Welcome …….Please tell us a little about yourself and your character and Novels.
What is your writing routine? Do you like to write on a computer, dictate or longhand? I am a solid techie gal, I’m afraid – the writing magic takes place on a laptop only, with Scrivener software – helped along by entering snippets or nuggets into the notes app on my iPhone that I will expand on later.
Is there a message in your novella that you hope reader grasps? As War of the Heart is set partially during the London Blitz at Christmas in WWII, I tried to show how resilient and strong the people of England were during severe adversity. How they still kept the spirit of Christmas despite hardships and loss of family members. It’s a lesson of hope and perseverance we can still carry with us today.
What surprised you most while writing your novella? How much I enjoyed researching the time period, specifically December, 1940. I intensely disliked history class in school, so making the 1940’s come alive was an exciting process for me, and I hope, will be for my readers as well. I came away with a fierce pride in the “greatest generation,”
Did you have to do a lot of research for this novella? I wanted to be quite accurate, so, yes, I delved deep into photographic and newsreel archives as well as newspaper accounts of The Second Great Fire of London on December 29, 1940 and the weeks leading up to it. That particular date was critical to my story, and I am happy with how the research made a real difference.
Are you a planner or pantster? I used to be a firm and proud pantser, but I found I wasted time writing scenes that didn’t move the action along or took the story in a wrong turn. Now, I lightly plan out every scene ahead of time, then sit down and write each one. I don’t have to write chronologically now, because each scene stands alone in planning.
Do you have any advice for writers out there that are writing their novel at this very moment? My advice is to seize the writing time, to protect it against family, friends, and life interruptions. Even if it is only for an hour a day, own that hour and take pride in it. Mean business, and typing The End will happen.
Which character did you like writing about the most? Why? That would be my heroine, Louise Martin. She was extremely close to her Dad and the story opens in a scene where she is acting as his caregiver. I found myself including some emotional connections I had with my own father, who has passed away. I also pay homage to his profession before he retired.
Do you have any advice for fellow writers who maybe undertaking creating their first novel at this very moment? As I write Christian romance and romantic suspense, it is important for me to pray throughout the process. I ask God to use me for His glory, and give me the story He wants me to write. I would encourage other faith-based writers to call upon Him as well.
What projects are you working on next? I’ve just signed contracts for five novellas being released through September 2017, so the next year is going to be exciting, and busy!
Thank-you very much for doing this interview, it has been a pleasure to hear about your novellas and writing. I wish you all the luck with all your writing projects.
Title: War of the Heart
Sub title: Snow Globe Christmas Collection
Publisher: Lovely Christian Romance Press
Blurb: When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?
Format: Paperback and E-book
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6220XV/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_api_XGd.xbBT3J0V7 Autographed copies available
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Bio: Ever since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1959, Jenna’s yet to taste a cake she hasn’t liked.
Jenna is the author of “fiction that feeds your faith” – Happily-Ever-After romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. She also writes clean, wholesome romances. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature the sweetest of fairy-tale-ending love stories.
She writes romances that glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ and show how He gives us hope & peace amidst unbearable situations. After her first breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, several reoccurrences and metastasis, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.
If you would like to find Jenna Victoria online and find out more about her books, you can on:
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/jennavictoria/
Heroes of Song Personal Blog http://www.jennavictoria.com/category/blog-heroes-of-song/
Book Review Blog http://www.jennavictoria.com/category/on-jennas-shelf-reviews/