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by Jane Harvey-Berrick
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What made you start writing in the first place?
I’ve always written. But I started writing fanfiction and then someone told me I should write my own books. That’s where I started.
How did you feel when your first book went live on Amazon?
Nervous. Excited. Like standing on a cliff and wondering if you were going to fly or fall.
What inspires you to write and when did you start to write?
Everything inspires me: places, people, conversations, things I see, just my own imagination.
Do you put parts of your own personality into your characters?
Yes. But I’m not going to tell you which! LOL
How long does it take you to write a book and send it to publish?
The longest I’ve taken to write a book is two years—Dazzled, but I wasn’t writing all the time. Usually it’s about 4-6 weeks for a first draft. But that’s total absorption, 7 days a week, to the point where my husband complains he’s forgotten what I look like. Then, I guess 2-3 months for second draft, editing, cover (by the very wonderful Hang Le), and formatting.
Do you have a favorite book?
Persuasion, by Jane Austen. No competition.
Apart from writing what other activities do you enjoy doing?
Walking my dog, swimming, bodyboarding (but only in good weather these days), ogling surfers changing in the car park.
Out of all your characters in your books, who would you like to go out with on a date?
OMG! Seb could take me surfing, Daniel could sing to me, Miles could take me to a movie premiere… and Hallen could take me right here and now : ) Oooh, mustn’t forget Jordan—I’d like to give him a big hug, but I expect Torrey would wrestle me off him!
How do you think up such great characters to write about?
Thank you! I’m not sure I can answer that. The plot usually comes rushing in with fully formed characters. They develop as I write but they just seem to land in my brain.
Do your family/friends know you write and have they read your books?
My husband hasn’t read any of my books. My mother has. Some of my friends say they can’t because they KNOW me. I remind them… it’s f-i-c-t-i-o-n, but then again, there is a lil bit of me in every story…
What is your biggest ambition as a writer?
To always feel like I’ve written to my best ability and that each book brings something different. Oh yeah, and to have one turned into a cooool movie!
What are you working on right now?
At Your Beck & Call. It’s about a male escort – I’m at second draft stage.
Who is your favorite character you’ve created?
Great question! Impossible to answer. It’s usually the one I’m working on, but then I go back and re-read my books and fall in love with those characters again. It sounds ridiculous, but they’re family. I can’t choose one. Can’t. I’m very fond of ‘Hulk’ in Lifers even though he only has a minor role.