Author Interview: Jenny Hale

Posted March 8, 2021 by Jen in Author Interview Tags:

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Today we welcome Feel-Good Romance author, Jenny Hale…

Does writing exhaust or energize you?

It exhausts me, but at the same time, I run to my computer the minute my feet hit the floor in the mornings. I’m compelled to do it even though it takes a lot out of me.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

A boring, quiet atmosphere or negative energy. I need music and good vibes for the ideas to come.

If you could go back and tell your younger self something, what would you say?

Don’t worry. You’ll make it happen.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

When I learned to speak Spanish and I could suddenly communicate with people, who before I could not, was my first instrumental experience with language. It helped me in writing because writing is sort of like its own language too, so I ask myself, “What words can I use to make the reader understand exactly what I see in my head?” They might be different from what I’d say in conversation.

How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

Three very long years. I was an elementary school teacher for 18 years.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Querying too early, not writing enough conflict or tension, and taking bad writing advice.

How many hours a day do you write?

I write 1,000 words a day or I edit 4,000, seven days a week. I work however long it takes to do that.

What’s something we didn’t know about this book?

The Memory Keeper is the first book for my very own publishing imprint Harpeth Road Press. I started the company in 2020 and we’re actively taking submissions.

book cover of THE MEMORY KEEPER by Jenny HaleAbout the Book:

Hannah Townsend’s life is just as she’s always wanted it to be. She has the perfect job at a New York magazine, a small but elegant apartment in the upper west side, and an incredibly successful beau named Miles Monahan. This year, for her thirty-fifth birthday, she’s leaving the icy city sludge for sunshine! She’s got tickets for two to Barbados, and she’s all packed and meeting Miles at the airport for a week of cocktails, sandy beaches, and the music of steel drums. 

But her life is turned upside down in the span of that one morning. Hannah is rocked by the news that her beloved grandmother is very sick, and Hannah needs to come home to her small Tennessee town right away to be with her family and help run her gran’s dilapidated flower shop. It also means she has to face Ethan Wright, the best friend she’d left behind so many years ago. If that isn’t enough to deal with, she discovers her boyfriend is seeing someone else. 

With flights grounded and rental cars in great demand due to the winter snowstorm, she’s stranded at the airport. On her birthday, instead of waking up in a stylish beachfront hotel in Miles’s arms like she thought, she finds herself packed like sardines into a car, with two passengers, on a ride-share from LaGuardia Airport to her hometown of Franklin, Tennessee.

When everything seems to be going wrong, it’s the kindness of a handsome businessman from Hannah’s past named Liam McGuire that might just save her. But a new development that threatens Gran’s shop and secrets surrounding Liam could alter both their lives forever. 

A heartwarming, sweet romance that will have you laughing, crying, and best of all, hugging those around you a little tighter. If you loved the Christmas movies based on Jenny’s books and are looking for more feel-good, small town romance, look no further!

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About the Author:

Image of author Jenny HaleJenny Hale is a USA Today, Amazon, and international bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Her books have sold worldwide, have been translated into multiple languages, and adapted for television. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies. She was included in Oprah Magazine’s “19 Dreamy Summer Romances to Whisk You Away” and both Southern Living’s “30 Christmas Novels to Start Reading Now” as well as “Beach Reads Perfect for Summer 2020.” Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. Jenny is at work on her next novel, delighted to be bringing even more heartwarming stories to her readers. When she isn’t writing or heading up her romantic fiction imprint Harpeth Road, she can be found running around her hometown of Nashville with her husband, two boys, and their labradoodle, taking pictures—her favorite pastime.