Author Interview - Jen Davis (Cooper Construction Series)
January 14, 2019
I had the extreme pleasure recently of editing a novel that I am certain you guys will love. It's a superbly written, dark, angsty romantic suspense novel about a woman who falls in love with an enforcer for a crime lord. He thinks he's too damaged for her but she can see through to the real man inside. Trust me. This book is not to be missed. I sat down with the author (virtually) and asked her some questions. Below are her answers. Get to know the author of this wonderful new series. The first book, BRICK, will be released in a couple weeks by Limitless Publishing.
What book is on your bedside table right now?
I rarely have hard copies of books these days, but on my phone’s Kindle App is an advanced reading copy of Kelly Meding’s Stray Moon. It’s an urban fantasy coming out in February. I loved her Dreg City books.
What is the one book you tell everyone to read?
Not any one book so much as one series: Kate Daniels. Ilona Andrews rocks my world.
What’s your favorite word and your least favorite word and why?
Wow. Tough question. I love words and adore the preciseness of language. Ever since I was a kid, people would tease me for my $100 vocabulary. At the end of the day, though, my favorite word is probably Y'ALL. I’m from New Orleans. It reminds me of home and is so quintessentially and unapologetically southern. My most hated word is disrespect when people use it as a verb. It makes me shudder every time.
What one book inspired you to become a writer?
It was less about any one book and more about an experience. I’ve been a blogger and reviewer since 2010 and until a couple of years ago had never considered writing my own book. (I write as a journalist in my day job, but that doesn’t count here.) Anyway, I was at NolaStoryCon on a blogging panel with Chelsea Mueller and some other ladies. Jeaniene Frost was moderating. And Chelsea, who was a blogger like me, had just made her deal for her first book and I remember sitting there on that panel with her and listening to Jeaniene, who I adore, and thought to myself…I need to try this. They really inspired me to get my feet wet.
If you could read in only one genre for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
Romance for sure. There are so many subgenres, it provides a huge range of stories to choose from. And I don’t want to read a book without a Happily Ever After ending.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies. I wrote the first draft of Brick in three or four months, but I revised it for a year. Kane (book two in that series) took about the same amount of time for the first draft, but I’ve been working on book 3 for eleven months and counting. I kept circling back around to the first two and I’d lose momentum.
If you could not write, what would be your biggest passion in life?
What’s your favorite character out of all you’ve created and why?
Brick, hands down. He’s so broken and strong at the same time—a thug, but a protector in a way. He’s full of contradictions.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Has any book ever made you cry? Which one?
Many. I think I cried the hardest with Kim Harrison’s For a Few Demons More. I binged that series and I felt so connected to the characters at that point.
If you could go back and tell your earlier writing self anything, what would it be?
Finishing the first draft is only the beginning.
What has been the most effective marketing tool or strategy for you?
I don’t know yet! I’ll come back with an update.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The black moment. In the original version, it went down differently, but too many betas raised the red flag on it.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Carving out the time and not getting distracted by my Twitter friends.
What inspired your latest book, BRICK?
They say write what you love. Well, “they say” a lot of things. But I love non-traditional heroes. Probably Stacia Kane’s Terrible in her Downside books was my favorite. Not handsome or sexy or any of the traditional hero attributes. But I loved him because of how he loved his heroine and that’s what I wanted to do myself.
ABOUT JEN DAVIS
Jen started her love affair with romance novels, first as a reader, then as a reviewer and blogger. She launched the Red Hot Books blog in 2010 and jumped into Book Twitter shortly after.
She wrote her first books, a YA/NA trilogy under another name back in 2016. But Brick is her first foray into Adult Contemporary Romance.
Jen is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they’re raising two kids, a cat, and a dog who is afraid of his own shadow.
She spends her days working as television journalist and her nights curled up with a good book.