Today, my guest is J.F. Jenkins, author of Legend of the Forbidden, the fourth book in The Dragons Saga. Each book stands alone, so they don’t have to be read in order, but like most series, it’s always a more satisfying read to start at the beginning.
Welcome, J.F. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Minnesota with my husband and son. During my free time I’m probably making coffee at my day job.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t thinking about writing! I submitted my first ms on a total whim. Wasn’t even expecting a reply, but I got one anyway!
How exciting! Was it a romance novel? And if not, why did you decide to write romance novels?
It honestly didn’t start that way. I’m not much of a sappy person, but some how I’ve been getting a lot of really sweet, romantic ideas. And I just had to write them down!
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
There’s always a little element of truth. Most of the experiences are either based on things I’ve done or are stories I’ve heard from other people that I found too interesting to pass up.
Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
So long as I stayed focused, about a month.
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing – or are there constant interruptions?
For the most part. My husband is worse about it than my son unfortunately. They like to talk to me even though they know I have deadlines. And I’m also a jungle gym.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
Read or play a video game.
Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
The latest book I’m working on is a contemporary romance. This is new for me. It’s very much like a chick flick in a book, so I wonder if that makes it chick lit too? I’m not sure to be honest, but it’s very different from any of the other books I’ve ever written.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More science fiction and fantasy for sure, and possibly so more genre experiments!
Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton? Satin
Ocean or mountains? Mountains
City life or country life? Both.
Hunky heroes or average Joe? Average Joe
Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner for two.
Dogs or cats? Cats
I love pizza with mushrooms and Canadian Bacon.
I’m always ready for rain.
When I’m alone, I sleep.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m an inner teenage fan girl.
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Dessert – Sizzling Apple Pie from Applebees (BRING IT BACK!)
City – Duluth
Season – Fall
Type of hero – the flawed but not bad boy type.
Type of heroine – the not annoyingly feminist type but still also independent.
Where’s your favorite place to hang out online?
Twitter (public!) or Livejournal (private, sorry!).
Where can readers find you?
Legend of the Forbidden – Blurb Danielle Inero is the only female dragon in existence. Destined for greatness, her parents have done everything in their power to keep her grounded and in the dark of the true pow-er within her. She’s in an arranged engagement with her best friend Tyson of the Terran, but in love with her other best friend Ethan, who is Oceina. Her fiancee Tyson doesn’t seem to mind because his eyes are on a beautiful girl named Maya. Ideally, there shouldn’t be a problem.
But politics soon turn everything ugly as the three friends must find a way to make their dreams come true, as well as dodge the backlash of their actions. The governing officials of the dragon world know about the three youth’s destiny, one that is based on an ancient prophecy. While some nations will do everything in their power to make this prophecy a reality, others will do whatever it takes to make sure it doesn’t.
Thanks so much for spending time with me today, J.F. Please come back again.