FEATURED AUTHOR: Jerri Drennen
Before we get started talking about your books, tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your occupation outside of writing?
I was raised in a tiny town in
. I married and moved to Minnesota where I've lived for the past 20 plus years with my husband and 4 kids. I've had outside jobs here and there but raising my children has been my full-time gig. Missouri
Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?
Total introvert. Writing and raising kids in a solitary lifestyle and easy to disappear into.
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names.
Do I. I have an ivory retriever named Max and a windowsill filled with cats.
What are your favorite books to read?
I used to love historical romance, but anything contemporary now.
Where is the most unique place you have traveled?
I've never been out of the States but we lived in San Antonia for about a year and the Riverwalk there is so beautiful.
Aside from your successes in the writing industry, what in your life has given you the greatest sense of accomplishment?
I'd have to say my children.
How many books have you written and how many of those are published? I've written over 20 books. Six are published, one is just waiting for a release date.
Fire & Ice.
Inventing the Abbotts,
Grace Under Fire
Do you have one particular genre that all your books fall under (i.e. suspense, romance, etc.) or do you write in many different genres?
Most are romantic suspense/action-adventure, but I have one contemporary, a time-travel and right now I'm working on a paranormal romantic suspense.
How much character and plot detailing do you plan out before you begin writing a novel, or are you a “pantser” (fly by the seat of your pants) ?
Not a thing. I'm a panster and the story just writes itself.
Prior to becoming a published author, how many rejections did you receive? How did you handle the rejections?
I haven't kept track of numbers. Heck, I still get them. Only the lucky few don't deal with rejection.
How and when do you write? Do you keep yourself on a schedule or do you work while the muse is with you?
I really don't have a schedule but most of my writing is done early in the morning when my mind is fresh and it's quiet.
If you have a new release coming out, tell us about it.
I don't have a release date yet but just finished edits for the second book in my Men of Jungle series, Unplanned.
Galen Hall wakes in a Ecuadorian jail with a murderous headache, a murder charge, and a memory gap where his alibi should be. How does the jungle guide prove his innocence? His best friend comes to help, only to bring with him the woman whose unplanned love sent him fleeing the Amazon to begin with. One night of steamy jungle passion has botanist Dana Rutherford carrying a stranger’s baby. While coming to terms with raising a child on her own, she learns of the father’s captivity. In a town where corruption reigns, she unknowingly initiates a jailbreak, and finds herself again face-to-face with the hunky, green-eyed devil who has changed her life forever.
If you could give one piece of advice to writers trying to get published, what would that advice be? Don't stop writing and submit your work.
Anything else you'd like to share with my blog readers?
Only that I love hearing from readers, though my contact page on my website is totally messed up and if you contact me there, you'll never get through.
Where can we read more about you and your work?
On my website at www.jerridrennen.com