Getting to Know the Author: Jennifer Bohnet

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Welcome, Jennifer. Let’s learn more about you …

Thank you Glynis for inviting me on to your blog.

What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

I think my genre is best described as woman’s contemporary fiction. I write about relationships and there is usually a love story entwined in it. I think the genre chose me as I write the kind of books I like to read!

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

As well as novels I also write short stories and serials so my writing life is a bit of a juggle at times! So, yes I do work on more than one manuscript at a time.

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

I belong to an extremely supportive on-line writing group, informally known as The Geese. I’m also a member of the RNA.

Can you remember your first reading book?

Sadly no. But I do remember reading and re-reading The Scarlet Pimpernel books by Baroness Orczy from the age of about 9.

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

I have a love hate relationship with chocolate – I love it and my hips hate it! So these days I try very hard not to nibble when I’m writing but I can’t kick my expresso habit.

I can relate to your pain! 🙂

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

ImageMy writing area is a small space in the converted attic of our tiny cottage – I’m the only one who has head room in it! I have an ‘L’ shaped writing area with my desktop computer on it and a velux window that gives me a view of the top of the old oak tree in our garden. A low teak coffee table holds my printer and behind me there are piles of books and writing magazines. The major drawback is that all the walls slope and its impossible to put up any shelves but Richard has promised to make me some low units this winter. I keep a fairly tidy desk though sometimes my cat Little’un gets in the way.

Ah, how sweet but how awkward for writing!

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

I’m published in both. Robert Hale have published three of my books in both hardback and now in e-book format, Follow Your Star, Rendezvous In Cannes and Shadows of Conflict. Ulverscroft published my first two Call of the Sea and French Legacy in Large Print and I have now self published them on Kindle. Sadly none of my books are available in paperback but you can find them all on this link:

http://goo.gl/WZFGPN

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

This is a difficult one. I loved Joanna Trollope’s ‘aga saga’ books and longed to be able to write like her – an impossible dream I know. Jill Mansell’s rom-com’s have me gripped with their complex plots and lightness of hand. Erica James’s novels, again with their many characters and relationship issues, are compulsive reading for me. These are three authors whose latest book I always buy with great anticipation knowing I’m in for a treat.

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

Edit, edit, edit and edit again. And for the final edit a tip from Nell Dixon a fellow member of the RNA is something I’ve adopted: read the whole manuscript backwards line by line – it makes no sense as a story but the typos etc jump out at you.

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

Oooh wouldn’t that be wonderful. Lets see:

ImageSHADOWS OF CONFLICT would need two heros. The French actor Francois Cluzet would make a wonderful Henri to Brenda Blethyn’s Mattie. I could see Carey Mulligan as Katie and I quite fancy Rupert Grint as Leo the younger hero.

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

We’d only been in France a couple of weeks and Richard had gone into a supermarket for a few bits and pieces because his French was (is) better than mine, while I waited outside with Holly our dog. A man got off his bicycle, propped his bike against the wall, lit a cigarette and started to talk to me in rapid French. As soon as I told him I didn’t understand and I was English he slowed down, raised his arm and said “Ronnie Biggs!’ For the next ten minutes we had a very surreal conversation in pidgin French/English about the Great Train Robbers and the West Country which he’d apparently visited.

An unusual topic! Well done for managing that conversation!

Discover more about Jennifer from her website: www.jenniferbohnet.com

Originally from the West Country, Jennifer now lives in a small cottage in rural Brittany with her husband Richard, a recently acquired collie dog who goes by the name of Viking, a fat cat called Little’un and a motley collection of chickens and guinea fowl. She’s hoping to add some ducks to the mixture in the near future.

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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7 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Jennifer Bohnet

  1. Glynis – Thanks for hosting Jennifer.

    Jennifer – Thanks for sharing your writing life. l love that ‘photo of your ‘writing consultant. 😉 You and I have in common that we juggle more than one writing project at a time. It’s not always easy is it, but sometimes that happens. I wish you much success.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Glynis, thank you so much for interviewing me – it was fun.

    Margot, thank you. Juggling is difficult isn’t it – wishing you every success in your writing.

  3. Glynis, thank you for having Jennifer over.

    Excellent answers, Jennifer. I’m particularly surprised about your reading the Scarlet Pimpernel at age nine!

  4. What can I say – I was a precocious only child! Thank you for taking the time to read William.

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