Romance Author Jan Meredith
Kathy: Let's jump right in and let Jan tell us a little bit about herself.
Jan: What can I say about myself that won’t bore you to tears? I’ve worn many working hats: seamstress, cake decorator, cook, custodian, transmission assembler, ER clerk…I enrolled in college when most women are slowing down and waiting for grand children to arrive. Today I’m a nurse, a wife, a mom and a writer. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
I began writing in the 80’s, pounded out two manuscripts on a manual typewriter before splurging on a snazzy new electric job and tapping out another one. Two of them (I burned the 3rd one—it was that bad) sit in a boot box under my desk, with mark-ups in the margin from an agent, but they never made it past the editing stage, as life stepped in and took a front seat.
While my characters often made a return appearance in my thoughts, it wasn’t until I read the Twilight books that I caught the writing bug again. I entered an editor’s pitch contest with Harlequin Mills & Boon’s medical romance—a two paragraph blurb was all I needed. I won the opportunity to do an online pitch with the editor and was asked to submit the first three chapters of "A Doctor In The House” which garnered an awesome 2-page feedback/rejection letter and a request to write something new and submit it. My characters, however, were determined to have their story told.
Taking that editor’s advice, I revised the chapters and sent them out to three publishers. All three asked to see the full manuscript. One of the editors was Heather Howland from Entangled Publishing who was heading up the launch of a sexy new imprint, Brazen. In the end, I finished the book as a novella, gave it a sexy new title, “Playing Doctor” and on November 25, 2013, it released with the launch of yet another sexy imprint with Entangled—Flaunt!
Kathy: Name one thing you love about writing.
Jan: The thing I love most is the opportunity to give someone, even a character from my imagination, a happily ever after.
Kathy: Name one of the challenges or frustrations in writing.
As this is my first publication, I found it challenging to work with a deadline for a change. I’ve always had the freedom of writing when, and for however long it suited me. It was more a hobby in the beginning that I could pick up or put down and return to at my leisure. Having a set length of time to do edits, having to rearrange my story, cut scenes and characters that were dear to me, at times, made my head want to explode. I’m happy to say that I’m pleased with the outcome, and find myself eager to dive into the process again.
Kathy: Who is your favorite author?
Jan: Hands down—Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love her world building abilities, her tortured characters and the sarcasm that flies between them.
Kathy: What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
Jan: I became more disciplined with my approach to writing. Before, I was a total pantser, working the story out along the way. After doing NaNoWriMo last year with Entangled Publishing and Savvy Authors, and learning how to do a one page synopsis—that actually worked and was only mildly painful—I now do character profiles, outlines and plot the story out before starting. That’s not to say that my characters always do what I want them to do!
Kathy: What do you need (or not need) around you while you write?
Jan: While music plays a major part in my writing as a muse or to help my characters tell me what they feel, I don’t listen to it while I write. I can, however, concentrate better if the TV is on for background noise.
Kathy: What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Jan: Read the type of story you want to write. Pay attention to what the author says, how he or she moves the story forward. Ask yourself, what is it about this book, the way it’s written, that keeps me turning the page to see what happens next. And then write. It isn’t going anywhere if it isn’t finished.
When a fellow RN jokingly predicts that Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, it’s supposed to be from across a crowded room, not giving CPR to a wedding guest. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again, but who could have predicted the ponytailed doctor with the mischievous smile would break through her defenses?
Dr. Gabriel North blamed himself for his wife’s death. Now, after two years of battling guilt and meaningless hookups, he’s ready to move on. When he sees the sexy brunette at his friend’s wedding, his attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining her trust is going to take more than medical school has prepared him for.
To read an excerpt click HERE
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