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Jennifer was kind enough to answer all my questions... thanks, Jennifer!
I would imagine writing romantic comedy can be difficult. Why did you choose the genre?
Hmm…I think it sort of chose me. The first time I wrote anything to be read by others was at a library writing group. I brought in a few sample pages of my romance novel (thinking I was the next Nora Roberts), and then, when everyone started reading it, they laughed. I was mortified, until I was told that it was a good thing. After that, I started gearing my writing towards humor instead of away from it.
Do you have any habits or rituals to get you in the mood to write?
Basically, I re-read the beginning of whatever chapter I’m working on all over again and then once I’m done that, my juices are usually flowing.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I can’t write if my bed is not made or there are dishes in the sink. It must be some kind of sensitive Princess and The Pea scenario going on. LOL
What's a typical day for you?
Kiddo goes to school; I finish my coffee as I check email and Facebook. Then I do my P90x workout, shower and then writing finally begins. (On a good day)
Who is your favorite character in literature? Why?
I LOVE Jane Eyre. She’s one of the best because she is such a smart, sensitive, kind, yet strong character despite all she’s been through in her life. But she does get her happily ever after.
Anything new coming up you'd like to share?
Well, I just submitted a new romance that is a sort of sequel to my previous book GEORGIE ON HIS MIND. So I’m hoping to hear good news soon on that. And right now, I’m working on a book where the hero just so happens to be a romance writer. *G*
Anything you'd like to ask our readers?
Yes! What’s your favorite romance book of all time? Mine is Honey Moon by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
Sunnyva “Sunny” Fletcher is a firm believer in fairy tales. With the recent debt she’s acquired, the hope of something magical happening in her life is the only thing keeping her going. She needs a job fast. So when Sunny learns the sexy new vacationer in town is looking for a nanny, she starts to believe she just may have a fairy godmother after all!
Internet guru Sam Calloway is only in town for the summer and needs a nanny for his two small children. However, the beautiful and inexperienced Sunny is not exactly the kind of caregiver Sam has in mind. It doesn’t take long for Sunny’s tenderhearted and bubble-blowing ways to soon have the children—and Sam—enamored with her. She’s a dream come true. But after what Sam’s been through, he’s stopped believing in fairy tales long ago.
Sunny manages to work her way into Sam’s closed-off heart, but at the end of the summer, will the workaholic dad go back to his life in New York City, or will he decide his days are much sunnier here with Sunny?
Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet romantic comedies and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her book, The Role of a Lifetime.
She's also a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she's not involved in all the above, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, and four hermit crabs.