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The Geeky Lover: Jill can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I write romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam Dell.
The Geeky Lover: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?
Jill: I start writing pretty early, around 4 or 5 am. I wake up as my husband leaves for work and write for a few hours while it’s quiet. Then I get the kids ready and walk them to school. My girls are four and seven, so a lot of my day is devoted to them, but I write whenever I can. I’ll take a notebook to the park or let them watch a Disney movie so I can get my pages done.
The Geeky Lover: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Jill: Good question. I think that a book lover likes to talk about books and extend the experience beyond reading. We share the book love with others!
The Geeky Lover: I have to admit I just recently discovered your books but you really blew me away. I loved how you gave life to your characters and was highly impressed by your characterisation. What do you think are the top 3 rules to make a character believable? Any advice you can give to an aspiring authors?
Jill: Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you enjoy my books. My top three rules for making a character believable are:
1. Flaws. Everyone has them in real life, so flawed characters are easier to believe and relate to.
2. Backstory. Characters should have a past that shapes them. We all react in different ways because of our life experiences.
3. Mannerisms/quirks. I have this odd habit of writing words in the air with my finger when I talk. Real people do weird things, and so do my characters.
My advice to aspiring authors: work hard and don’t give up.
The Geeky Lover: Another thing I admired in your previous novels is that you included an adult and a young adult couple. This was, at least for me, something rather new and refreshing. Why did you decide to try something new like that?
Jill: A couple of my favorite authors have done YA subplots. Sandra Brown’s Where There’s Smoke and Suzanne Brockmann’s The Unsung Hero both have teen romances, and I loved those books. I can’t say that I set out to emulate those authors, although I admire them. With Crash Into Me, it just seemed right for the story. My editor really liked it and asked for more.
I think I’m attracted to YA storylines because I was very troubled as a teen. I enjoy writing about characters who are struggling or need help. There’s something very satisfying for me about tackling real issues and giving a hopeful message.
The Geeky Lover: What is for you the essential difference between a mature and a young adult love story?
Jill: Oh, this is a hard question! My YA subplots are written for a mature audience, so I don’t close the door on the bedroom scenes. That said, I try not to be gratuitous. If I wrote YA for young adults, I might tone down the sex. My teen characters are more likely to be awkward, impulsive, and inexperienced, but sexuality is a big part of who they are.
The Geeky Lover: Why romantic suspense? What makes this genre appealing to you? And now the evil part: what makes it better than the usual paranormal counterparts?
Jill: Romantic suspense appeals to me because it’s exciting! I love being on the edge of my seat. I also like realism and gritty scenes and dark villains. What makes it better than paranormal? I don’t know! I like the idea that it could happen in real life. When I read about a vampire hero, that is total fantasy to me, and it’s great. Romantic suspense has a nice mix of realism and fantasy that fits my writing voice.
The Geeky Lover: What can we expect of The Edge of Night?
Jill: Flawed characters, sexytimes, and a serial killer.
The Geeky Lover: What is next on your schedule? Do you plan to write in different genres, too?
Jill: So far I’m sticking to suspense. I have three Harlequin releases this year. Stranded With Her Ex is out now. Tempted by His Target and a Christmas novella are coming in late 2011. My next Bantam Dell book, Caught in the Act, will be released in early 2012.
About the Book:
In a sultry California city on the Mexican border, a brutal crime pushes a struggling young mother and an idealistic cop to the edge of passion—and beyond.
To support her small daughter, April Ortiz does what she has to do—which means waiting tables in a skimpy outfit at a popular nightclub in a gang-infested area of Chula Vista. When one of her co-workers is raped and murdered, April does what she knows she shouldn’t—she defies the neighborhood code by giving the police a hardcore gang member’s name.
Clean-cut cop Noah Young wants a shot at breaking this case more than anything in the world—that is, until he meets the unforgettable April Ortiz. When April gives Noah the tip, a spark ignites. As the fire between them threatens to blaze out of control, the two are dragged down further into the dark mysteries of the graffiti-lined streets, taunted by a crazed killer who could strike again at any time.
About the Author:
Jill Sorenson writes sexy romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam Dell. Two of her novels, Crash Into Me and Set the Dark on Fire, have been excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.
After earning a degree in literature and a bilingual teaching credential from California State University, Jill decided teaching wasn’t her cup of tea. She started writing one day while her firstborn was taking a nap and hasn’t stopped since. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two young daughters.
Places to find Jill: website, blog, twitter
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