Once again I have the privilege of having Jennifer Lowery on my blog with an interview.
Hi Karen and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, The Maze, released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!!
Tell me a little about this book and what inspired you to write it?
The Maze was the second manuscript I wrote and is one of the stories of my heart. I just love Noah and Attie. Their story is so tormented, so dark. Especially Attie’s. She was a tough one to write and she gave me plenty of trouble, but I think we worked it out, lol. These two didn’t let me sleep for the few months it took me to write their story though! LOL.
Are you a planner with an outline when you write or do you just start writing?
I’m a complete pantser (I write by the seat of my pants). Much to my OCD side’s annoyance, lol. In life, I’m completely organized, I make lists, my house is always clean, I’m on top of it. But, in writing, I’m a mess, lol. No organization, no outlines, no compass. I start with a character or scene and start writing, letting my characters drive my story. Sometimes I hit walls and have to write myself out. But, I’ve accepted my process.
Do you learn about your characters as you write their story? If so how?
Absolutely! As a pantser I don’t plan much ahead of time so even my characters are a surprise to me. I love that part. Love peeling away their layers to find out who lays beneath. I really do love my job!
What is something about your writing process that would surprise readers?
I love writing the middle. It’s when I really get to know my characters and my plot. When everything is flowing smoothly. The awful beginning has been laid, and I’m building toward the end. So many important things happen in the middle.
If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?
I would love to write with Cherry Adair because I have been a fan of hers forever and we write similar genres. It was her book, Kiss and Tell that inspired me to start writing full-time 12 years ago. And, she was the one who gave me the secret handshake in an email when I was still an aspiring writer: perseverance, she said. And I’ve never forgotten it!
Did you always dream of becoming writer or did you come to it later?
Always dreamed of being a writer. Well, when I was five, lol. That’s when I was first published. I wrote a 3 sentence poem about where freckles came from. The sun, according to me in kindergarten J My teacher had it published in our local newspaper. My mom clipped it and saved it for me. I have the article in my cedar chest to this day. I haven’t stopped writing since.
You write military romance, do you have close connections to the military?
Not directly, no. But, my respect for those that serve and have served drives my stories.
What music inspires your writing?
I see the NYT bestseller beside your name. Can you tell us which books made the list and a how that helped your writing?
I was blessed to be part of the SEALs of Summer Superbundle with nine of the best authors I have ever worked with and that is the one that hit the NY Times and USA Today (3 times-yay!). My story in the box set is A SEAL’s Song.
Can you give other writers a favorite tip?
Make your dreams happen. Perseverance really is the key.
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The Maze/Romantic Suspense
TAG: …A game of survival tests their will and their love.
A mission she can’t forget…
The first female operative for the counterterrorism unit known as ATCOM, Atalanta Devayne is haunted by a former mission gone wrong. That mission led to her imprisonment, torture, and ultimate retirement, along with her loss of faith in the man she’d trusted with her life.
Brings his vengeance…
Former Navy SEAL, Noah Kincaid, bears the responsibility of Attie’s imprisonment and blames himself for not protecting her from drug lord Carlos Santiago. This time he won’t fail her.
In a deadly game of survival.
Santiago has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie by taking her brother hostage. The only way to save him is by revisiting the darkness of her past and relying on a man she can’t trust. In a battle of life or death, Noah and Attie are put to the test. They must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.
Content Warning: Sexual content
Former Navy SEAL, Noah Kincaid, bears the responsibility of fellow counterterrorist operative, Atalanta Devayne’s, imprisonment, torture and retirement. Now the drug lord has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie. Noah and Attie must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.
Copyright ©2014, Jennifer Lowery
Trying to explain was out of the question, he knew she wasn’t in a place where she could listen, so he set the lantern on the ground and stepped back. “Come on, Devayne, take what you need from me.”
“You have nothing I need.”
“Oh, I think I do. Let’s work on your fighting skills before we meet up with Santiago.”
It worked. Attie took off her parka and hung it on a tree limb. Then she lunged. Noah simply allowed her to release her pent up emotions on him, parrying her blows, challenging her and offering what she needed. She flew at and around him with skill and agility that impressed him once again. She jabbed with her fists, kicked and danced as if she were weightless.
The ground below them grew muddy from rain and their boots. Anyone watching would no doubt think them crazy to be out in such weather—Noah would have agreed—but this was important. Attie’s state of mind took precedence over the storm.
Dodging a jab to his kidney, he put his hands together in a time-out gesture as lightning flashed overhead. Attie ignored it and trotted toward him. Deflecting the blow, he said loudly to be heard, “Enough. You’re going to catch pneumonia.”
Again, she ignored him.
Annoyed, he waited for her to turn just like so…and in one swift move spun her into his arms and trapped her arms at her sides, holding her tight against him.
Green ice met his stare and her beauty struck him again. Anger never looked so good on a woman. Raindrops clung to her lashes and slid over the smooth flesh of her cheeks. Her hair clung like a deep flame to her head and shoulders. She looked hostile and aggressive and sexy as hell with her eyes flashing, cheeks flushed and clothes plastered to her lithe body. Her chin jutted out stubbornly.
“I’ll tell you when I’m done,” she snapped, struggling against him.
Like a wildcat she fought to be released. She managed to slip an elbow free and slammed it into his ribs. The same as she had the night he rescued her from that cell. She’d landed a good blow to his jaw despite her battered state.
“Ouch,” he growled.
Somehow, she managed to wrap her leg around his. He tried to stop their descent, but the ground beneath them was slippery from where they had churned it up with their boots, and they both went down.
Noah managed to take the brunt of the fall, banging his elbow on a rock when they hit. Attie landed on top of him in a tangle of arms and legs and she was more furious than ever.
“Let me go.”
“Not until we finish this.” He clamped an arm around her waist to still her movements. She collapsed against him, her breath heaving in and out of her lungs. Her forehead dropped down on his shoulder and he tightened his arm around her waist. Slim and delicate against him, her curves fitting into his contours like puzzle pieces.
The air changed around them. Attie’s breath hitched. Like it or not, the chemistry was still there. Years of attraction, years of fighting it, broke him. His control snapped and he lifted his head and captured her mouth in his.
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Thank you for having me today, Karen!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support!
All my best,