GCC Presents…… Jennifer Echols!!!!

I’ve finally unpacked and am sort of settled in Australia – who knew winters could be so sunny????? So I could actually get down to more regular blogging (I only said could, seeing as we all know that when it comes to blogging I can’t always be believed).

Anyway, today I’m very excited to be touring Jennifer Echols and her fabulous new book LOVE STORY:

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions – it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter… so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?
Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter… except this story could come true.

And now for the usual questions:

What inspired the plot for your book?

I have taken a lot of creative writing classes. It has always struck me how emotional writers get about their stories, and I thought that heightened emotion would make a great background for a romance.

Why did you decide to write in this genre?

I am writing the book I want to read. I do like to read all sorts of things, but even when I’m reading action/adventure or science fiction, I’m always looking forward to the romantic subplot.

What is your writing process like?

My writing process is a complete mess. Conversations between characters pop into my head, and I write them down. After about 150 pages of that, I try to figure out what the plot is, put everything in order, and fill in the blanks. I would not suggest this process to anyone!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a romantic comedy that will be published by Simon Pulse in December. Then I’m finishing my next romantic drama, SUCH A RUSH, which will be my hardcover debut in July 2012.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I run every morning, and I like to spend time with my husband and my ten-year-old son.

Who do you like to read?

Some of my favorite YA authors are Rosemary Clement-Moore and R. A. Nelson, and I also love adult romantic comedies like those by Jennifer Crusie and my critique partner, Victoria Dahl.

JENNIFER ECHOLS is the author of teen romantic dramas for MTV Books and teen romantic comedies for Simon Pulse. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family. Please visit her online at www.jennifer-echols.com.

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