Interview with Jerri Drennen

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.


17 Responses to “Interview with Jerri Drennen”

  1. 7 December, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Jerri, after all these years I’ve known you…this is the first time I’ve read an interview. Now I feel I know you better!! Love the book cover, by the way. And you know I’ve always loved your stories!!


  2. 7 December, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Jerri!
    Great interview. I’d have to say I’m definitely a bum gal. But if I had to ogle my hero’s chest, it best be bare. LOL
    Congrats on the release and good luck surviving the evil promo monster. 🙂

  3. 7 December, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Jerri, 18 books?! Very impressive. I look forward to reading Grace. Good luck.

  4. 7 December, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Jerri,

    I like The Complete Guide as well. And I’ve never read Summerland so I’ll be searching that out.

  5. 5 jerridrennen
    7 December, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for coming by, Phyllis. I’m really not much on talking about myself.

    Kim, I like a nice bum too. LOL

    Yep, 18, Megan. I’ve been at this for a long time.

    Summerland is a really good book, Anne. T.L. Schaefer was a critique partner of mine years ago.

  6. 6 jerridrennen
    7 December, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Jen, thanks for the interview. I had a lot of fun!

  7. 7 Charly
    8 December, 2009 at 12:18 am


    Jerri, Great interview. Right after I got done reading your interview I ordered the Complete Guide to Heros and Heriones. I can’t wait to read Grace under Fire.

    Good luck!


  8. 8 December, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Hey Jerri,

    Great job! I have known you for a few years and can vouch for your dedication to your writing. You always create super heros and fabulous heroines. I of course have my favorites, but you know who they are. [: You have pulled me out of some very bad blocks and I appreciate all the help you have been to me. Now, hurry up and send the next chapter of that WIP. It is a real page turner. Congrats on the super interview.

  9. 9 Olga
    8 December, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Jerri, I love your books, and thanks to your recommendation The Complete Guide to Heroes & Heroines is going to be on my TBR list. I can’t wait for your latest WIP to become a published book. Matt Bomer is, well, wow! What made me wonder: if Matt had been on the ship, would your laptop still be one thing you’d grab on your way to the lifeboat? Just kidding. Great interview, Jerri!

  10. 8 December, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Fabulous interview. I have to object though to the chest or bum. What about the abs? Nicely sculpted. And mmmmmm…Matt.


  11. 11 jerridrennen
    8 December, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Charly, you are going to love the Complete Guide.

    Betty, you have done the same for me when I’m feeling down or blocked. I’m working on that chapter. : – )

    Olga, dear friend, you are a sweetheart. If Matt Bomer had been on that ship, my compter wouldn’t have been. LOL


  12. 8 December, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Great interview. I can’t wait to read Grace Under Fire. And 18 books? Do you sleep?

  13. 13 Julie Torregrossa
    9 December, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Good interview! I don’t know who Matt Bomer is, but I’m going to google him right now and find out. Best of luck.

    • 14 jenroland
      9 December, 2009 at 5:01 pm

      We included a link to his page on IMDB. So, click on his name above, and you’ll find out about all of his projects and see some great photos.

  14. 15 jerridrennen
    9 December, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Amanda, there is something to be said about great abs. Matt does have some nice ones.

    Dawn, I’ve been at this a long time. I have about 6 books I started and didn’t finish too.

    I want to thank everyone who came by to say hi to me. I so appreciate it!

  15. 9 December, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Jerri, Great interview! I agree, grab the man if he’s available. And I read Grace Under Fire in one sitting! You go, girl!

  16. 17 jerridrennen
    9 December, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Hi, Julie. Check him out..he’s a cutie.

    Trish, you are a sweetheart. Thanks!

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