- When did you start writing? Did you always want to be an author or was it something you stumbled upon?
I’ve been writing my whole life. English was always my favorite subject and I always knew I wanted to be a writer. My high school yearbook states that my career goal was to be an author. I finished my first romance novel at sixteen and submitted it to Harlequin. The rejection letter was amazing-very encouraging-they said my writing had promise and to submit to them again once I had some life experience.
- Your latest novel, Breaking Her Rules, is set in the world of MMA fighting, what was your inspiration behind this?
I have always been a fan of Mixed Martial Arts. I started watching the UFC since the very first fight night, back before regulations and weight classes, etc. I used to box, so I love the fighting world. And MMA fighters are hot, so they are quickly becoming a reader favorite. I had been wanting to write this series, and then my agent had met with an editor who was looking to acquire one, so it was a great time to write it.
- Did you have the entire plot laid out before you began writing? Or did it come to you as you wrote?
I never plot my stories lol. I wish I could lol. Writing a series without an entire plot laid out is very difficult, so I’ve trained myself to at least do a complete outline of where I hope the story will go, but often things change as I write. The characters have to feel natural to me, so I can’t force them to go in a direction they don’t want to go.
- What is the most difficult thing about writing a novel?
For me, it’s the word count. My stories are very character and dialogue driven, therefore reaching higher word counts is sometimes a struggle. When I read, I skim over long paragraphs of description and too much internalization, so I tend not to write a lot of it into my books. It’s a struggle to add in necessary details sometimes as I just love writing dialogue so much lol.
- Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep Writing. Everything says that, but it’s really the only way to succeed. If you keep writing and keep trying, there’s no way it won’t eventually pay off. But sit and write everyday. If you give your craft the attention it deserves, it will payoff.
- What are you reading right now?
I just finished Rachel Hollis’s Sweet Girl and before that Party Girl. I loved those books and am looking forward to more from her. Right now, I’m on crazy tight deadlines with four more books releasing before the end of the year, so I’m just stockpiling books for plane ride reading on the way to RWA in NYC next month.
- Who are your greatest influences?
Debbie Macomber and Kristan Higgans for sure. I can only hope to someday write a story as beautiful as the ones they weave.
- What is your all time favourite book?
Malibu Summer by Francine Pascal. It was a Special Edition of the Sweet Valley High series. It was my first taste of romance and I have some nostalgic feelings associated with the book.
Thank you for having me today!
About This Author:
Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and five year old son. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, SheWrites.org and FAVA. She is also a regular columnist on the Working Writers & Bloggers site and The Writer’s Fun Zone. She has published writing how-to articles in Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine, RWR and Southern Writers Magazine. She has also taught RWA Chapters courses online. Her Brookhollow series books were finalists in the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Contest and the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Still Moments Magazine Reviewer Choice Awards and the Booksellers Best Awards.
Her publishing credits include two holiday novellas, previously published by The Wild Rose Press, now re-released as self-published editions through Amazon. Mistletoe Fever was an Amazon bestseller for two weeks in the category of Kindle Short Reads. Her six book small town, Brookhollow series is published through Harlequin Heartwarming and she has a new MMA sports romance series releasing through Berkley/NAL Intermix in 2015. RT Reviews has given each of her Brookhollow series books 4 stars.
She also hosts an annual SnowGlobe Award contest in recognition of holiday themed romance stories, with over forty entries each year, with participants ranging from new authors to NYT Bestselling authors, such as Brenda Novak and Sarah Morgan. More information about the contest can be found at http://www.snowglobeawardcontest.vpweb.ca
More information can be found at www.jennifersnowauthor.com