Jennifer Joy interview + Giveaway

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I discovered Jennifer Joy’s work a couple of months ago with Earning Darcy’s Trust and I couldn’t stop reading it from the moment I started. I remember staying up until 3h in the morning on a working night just to finish it, which meant looking like a zombie at the office the following day, but it was worth it.

After that book, I discovered that Jennifer Joy was working on a trilogy called the Cousin Series.

It started with Darcy’s Ultimatum, which I have also devoured, continued with Anne’s Adversity, and last week she published the latest of the series: Col. Fitzwilliam’s Challenge.

With the release of the latest book from The Cousins Series, I thought it would be interesting to know more about the it, so today, I’m having Jennifer Joy as my special guest at From Pemberley to Milton with an interview plus giveaway to all our readers 🙂

 

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When and how did you discover JAFF?

I’ve enjoyed Jane Austen’s novels since I was old enough to appreciate her sarcasm and wit. My first experience with JAFF was in 2007 when my mom recommended a book to me. It was Amanda Grange’s novel, Mr. Darcy’s Diary and it opened up a whole world of story variations to me. Thank you, Mom!

 

What inspired you to start writing?

I remember the day my grandma bought me my first real journal. She wrote in the front of it that it was for me to write all of my stories in. I think I was about 9 years old at the time and I have since lost count of how many journals I have written through. As the content became less factual and more entertaining, it soon became evident that I needed to do more than just journal. With the encouragement of my mom and husband, I outlined my first series!

 

Why write JAFF and not another type of literature?

It’s what I enjoy reading. Jane Austen wrote characters with depth and flaws— people we can relate to. It’s a true testament to the genius of her work that they have stood the test of time so well and with so many readers wanting more.

 

I find your writing exquisite, so I would personally like to know how is your writing process. When and where do you write? Do you still use pen and paper or do you write on the computer?

Each novel has been different because I wanted to try every writing method out there before settling on what works best for me and my family. Here’s what works: I wake up early and get half a chapter done before I wake the kids up for school. Then, I write what needs to happen next while it’s still fresh in my mind. Then, after taking care of our normal morning activities, I steal away for long enough to finish my chapter.

All my notes and outlines are done on paper. After years of writing freeform, it’s what is the most comfortable for me. But I’m much quicker on the keyboard, so the fun stuff happens on my desktop with a timer (to keep the fingers flying) and my favorite writing music. (Right now, it’s the SimCity soundtrack).

 

What are your biggest challenges as a writer?

My biggest challenge is stopping. It’s a thrill spending time with my favorite characters and spinning some mischief for them, but I have a family. I want to experience things with them, help the kids with their homework, build and fly paper airplanes with my son, mix paint and color with my daughter, go on dates with my husband, keep the house presentable… you know, live life!

 

What gives you more joy in this activity?

I’m in love with the whole process. Writing, in itself, is enough for me. However, hearing from people who are entertained by my stories through reviews, social media, and email sends my spirits soaring.

 

How did you conceive the idea for the cousin’s series?

It started with the title. It hit me in the middle of the night (yep, it woke me up) and I scribbled it down so I’d remember it the next morning. Then, I obsessed for days about an event which would change the lives of all three characters (Darcy, Anne, and Colonel Fitzwilliam). My husband and I were waiting for our kids to finish their swimming lessons and I was musing out loud (obsessing, really, but musing sounds much more creative and artsy) about this pivotal event when the letter came to me. I started writing my outline on a grocery receipt in the car then and there. 5 months later, we released Darcy’s Ultimatum.

 

You mentioned a letter that appears in Darcy’s Ultimatum and is also important in Anne’s Adversity, but is it also relevant to Col. Fitzwilliam’s Challenge?

I wrote each of the three books in The Cousins series as stand-alone novels. Only Darcy had to suffer curiosity about the letter because I couldn’t reveal the contents of it until Anne’s story. (He had his hands full anyway, so he didn’t mind.) However, circumstances reveal the mystery to Colonel Fitzwilliam in book 3, so readers won’t miss out if they haven’t read Anne’s Adversity. (Richard is the curious type and I didn’t have it in me to leave him hanging.)

