Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Jen Talty. I write Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and I’ve also written a couple of Paranormal Novellas. I love heroes who are a bit broken and rough around the edges. Heroines who are strong but also have a vulnerable side. I love to use settings and often write about places I’ve been or have lived. Two of my go-to locations are Lake George and South Flordia. The latter is my current residense. I’m a mom of three and I started writing when my kids were playing hockey. With three in travel I spent a lot of time in rinks while my kids trained. Now that I’m an empty nester, I much prefer writing pool side. It’s a bit warmer. My oldest daughter is in medical school. My middle boy just got married and my youngest son is engaged. I have five fur grandbabies. Outside of writing I enjoy boating, pickleball, and walking with my husband.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
Oh. That’s a good question! They all have their challenges. The first one is hard because I have to create the world. I have to find all the people. Understand how they fit. Am I writing a family? What are their dynamics? Where do they all live? How do they interact with the townspeople. More importantly, how much of this do I need to feed the reader in the beginning or even in that first book. I spend a lot of time developing the world before I even start developing the story. But the second book is hard because I have to remember the details of what went into the first book. What secondary characters did I use and how did I use them? What townspeople and how did I describe them? What businesses? What where the details of the story? It gets even tricker with books three, four, and so on because I might be drawing on characters I haven’t used in a couple of books and I need to know the details. So, in order to keep track of those things I keep what is called a bible for the series. In this I track important details about each story. So, I guess my answer is they are all equally hard.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I rely on my gut. If it feels like I’ve done it before, then I stand up and walk away from my computer. I go for a walk. I call a friend and talk it out. I read. Or I watch television. Anything to clear my mind so I can go back to it with a different perspective. But I also make sure I plot the series. I know before I start book one what each book is going to be about.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
It’s a job. Yes. Pieces of you will bleed onto the page. But it’s still your job and you have to treat it that way.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I work every day. If I’m not writing, I’m doing something else related to my job as a writer, so it’s hard to say. In general I work a 40-60 hour work week. The majority of that time is spent writing when I’m on deadline.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
I always the character I’m writing right now. But truthfully, my first hero I every wrote: Jared Blake from IN TWO WEEKS. I think because I spent so much time with him and his heroine and on that book.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
That would be like asking me which is my favorite child! LOL. Too many too choose from. But Okay. I’ll play. Let’s do Legacy of Lies. It’s a Romantic Suspense Novel. It’s a bit twisted. I’d want Emma Stone and Miles Teller to play hero and Heroine. I’d want Edward Norton to play the bad guy!
What is your definition of success?
Readers reading my books. Readings talking about my books. It’s always about the readers. Without them, I just don’t exist.
What are your social links?
FACEBOOK- the Talty Crew
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