Author interview with bestselling author Jenny Kane. She writes contemporary romantic fiction, her seventh novel Abi’s Neighbour (Accent Press, 2017) was released in April 2017. Jenny also writes children's fiction like Ben’s Biscuit Tin Adventure. On top of that, she also writes historical fiction as Jennifer Ash. Read her full interview below and see how she spend her writing day.
Hello. Many thanks for inviting me over to your site to talk a little about my writing life.
What does your typical writing day look like? Do you have a daily or weekly word count?
I’m very much a creature of habit; every writing day follows the same pattern. I am always at my desk in the corner of a local cafe at 7.30 in the morning, with a large black coffee and some toast and marmalade.
Once my laptop is set up, I’ll write solidly until 11am. I try not to give myself a word count to aim for, but rather to write a complete chapter and enough of the following chapter to make carrying on with the story the next day straightforward.
After that I spend half an hour checking on social media for any promotions I’m involved in.
My afternoons are spent writing blogs and taking part in any media demands, as well as designing workshops for the creative writing company I co-manage with fellow author, Alison Knight (Imagine www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk )
In the evening I edit my work, as well as write educational blogs for a distance learning company in Oxford.
Where is your favorite spot to write? And why?
I am so very lucky. I have a corner in a coffee shop which is all mine! I even have a plaque on the wall declaring the spot to be Jenny Kane’s Corner. I should say that this was not my idea. I came into the cafe one day in 2013, and the plaque had been put up as a surprise to celebrate the release of my novel, Another Cup of Coffee. I have been the cafe’s writer in residence ever since.
It’s a great place to work. There is so much life in a cafe- the whole world passes by. I’m never sort of material. And of course, there’s coffee!
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Holding a brand new book in my hands that is all my own work. To see all those months of hard work finally come together in one place is amazing.
What is the best writing advice you have got?
To make a list of the words I use too often so that when I edit my work I can make extra careful checks for too many wonderfuls, amazing, justs and slightlys!
It’s so dull for a reader when the writer uses the same words or phrases all the time.
What are you writing at the moment?
I have just had my latest novel Abi’s Neighbour published, so at the moment I am deep into promoting it with lots of blogs and interviews.
Abi Carter has finally found happiness. Living in her perfect tin miner’s cottage, she has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend, Max. Life is good. But all that’s about to change when a new neighbour moves in next door.
Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton represents everything Abi thought she’d escaped when she left London. Obnoxious and stuck-up, Cassandra hates living in Cornwall. Worst of all, it looks like she has her sights set on Max.
But Cassandra has problems of her own. Not only is her wealthy married lawyer putting off joining her in their Cornish love nest, but now someone seems intent on sabotaging her business.
Will Cassandra mellow enough to turn to Abi for help – or are they destined never to get along?
Complete with sun, sea and a gorgeous Cornwall setting, Abi’s Neighbour is the PERFECT summer escape.
I am also currently working on the edits for a medieval crime novel I’ve written (under the pen name Jennifer Ash), called The Winter Outlaw. This will be out in November 2017.
What do you read and how often do you read?
I read every day, usually for an hour before I go to sleep. I enjoy a wide range of genres, from Victorian murder mysteries, to the Discworld novels of the brilliant Sir Terry Pratchett, and onto the cosy romances, where you know everything is going to be alright before you start reading.
Thank you ever so much for letting me visit today,
Jenny Kane is the author of the full length romance novels Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the contemporary romance/medieval crime time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).
Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details. or follow her on her social media:
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Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee and historical crime as Jennifer Ash.