Jenna Rutland

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: May 10, 2013

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Current Release: Just for the Summer

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Dani Sullivan comes to Lake Bliss to take a breather from the year she’s had, but catches the eye of single dad and sheriff, Matt Reagan. Will their chance for love last just for the summer?

What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?

Lots! I've had to stop watching TV/movies, cut back on reading, saying no to projects that weren't writing related, and fix my family simple meals.

What are you working on?

I'm currently working on the next Lake Bliss book, with many ideas invading my head!

What is your ultimate writing goal?

I'd love to quit the day job and write full time, with an ultimate goal of 4-5 books/year.

Do you have a comfort food? What is it?

Hmmm...I love popcorn, but I've been dieting so haven't been able to enjoy that lately. Same goes for red wine! I guess I don't have a particular comfort food, but I enjoy cooking from scratch for my family!

Where is your favorite place to write?

Several years ago, I turned a spare bedroom into my office. This past January, I got an L-shaped desk from Ikea that I love.

What career fields have you worked in?

I've mostly done office work. Before my daughter was born, I worked for a vice president at a local hospital. It was a high stress job and I honestly cried every day on my way to work having had to leave my daughter with a sitter. Eight months later, I quit my job and started my own medical transcription business so I could work from home, and 23 years later, I'm still at it. Best decision I ever made.

What are your summer plans? Any books you are looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to heading south with my husband where we'll be joined with our son, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. That will be the best of my summer. I always enjoy a new book by Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Nora Roberts, so hopefully I'll have some new reads this summer.

How was your road to publication?

Not as rough as some, but not as quick as others. I've been writing for about 10 years, and had the emotional roller coaster ride that many authors have. My luck turned when I entered a pitch contest where my current editor, Kerri-Leigh Grady from Entangled, loved my story and honored me with "the call."

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

I'd love to jump into the world Janet Evanovich has created for Stephanie Plum. I think it'd be a blast, but maybe only for a few days!

I recently returned from the RT convention where I was privileged to meet some wonderful people who have read and enjoyed my debut release. As a new author, life doesn't get much better than that!