Julie Jarnagin: I’m so excited to have you here today, Jill! I can’t wait for you to tell everyone about your awesome new book, but first, the important stuff – What are you loving right now? Give us some recommendations.
Jill Kemerer: I’m loving the television show, Portlandia. It’s on the IFC channel, and it’s so weird and random. I also can’t get enough of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines help people find homes to renovate. Chip does the construction, and Joanna designs everything. The results are so pretty! Since I’m on a health kick, I’m getting to know the MyFitnessPal app. It helps me stay on track calorie-wise.
Julie: Now I know why we’re friends. I’ve watched Portlandia, I love Fixer Upper, and I use that same app. Were we separated at birth? 🙂 Let’s move onto writing. What has your writing journey been like? What keeps you going?
Jill: I started writing twenty years ago, but I didn’t get serious until about eight years ago when I started writing full time. I think of my publishing journey as a cross-country car trip. At first I was thrilled to hit the road, but as time wore on, I grew weary of sitting in the car for days! I’m thrilled to finally be “published” instead of “aspiring.”
As far as what keeps me writing, I’d have to say God does. I feel a deep pull to write, and every time I’ve considered quitting, I’ve prayed and felt let to continue.
Julie: So where have you done all your writing over the years?
Jill: I’m very blessed to have an office in our home. I treasure it! I do all of my writing there. I’m a planner and an organizer, so I spend a lot of time just letting a story come together in my head before I write it. Long walks help with this. Then I fill out plotting sheets to make sure I’m on the right track. After I put together a rough synopsis, I write the first draft. Revising is a huge part of my process, too, and I always have at least one of my critique partners read it before sending it to my agent or editor.
Julie: We definitely know the importance of great critique partners here at Heart-Shaped Glass! We also know the importance of great characters. What is your favorite kind of hero and heroine to write?
Jill: Heroes? Easy! I love strong, protective, and devoted heroes. And I enjoy heroines women can relate to—they drown their sorrows in ice cream but always pick themselves up and try again.
Julie: I know I can relate to that kind of heroine. 🙂 All the ladies here write different kinds of romance – from sweet to spicy. What made you decide to write inspirational romance?
Jill: My first novels were sweet romances, but I felt something was missing—my faith. I figured I’d try to write an inspirational romance, and I ended up loving it. It’s a perfect fit!
Julie: Okay. Now to the book (which I ADORED). I love that you have a pair of otters in your story. What inspired their role in the book?
Jill: Aren’t otters the cutest little things? My kids used to attend school at our old church, and the principal’s wife at the time worked for the zoo. Their backyard was next to the parking lot, so I was chatting with her one day and she told me she was caring for an otter who wasn’t adjusting well with the others. She had a baby pool for him and everything. He moved back to the zoo a week later. I’ve wanted to take care of otters ever since!
Julie: Such an awesome idea! I love when we find inspiration in unexpected places. Okay, now what we’ve been waiting for. Tell us more about your book.
Jill: When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.
Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…
Interested in buying Small-Town Bachelor? Click on http://jillkemerer.com/books/small-town-bachelor/ for links to purchase!
Thank you so much for letting me be your guest today!
Julie: Thank you for being here!
If you could have any animal in your backyard, which one would you pick?
About Jill ~
Jill Kemerer writes inspirational romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer and homemaker, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.
Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&MS, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website www.jillkemerer.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.