Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Jan Romes, author of the romance novels THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY, LUCKY DUCKS, THE GIFT OF GRAY, KISS ME, MARRIED TO MAGGIE, and ONE SMALL FIB, amongst her many works, and welcome her to my blog.
Thanks for having me as your guest today, Marcia! I’m tickled to be here!
Q: For how long have you been writing?
A: I’ve always been a daydreamer so I think it’s fair to say I’ve been writing stories forever. I didn’t give any serious consideration to those mental escapades until my kids were grown. My first book was published in September 2010.
Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?
A: This is such a great question, Marcia. I’ve answered it before in previous interviews but each time I dig a little deeper. I don’t get a different answer, I get a broader answer. Here’s my newly refined-dug a little deeper answer: there’s not one thing in particular that inspired me to write, but rather a collection of things – family, music, a love for reading, and a strange fascination for words because they wield so much power. Words can stir so many emotions – love, hate, fear, anger, confidence, passion, etc. I love to watch people’s reactions too. I subconsciously save what I see or hear and voila! A story is born.
Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?
A: The only schedule I have is to plant my bottom in the chair every day to write. I prefer mornings because my thoughts seem to come more easily when I’m refreshed. After lunch I write for awhile too. When I get stuck on a thought or paragraph, I go for a walk or take a shower.
Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?
A: I write contemporary romance but I love to read all genres. I prefer stories with at least a little bit of humor.
Q: I greatly enjoyed reading THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY, and impressed how the elements of comedy and drama were evenly balanced throughout the story. The characters also exuded a sassiness and forthright nature that was very fun to witness, but, at the same time, they were also very human, making them all the more identifiable to readers. What was your inspiration for writing this story?
A: I’ve always wanted to write a story with characters that are in each other’s space. That close proximity will either make them fall madly in love or make them want to kill each other. You can’t get any closer than sharing a tour bus.
Q: Have you considered writing any short stories?
A: I’ve written two short romantic stories for Woman’s World Magazine. I have also written novellas. Lately, I’ve opted to write novel-length.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or still on the air?
A: I love watching NCIS and NCIS: LA. You’ll also find me cracking up laughing at The Big Bang Theory or engrossed in an episode of Shark Tank.
Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?
A: I love to go for walks or ride bike. While I don’t have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination, I like to grow veggies, sunflowers and tulips, and pumpkins.
Q: Would you like to write stories in other genres?
A: I would love to write historical romance but I’m not sure I could put in the time with all the research needed for that genre.
Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?
A: By the time this interview goes up on your blog, I will have book #2 in my Texas Boys Falling Fast series published. It’s titled, Keeping Kylee.
I am certain you will join me in thanking Jan today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Jan, she is available on:
– Jan’s books can be accessed by clicking on the book covers below: