Did you know know that Harlequin Escape is one year old this week? We’re celebrating this momentous occasion with a week filled with interviews, reviews, and excerpts, plus awesome giveaways, here on Steamy Guys After Dark and on our sister site featuring YA: Swoony Boys Podcast!
Today, we’re chatting with Jenny Schwartz, author of It’s Love, Dude:
And I’m thrilled to be here. I love talking about books, especially mine 🙂 Thanks for inviting me!
Kassiah, It’s Love, Dude was fun from start to finish. Zane wandered into my life, all effortlessly alpha, and I had the best time watching him encounter Molly and suddenly trip over his own feet.
Small-town girl meets world champion surfer, there may be woylies …
and at that point I’m always interrupted to explain what woylies are. Nope, they’re not a surfing term. Woylies are rare, cute marsupials from Australia. The Perth Zoo has a conservation project underway. There are so many wonderful, quirky creatures in Australia – kind of like the wonderful, quirky characters in Zane’s hometown! Jardin’s Bay is unique.
There are a couple of twists and turns later in the story that I don’t want to spoil by mentioning, but they were great fun to write. Zane and Molly just sparkle when they talk – and…um…heat up the pages when not talking 😉 It really didn’t feel like me writing it. I’m not that funny!
Once I name a character I can kind of “see” them and then they reveal bits and pieces of their personality. As I write they sometimes zap me with unexpected reveals. Zane however was just Zane from Day One. Such a strong character. I think I fell in love with him.
Remember the coolest guy from high school? Now add total dedication to whatever his passion was and the talent to make him the best of the best. That’s Zane. He’s a genuine guy; no delusions about being better than anyone else, just gratitude that he’s doing what he loves and making a living from it.
All my friends are rolling on the floor laughing. As much as I admire surfers, I’m not athletic or co-ordinated. You’ll find me paddling my toes in the shallows.
Read-aholic, coastal dreamer.
My first book was a romantic fantasy, The Walk-Alones. I wrote it about ten years ago, re-wrote it and had it published in 2006.
I’ve always scribbled. Without a word of a lie, my high school yearbook predicted that I’d be an author. Then again, they also said that I’d be Jessica Fletcher! It’s not “Murder, She Wrote” for me – it’s “Romance, She Wrote” 🙂
You steal my Irish Breakfast Tea at your peril, but apart from that, I’m pretty normal. Um. For a writer.
Eleni Konstantine shared some wisdom with me once. It’s not only for authors. She said something like “be as kind to yourself as you would be to someone else”. That is such good advice. As a writer I’m hyper-self-critical, but as a person I’m learning I’m not superwoman (no, really, I’m not) and so can’t do everything.
Shut down the computer. That sounds counter-intuitive, but I find that writer’s block is either exhaustion or I’ve gone wrong somewhere in the story and I need to step back and find the point where I lost the plot.
If only re-writing real life were that easy!
Well, I do have a deep, dark secret. I studied law for a year or so and have a post-graduate degree in Legal Studies (Public Law). Seriously unsexy 😉
I have an old paperback novel called The Mettlesome Piece by Anne Hepple in which the hero is a Second World War veteran who has lost his memory, has no idea who he is and is trying to rebuild his life. Saunders is heartbreakingly brave – there’s nothing like a strong man made vulnerable. When he quotes an old poem to his love, I could just cry. “When I was the King of Babylon and you were a Christian slave.” Maybe you have to read the whole book to get the pathos of it, and the courage.
Zane has a brother! Here’s a sneak peek at the draft blurb for Hero Duty:
Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She needs a hero. Brodie Carlton sacrificed his army career to do what was right. Now he has to build a new life, but he’s learned the hard lesson that people can’t be trusted. When Jessica offers him a million dollars to be her emotional bodyguard, the question is, who will guard their hearts?
“Would you like to spend this million dollars?” 🙂
But seriously, I keep waiting for the simple question, Why do you write?
I write, and I write romances, because life is good (life is great!) and I want to communicate that. Good books, books of love and hope, help me through the bad times in life, and I’d like to share that same gift with others.
***About Jenny Schwartz***
Jenny Schwartz is a West Australian author. Her high school yearbook predicted she’d be a writer – something about always having her nose in a book. When not living up to others’ expectations, she enjoys lazy days in the suburbs and is working on a collection of life-saving recipes, “Simple Meals for Forgetful Cooks”
**About the Book**
From our favourite short story writer comes a debut full-length novel about sand, sun, small towns, and surfing…
Zane Carlton is a World Champion surfer. Molly Georgiou is a shy, small-town girl. They have nothing in common except an instantaneous attraction and an impossible quest for a rare, endangered Australian marsupial. But Zane is determined to make it work, and invites Molly to take a step into his world. But Molly isn’t ready for the spotlights and attention — she loves her town, its quirks, its characters. Opposites attract, but can two such different people find both a woylie and forever?
Good luck and be sure to check out all the other interviews and reviews we’ve got going on to celebrate the first Birthday for Harlequin Escape!