An Interview with Author Jenni Fletcher.

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It's been a little while since we've had any author interviews here on our blog and quite frankly we've missed them. We've read so many great books lately, by so many wonderful authors, that we felt inspired to once again get asking them questions - which they have so kindly answered. First up is Jenni Fletcher, who's new book just so happens to be our book of the month and for good reason. Jenni is brilliant! We hope you enjoy our interview with her...

1. You write brilliant books in the historical/regency/medieval romance genre. What drew you to these time periods?

I find most historical periods interesting, but there's generally a book or a film that captures my imagination. I blame my Medieval stories on watching Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and reading Sharon Kay Penman as a teenager and my Victorian ones on Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. I know I’m seeing the past through rose-tinted glasses and I would never really want to live there, but I find both eras so atmospheric. Also, the clothes! If I could get away with wearing a medieval gown everyday then I would, just with Converse and probably a fleece.

2. Do you have a favourite book and/or character that you have written and why?

Aediva from 'Married to her Enemy' will always be special because she was my first heroine, but my favourite hero so far is Lothar from 'Besieged and Betrothed'. I like to think of him as a Medieval feminist. He’s strong but vulnerable and, most importantly, he’s not intimidated by strong women. Having said that, the character I most enjoy writing is Aunt Sophoria from my Victorian stories because she’s so eccentric. 

3. What inspired you to finally put pen to paper and start writing?

I just felt ready. I wanted to be a writer ever since I learned the alphabet, but there were other things I wanted to do first. I’m also a big believer in the unconscious mind and one morning a few years ago, I woke up and something just clicked. Since then I’ve hardly stopped writing. 

4. We love food here on our blog, so have to ask, do you have a preferred snack or drink when you are writing?

There are so many (almond croissants in particular!) but I’m trying to be healthier so I’ve switched to chocolate-covered nuts and raisins for those truly epic editing sessions. That’s almost healthy, right? I do eat a lot of chocolate, but I love cycling so hopefully that helps... I also take coffee extremely seriously so I have proper breaks to enjoy it properly. Also, since I poured water over my laptop, I’m a lot more careful about allowing liquids near my computer. 



5. Are you the type of writer who needs peace and quiet in a cosy spot or can you write anywhere?

I can write anywhere so long as there isn’t any music. I can cope with classical, but anything with lyrics distracts me. I write my rough drafts out in pen and I work in cafes because it forces me to sit still and not procrastinate. When it comes to editing, however, I need total silence so I get up extra early and work while everyone else in the house is asleep. 

6. When you have been doing research for your books, is there anywhere you have been or anything you have seen that has particularly stood out to you as being rather amazing?

Hadrian’s Wall. I was inspired with the idea for a Roman-set story by the Eboracum Festival in York, but I really struggled until I visited Hadrian’s Wall, where my story is set. The crags around Housesteads are breathtaking and there are some wonderful museums. It made my characters really come alive for me and I love wandering around ruins.  

7. What is your favourite book, if you can pick one, and why?

I honestly can’t choose, I love so many! If I find a writer I like then I tend to binge-read everything they've ever written, like at the moment I’m going through a Katie Fforde phase and loving it. On the other hand, there are certain books that mean more to me than others. Jane Eyre because it was the first ‘grown-up’ book I ever read, Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent because it led to my PhD thesis, The Hobbit because my children both love it, and Therese Beharrie’s upcoming ‘Tempted by the Billionaire Next Door’ because it's the first book that’s ever been dedicated to me. It's funny because I dedicated 'Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride' to her too, but neither of us knew the other was doing it. We started our writing careers around the same time and now, largely thanks to Twitter, she's one of my best friends. 

8. Lastly, can you give away any hints as to what we can expect in your next book. After reading 'Captain Amberton's Inherited Bride.' I for one am VERY excited! :)

My next book is 'The Warrior’s Bride Prize', which comes out in September. It’s set on Hadrian’s Wall in 197AD and is about a Roman-Caledonian widow who finds herself gambled away as a bride to the wrong man, a Centurion who’s struggling to regain his family honour. Then it’s back to the Victorian era and Captain Amberton’s twin brother Arthur. The plot is loosely based around the jet industry in Whitby during the nineteenth century, but I don’t want to say too much, mainly because I’m still working on it… After that, I have a story about biscuits because you should write about what you know and love...

You can find Jenni Fletcher on social media:

Twitter
Facebook

You can buy her books on Amazon and also visit her website for more information about her! :)

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