Monday, March 1, 2010

Fighting For The Dream

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?
My favorite scene is where the heroine has had enough of her meddling father and brother and decides to take a stand no matter what the consequences may be. This is a pivotal scene because up until then the heroine has been afraid to step out on her own.

  • 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?
Unfortunately, I will only be able to attend RT for a day or two, but I will be at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Nashville, TN in July.

  • 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 where I am giving away an awesome prize to help launch my debut. You can also check out my website for updates and to sign up for my newsletter and Yahoo! group.

  • Back Cover:


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.


sherrie_super said...

Wow, mother of toddlers AND three stories released this year? Amazing! Congratulations on your well deserved success!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jules, welcome to Over Coffee and tis glad I am have you. Plenty of coffee and goodies--even for toddlers and a nice safe place to pen them, lolol! working on getting a nanny...

VA said...

Amazing! I concur with the sentiment that Jules you are a force of nature. Congratulations! Off to read an excerpt.

Kat Sheridan said...

I'm so fortunate to have met Jules at the COFW conference, and believe me, she's a powerhouse! This book sounds wonderful, and I'm sooo impressed by how much you get done! What a great inspiration you are! Wishing you every success, Jules!

Tonya Kappes said...

Jules is great! I met her at the RAD event in West Chester.
As an aspiring writer I can relate to what she is saying about shopping her books and not being able to stop due to the tenants living in her head!
I wanted to know if Jules was published with an epublisher before her HQ debut and if so does she feel like it was a stepping stone to where she is now or does she regret it?

Anonymous said...

Wow! I wake up to lovely compliments and questions already?! Awesome:)

Tonya, yes, I did publish with epublishers first. I have books with The Wild Rose Press and Samhain. I have to say, I don't regret one experience with either of these publishers. They were both wonderful to work with and I wouldn't be where I am without their guidance.

Oh, and as a side note, I have 4 stories this year. 3 with Silhouette Desire and one with Berkley...that is an anthology with Lori Foster and several other talented ladies:)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, ladies, Anonymous is Jules:) I can't get it to do anything else. I'll keep trying as the day goes on:)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jules, I met both editors for Samhain and Wild Rose. Very knowledgeable ladies.

I'm actually impressed with several Wild Rose authors (Nancy Parra is a favorite of mine) I've also read a few of Samhain authors too. Working with either one would certainly give some excellent training.

Jules Bennett said...


I forgot to thank you for the wonderful compliment about me gracing the cover of a romance novel! Your check is in the mail:)


~Sia McKye~ said...


Glad to see you got Blogspot figured out. Sometimes it's a pain in the ass.

So your Berkely story is the anthology with Lorie?

Anonymous said...

Yes! It is available for pre-order from Amazon and it comes out in June. It is called "The Gift of Love".

And, yet again...I am anonymous:)


Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Sia! *waves* Hi Jules - :)

Great interview and blog post. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to pick up a copy of the book now! Cheers~

Anonymous said...

Oh, Nancy, thanks so much for stopping by and for going to check out the book! I'm so excited about my debut Desire...and a bit nervous, too:)

Let me know if you enjoy it! Oh, and if you do, please feel free to post a raving review at Amazon and/or B&N:)


Helen Ginger said...

It's always nice to hear that perseverance wins in the end. Fun post.

Straight From Hel

Sheila Deeth said...

Wishing I knew how to be relentless... Great interview. Thanks. And now to go get the coffee.

Tonya Kappes said...

That is great Jules!! I may have to pick your brain one day. I can't wait to read all the books.