MBA&M:  Please tell our readers a little about Jeanette Baker?

JEANETTE: As a little girl I was fascinated with Egypt and wanted to become an archaeologist. I was an avid reader and believed that uncovering the stories of ancient civilizations was the most romantic occupation anyone could have. Later, I learned that archaeology was really digging in the heat and very dirty, neither of which appealed to me. My background is Irish. I spent my early childhood on a small island, population 800, off the coast of Western Ireland. There was no electricity, no transportation other than horse and buggy or bicycle and the winters were long. Music and storytelling were traditions on the island. When my parents moved to California, I was sent “home” to visit my grandparents during the summer months. Later, my reading led to writing which led to a double major in journalism and international relations. I spent 9 years in Belfast during the tumultuous “Troubles.”  Eventually, I married, had two children and decided that Southern California offered my family and me the good life. But the stories of my youth and my experiences in Ireland are still in my head. I live in Tralee, Ireland when I’m not teaching school.

MBA&M:  What made you decide to write “Irish Lady”,if anything?

JEANETTE: The idea for IRISH LADY began during the years I spent researching the Troubles in Belfast. The human rights violations of Britain toward the people of Northern Ireland, the emergence of a gorilla army, the IRA, and the source of those events which can be traced back to 800 years of Anglo-Irish history provides enough conflict for a lifetime of story line.

MBA&M: How much research went into writing “Irish Lady”?

JEANETTE: Actual active research was about a year.

MBA&M: What where the challenges in historical romance such “Irish Lady”?

 JEANETTE: Interestingly, the challenges were in the contemporary story. IRISH LADY was written while the conditions of the Good Friday Agreement were being negotiated between the Nationalist and Loyalist populations of Northern Ireland. I wanted the novel to be as historically accurate as possible but I had no idea what the outcome of the talks would be. I had to rearrange many of the plot details to fall in line with what happened, and didn’t happen at the time.

MBA&M: What is a typical writing day like for you,any superstitions?

JEANETTE: Because I teach school during the day, I don’t begin writing until my work day and then dinner, ideally some kind of exercise and grading papers is finished. Usually, that’s around 8:00pm. I work until 10:00 or so, then spend the last hour before bed unwinding. On weekends, I start at around 8:00 am, take a break to go out for breakfast with family, and find another 3 hours or so during the day. Promotion and blogging also take up some of that time. No superstitions.

6. Jeanette, if you could change anything in your writing career what would it be and why? I would not have changed publishers when I did. Pocket Books spent time and effort building me as an author. I won the RITA for NELL, a paranormal Irish romance, in 2000 which catapulted my sales and caught the interest of other houses. I was offered a great deal more money and a chance to write a different genre and, ultimately, went with another publisher, Mira Books. I should have cemented my base writing the kind of novel that had been my niche before branching out.

MBA&M: Of all your books which was your favorite to write and why?

JEANETTE: My favorite book to write was WITCH WOMAN, my recently released eBook, available on Amazon and other eBook sites. I decided I wanted to write a time slip paranormal set in America with a story line that focused on mother-daughter relationships. My own daughter got married during the time period I wrote the novel. Our relationship was very intense that year and planning for her event required we spend a great deal of time together. What would it be like, I wondered, for a young woman who grew up without her mother? This led to other questions, such as, what would it be like for someone to be told the woman who raised her wasn’t her birth mother. What makes some women try to find their natural mothers while others don’t see the need? I paired those questions with my interest in colonial America, particularly Salem during the witch trials of the late 1600’s, where the slightest mutation, abnormality or deviation from what was considered acceptable behavior was labeled witchcraft, hence, the character, Maggie McBride, her startling genetic mutation, and the plot for WITCH WOMAN were born. I’m very proud of the book, excited about the sales figures and I love the cover. It was also very nice not having to write to a deadline.

MBA&M:  Jeanette, please tell our readers where to find you and where “Irish Lady” is available? 

JEANETTE: Please visit my website,, follow my blogs and contact me on Facebook, Jeanette Baker – author or Jeanette Baker.  IRISH LADY is available at bookstores and online.


Jeanette, do you have anything else to add?

Just this: thank you so much for providing a platform for my novels. It’s wonderful to see this book on the shelves again and online for the first time.

Thank you Jeanette for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers today!!



Publisher:Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1402255922

Book Description(from Amazon)

Series: Casablanca Classics | Publication Date: January 1, 2012
“A fiercely emotional and romantic tale. Jeanette Baker has a rare gift which allows her to blend genres with gracious ease.” -RT Book Reviews gold rating
The bad boy of her past…
A successful attorney in a posh London neighborhood, Meghann McCarthy thought she’d escaped the slums of Belfast forever. Until Michael Devlin needs her help. Years before, her love for the Irish charmer had nearly torn her apart, but now he’s part of a past she never wants to revisit. However, she can’t leave him defenseless against a murder charge-even if uncovering the truth puts her life in danger too.
She’ll risk everything to save Michael-and she’s not the first of her family to put it all on the line for a man she loves. As Meghann delves further into Michael’s case, further into the history that binds them so irrevocably, she slips into the unfolding drama of centuries before…of another woman’s desperate fight to free her rebel husband from the clutches of Queen Elizabeth. Stakes are high, but the reward is the love of a lifetime. And the Irish never give up. (20111107)
Thanks to Beth at Sourcebook Casablanca we are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “Irish Lady” by Jeanette Baker. Open to U.S. and Canada residents. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway will run from today January 20 until January 27,2012.
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  1. Sounds like a geat book. I would really enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  2. This wonderful novel sounds memorable. I enjoyed learning about the author's background and writing. many thanks.

  3. I would love to read this. I appreciate the research that an author does when writing their books.

  4. I am captivated with this story. it was fascinating to read this excellent interview which gave me more insight into the book and Ireland.

  5. I would be interested in reading this book. I would like to learn more about the history of the Irish conflict with Great Britain.

  6. I have a couple of Jeanette Baker's books on my want-to-read-list including this one and Catriona. Thank you for the chance to read it.


  7. Irish Lady sounds like a wonderful story and one I would love to read. I have always wanted to go to Ireland and maybe one day I will.
    Jeanette, Thanks for the great interview and for stopping by to chat and share with us. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

  8. I would love to read this book, it sounds really great! I've always been fascinated with all things Irish!! Please enter me for this one.

  9. I enjoyed the interview and the chance to learn more about Jeanette Baker and her work. Irish Lady sounds like a fascinating book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

  10. Jeanette Baker is a new to me author and I enjoyed the interview, learning a bit about her and her books. Irish Lady sounds like a great read – romance and history makes a great pairing. Witch Woman also sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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