Today, The Romantic Journey welcomes contemporary romance and romantic suspense author Jerri Drennen. Her most recent release, Grace Under Fire, was released by Wild Rose Press.
Romantic Journey: Jerri, thanks for stopping by. Could you tell us how you first got published?
Jerri Drennen: I was first published with the now defunct Triskelion Publishing, followed shortly after by Loose-Id, which was a completely different experience for me. I have nothing but great things to say about Loose-id.
RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?
JD: I’m a mother, chauffeur, chef, laundry service and accountant. I could go on and on.
RJ: How would a typical work day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?
JD: I usually check e-mail, then get my kids up for school and off, then I’ll write in between loads of laundry and doing dishes. I don’t think I’m a very disciplined writer. I write when I feel like it. My family are pretty good about letting me write, too. I’m thankful for that.
RJ: What is the biggest blooper you’ve written?
JD: A name that I had changed was left as the old name toward the end of one of my books. I was so embarrassed. Thank God we were able to catch it before it went to print.
RJ: Yeah, a good editor can save your bacon every time! And what line that you’ve written continues to amaze you?
JD: Would it sound conceited if I said there were too many to pick one? I’ve written about 18 books.
RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?
JD: I can think of three. A craft book would have to be The Complete Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders, because it has helped me build better three-dimensional characters.
Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught because it was the book that drew me to my love of romance. I adored her alpha hero Clay even though nowadays the book would be considered a bodice-ripper.
Summerland by T.L. Schaefer because her book started me on my path to writing romance suspense.
RJ: Those all sound great. I’ll definitely need to add The Complete Guide to Heroes and Heroines to me TBR list. Now on to the fun stuff. Are you a chest or buns woman?
JD: I’d have to say chest, and, frankly, I like a little hair on it.
RJ: Who’s your fantasy man?
JD: Well, that changes with every book I write. Right now it’s Matt Bomer from White Collar, who I’m using as the image of my hero in my latest WIP. I’m so fickle.
RJ: You’ll have to let us know when that one comes out so we can all picture Matt Bomer as we read it! Finally, If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.
JD: Is Matt Bomer on the ship? No. Then I’d have to grab my computer because it has all my books on it.
RJ: Thanks again, Jerri.
Readers, I know Jerri would love to hear your feedback on this interview and her work. Let her know what you think in the comments.