Monday, October 31, 2011

Q & A with Beverly Jenkins...and a giveaway!

1.       Tell us about your newest release.

Night Hawk is western and my 25th release from Avon Books. The hero is a gun totin’, Bible quoting bounty hunter known as the Preacher. The heroine, Maggie Freeman is a young woman falsely accused of killing a man. She meets Preacher when he’s given the task of taking her by train to Denver to stand before a judge. Neither are who they appear to be on the surface, and as the adventure takes them across the country, the sparks fly and passion blooms.


2.       Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?

I don’t have a particular favorite, because every scene with Maggie stands out. She’s feisty, charming, and a take no prisoners kind of lady. I had a ball writing her story.


3.       When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

The writing has always been in me. I was the editor of my elementary school newspaper in the 4th grade. The Jones School Comet! However, all I ever really wanted to do was work in a library.

      4.  Tell us a little about your daily writing routine. Are you a plotter or pantser?

I am a pantser. I love the surprises this form of writing brings to my stories.


     5.   What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Not sure if it’s a quirk but I usually do my writing after dark. In the early days of my career working at night was a necessity because I was a wife and mother with two growing children. Now that I’m a widow and the kids are grown and gone, writing at night is still the way.


6.     What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Because I do historicals, the research always comes with surprises. In Night Hawk, one of Preacher’s friends is Chinese. The history of her people in America was a real eye opener for me.

7.      What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I probably would never have been published had it not been for a friend named Laverne. After reading a manuscript of mine, she hounded me and hounded me to pursue publication and because I did, my very first Avon release, Night Song hit the stores in 1994. I will always be grateful to her and for her.

      8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family loves having a writer in the family. My late husband was my biggest supporter, but no one is prouder than my mom. She reads all my work.

     9.      Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I love gardening and am very active in my church. Also a BIG sports fan. Football in particular.

     10.  Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

Up next is the April release of the fourth book in my Blessings series – A Wish and A Prayer. This is a contemporary women’s fiction series that began with the first book Bring on the Blessings. I’ll also begin writing the next historical which is scheduled for a fall 2012 release.

     11.       How can readers connect with you online?

Readers can email me at Indigo@beverlyjenkins.net. Check out my website at http://www.beverlyjenkins.net/  or come join me on Facebook. Just type in my name. When you see the gorgeous Night Hawk cover as my profile pic, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Big thanks to Romance Reviews Today for this opportunity.

 
 
THANK YOU, BEVERLY, FOR JOINING US!
 
READERS/COMMENTERS: SHE IS GOING TO GIVE AWAY A COPY OF MIDNIGHT TO ONE LUCKY POSTER FROM EITHER THE US OR CANADA.
 
POST AWAY AND A WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER IN THE WEEK.

14 comments:

Laurie G said...

I can't believe you've written 25 books and this is the first one I've heard about. Congrats! I'd love to read how Maggie and The preacher tangle during their trip to see the judge. However did she get accused of killing a man ??? INTERESTING!!

Alexia Reed said...

Congrats on your 25th book! Great interview! Can't wait to read your book.

Karen H in NC said...

WOW...25 books...that's quite an achievement! Congratulations and we look forward to another 25!

The Brunette Librarian said...

25 books is amazing!!!:) Congratulations Beverly, your books are always wonderful.

Kathleen O said...

Congrats on 25 books Beverly... That is truely an accomplisment to be proud of..

I love the premise of this book. A preaching bounty hunter. That is a something I have never read before... love it.

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. Congratulations on your 25th book. Love the cover.

Beverly Jenkins said...

Thanks for the kind words. I hope you love reading Night Hawk as much as I did writing it.

Na said...

Congratulations on reaching an amazing milestone! Got to appreciate a bounty hunter named The Preacher :-)

LSUReader said...

You are a new author for me. I look forward to reading more. Thanks for an interesting interview.

Estella said...

Congrats on your 25th book!. It sounds like a great read.

winnie said...

I like the premise and sound of Night Hawk, congrats on the latest release!

chey said...

Congrats on your 25th book!

Martha Lawson said...

Congrats on 25 books! I'd loved to be entered to win this one, it sounds really great.

beverly jenkins said...

Thanks again ladies.