Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ask Five with....JT SCHULTZ!!!!!!
Here's another author for readers to try out: JT Schultz! She has quite a varied array of published works out there including Wild Rose Press and Forbidden Publications. I must admit I don't really know JT that well, but I do know her wonderful mother online. (waving to Cryna!)
Her stories sound really good and I look forward to reading a JT Schultz book! Sit back and get to know a rising star of romance:
1. What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?
I actually have two new releases this month. Un-A-Were Of You from The Wild Rose Press. It’s a paranormal comedy about a hunky werewolf hero and a heroine that is allergic to dogs, including the hero. My other release is another comedy called Red, White & Groom from Forbidden Publications. My editor knew I was Canadian and asked if I would write something in honor of Canada Day. It’s about a wedding coordinator that ends up going home to Alberta to plan a chaotic wedding and rekindles a romance with a man from her past—the groom’s identical twin.
2. Which comes first for you: character or plot?
Interesting question. It depends on the story and I can’t really say it happens in any particular order. I get ideas from the strangest things and often in the strangest places. Sometimes I will think up a great line of dialogue and build the story around it. I built my story Holy Ravioli on the simple phrase, “The Pope is coming and can bless your wedding.”
3. What kind of writing ritual do you have?
Writing rituals, I need music. It depends on what I am writing as to what I am listening to. I also try and save writing my sex scenes for when the kids are not home or in bed sleeping. It’s difficult to get a hero and heroine intimate when I hear “Mom!” in the background. I also need to make sure that I have plenty of coffee, especially with flavored creamer. Of course, having a cookie close by, chocolate chip preferred can be motivating as well.
4. Which authors or friends have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?
This is a great question. Over a decade ago—I think I just dated myself—anyway, I read a book by Gayle Wilson called “Only A Whisper”. The book was fantastic. It had it all in my opinion, love, suspense a flawed hero, all the components to a great story. It motivated me to write and after I became published, I wrote Gayle and thanked her. “Only A Whisper” was re-released this year and I’m thrilled for her.
I love Dianne Castell, Karen Kelley, Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy and HelenKay Dimon. These ladies can wrap books up with heat, humor and crazy plots. I admire them all. Karen and Dianne have been wonderful to me and have offered me encouragement along the way.
My husband, my mom and my dear friends Donna Michaels and Taylor Hartt have been incredible. Donna, Taylor and I started on the road to writing together and stood by each each other through the years.
5. Looking into your crystal ball, what’s coming up in the near future for you?
If I had a crystal ball, I would definitely get the lottery numbers (grin). However, since I don’t, I will have to say, more heat and humor. I love writing, it’s who I am and hubby learned early, if I don’t get a chance to write for a couple days my mood sours. Sour, is being mild, I love to plot and often have a ton of characters running through my mind at any given time that I need to get them down.
I want to continue to grow as a writer, continue to share great stories that always induce a smile or a laugh and have many more “Happily Ever After”s.
Thanks, JT for the interview! You can visit her website at JTSchultz.com
As an incentive to interact with JT, she's giving away a prize to one lucky winner! Post, ask questions, or just comment...and you'll be entered to win a prize, which includes a free download of Red, White & Groom.
I'll have JT pick the winner Sunday night and I'll post it on the blog!
PS....I love the cover for Red, White & Groom. What a sexy chest!