Ask the Author: Jennifer R. Laird
What would you like readers to know about you?
That I am just beginning my writing/author journey and I love how fun and scary it is. When you’re writing a book, you are safe inside your nest. When you publish that book, you fall right out of that safe nest and have to spread your wings and let your dreams take flight.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
My book, “A Royal Summer” was published in March 2019 within an Anthology titled, “Kissing in the Rain” with three other authors. We each wrote clean romance novellas centered around the theme, Kissing in the Rain.
“A Royal Summer” is about an American woman visiting England, for the summer, who ends up accidentally helping the prince of England in his quest to dodge the paparazzi. From their chance meeting blooms an unexpected romance. But, this romance has to remain a secret. The prince makes it clear that they can only be together for the summer, but a weekend trip to Greece may end up changing his mind.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
Prince Harry & Megan Markle. I absolutely love their love story. Their romance seemed so much like a modern-day, “Cinderella”. I have always loved writing love stories where the two characters come from two totally different worlds. In “A Royal Summer” Nick & Rachel just scratch the surface on how different his life is than hers. Not just as a Royal, but also because she is an American and he is British, etc.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I had to do a lot of research for this book. One of my favorite research topics was on Santorini, Greece. I loved traveling there remotely via my computer! (I hope to actually go there one day) I spent hours watching YouTube videos to see what it really looked like. I also researched Greek cuisine and had a blast writing prince Nick and Rachel trying Greek drinks and food.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, Sydney Sheldon. I spent my pre-teen and teenage years devouring books by these authors. I loved the worlds and characters they painted with words. I loved how I could disappear into these stories. These authors had magic and they inspired me to try and cast my own spells as an author as well.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
The most important thing I would tell any aspiring author is to start out slow and find out what methods work for you. Also, if something isn’t working for you, don’t force it. I would also say that it is important to schedule time to write. Don’t write every day. Give yourself one day off a week. You need one day to recharge–trust me! Your creative flow will be so much stronger if you allow yourself a little break.
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