I promised you all that I was Interviewing some incredible author’s and here at Chicks Rogues and Scandals I am very honored and happy to welcome the best selling author of the brilliant Mackenzie’s and so many other wonderful book’s that there is too many to name, Jennifer Ashley. So take a seat and let’s get to know Jennifer. . .
Reading Chick : Hi Jennifer, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals and Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Jennifer : Imaginative, reclusive, shy, meditative, and happy.
Reading Chick : I can definitely relate to those, If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Jennifer : Well, I like indoor plumbing and technology, so probably I’d live here and now. 🙂 But I wouldn’t mind visiting Regency England, ancient Rome, France in the nineteenth century, Japan during the Heian period (11th century).
Reading Chick : Heian Period? That is a really interesting period to want to visit, Who was your childhood hero?
Jennifer : I’m not sure I had a single one. I admire very strong women, like Amelia Earhardt who wasn’t afraid to get out there and fly in an era where women didn’t assert themselves. Likewise Josephine Baker, an exotic dancer who worked for the French resistance and passed information and secrets to the allies in WWII. I always respected female rock singers as I was growing up, like Chrissie Hynde and Ann & Nancy Wilson for foraging in a male-dominated world. They made me realize that I should not let my gender stop me from doing whatever I want.
Reading Chick : I think those are really great role model’s to look up to Jennifer, I totally agree with you there that we women should never let our sex stop us from doing what we want, OK, On we go. What is your favorite time of the year?
Jennifer : I live in the hot desert, so I love spring and fall, when the weather is pleasant (not too hot, not too cold), and flowers are blooming everywhere. Summer is brutal!
Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favorite character and why?
Jennifer : Wow, that is hard to say! I love Ian Mackenzie of course, but I love all his brothers, and his nephew Daniel, and his ancesctor Malcolm and his brothers. There’s just something about a Mackenzie! I equally like the kind-of crazy shiftersin my paranormal romances, and Mick from the Stormwalker series I write as Allyson James (a dragon who changes into a very sexy man) 🙂 But I also love Captain Lacey in the mystery series I write as Ashley Gardner. I’ve been with him a long time, and he’s wonderful to write about.
Reading Chick : Wow there is some absolutly brilliant character’s there, I have to say that I too adore Ian MacKenzie, He is brilliant, Your books are incredible, where does your inspiration for them come from?
Jennifer : Thank you! Mostly my inspiration comes from the characters. I “meet” these people who walk into my head, and I want to know all about them. So I put them in a scene and watch what they do. The book evolves as I learn more and more about them. This is exactly how the Mackenzie family came about. I love meeting new characters!
Reading Chick : That is very interesting, What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Jennifer : 1. Read as much as you can, in all genres, not just the one you want to write. It keeps you fresh and sparks different directions you can go. 2. Write all the time. Every day. Make it a habit. 3. Never give up! Writing and publishing is a tough business, and it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re discouraged. Don’t let anything stop you. Ever.
Reading Chick : Great Tip’s Jennifer, If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)
Jennifer : Alan Rickman, Hart Mackenzie (from The Duke’s Perfect Wife), and Jane Austen.
Reading Chick : Ooh! those are really great guest’s, Can I come too? 🙂 Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun. . .What is your all time favorite naughty but nice food?
Jennifer : Anything chocolate!!
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Website : Jennifer Ashley
Twitter : @JennAllyson
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