots of writing!
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