Interview with contemporary romance author Jennifer Wilck

Today’s special guest is contemporary romance author Jennifer Wilck. She’s chatting with us about her new novel Miriam’s Surrender, and many other things.
 

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Bio:
Jennifer
started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep
at night. As an adult, she started writing them down and after several years of
writing, editing and querying publishers, she’s a multi-published author. Her
favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines;
handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and always end with happily
ever after.
When
she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family and friends,
reading, traveling and watching TV. She volunteers with her Temple and is also
a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and newsletters.

A Heart of Little
Faith

and Skin Deep were published by
Whiskey Creek Press in 2011. The
Seduction of Esther,
the first in the Women of Valor series, was published
in June 2013 by Rebel Ink Press. The next book in that series, Miriam’s Surrender, was published
September 10, 2014. All books can be purchased through Amazon and Barnes &
Noble.

Welcome, Jennifer. Please tell us about
your current release.

Miriam’s Surrender is part of my Women of Valor
series, but can easily be read as a standalone contemporary romance. Here’s the
blurb:
Josh
Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a
posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way
to do everything. Except let another woman in.
Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of
Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care
of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.
With a tumultuous history, neither one is
prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity
disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the
possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to
let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything,
will they be able to see if their love can survive.
What
inspired you to write this book?
I love reading all kinds of romances, but I’ve noticed that most
are, by default, Christian. Even if not religious, they celebrate Christmas or
get married in a church. I have no problem with that at all, but I do think
diversity in book is important, and just as I like to read about religions or
cultures not my own, I thought other readers might enjoy doing the same. So I came
up with a series that would have each book featuring a different Jewish holiday
as part of the traditional romance story.

Excerpt from Miriam’s Surrender:

Josh sat in the cab and looked out the
window. Lights and people and cars and buildings rushed by in a blur. His eyes
glazed over and in their place Miriam appeared. Miriam touching his arm and
reassuring him, Miriam smiling, Miriam’s hair shining, Miriam looking at him as
he bent to kiss her.
Whatever made him do it? When they’d stood
outside her apartment in the cold night air, her cheeks had turned pink from
the cold. He smiled. She controlled so many of her outward reactions to things,
but she couldn’t control that one.
From his height and angle, he’d watched the
light from the street lamps shine on her hair, making it appear to glow. Their
breath, a white fog, had intermingled as they stood facing each other.
Her lips were soft and plump. He’d spent the
evening watching them mold words, stretch into a smile, surround her food as
she chewed. He couldn’t help himself; he’d wanted to kiss her. It was the
briefest wish. He’d made the slightest move toward her. But in the one
too-brief second, he’d glimpsed much more. Her pupils had dilated, she’d raised
her face to his and she’d parted her lips. He’d discovered Miriam’s desire.
And now he knew she wanted him, it would take
all of his control not to give in to his own need.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

I’m currently finishing up a contemporary romance, not part of this series,
that was inspired by a beautiful old Victorian mansion that was for sale. I
really wanted to buy it! So I created a character, Cassie, who is refurbishing
this house, where she actually lived as a foster child. She wants to make it
into a home for her future family. Rayne is a war photographer who is suffering
from what he saw. He’s on his way to keep a promise he made to a friend, but
stays with Cassie while he does some temporary work on the outside of the
house. He’s anti-commitment, she’s a nester. They’re a great couple and I can’t
wait to try to get it published.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I’ve been writing for a long time and before I became a published
romance writer, I was a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers. So I was
a writer then. But I’ve considered myself a romance writer since I published my
second book (I figured the first might be a fluke, but with the second, okay,
it’s real!).

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

As best I can, yes, I’m a full-time writer, with the caveat that
I’ve got two teenaged girls. So I don’t have an actual schedule, but I try to
do errands in the morning, write in the afternoon until they get home, do
whatever they need until dinner and do a little more writing after dinner. Of
course, that changes on a regular basis—teen girl drama, etc.!

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I get a lot of my inspiration while walking the dog in the
morning, so I’m often talking to myself—working out scenes, dialogue, etc.—and
probably look crazy to the average passerby. I’ve started holding up my phone
so at least it LOOKS like I’m talking to someone.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

A teacher, a doctor, and a marine biologist.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I love hearing from readers, so feel free to contact me through my
links. And thanks so much for having me here today!
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I contribute to Heroines with Hearts blog on Tuesdays and Front Porch Saturdays at Sandra Sookoo’s Believing Is Seeing blog.

Thanks, Jennifer!

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