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CONTEMPORARY AND ROMANTIC SUSPENSE AUTHOR….
“THE RIGHT BRIDE”
So without further ado, welcome Jennifer…..
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and three kids. In addition to my book addiction – both reading and writing them – I’m a complete chocohalic. You’re more likely to find me in jeans, rather than a dress. I only wear shoes when I have to. I eat cookies for breakfast with my coffee. I love country music. Though I write (and read) contemporary and romantic suspense novels, I love to read historicals.
Spring is my favorite time of year. I love to garden and have just finished planting a new garden in the backyard at our new house. I can’t wait for the bulbs to come up and bloom along with the roses and other flowers. The new apple tree is blossoming. The kids can’t wait to pick apples this fall.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “THE RIGHT BRIDE”?
Two things sparked the idea for The Right Bride.
First, the idea that sometimes doing the right thing isn’t right for you – or anyone else in the long run. Despite our best intentions, sometimes it’s best to do what isn’t popular or expected of us, despite what others might think or want.
Second, I love the idea – and in my case the reality – that when you meet the right person for you to spend your life with, you know it. It’s a feeling and an absolute certainty that your life will be so much better with this person in it. Everyone you’ve dated before, no matter how significant they were to you, or how deeply you cared, it now pales in comparison to how you feel for this one person. I do believe in love at first sight. It starts with a spark – that little something we see in another that makes our heart stutter and the adrenaline rush when we meet them and think, “I want to get to know them better.”
MBA&M: Which character was your favorite to write and which was your hardest? Why?
Marti was my favorite to write because she’s so complex. She’s capable of so much love and understanding and forgiveness. At the same time, she’s strong enough to face life’s challenges and the pain of losing the people closest to her. I also love the mother she is to Emma. She goes out of her way to make Emma feel loved, protected, and important and to always remember that fairytales can come true.
While I love Cameron and his sense of honesty and generosity, he was more difficult to write. Balancing his need to do the right thing for Shelly and his unborn child with his overwhelming love for Marti was very tricky. Everyone knows he belongs with Marti, but Cameron’s convictions are a constant battle for him. He wants to do right by everyone, especially his children, so he’s willing to live without the woman he loves to make his children happy. You can’t fault him for that, but sometimes he’s his own worst enemy. Sometimes as parents we think sacrificing our happiness for theirs will be in their best interests, but kids know when their parents aren’t happy and it affects them. Sometimes you have to do what makes you happy, so you can pass that happiness on to your kids.
MBA&M: Which scene was your favorite?
The scene with Marty and Emma dressed in golden gowns having a milkshake tea party on the dining room table beneath a grand chandelier. I love Marti’s sense of whimsy and the way she engages Emma’s imagination, making her feel special. It’s one of those moments in life kids remember.
MBA&M: Now, let’s talk secondary characters: Who was your favorite? And do you give them a story of their own?
I have a special place in my heart for FBI agent, Sam Turner, Book 2 – Lucky Like Us. He’s got this way about him. He doesn’t let Cameron get away with anything. He gets a thrill out of seeing each of the heroines in all the books naked at one point or another, pissing off all our heroes. It’s all in good fun.
Tyler, Sam’s FBI partner, makes an appearance at the end of the book to razz Cameron about possibly stealing Marti from him. Again, all in good fun, because Tyler’s got a psychic haunting him with cryptic phone calls and a sexy voice he can’t get out of his head. They will finally meet again in Book 4.
MBA&M: If “The Right Bride” where to become a movie, who would play your hero/heroine and who would play the secondary characters?
This one isn’t easy for me because I see each of them in my head as their own people. I never picture any of my characters as actors, though I’m a huge movie and TV fan.
I think Olivia Wilde or Blake Lively would be great as Marti. Both are striking women with the strength to pull off Marti’s resolve, but also show her depth of love and compassion.
Ryan Gosling would make a great, brooding Cameron.
Hugh Jackman would make a great Jack and Sam. He’d be great to take on these two identical twins who lead very different lives.
Jessica Chastain for Shelly – the gold-digging, conniving woman using Cameron for his wealth and status. I think she could really make people love and hate Shelly.
MBA&M: What are some of the things in life you enjoy most?
My husband and kids. We do everything together.
Hanging with my writer friends. I love being a part of a group of women so dedicated to their craft and art and so willing to share their time and knowledge with everyone else. Rogue writers rule!
Simple things, like sitting in the garden in the sunshine reading a book. Shopping trips with my mom. Watching my kids play in the snow, or at the lake, or swimming in the backyard together. They’re so close to each other and I love that.
MBA&M: Which author’s writing would you say your writing most resembles?
I admire writers like Nora Roberts, Sharon Sala, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, and Elizabeth Lowell. While I may not be in their league, I hope I’ve created unique stories and characters that readers feel like they connect with and love just like we’ve fallen in love with the stories and characters those amazing writers created.
MBA&M: Three words to describe “The Right Bride”?
Heartwarming. Intriguing. Sexy.
MBA&M: What is next on your agenda?
All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy. No, that isn’t my Christmas list. It’s an anthology I’m doing with Emma Cane and Katie Lane for Avon due out 12/10/13.
Morgan’s Gift – Book 4: The Hunted series is complete. I’m waiting to find out if Avon will publish it and when.
I also have three other series I’m working on with the first book in each complete.
I’m a writer, I write all the time and always have a project in the works.
MBA&M: Please let our readers know where they can connect to you and where they may purchase “The Right Bride”?
The Hunted Series – Saved by the Rancher, Lucky Like Us, and The Right Bride can all be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and anywhere ebooks are sold.
For more information about me and upcoming releases, please visit my website – www.jennifer-ryan.com
Follow me on twitter @JenRyan_author
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Ryan/520021168037391?ref=hl
Thank you,Jennifer! What a pleasure to have you stop by for a quick visit with us and our readers today!
*From the publisher*
The Right Bride
Book Three: The Hunted Series
ISBN: 9780062271341; ISBN10: 0062271342; Imprint: Avon Impulse ; On Sale: 4/30/2013; Format: eBook; Trimsize: ; Pages: 0; $1.99; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:FIC027110; BISAC2:FIC027020
High-powered businessman Cameron Shaw doesn’t believe in love—until he falls head over heels for beautiful, passionate, and intensely private Martina. She’s perfect in so many ways, immediately bonding with his little girl. Martina could be his future bride and a delightful stepmother … if only Cameron weren’t blinded by his belief that Shelly, the gold-digging woman he’s promised to marry, is pregnant with his child.
No matter how much his friends protest his upcoming marriage to Shelly, Cameron knows he has a duty to his children, so he’s determined to see it through.
Will he find out in time that Shelly’s lying and Marti’s the one who’s actually carrying his child? It’ll come down to the day of his wedding. After choosing Shelly over Marti at every turn, will he convince Marti she’s his world and the only woman he wants?
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