Featured Interview With Author Jansen Schmidt
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a country girl at heart. I was raised in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California and have since relocated to historic Vicksburg, Mississippi where my husband own and operate an 1870's Victorian Inn. We love welcoming people into our home from all over the world and sharing the history this remarkable house, our charming city, and our amazing art collection. We love ocean cruising and trips to Disney World but we miss our 3 feline companions when we're gone.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have always been a creative person. I love music, dancing, and playing the piano. For many years I performed on community stages as an actor, singer, dancer, and musician. Several years ago I decided to challenge myself in another creative arena and wrote my very first romance novel, which remains unpublished but may one day see a shelf in a bookstore. As a voracious reader, my love of the written word inspired me to hone my craft so that I could create my own characters in their own worlds and present my stories to the world. Thus began my career as a writer.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
When I got serious about writing as a career, I was encouraged by Brenda Novak, whom I met at a local book signing in my area, to join a writers group, which I did. I have been a fan of romance novels and mysteries since I was introduced to Phyllis Whitney when I was a teen-ager. I gobbled up every book she ever wrote and dug deeper into the romance genre with classic favorites from Victoria Holt and Kathleen Woodiwiss. Besides these amazing women who pioneered the romance genre, some of my favorite romance authors are Brenda Novak, Denise Hunter, and Loucinda McGary. But I also love the mystery and thriller genre, in particular authors CJ Box, Julie Garwood, Karen Robards, and Linda Castillo.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest release, The Ties That Bind, is the first book in a new series of books that delve into human nature and overcoming enormous odds to better their lives. This book is a heart-warming story of love, loss, and acceptance.
Heroine, Shiloh receives an unexpected and unwanted inheritance which forces her to make some hard decisions about her future; a future that may include her handsome love interest, Luke.
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