Jennifer Wilck has partnered with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book Miriam’s Surrender. As part of her tour, Jennifer will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
I really don’t think there’s anything unusual about me, honestly. Like everyone, I juggle multiple roles, am stretched in many directions, and use my writing as a way to escape from the everyday stresses that occur.
Describe a day in your life as a writer.
Well, my typical day is more like a goal. As a mom to two teenagers, things often don’t go as planned, especially when I get texts in the middle of the day asking me to bring them something. But here goes: Ideally, I get my kids off to school in the morning, brainstorm ideas while walking the dog and get ready for the day. I tend to do errands in the morning, write, eat lunch and write until the kids get home. I get them settled with homework and then do some more writing until it’s time to make dinner or take the kids somewhere. I’ll try to get in an hour or two of writing after dinner, and then hang out with my husband.
Since I post my personal blog on Mondays and my post for my writer’s group blog on Tuesdays, I try to write those posts on Mondays, as well as any other blog posts that will be due that week. Again, it doesn’t always work out that way, but I try.
What do you like best about your heroine, Miriam.
I love the fact that she’s strong and has this outer shell of calm about her. My friend uses this great analogy when talking about people like her—she’s like a duck who looks calm above the water, but beneath the surface, she’s kicking like mad! She’s not some damsel in distress. She’s very capable when it comes to most things. However, like all of us, she’s not perfect and she has to learn to accept help from others—I really enjoyed watching that progression in her character.
Amazon has indicated Miriam’s Surrender is a “book two”. Tell us about the Women of Valor Series.
The Women of Valor series is a series of contemporary romances with Jewish characters. It’s not religious, per se, any more than a romance where the hero and heroine end up getting married in a church is religious. But it does show diversity, which I think is so important in the books we read. Each book in the series revolves around a different Jewish holiday. The first book, The Seduction of Esther, took place leading up to and during the holiday of Purim, which celebrates Queen Esther’s saving the Jews of Persia from the wicked Haman. One of the themes of that holiday is hiding one’s identity—Esther didn’t’ tell the King, her husband, that she was Jewish until late in the story—and that’s a great theme to use in a romance! So my hero, Nathaniel, is hiding things from his past, and my heroine, Samara, is hiding some of her personality flaws from him. It made for some great conflicts!
Miriam’s Surrender is book two, as you mentioned and it takes place leading up to and during the holiday of Passover. The theme from this holiday that the characters deal with is freedom. In their case, it’s freedom from their past and freedom from having to always be in control of everything. Miriam is Samara’s sister and Josh is the villain from the first book, so it was fun to redeem him!
My hope is that this will be a six-book series, with maybe a few novellas thrown in as well.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently plotting out the next book in the Women of Valor series and I’m editing a standalone contemporary romance, not related to this series, that was inspired by a tour of an old Victorian mansion that my girls and I went on. It made me wonder about who had lived there, who might want to live there and why. It features a woman who lived in the house as a foster child, and who purchased it to renovate into a home for herself and her future family, and a war photographer who is passing through on his way to keep a promise to a war buddy.
Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.
Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.
With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.
“I decided to deliver the paperwork in person and I brought you coffee,” Josh said. “I hope you don’t mind.” He placed both cups on her desk and reached for the folder under his arm. He held it out to her and their hands brushed against each other as she took it from him. The contact of skin against skin warmed her hands. She thought about the manicure, and about his hands on her, and she took a shaky breath.
“It was nice of you. Thanks.”
“So, coffee’s okay, but mani-pedis aren’t. Good to know.”
She tried to determine if he was joking or not. She thought he might be, as his grey eyes held a bit of a twinkle in them and his tone was light, but his body was stiff and she couldn’t tell. She decided to go with humor.
“Right,” she responded, with a wink.
His face broadened into a grin and she relaxed.
“I got one black and one light and sweet, since I wasn’t sure how you took it. You can choose.”
“Light and sweet, please. Thanks.”
He handed her the coffee and she inhaled the rich aroma.
She took a sip and closed her eyes. “Mmm, French roast.”
Josh sat in the chair across from her desk. “You know, I think we’ve set a record.”
“Really? What kind?”
“I think this is the first time we’ve been together where we haven’t apologized or talked about having to apologize.”
Miriam choked on her coffee, but held her hand up to ward him off when Josh leaned across the desk to help her. “You can’t do that to me when I’m drinking.”
His grey eyes twinkled again. “I’m…”
They burst into laughter.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).
One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.
In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.
When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.
I can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. I tweet at @JWilck. My blog (Fried Oreos) is http://jenniferwilck.blogspot.com and I contribute to Heroines With Hearts at www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com and to Front Porch Saturdays at http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com.
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