 

What can you tell us about Col. Fitzwilliam’s Challenge?

It’s my favorite. The colonel finds love where he least expects it and he learns the hard way that his instincts are not as trustworthy as he believes them to be. Leaving behind his sturdy, reliable routine, he must deal with spies, smugglers, and traitors only to find that his path to love and his lifelong ambition are on a collision course and he must choose between the two.

 

What message would you like to give to your readers?

Keep your love for the written word alive! Read for the pure joy and entertainment of it… well, that, and for the improvement of our minds through extensive reading. Mr. Darcy knows what he’s talking about!

 

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It’s giveaway time!!!

Jennifer Joy was kind enough to bring to From Pemberley to Milton one paperback and one e-book of Col. Fitzwilliam’s Challenge to offer to her readers across the globe.

The giveaway is international and to participate all you have to do is place your own questions to Jennifer or just share your kind words and love with her. Leave a question or comment on this post, and if you want to double your chances of winning, you can also comment on the review for Col. Fitzwilliam’s Challenge that From Pemberley to Milton will post on the 14th of December.

The giveaway is open until the 16th of December and the lucky winners will be randomly picked and announced on the 17th.

Good luck everyone, and I hope you enjoyed the interview!!! If there is any question I forgot to ask but that you wish to know the answer, be my guest, send it over. I’m sure Jennifer will gladly answer you 🙂

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48 responses to “Jennifer Joy interview + Giveaway

  1. I love your books, Jennifer Joy, and buy them for my Kindle as soon as they are published. Keep writing, JAFF fans are insatiable!

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  2. What a delightful interview, Jennifer. This was my favorite of all your stories. You bless your characters with such “human” qualities and Colonel Fitzwilliam, flaws and all, was a pleasure to read.

    Please do not enter me in the giveaway as I have all of my daughter’s books on my Kindle and in print (which is as it should be).

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  3. Hi Jennifer and Rita. I’ve just finished listening to the audio of Darcy’s Ultimatum and want to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Will the other two be coming out as audiobooks as well? It would be lovely to have the complete set! I thought your narrator did a pretty good job, Jennifer.

    I’m really curious to know what was in that letter. When the book ended and we hadn’t found out, I was talking to my car stereo system (I listen to a LOT of JAFF driving to and from work) and saying “but…but…but what about Anne’s letter?” I was possibly wagging my finger at it as well!

    Anyway, keep up the good work ladies.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Anji!
      I got the same reaction about the letter! To satisfy my curiosity, I’ve got Anne’s Adversity waiting to be read in my kindle, but I think Col. Fitzwiliam will win my heart and I’ll read that one first. 
      What a wonderful idea The Cousins Series was, don’t you think?

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    • I’m sorry to have caused you any suffering, Anji! Bwahaha! The letter is the main plot behind Anne’s story, but its contents are also revealed to Colonel Fitzwilliam, so the books don’t need to be read in order.
      Thank you for your kind comments! Anne’s Adversity is in the final stages of production on audio, so look for later this month!

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  4. I recently read Darcy’s Ultimatum and was hooked! I hope I have the chance soon to read you other books. As I have mentioned before in other places, I need to earn more money but work less so I can buy and have time to read all the wonderful JAFF books that keep piling up on my wish and TBR lists.

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  5. Marie jones

    Each of your books are a joy to read.your characters are delightful and I’m the proud owner of them all, including books and audio.

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  6. Christina Boyd

    I would love to win a copy! Love love love the colonel!

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  7. I have got Darcy’s Ultimatum downloaded (having a break from reading JAFF until January so will start that then) and then I will also get the next 2 so that I can read them straight after each other – The Colonel is my favourite character so can’t really wait to read that book
    Keep writing.

