Debut Romance author, Jules Bennett, is my guest today. I had the opportunity to meet Jules this past September, at a writer’s conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’d say she’s perky, but she’d probably throw something at me.
Actually, she’s smart as a whip, savvy about the writing business, a hell of an emcee, has a smile that melts you and a good sense of humor. Jules is also one that could grace the cover of a romance novel.
Jules is also a mother of toddlers and has still managed to have not one, but three stories released this year. I have a lot of respect for working mothers. While I worked around my baby, he’s 15. However, I’ve been keeping my two month old grandniece, her two year old sister, and it has given me a whole new appreciation for authors who write in between naps, play time, and every day chores as a mom and a wife. Hard working women who work at home and also write.
How did she make the dream a reality?
How did I get where I am today? So glad you asked :-)
I was relentless and didn't take no for an answer!
I went to every conference my wallet would allow; I absorbed everything published authors and industry professionals threw my way. Granted, not all of it pertained to me, but some did. And, while some information wasn't what I needed to hear at that particular time in my journey to publication, I logged it away for later.
For those who have never written and submitted a story, may not quite understand the roller coaster ride the publishing world takes writers on. Every author, published or not, has up and down days. There are days when the characters don't cooperate, times when you feel as if you're going to pull your hair out if you don't get your beloved baby into some editor/agent's powerful hands.
Trust me...we've all been there.
With each manuscript I sent out, I'd swear that if it didn't get signed, I'd quit. Yeah...right. Let's face it, this is a dream and a passion. Even if I never published, I would still write because all these people are bumping around in my head demanding to get out into the world.
Not only is your own determination a factor that will carry you to publication's door, support from family and friends is of the utmost importance.
I have to say; I certainly don't think I'd be where I am without the love of my wonderful husband and God. The two most important men in my life have helped me carry my dreams to reality's door and give a hearty knock.
My Silhouette Desire debut, Seducing the Enemy's Daughter, will be out March 16, though can be ordered now through the eHarlequin website. I absolutely love this book. It is set in Kauai, Hawaii and is centered around misunderstandings, sabotage, seduction, and of course, romance.
- What's a favorite scene in your book and why?
- What's next for you and when?
The follow up to this book will feature the hero's brother. For Business...Or Marriage? will be available on April 13. I will also have a short story in an anthology with Lori Foster and several other authors in June and I will end the year in October with another Silhouette Desire.
- Busy schedule. So will we be seeing you at RT Conference in April or RWA Nationals?
- Well, that will give me a chance to get an autographed copy of your books and I will be looking for you at Nationals.
- Any other news you want to share?
I am currently running a contest through Author Island at http://www.authorisland.com/ where I am giving away an awesome prize to help launch my debut. You can also check out my website http://www.julesbennett.com/ for updates and to sign up for my newsletter and Yahoo! group.
- Back Cover:
SEDUCING THE ENEMY'S DAUGHTER
Brady Stone had just learned the new manager of the property he wanted was a woman… and quite desirable. Charming Samantha Donovan into giving away corporate secrets would be even sweeter considering she was the enemy’s daughter.
The business magnate had been planning his revenge for years. Now the only thing standing between Brady and victory was a beautiful, innocent pawn. His head told him to forget about any possible future with Samantha. But his heart knew that in destroying the Donovan empire he would be ruining his last chance at happiness.
Wife to her high school sweetheart, mother to two little girls, former salon owner—oh, and author—Jules Bennett isn't afraid to tackle the blessings of life head-on. Once she sets a goal in her sights, get out of her way or come along for the ride…just ask her husband.
Jules lives in the Midwest where she loves spending time with her family and making memories. Jules's love extends beyond her family and books. She's an avid shoe, hat and purse connoisseur. She feels that her font of knowledge when it comes to accessories is essential when setting a scene.
Jules participates in the Silhouette Desire Author Blog and holds launch contests through her Web site when she has a new release. Please visit her Web site, where you can sign up for her newsletter to keep up to date on everything in Jules's life.