Atta-babe to author Judi Fennell on the release of book three in her Mer Trilogy. Welcome, Judi!
1. If Oprah invited you on her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of that show be? If Oprah ever decided to have Romance on her show, I’d love the theme of that show to be about the industry. How it has changed from those covers of the 70s to empowered women rescuing heroes and the characters growing together, as well as the modern take we have on them. That we’re not stuck in the bodice-ripper image and that they’re written by smart, intelligent, funny, talented people – male and female. And then I have a bridge to sell her in Brooklyn because I have about as much chance of doing that as appearing on her show.
2. What was the most fun scene in your book to write? The most fun scene in Catch of a Lifetime, was any one with Ginger in it. That character just flew off (pun totally intended) the page for me and she’s such a smart-alec, that it was fun to let her loose.
The most difficult? The scene where Logan discovers Michael is missing. I’m a parent; it’s my greatest fear.
3. Do you have a muse, good luck charm, writing vice? I have a muse. When she decides to show up.
4. What do you write on (type of computer, or notebook, etc.) and where do you write? I’ve gone through waaaaay too many laptops recently, and, as I type this, I’m on a netbook I bought one of my kids for Christmas because my laptop is ONCE AGAIN in for repairs. I don’t get it; I don’t mistreat my “babies.” I take really good care of them, but every single one seems to have had a design flaw or wonky component.
5. Have you had a “rock star” moment regarding your writing career? The first fan email. I honestly can’t describe what that moment is like, other than to say, we (authors) put our work out there. Work that we’ve spent countless hours over, sweating the details, doing the research, worrying about one little word, or conveying the emotions properly to do the story/characters justice. Then we send it out there, not knowing if it’s any good. Then our editor says, “Fabulous!” and the worry lessens. But once it hits the shelves, it’s open season. I’m so happy that people have embraced my world and characters. I hope they love the genies just as much.
6. What do you do to celebrate your writing successes? I smile a lot. And maybe open some bubbly with good friends.
7. Describe your personality with five adjectives that would make your 5th grade English teacher proud. I’m going to defer to the answer I gave the last time I was on your blog, Malena, because my family had so much fun with it: Confident, eloquent, dedicated, considerate, thoughtful. Okay, those came from my family. And here are the rest they’re throwing out: braniac, shakespearian, bitchy, blonde, farfegnugan. Yes, my family has an odd sense of humor. Guess there’s no question where mine came from.
Thanks, Judi! Babes, get your CATCH today!