Author Jenna Kernan answers a few questions of her popular APACHE PROTECTORS series. Here she delivers the inside scoop on book #1, SHADOW WOLF introducing fans to the Cosen brothers and their search for their missing little sister.
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Autumn is one of my most favorite times of the year. The color of the sun through the leaves is not to be believed. And that is to say nothing of the fall bounty of harvest favorites. I’ve been eating fruits and vegetables of every variety. They never taste as good as right now.
I received my contact from Harlequin for the three-book Western historical deal. That makes the deal seem more real. I’ve finished my Western Christmas novella and sent that to my editor. I don’t expect readers will see this story until next fall, but here is a little about the story for you fans.
She’s the wealthy debutant tired of rich, useless men. He’s a saddle bum that fell for her hard. Now Christmas and his orphaned nephews’ welfare make this cowboy desperate enough to do something he’s never done before, admit he needs help.
Before I jump into the next Western Historical, I’m doing so reading of original documents. Specifically George Catlin’s Letters and Notes on the North American Indians. For those of you unfamiliar with Catlin, he was an American painter who traveled widely in the Western United States painting portraits and landscapes of Native Americans in the 1830s. Some of his work can be seen in the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. I’m also reading about the southwest under Spanish rule. I wonder where these research expeditions will lead me?
I will be in New Jersey this month at the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Conference. I hope to see many of you there.
A nice surprise arrived in the mail this week. My April paranormal release from Nocturne appeared on my doorstep. Beauty’s Beast is the fourth and final in The Tracker series and although it won’t hit the shelves until April 2, you can get a first release copy by entering my GoodReads contest. I’ll be running one every two weeks until April.
I also received a smaller box of copies of my UK edition of this month’s Western Historical release, The Texas Ranger’s Daughter. The cover looks nearly identical except for two slight differences, the Harlequin Historical logos are not the same and the American release has a catch phrase under the title, reading: The one woman he can’t have. Well, I thought those were the only differences until I tried to put them all in the same box and discovered the UK book is bigger than the North America release.
The books are tucked into my office but I’ll be bringing some to Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC for giveaways on April 1st. If you’re in the NYC area, mark your calendars. I’d love to share the evening with my fans.
An older cowboy sits on horseback beside a young buck and quickly estimates the number of cows passing by. Impressed, the younger cowboy asks how the older man calculated the number so quickly.
“Easy. Just count the hooves and divide by four.”
That’s how easy it is to write a novel. You just write four times the material you need. You take down research, character sketches and backstory, write the first draft and by the time you finish, you have a better idea what the story is about, what the theme might be and what should be included in the character’s story arc.
Then you just have to divide by four and cut out all the writing that doesn’t support what you’ve discovered. Oh, and then you have to add what is missing based on the knowledge you gleaned from writing the first draft.
Like the older cowboy said, “Easy.”