Interview with Jennifer Probst

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Jennifer has traveled to many places but always seem to be drawn back to the mountains. Graduating with a proper business degree, she received a masters in English Literature, and am humbled to now spend her days dedicated to family and her characters. She's pursued many career paths such as travel agent, yoga teacher, dating coordinator, and insurance salesperson. She's wanted to be an airline pilot, a dancer, an archaeologist, and a vineyard owner. She has done all of the above through romance novels, and intends to explore many more.

 

 

 

Interview with Jennifer Probst 

Affaire de Coeur's 

June Calendar Girl

 

Welcome! We are so happy you were able to take time out of your busy schedule to visit with us. Thank you.

 

Where are you from?

New York baby!

 

Married/In a relationship? Children? Pets?

Married with two boys and one rescue dog.

 

Do you have another job other than writing?

No I am lucky enough to now write full time.

 

What is your favorite place to eat?

A seafood restaurant!

 

Favorite foods?

Seafood, chocolate, coffee and potato chips!

 

If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

Since I’m trying to shed that winter weight, lots of fruit, fresh veggies, and seafood. The boys in my house always stick in fun stuff though!             

 

Where do you like to go when you want to run away? Where is the farthest place you have traveled from home?

Italy. I adore everything about that gorgeous country from the scenery to the language to the food!

 

Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?

Rescue animals. I am very passionate about trying to help all the abused and abandoned animals in the world and give them a safe, nurturing place. They are the other children in the world and need our protection.

 

Do you have a critique partner?

NO. But two good friends help me stay on track with my word count.

 

Attending any conventions/conferences this year?

Yes, RWA in July. Then a signing in Montreal in September and Philly in November.

 

What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Believe in yourself even when no one else does. If you work hard enough, believe hard enough, and never give up, you’ll achieve your goals.

 

Tell us your latest news? Current projects?

I have two new releases! One is Searching for Beautiful, which came out May 26th, and Searching for Always is June 30th. They are the third and fourth book in the series and details characters from my popular Marriage to a billionaire series. I have a short novella also releasing August 6th called Summer Sins, and I’m working on a brand new series called the Billionaire Builders. Lots of good stuff!

 

One of two of your biggest learning experiences during your writing and publishing process?

A good editor is gold. Don’t’ be afraid to tear into the revision process and get dirty. Write hard and go deep. Basically, I learned to never stop writing, through painful life experiences and rejections, I just kept writing.

 

Biggest surprises you didn’t expect once you became a published writer? What were your 1-2 biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

The amazing love and support from readers. I dreamt about it but now I know it’s real! Romance readers are the most generous and loyal!

I think number one was you aren’t always offered a great contract! I was so excited to sign my first published deal, I didn’t take into consideration that it may not be a good deal for me to accept. Writers have much more power and free choice nowadays, which I love seeing. Just because a publisher offers to take on your book, don’t believe it means guaranteed successful sales, or that it’s the right thing to do. Take your options seriously.

 

What would you have done differently if you could do it again?

Nothing. That would change my present and I love where I am now.

Hahah see above! I wouldn’t have signed that contract, or a few others afterward, but if that negated where I am today I wouldn’t change a thing. Sometimes, you learn from your mistakes and that’s a powerful motivator. I try to take the ups and downs with the same enthusiasm for learning about life and my path in the same vein.

 

Easiest and hardest thing about writing?

Hardest? Showing up. Easiest? The dreaming part, where the words are perfect in your mind and you are the most talented writer in the world. Then it goes away when you try to do the first draft!

 

What genres do you write and do you go by different Nom de Plumes?

I write sexy and erotic contemporary romance and I love everything about it. I dabbled with a paranormal series, also, and still have two more books to write in the series. But I never set out to write a paranormal – to me, it’s really just a contemporary story with a twist! I use only one name for my work and it’s my own. I’m proud of it.

 

Let's talk about the day to day creative process. Take us through a typical writing day for you.

I get my kids on the bus and write the whole day. I take breaks for email and social media and any promotion, but try to get new words written every day. Try is the key word, but I’m hard on myself. I treat it like a job, and goofing off on the job was never something I did. Kids get home, I spend time with them, and I go back to work. I break for dinner and homework and evening activities – my hubby usually cooks! – and then maybe squeeze another hour in depending. Then reading/tv time and kids to bed! Boring, I know, but it works for me.

 

What do you like to read?

Everything. Horror, erotica, contemporary, self help, craft books on writing. If it’s interesting, I’ll read it.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

A romance in high school. I was the nerdy shy girl and dreamed of having this gorgeous popular guy in school notice me. It didn’t happen in real life so I wrote about it.

 

What ignites your creativity?

Life.

 

What challenges have you faced writing a love story or a specific scene?

I always write through any challenges I have. I can fix it later.

 

Is your writing area/office organized or strategically placed chaos? 

Organized chaos. My desk is a mess of sticky notes, lists, pieces of paper. Drives my hubby nuts!

 

Interesting questions you have been asked by your fans …

How much of what you write is real, including the sex scenes?

 

Do you listen to music while you write or do you need complete silence?

I need music at all times.

 

What author would you like to meet and have a cozy lunch with?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

 

Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with? (If you were free to do so)

Adam Levin and Chris Hemsworth.

 


What books do you have on your favorites shelf?

So many. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein,

On Writing by Stephen King.

Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

All of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, and Nora Roberts and a bunch of signed books from my conferences from authors I love.

 

What book are you reading now?

Emma Chase  - Sustained.

 

What do you like to read/favorite genre?

Contemporary romance and books on writing.

 

Any new authors who have caught your interest?

Tons. Too many to list. I fell in love with Alessandra Torre, and Leisa Rayven recently, but so many of the authors I read are on my automatic buy list and keep me very busy!

 

If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?

Be brave about new opportunities. If something scares you, you should probably do it.

 

What would you like to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading my books. You are the reason I am able to write and I am honored you trust me with your precious reading time.

 

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