IT IS OUR HONOR AND PLEASURE TO WELCOME, DEBORAH K. JENSEN TODAY…
~ROMANCE AND CRIME AUTHOR~
~DEBORAH K. JENSEN~
MBA&M: Good morning, Deb and welcome to MBA&M. Please give our readers who may not know you a few details about yourself?
DEBORAH: I live in Northern Minnesota with my husband of almost 32 years. My career for the most part has been in banking, out of necessity, and I say that in a nice way. I would much rather just spend my time indulging my creative self, but the bills must be paid. Before I began my banking career, I was involved with writing children’s books and tried to make my way as a career in children’s literature. Life took a bit of a turn for me and I needed to find a job to help support our family. And as I did, the corporate world took over and my writing took a back seat. Throughout the years, I would often take time to write, join conferences, and seek out advice from other authors which helped keep my writing in the fore front. At one time I thought that pursuing my dreams of being a published author were gone. Then one night the gift of a dream came to me. It was one of those dreams where one does not want to ever wake up from. And as hard as I tried to not, I did have to wake up but I kept thinking of that dream for days to come. I knew there had to be a story in there waiting to come out. That’s when my novel came to life and Beyond Escape was born.
MBA&M: What do you feel draws readers to Romance and Crime novels?
DEBORAH: People like to read about love stories because it helps them live vicariously through others. No matter how wonderful one’s own romantic life is, everyone always wants to read about other people’s love affairs. And then when you mix that with some mystery, it only adds to the excitement. If you think about every block buster Hollywood movie, there is almost always a relationship story between the male and female protagonists.
MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Beyond Escape”?
DEBORAH: After I realized from my dream that there was a story to be told, I reached back to my former life and it wasn’t long before the connection to my dream and my past experiences were formed. The dream consisted of a women seeking out love she so desperately needed. She met a young Latino lover and spent an amazing weekend at his Mexican retreat. What made the dream meaningful was that my own life and my parents were so intertwined into it that it made it all so real. The relationships that unfold, the people involved, and some of the circumstances are real. Which makes it pleasurable and scary at the same time.
MBA&M: Which scene was the most challenging to write for you?
DEBORAH: Probably the scene where Kim’s dad is in the hospital with complications of cancer was the hardest to write as that was one of the real life situations in my novel. The relationship Kim has with her father is a mirror of my own relationship with my dad.
MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write?
DEBORAH: The easiest one was Kim because that character was pretty much based on me and some of my life’s relationships. The one I most enjoyed was Connie. I am still enjoying her character as I write the next novel. Connie is so much different than Kim and ultimately so different than me, which is why she was my favorite to write and I had fun with her character.
MBA&M: Which secondary character may have his or her own storyline next?Tell us a little about them?
DEBORAH: Oh my goodness without a doubt it’s Connie. She brings to the novel a very different perspective to life than the main character, Kim. Kim is the stable; sensible of the two, Connie is the vibrant often risqué character that often disappoints her friends. Readers will soon become interested in who she is. Readers have told me that in the next book, they want me to explore Connie; they want to know more about her.
MBA&M: How does your creative juices flow, characters first, then the plot, or vice versa?
DEBORAH: I would have to say my characters come first as they are based on real life people. So real that at times it was a little bit daunting to actually write the words and then see the characters come to life.
Tell our readers a little about how that works for you as an author?
DEBORAH: Again, my novel is based on real life characters and they have become so close to me that once I sit down to write, they are right there with me. I just have to focus, let go of the day, and they will come to me. Once I am in that zone, the words just flow; I really don’t have to think about it, my characters take over.
MBA&M: Who is one of your favorite authors to read, do you read crime novels or other genre?
DEBORAH: I have so many different authors in different genres that I enjoy that if I listed them, you would like I was crazy. Meaning that the genre I write is so different than what I read. I belong to a great book club whose members are very much into the classics and historical novels. I am always eager to oblige at what they chose for us to read as it takes me away from my normal course and I am always glad they steered me to a new experience.
MBA&M: In writing “Beyond Escape”, which do you feel gave you the most trouble or where the most challenging to write: the drugs, the secret love affair, or the murder scene?
DEBORAH: To tell you the truth, a lot of the love affairs and the expected drugs were real and to write it and then see it in print made me feel uneasy. In reality my stories could affect real people. My daughter, to this date, cannot get through the book as it brings her too many memories. Not about the drugs and affairs but because some of the characters, more specifically Jack and Nita, are actually fashioned after her grandparents. Because some of the novel is based on real life situations and people, it was hard for me to put these scenes into words as there are still family and some untold stories that perhaps some people would like laid to rest.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where or how they may connect with you and where to purchase “Beyond Escape”?
DEBORAH: They can always connect with me on my webpage at www.deborahkjensen.com and my Facebook page at Deborah K. Jensen. My book can be purchased off my website but also it’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both print and EBook format.
Thank you,Deborah for taking a few moments of your time with us and our readers today!
About the Author
Deborah K. Jensen was born and raised in Minnesota. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Deborah although she spent most of her career in the finance world.
Beyond Escape is her debut novel, inspired by real life relationships and circumstances. Deborah currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband. They have two grown children.
Visit the author’s website: http://www.deborahkjensen.com/
Follow at: Twitter: @DeborahKJensen
DEBORAH K. JENSEN
||Beaver’s Pond Press (October 15, 2012)
After separating from her husband of twenty years, Kim is in desperate need of an escape. Retreating to her parents’ home in Texas for a month, Kim encounters ample distractions, the best being Camilo, an alluring Latino man seventeen years her junior.
However, when returning to Texas unearths memories of a long-ago lover, Kim discovers her unintentional involvement in a series of dangerous escapades, bringing her deeper into her past than she ever cared to venture.
Beyond Escape follows Kim as she pursues a trail of drugs, murder, and secret love affairs that were meant to stay buried.
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