Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jenna Night Interview!!

Happy March! I’m so excited to have Harlequin author, Jenna Night, as my guest this month. Jenna’s first book, Last Stand Ranch, a Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, was released March 1st in eBook and March 8th in paperback. I give this book 5 stars. It’s definitely worth reading and keeping on your shelf to reread later!
Hi Jenna! Tell us, what first led you to writing suspense and then the added twist of Love Inspired? I’ve loved reading mysteries and suspense since I was a kid. There’s nothing like diving into a book and having that whodunit question lingering over the story. It makes you feel like you can’t stop reading until you get to the end. It’s so fun. As I got older, I also became interested in romance novels. Putting the two types of stories together seemed like the perfect match. Once I discovered Love Inspired Suspense books, I realized I’d discovered the perfect combination of story elements for me. Awesome—so when you decided to write in this direction, where did you find the inspiration to Elijah Morales? As a fan of writing and reading about former special ops guys, I really found Elijah intriguing, both for his military background and the way he uses his strengths and training to help Olivia. Yeah, those special ops guys can make for some fascinating characters. I read several military blogs a while back and learned a lot about the lives of military men and women. And I read books like Lone Survivor and House to House. I wanted Elijah to be a ‘regular’ guy who’d lived an extraordinary life. So my inspiration came from all the humble and extraordinary servicemen I’d read about. I’ve read about the veteran’s groups who attend military funerals and help with charitable fund raisers, were these the heroes who inspired you to put Elijah in the leadership role of such a group? I used to attend a church that had a motorcycle outreach ministry and I was thinking of them when the idea for the story first came to me. But of course that got me thinking about the Patriot Guard Riders and other groups who ride for causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Without giving anything away to those who haven’t yet read your book—you had some nice twists throughout the story and a character I wasn’t quite sure of until the end. Nice job! So my sneaky plan worked? That’s very good to know. And thank you. Jenna, what’s next? Is there a book two coming as a series, or something different? The book I’m working on now has some of the same characters from Last Stand Ranch plus a few new people who find themselves in serious trouble. I can’t wait for the next book—keep writing! Thank you, Tesa.