AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JENNA IVES
Snow White And Her Seven Lovers by Jenna Ives
Tell us a little about Snow White And Her Seven Lovers?
2012 seems to be the year of Snow White! With movies like Kristen Stewart’s Snow White And The Huntsman as well as Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, this was the perfect time for Snow White And Her Seven Lovers – my modern-day erotic twist on the classic fairy tale.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I have a general story idea when starting, but I like the characters tell me what they should be doing. So I would say I’m more a “pantser” (as in, I write by the seat of the pants) than a “plotter.” The most fun I had with Snow White And Her Seven Lovers was coming up with believable day jobs for the seven guys!
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I currently write in several different genres under different names – it lets me get all the ideas in my head (contemporary, historical, paranormal) out for readers to read!
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Like most authors, my favorite character is usually the one I’ve just finished writting. I love my Blanche/Snow White heroine, because she gets to live out all our favorite female fantasies! Readers can enjoy the experience vicariously, LOL!
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
In Snow White And Her Seven Lovers, the toughest character for me to write was Dopey. I hope I made his character as lovable and the other six guys!
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Just to do it! The hardest part of writing is sitting your butt in the computer chair and writing. The second hardest part is believing that someone will be interested enough in your story to read it!
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
To write, I need a quiet place and lots of uninterrupted time. It’s hard to get in the ‘zone’ when you have a half-hour before hubby gets home from work!
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I was at home when I got “the call.” I hope I was very professional about it, but the editor did say the best part of her job is getting to call writers and buying their book, so I guess maybe I was a *little* excited on the phone! As soon as I hung up with her, I called my hubby.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
You may not believe this, but I was 28. I’d had a really bad week at work and thought a romance might cheer me up!
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
Actually, I still have TWO day jobs, so I’m very possessive about my scarce writing time.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I have another erotic romance called The Initiation Of Isabella. You’ll be hot to join her sorority after your read Bella’s story!
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
Since I write erotic romance, I believe in *lust* at first sight, LOL! Love follows once the characters get to know each other.
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
Romances sell more books than any other type of fiction, so I just laugh and cash the royalty check.
Where can readers find you?
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Dark chocolate-covered cherries. Pure decadence!