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  8. Great encouragement from your mom, author, and grandmother. Everyone should encourage their children to follow their dreams. These dream then become reality! Never lose hope if it doesn’t work the first time, try again. That was my moto to my children. I have read your novels and they are very well written and entertaining.

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    • That’s a fantastic motto to live by and one I encourage with my kids too! My daughter, who is 7, wants to be an artist (she loves to draw) and my son, also 7, has inclinations toward engineering and electronics (we have to keep an eye on him! 😀 )
      Thank you for your encouragement!

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  9. Betty Campbell Madden

    This is just one more of your books in a string of goodies–that is meant as high praise! Thanks for the pleasure of your delightful, well-written stories.

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  10. Maureen C

    I enjoyed Darcy’s Ultimatum and look forward to reading both Anne’s story and the Colonel’s story. So many books, so little time. 🙂 May I join the “work less, read more” club?… Thanks for continuing to write great stories!

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  11. Sophia Rose

    Neat interview, Rita and Jennifer! I’m trying to learn my own routine so I found it interesting what works for Jennifer. And I recently got Darcy’s Ultimatum, but goodness, I want to cheat and grab the Colonel’s story since he’s a favorite. 🙂

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  12. I enjoyed the first nook so much, I am looking forward to reading the others., including this one. They are ony TBR list.

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  13. What a great post, Jennifer and Rita! Loved the interview and loved Darcy’s Ultimatum. Such a great story and so beautifully told! Congrats on releasing the series, Jennifer, and best of luck with more WIPs, we can’t wait for more from you!

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  14. I’ve listened to the first in the Cousins series. As I have so many books on my TBR and work such long hours audiobooks have become my friends. I hope Anne’s and the Colonel’s stories will be on available in audio format soon. I loved Darcy’s story and want to know what’s in the letter too.

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  15. Love this interview. Most JAFF tend to write P&P stories because it is very easy to relate to Jane Austen’s most popular novel or it sells well or other reason. So what’s yours?

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    • Writing JAFF gives me the opportunity to mix some of my favorite things: Jane Austen’s amazing stories, history, writing, and an amazing community of people with interests similar to my own. I’m the sort of person that HAS to write. So, since it is within my reach to do so, why not spend my time doing the things I love?
      Great question!

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  16. Marta Cardoso

    Jennifer, Just wanted to say thank you for your lovely writting 🙂
    Keep this Goodyear work.

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  17. Ana Viseu

    What a great interview! Also loved the variation, seems really good!

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  18. Pamela Hunter

    Great interview! It makes me happy knowing that JAFF authors love writing their wonderful stories as much as I love reading them!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Natacha Costa

    What a great interview! Do you think having your mother as a writer inspired you to become a writer as well?

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  20. I believe I am much as Col. Fitzwilliam, I am now terribly curious as to what the letter might contain!
    Which means, evidently, I shall have to purchase all three books ASAP and devour them! 😀

    As a lover of writing, I ask you, Ms. Joy: do you have any tips on character development while still keeping the action flowing? I tend to go on about motives and thoughts and feelings and somehow forget to move the story along, som my chapters are mostly long and insightful but…you know…slow xD

    Thank you in advance for your input and also, thank you for sharing your talents with us through your books!

    All the best;
    Sónia

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    • Haha, Sonia! Your comment made me laugh at myself because I have to remind myself to slow down! That’s the wonderful thing about having so many JAFF authors to read from. Each of us has our unique style and strengths.
      Before each writing session, I jot down notes on what needs to happen in that scene. Then, I ask myself these questions before I allow myself to start writing: Does this move the story forward? Does this reveal new information? Does this scene reveal something new about or deepen my character? What does my main character want more than anything? If my planned scene can’t satisfy at least 2 of these questions, it gets scrapped. If you can manage to include the emotional, internal angst along with forward movement, you’ll have a beautiful, entertaining story!
      Happy reading and writing to you, Sonia!

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  21. Dung

    I love getting to know an author better! Looking forward to reading your series and thank you for the giveaways!

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  22. Nice interview! I’m very curious for the Colonel!

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