Interview with Jill Shalvis for Rescue My Heart *** GIVEAWAY***
HEY!!!! We have the amazing Jill Shalvis on Romance Books Forums to answer some questions about her amazing writing, and the new book Rescue My Heart the third in her series about Animal Magnetism. We first had Animal Magnetism, then Animal Attraction and now we have Rescue My heart, the third and final in the series, about Veterans who also love animals. I mean what could possibly be better…..
What do you think makes romance readers and the romance community so strong? Youâ€™re intimately involved with many of the happenings and always seem to have such a strong presence when it comes to the fundraisers and other things that happen in the romance world.
Â â€•I think what makes the romance community so strong is that romance readers are awesome.Â Theyâ€™re loyal and dedicated and always so willing to help support our community by talking about the books and making it okay to read whatever you want, may that be straight contemporary, romantic suspense, erotica, whatever.Â I love that.Â As far as having a strong presence, that is an accidental cause of working alone most of the days out of the year.Â Reaching out to romance readers and writers via social media is just a really great way to not always be alone.Â J
I had this debate with someone yesterday, she said that a lifetime of reading romance was both good and bad for her because she developed unrealistic expectations for â€œtodayâ€™s manâ€ but they were realistic expectations for any woman to want from their mate. Do you think reading romance makes us expect more from our mates and potential mates? What effect do you think romance has on those that read it?
Â â€•Weâ€™re writing fiction.Â Not nonfiction.Â But made up stories, fantasies really.Â Iâ€™m not writing â€œHow To Have A Hot Romance.â€Â Or â€œHow To Train Your Significant Other Into Being A Perfect Mate.â€Â Iâ€™m writing a fictional tale.Â I think our readers are sharp, and are well aware and capable of knowing the difference between a pat Happily Ever After and real life.Â If I can provide someone with a fantasy, a little escape from her reality, then I am considering it a job well done.
Whatâ€™s the one thing you havenâ€™t been able to do yet in your publishing career, or the one person you havenâ€™t met? Whatâ€™s the next big â€œYES!!!!â€ moment for you?
–Iâ€™d like to write for television.Â Or see my books turned into a series or movie.Â That would be a dream come trueâ€¦
Youâ€™ve been supremely prolific in your writing. And yet each of your novels has a different voice, your characters are unique and I havenâ€™t seen the lines blur, like with some authors after so many books one character starts to resemble another. How do you keep it fresh and unique?
â€•Keeping it fresh and unique is a constant battle, and I struggle with that daily.Â I just love writing, and this genre, and work hard to do the job so I can keep doing it and pleasing readers.Â Also, I find that stalking neighbors and friends and being extremely nosy about their personal lives and conflicts are very helpful.Â J
Â SO NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS… On Friday November 9, I will post my review for Rescue My Heart. One of the people that comments, retweets the link, or posts a link to the review will earn a FREE copy of Rescue My Heart from Berkley Romance. Check back on Friday!Â