Yesterday I introduced you to Janette Kenny’s books and today I have an interview with the lovely author!
Please tell us about your books.
My March ’07 debut novel kicked off my Born in a Brothel series. One Real Cowboy is the story of Cord Tanner, a down-on-his-luck cowboy who agrees to be a rebellious Englishwoman’s husband so she can gain title to the Kansas ranch she’s come to love. For playing the part of her devoted husband, he’ll get a horse and money. Beatrix (Trixie) is everything Cord desires and dreams of in a woman, and she’s far, far out of his league. But when Trixie realizes she’ll never love another man as she does Cord, the real sparks fly as she does everything in her power to finagle Cord into her bed and convince him that this marriage is the forever kind. There’s an extra hitch in the plans–somebody wants to make Trixie a young widow.
One Real Man, my April ’08 release, is about a man who ran away from the highbrow life he’d been groomed to assume for the footloose life of a cowboy, but he didn’t become a real man until he stopped looking for the easy way to prove his metal and faced his past head-on. But Gil never guessed that the ranch he planned to make his fortune on is co-owned by the shady lady he’s never been able to forget or forgive. Josie did the unthinkable years ago to save her sister’s life. She has no regrets, until the cowboy she wronged storms back into her life with revenge blazing in his sexy-as-sin eyes. Now she has to decide whether to pull up stakes and run again, or trust the one man she lost her innocence and her heart to so long ago to help her realize her dream. But there’s another man who’s never forgotten Josie either, and he aims to make her pay dearly for destroying his house of hell and escaping his clutches.
What inspired the story?
In ORC, Trixie is the daughter of a wastrel who was sent to Kansas to learn animal husbandry and farming from a promoter,. After his death, she’s determined to stay in Kansas where she’d have more freedom to raise her prize thoroughbreds. But her grandfather wouldn’t grant her title to the land he owned unless she was married. That’s all it took to get the “What if?” ideas sprouting in me. Trixie sets out to hire a husband, and Cord fits the bill–though it took a fair amount of convincing. Cord longed for a real home, but he believed he wasn’t good enough for anything more than being her temporary husband.
For ORM, Gil’s story begged to be told. He’s an happy-go-lucky man with a mysterious past, like so many men who ran away from their home for the rumored glory in the west. He’s also got a gambling problem, and has vowed to give it up after he buys into an old friend’s ranching venture. Josie was a victim of circumstances at a young age, and she had the grit to risk her life to save others. She has a dream of operating the first guest ranch for women “to relax with nature” for she knows all women need a safe place to unwind. She is the essence of the true western woman we hear far too little about.
Say your book is going to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the hero and heroine?
For ORC, I’d pair Brad Pitt with Reese Witherspoon.
For ORM: Hands down, Matthew MaConnaughey and Courteney Cox Arquette.
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
Getting to make up stories wherever my imagination takes me.
The promotion side of this industry. It takes time away from what I love to do most which is write.
Is there anything you would like to write, but haven’t? For example, any other genre you’d like to try?
Yes, I’d love to have a sexy mystery series published.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
Ooo, that’s a tough question. A lot of authors who’ve worked hard to get where they are today have inspired me. Aside from the writing world, my mom was an inspiration for me in so many things. She taught me I could do anything I set my mind to, yet never praised my writing unless she really meant it.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Learn the rules of good storytelling, then write what’s in your heart. Write with passion, and the reader will feel it in your words.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Dedicated, dreamer, realist.
If you could save one book from destruction, what would it be?
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
A cell phone, a J.C.Penney’s catalogue, a bag of trail mix, and a bottle of cabernet. I envision whoever opens the capsule to say: They used this archaic phone to make calls! They dressed like that? Hmm, trail mix hasn’t changed much in fifty years. Ah, the cab has aged to perfection.
What is next for you?
I’m writing One Real Hero, the last proposed Brothel books which is Reid’s story. You’ll meet him in ORM. Then I hope to dig into a new western historical series–I’ve turned in the proposal to my editor and I’m waiting to hear her take on it. 🙂
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
Yeah, do readers prefer the story be the heroes or heroines?
Thank you Janette for that great interview!
Readers, you can learn more about Janette and her books by visiting her website: http://www.jankenny.com/
So, do you prefer the story be more about the heroes or about the heroines?
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