Welcome to Author Jane Porter
Jane Porter, the bestselling author of 30 novels, including six for Grand Central Publishing, has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America in 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2010. Porter is known for her emotional, heartfelt stories about women struggling with issues of friendship, marriage, family, and self-acceptance. Her popular novel Flirting with Forty was made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. Porter’s newest novel, The Good Daughter is the second book in the Brennan sisters trilogy.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I’d love to have dinner with the James family…Henry James, and his sister Alice who had an amazing mind, and their brother William who was also brilliant. I’d also invite Virginia Wolfe and her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell. Also Abraham Lincoln or Benjamin Franklin!
Intolerant, narrow-minded people.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because I’m a storyteller and want nothing more than to grab you and sweep you away for a day—and make you feel good.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Book three in the Brennan series, The Good Wife, hits shelves in September this year and I’m currently working on another novel for Harlequin. I’ve also got a cowboy series set in Montana in the pipes and hope to have a release date for the first book towards the end of 2013.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Writing is a craft, an art form, and a muscle. You’ve got to develop the craft—and work that muscle. And sometimes we will write with more confidence, and other times we will battle for our story, but not to quit. Don’t ever give up. Work hard. Know what you want. Visualize what you want. Write it down. Create a picture board if it helps, or make a list that you put in a prominent place. And then get back to writing. Be tenacious. Fight for your dreams. Fight for your words and your stories and your themes.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls, Mary Balogh, Georgette Heyer, Loretta Chase, Joanna Bourne
How do you react to a bad review?
I don’t. There will always be someone who doesn’t love my book. I try to concentrate on the positives – the people who love what I write.
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
That’s easy. I’d hang out with my kids, annoy them by making them talk to me (and listen to me). I’d curl up and read.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Actually, I don’t think I would want to co-author a book with someone. I’d find it too much a power struggle!
If you were sick/stuck in bed, what comfort food would you want and what author would you want to read?
I love marshmallows. They are a very happy food! And I’d want to read any book by Mary Balogh, JR Ward or Kresley Cole.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I plot big chunks—road signs and what I believe will be the key turning points—and then write, but I definitely end up detouring and rethinking those scenes that I think will be the big scenes.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
For me, writer’s block is fatigue, procrastination, and/or failing to really dig deep into a story. When I find myself avoiding writing, I ask myself why—am I truly mentally, or physically, tired? Or am I being lazy and self-indulgent…. not knuckling down to do the work? And it is work. Writing is really hard work. Its one decision after another for weeks and sometimes months, and then its revision time, which is one decision after another, and those decisions take focus.
How do you juggle writing & family life?
Describe your book in 5 words
Emotional, compelling, intense, realistic, passionate
Where is your favorite spot to write?
I need to be able to control my environment as much as possible—space, lighting, noise, amount of time I have to write. I don’t do well trying to write in bits and pieces, or with lots of activity going on around me. I can and do write in coffee houses when in a pinch, but then I try to find the quietest place possible, with a corner or wall table with lots of natural lighting and I add my Bose headphones to block out sound. But honestly, my home office—clean and clear and free of clutter—is best. I think I’m getting old.
This or That
Black or White? – White
Night owl, or early bird? – Early Bird
Print or Ebook? – Print
Chocolate or Vanilla? – Chocolate
Regular or Diet? – Diet
Horror or Romance? – Romance
Action or Drama? – Drama
Skittles or M&Ms? – M&Ms
Summer or Winter? – Summer
PC or Mac? – Mac
Beach or Pool? – Beach
Shoes or Sandals? – Sandals
Cats or Dog? – Dog
Text or Talk? – Talk
The Good Daughter
Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marriage to raising a child all by herself. A girls’ weekend away is just the reprieve Kit needs from school, Mr. Wrongs, and life-changing decisions. It’s there that she meets a man who’s dangerous; a man who challenges who she thought she was, or rather should be. Kit wants to indulge herself this once, but with one of her students in crisis and the weight of her family’s burdens weighing heavy on her heart, Kit isn’t sure if now is the time to let her own desires take flight.
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