Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday's Guest Jana Richards Talking About Who She Was Before #MFRWauthor #Writing

.   What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?

I work part-time as a accountant, mostly doing month-end financial reports and statements. I can’t say it influenced my writing, other than I have made a few of my heroines accountants. And does my writing influence my day job? I hope not. Creative accounting is generally frowned on!

            2.  Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above. 

     I enjoy writing in several romance genres. The primary genre I write in is contemporary romance, but I adore romantic suspense and have written a couple of books in that genre. Hopefully, I’ll write many more in the future.

     I’ve also written historical books set during World War Two, which is one of my favorite time periods for setting a novel. I enjoy paranormal romance, and whenever possible, I like to include a hint of the paranormal in otherwise non-paranormal books. For instance, my heroines in the Love at Solace Lake series each see a ghostly yellow canoe on the lake when they each their happy ending. You might notice a yellow canoe on each cover!

     I’ve tried my hand at writing romantic comedy, and I also like to include a bit of humor in novels that may have a serious theme. Sometimes humor can be added through dialogue or a secondary character. In my current work in progress, a comical Pug supplies much needed humor.

     Sometimes I combine all of the above. One of the series I’m currently working on is a time-travel, and I’m really excited about it. It combines some of my favorite things; historic novels set in WW2, contemporary romance, humor and the paranormal.

3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? 

Yes, definitely. I enjoy reading in multiple romance genres. One of the only genres I love reading that I haven’t taken a crack at writing myself is Regency romance. But never say never!

4. What's your latest release? 

My latest releases are the three books in my Love at Solace Lake series; Lies and Solace, Secrets and Solace and Truth and Solace. Three sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie Lindquist, inherit a crumbling fishing lodge in Minnesota from their grandfather. The inheritance is bittersweet because twenty-two years earlier their parents died at the lodge in what was ruled a murder/suicide. You’ll learn more about the Lindquist sisters and their stories tomorrow.

5. What are you working on now? 

I’m working on a contemporary romance that I plan to self-publish called Take a Chance on Me. It’s set in Toronto, Canada and it’s about a couple who clash over the fate of a Victorian mansion. Will it be torn down to make room for a new condo development, or will it be renovated to bring it back to its former glory? How do you like the cover?

6. Where can we find you? 

I’m all over the place!

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