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Welcome, Jenni Keer

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?

Hi, Suzan. Thank you so much for having me. Just a low-fat decaf wine please 🙂 – I’m trying to be healthy.

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I write under my own name, Jenni Keer, and I live on the Norfolk/Suffolk border with my husband, four teenage boys and four cats. I had my boys in three years – with a buy one, get one free at the end. It’s certainly a busy household. Two fun facts: I have a blind cat called Seymour (should have been see less!), and I’m part of a disco formation dance team.

What is the title and genre of your next book? And when is it out?

The Secrets of Hawthorn Place is out in paperback and ebook on 14th October 2021. It is a dual timeline commercial women’s fiction novel about two freakily identical houses, one in Dorset and one in North Norfolk, and the Victorian architect who fell in love with a woman he couldn’t have. In the modern day timeline, Molly finds a surprising link between the two properties that changes her life forever.

I love the cover and I’ve ordered my copy. Reading dual time will be a first for me and I’m excited.

How kind, Suzan, and I’m delighted you love the cover as much as I do. It really draws the reader in. There are so many fabulous dual time stories out there, and I hope this will inspire you to read more.

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

I write in both. Sometimes the story lends itself to one or the other, and recently with dual timelines, I’ve found it easier to have one narrative in first and the other in third. I don’t have a preference and am equally happy writing in either.

How did you come up with the story?

Haha, I can’t actually tell you without giving a massive spoiler, but there were a couple of great films I saw where I wondered if I could twist things a little bit and it led to the idea for the Hawthorn Place. For plot reasons, I needed a very distinctive architectural period but knew nothing about the subject, so I started researching and came across the Arts and Crafts Movement (William Morris and all that…) and from there Percy and his story was born. It was such great fun to write and the first time I’d attempted something historical, so it was a real challenge.

Are you a planner or panster?

I would have said definitely pantser a few years ago but I do plan more now. It’s not particularly detailed but I make myself write a strong outline so that when I start writing the words, they flow better. It’s a compromise that works really well for me.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

SOOOOOO many. I’m passionate about supporting those who want to write because I know how damn hard it is. Firstly, don’t put off writing that first novel and say, “When I’ve got more time” or, “when I retire”. The sooner you start, the better, because the journey will be a long one. It took me nine years to get published and that’s not unusual. Secondly, write a book – and I mean an actual book of 80k from beginning to end. DO NOT give up at 27,000 words because a better idea comes along. You will learn so much by finishing one and editing it – even if it never sees the light of day. Thirdly, don’t give up. Perseverance and a thick skin are key in this industry. If you want it enough, you WILL get published.

What is your writing routine?

Any of you who follow me on social media will know that I share a virtual office with historical author pal Clare Marchant. This means checking in every morning and updating each other throughout the day with our word counts, pages edited, etc. We start around half eight and work through until late afternoon. I like to get 1,000 words done a day, but I don’t worry if it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s better to have good words, rather than lots of words. I can work anywhere, and don’t need total silence, as long as I’m not being asked questions. I do dread hearing, ‘Mum?’.

Do you have an editing process?

Yes, if it’s edits from my agent. I tackle the easy ones first (for example, change a character name or simple copy edit queries) and the harder ones last. I like to do at least one paper edit, as you do see things differently. But generally, I just go over the manuscript several times, refining each time. Editing for me is more fun than writing the book in the first place because I know each pass has made the book better.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Can I tweak this and say what I like most about being an author is reader contact and author friends. I really feel I’ve found my tribe. Plus, I’m self-employed so in charge of my own hours, and I can justify everything I do to my husband, from watching a film to chatting with mates, as research! The hardest thing at the moment is reading all the lovely books I get asked to quote for, simply because I’m not a fast reader. Currently, I have a backlog and feel guilty when I keep people waiting. Also, writing can be lonely – which I think a lot of us found in lockdown.

Where can people find you on the internet?

Facebook: Jenni Keer Author

Twitter: @jennikeer

Insta: jennikeer

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Hmmm… I guess that I enjoyed the historical aspect of Hawthorn Place so much that my writing in now heading this way. The last two books I’ve written have a lot more historical content. Watch this space to see what I have up my sleeve next…

If you’re quick, folks, my publisher currently has it on a special pre order price of just 99p!

Formats: paperback and ebook, and look, ebooks are only 99p! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jenni-Keer/e/B07JW6RYYY/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1


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