After graduating from law school, Jennifer Britt worked for a leading tax publication as a legal editor. She then moved to an accounting firm as an associate director and legal editor. While her day job keeps her busy, Jennifer has managed to find time to write and, most nights, she can be found in front of her laptop writing her next contemporary romance novel.
Why did you decide to write romance novels?
It's what I enjoy When I'm looking for a book to read or a movie to watch, I gravitate toward romance. I love happy endings.
When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
For years, I had different story ideas in my head, but I didn't do anything with them. One day, I was reading a book and I told my husband that I was going to try to write one. That was about four years ago. It was a romantic suspense and it's still hidden away on my hard drive. After I completed a couple of other manuscripts, my husband encouraged me to submit. He's always been very supportive of my writing.
What kind of research do you do for a book?
It depends on the story. I love to research different places, but with my current series, the town is fictional. Most of my research is done on the Internet, but I've also interviewed people if I need information about a particular area of expertise.
Tell us about your latest book. What motivated the story?
Finding the Dream is the second book in my Lincoln Falls series. Jessica James is an out of work Broadway actress who is forced to move back home with her parents in Lincoln Falls. She meets their neighbor and sparks fly.
The idea for the story came to me one Easter. I was thinking about the people behind those Easter Bunny costumes in the malls and I started playing the what if game. An out of work Broadway actress came easy to me because I once had dreams of being on stage. While in college, I decided I didn't want to move to New York and struggle so I became a lawyer instead. I wish I could say I had the rest of the story planned out, but I didn't. I knew I wanted a little girl in the story and Sophie was created. Then Eric was developed and I went from there.
What is your writing routine once you start a book?
I don't have a set routine. I tend to write anywhere I can. Dialogue comes easy to me so my first draft tends to be all dialogue and then I go back and layer in all the details.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I love to watch TV. When I want to unwind, I catch up on my Spanish novelas.
Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
Nora Roberts, Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Carly Phillips
Tell us about your latest book.Finding the Dream is an Erotic Contemporary Romance.
Jessica James had her dream—a career on Broadway as a successful actress—until one night when it was taken all away. Forced to move back to Lincoln Falls and live with her parents, Jessica's only goal is to regain her career and go back to New York. She doesn't count on a honeysuckle hating man standing in her way or the town of Lincoln Falls itself. Now everything she thought she ever wanted may not be her dream at all.
Eric Mason and his daughter have quietly lived next door to Jessica's parents. That all changes when he meets Jessica. She is overly dramatic and the most annoying person he's ever met. Yet, he can't get her off his mind.
Will they find a new dream together?
"Great," Jessica said half-heartedly. She hung up and turned to Eric. ""Everything okay?""
""Just fabulous. My daughter's convinced she's getting a chocolate turtle. I can't seem to convince her otherwise.""
""You might be surprised.""
""I doubt it. Is the tow truck coming?""
""Yes, but it's going to be thirty minutes.""
""Sophie and I will wait with you. Then we can give you a ride home.""
""I'm fine. I'm going to have my mother pick me up. So you can head on home.""
He snorted. ""My mother raised me better than that. You might not be one of my favorite people, but I'm not going to leave you on this secluded road where some psycho can come along and do God knows what.""
Funny. She'd thought the same thing before she'd realized he was the one who'd pulled in behind her. ""No one is going to mess with me. Nothing ever happens around here.""
""I'm not leaving.""
""Yes, you are. I bet Sophie is hungry. Aren't you?"" she shouted to Sophie.
""I'm starving,"" Sophie said.
""You're dragging my daughter into this. You dislike me that much that you'd rather sit out here by yourself and take your chances.""
""I don't dislike you.""
""Okay, maybe a smidgeon,"" she said, holding her thumb and index finger about a half inch apart.
""You're not one of my favorite people either, but I'm still not leaving. That's the end of it.""