Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Jenn Windrow!
Jenn Windrow loves characters that have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes and no. I wanted to write, but I don’t think I wanted to do it professionally until I had my first child and found myself at home. Now I couldn’t imagine my life without it!
Why did you choose to write your genre? I love the paranormal, anything not of this world, so it seemed natural for me to write in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Hmmm…does a traveling freak show/drug running operation count? That’s probably it.
What are you currently working on? Book Three in the Redeeming Cupid Series, it’s called Pricked By Thorns.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I woke up with the first line of Struck By Eros in my head and started to create a story around it. I knew that Cupid would be involved, so I started to research Greek Mythology, it all kind of fell into place after that.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Pierced By Venom, the second book in the Redeeming Cupid series. Mostly because it was hard to make the romance the central part of the story, seriously, the hero is in a coma most of the story. [I see how that would be hard.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I outline with a 4-zone structure. I make sure I hit all my major points, and then I just write. My outlines are around 20 pages before I start to even put down the first sentence.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Grayson Adler. He’s everything I want in a man. Sexy, strong, caring, and a huge flirt!
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I’ve had times where my characters didn’t want to play with me anymore, so I moved on to something else, a short story or a new novel that had been rambling in my brain.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Noel Chase is a lot like me if I didn’t have a filter. She says what she thinks and isn’t afraid to tell you what she thinks of you.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? Suspense. Like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. I love those kinds of books, but I’m not sure I am clever enough to write them.
Which authors inspire you? Anne Bishop. Darynda Jones. Kresley Cole. The list could take up 10 pages.
What novel would you read multiple times? The Black Jewels Trilogy By Anne Bishop. I re-read the series every Christmas.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Hmmm…first person who popped into my head was Dracula. Why not? A chance to meet the first vampire would be amazing.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Otters
What is your favorite color? Black
What do you do when you’re not writing? Beyond raising my munchkins, writing is my full time job.
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Thanks for being a guest today! It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Stay tuned… tomorrow we have an extra Center Stage Moment! I overbooked and you reap the benefits. We’ll have Corinne O’Flynn joining us.