Today’s guest is the lovely Jeanne Adams!
Jeanne’s upcoming release, Dark and Dangerous, will be available this June from Zebra books!
The upcoming book looks wonderful. Can you please tell us about the book?
My book, Dark and Dangerous is a fast-paced story of love and adventure. The heroine, Dana Markham turned her ex-husband into the FBI when she realized he was using his business as a front for running drugs. Now, since her ex-husband wants her dead, she’s gone underground with their son. Her Ex wants her dead and the son back in the family business. The hero, Caine Bradley, has been sent undercover into the Ex-Husband’s organization in hopes of bringing him to justice. Instead, he’s ordered to kill Dana and retrieve Xavier, the mobster’s son. What no one counted on was Dana’s skill at protecting herself and her son! On the run from her Ex, with Caine in tow, she must keep herself and her son safe, and fight her growing attraction for Caine. Can she do it? Can she survive? Well…you know I’m going to say read the book! Ha!
What inspired the story?
There were several things that influenced and inspired the story. One was a news article about a “gangster” type killing his wife and son when he managed to find them, even though they had been relocated by the government. Another thing which inspired it was yet another news item about the sale of military hardware on the black market and how the “bad guys” were easily buying seriously potent weapons basically on sale from the government. Scary, huh?
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
Wow, I have LOTS of favorite parts. I love creating stories. I love being able to make a story come out “My Way.” (Even though I sometimes have to do it the character’s way!) I enjoy putting people in logical and real kinds of danger and figuring out inventive ways to get them out of it. I love figuring out ways to tangle things up, then happily untangle them – kind of like mixing up all the pieces of a puzzle before you start putting it together, then having the delicious fun of discovering the picture at the end. I love learning about things, getting to research on obscure or generally irrelevant things so I can use them in a book. Ha! It’s so fun to have a “reason” for pointless reading of odd or obscure stuff. I always end up using it. I also love reading the News of the Weird. SO much material… Ha! I like the act of writing, I like editing and revising, I like making it sharper, better, and clearer. I really enjoy the kind of editing that improves pacing.
My least favorite part? Hmmmm. That’s harder. I’m getting to live my dream, so there’s very little that’s least favorite. 🙂 I guess I don’t like changing titles that I’ve grown to love. Or having to really plot stuff when a book gets so convoluted that even I get lost…that’s happened recently and it wasn’t very fun in the process. The end result’s good, but the process wasn’t. Other than that, I’m loving every minute of it. 🙂
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Gosh, how much space do you have? Ha! There are so many. Daphne du Maurier, Mary Johnston (an early 20th century novelist who was among the first women to hit the NYT List), Nora Roberts for her sheer creativity and productivity, Lisa Gardner, Anna Campbell, Donna McMeans, Tawny Weber, Christie Kelly, Christine Wells and all my fellow Romance Bandits for their creativity, determination and support. Hmmm, On the paranormal side, I love Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings…again, so many! I know I’ve forgotten a TON of people who inspire me, but that’s a few. 🙂
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Always be willing to learn, but remember to stay true to your process. Be willing to try out new ways to improve your working skills, but if it doesn’t work for you don’t hesitate to discard it. Listen first to your gut about your work, second to your critique partners. If you enter a contest and get feedback, look for themes in the feedback, rather than taking every word of the criticism to heart. Remember, that judge may be a beginner too, or may be having a bad critique day. 🙂 Don’t change something you love about your manuscript because of a contest judge, but do consider changing something if you “hear” a theme in the critique – i.e. if every judge says your hero’s a jerk, or your heroine’s mother is more interested in the hero than she is. Grins. Otherwise, it’s the same advice that I’ve heard from the writers I admire: Write. The only way to succeed as a writer is to write. 🙂
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Oooh, a challenge. Three words, huh? Happy. Curious. Adaptable.
If you could save one book from destruction, what would it be?
WHAT? Someone’s destroying books? Down with them, I say! 🙂 Ha!
Interesting question…I know I’ll probably get roasted for not saying The Bible or The Koran or something, but I’d probably save Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles because in it, Canfield incorporates the main themes of the best Holy books – love thy neighbor, care for each other, take responsibility for your life and actions – without the awful parts (like stoning people in the street) and it is a great manual for taking charge of your life in a positive, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps kind of way. The other book, if I couldn’t save Jack’s would be the Oxford English Dictionary. The universe would just stop if the OED ceased to exist. 🙂
Who do you like to read?
Pretty much everything. I’ll pick up Lisa Gardner, Dan Brown, Mercedes Lackey, Nora Roberts/JD Robb, Oprah, Thurber, Judi McCoy, Leanne Banks, and Lisa Jackson one month, and dive into Elizabeth Peters, John La Carre or Ludlum the next. And, of course, any of the Romance Bandits!
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
Wow, great question. How big is it? Grins. Photos of my family, copies of my book, my favorite books, pictures of my dogs, my friends, a copy of that day’s Washington Post, handprints from my kids. I guess the usual sorts of things one would put in. 🙂
Where can readers find you online?
Readers can find me online in two cool places – at my website, www.JeanneAdams.com – and at the wonderful blog I share with The Romance Bandits, http://RomanceBandits.blogspot.com
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
Absolutely! I’d love to ask readers what they want to see in a hero, what they consider to be an adventure, and how they like to see a heroine develop from the beginning of the book to the end.
I appreciate you being a guest!
Readers, remember to look for Jeanne’s upcoming release, Dark and Dangerous, this June!
And you can visit Jeanne’s website at: www.JeanneAdams.com!
How about answering Jeanne’s questions for readers above!
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