Our guest today is an amazing author who can write a variety of genres and pull you deep into the story every time. Oh, and she loves wine. Welcome Jeffe Kennedy!
Thank you! And who doesn’t love wine???
Lexi: Welcome back to the blog, Jeffe! We are so excited for the release of Under Contract, book three of the Falling Under series. Reading the blurb promises to be another steamy read from you and I can’t wait to get this on my kindle! Since I have to wait a bit how about you tell us how long it took to complete Under Contract start to finish?
I can tell you exactly how long it took, as I am the Queen of Spreadsheets and I track these things somewhat exhaustively. ☺ From the day I started drafting it, to the day we finished final proofs and put it in the can, it was 131 days. That’s on the fast side, because it’s Carina Pres and, as a digital publisher, they have rapid publishing windows. Some of that time it was with my editor or various copy editors and proofreaders. Actual days that it was in my hands? 71. Of those, 59 were writing the first draft.
Lexi: As many books as you put out and how active you are in the book community aka making star appearances at conventions and the such, I forget that you still have to show up for your day job! Do you have days where you struggle concentrating at work because you have a perfect scene stuck in your head or a new book idea?
“Star appearances.” PSHAW! But sure, some days it’s *much* more difficult to get my head out of a book and focus on day job work. I’m extraordinarily lucky, however, as I get to work from home and so my schedule is variable. What’s most important in my day job is that I do good work and meet my deadlines. That allows me a lot of flexibility to work on what I need to most at any given time.
Lexi: Sorry to your boss but I hope your productivity takes a dive if it would give us more Jeffe Kennedy books per year. No matter what you do though you are secure. But that is what Under Contract heroine Celestina thought until she is left with one option, sell herself to Ryan to get out of a bad situation. How did you connect with that type of desperation?
Thanks for saying so! My day job boss reads my books, so it works out well. ☺ I think we’ve all felt Celestina’s level of desperation at some time or another—when the debt payments are more than what we’re bringing in each month. I got into a fix like that in my early twenties. Fortunately for me, my parents bailed me out so I could resolve my foolishly acquired credit-card debt. (I paid them back.) It did make me think, however, how would it be if you had no one to help you? And, worse, other people depending on you?
Lexi: Your ability to make readers feel your characters is why all the genres you write are successful. That and your steamy romance books are guaranteed to pack plenty of heat. Is there any romantic element that is consistent through the Falling Under series?
Yes. The series is loosely connected thematically. All male/female romances, all with BDSM elements. They all also have beach scenes. There are other themes I played with, about hiding who you are or owning who you are. All involve overcoming grief of various kinds to find happiness again.
Lexi: This series has been great so far. Thanks for stopping by to talk about Under Contract and congrats on the release! Cheers and we hope to see you back soon!
Thanks Lexi! You know I always like to come by for a glass of wine and book talk with you!