Wednesday, January 3, 2018

MEET THE AUTHOR: HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SUSPENSE AUTHOR JANE GODMAN







JANE GODMAN worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Home is now the Wirral, a beautiful English peninsula situated between Wales and Liverpool.     
  
Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik, and Vienna are among her favorites. 
When Jane isn’t reading or writing romance, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent. 

Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self-publishes her steamy historical and gothic stories. 
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Secret Baby, Second Chance.
                                                                                                    

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How would you describe yourself and how does your description translate into the way you work?
I like to challenge expectations and think differently. With me, what you see is not always what you get. And, yes, that does translate to my writing. My stories often include a few unexpected twits and turns, and my characters don’t always behave in a conventional way.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Oh, yes! Almost from the moment I could hold a pencil, I was writing. My mum talks about a story I wrote when I was eight. It was about a girl on a beach. I couldn’t see her face, but, as I walked away, I looked back and it was me.
As a teenager, I lived in South Africa, and my best friend and I discovered the novels of Kathleen E Woodiwiss when we were thirteen. We used to spend our evenings writing books in the style of ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ and ‘The Flame and the Flower’. When I had a big birthday (let’s just say it had a zero at the end), my friend gave me the most amazing present. She had kept one of the books I wrote when I was fourteen! It’s a medieval romance, written in felt tip pen. It’s one of my most treasured possessions.
What process do you go through to define your characters?
I always start with an idea of what they’ll be like and I use Pinterest to find inspiration for how they look. Then I start writing and the characters themselves take over!
I might start out thinking that my heroine will be quiet and withdrawn, then she’ll suddenly turn out to be strong-willed and sassy. I go with what works for the story and the interaction between the characters.
What do you hope readers will experience while reading your books?
I hope readers of a Jane Godman romantic suspense story will discover heat, heart, twists and turns, and memorable characters. Secret Baby, Second Chance is the third book in the Sons of Stillwater series and it gives them all of those things and more. It packs a powerful emotional punch.
The first person the review it on Goodreads said, “Really should be more than 5 stars for this book!” That’s what I hope to achieve. I’d like everyone to come away feeling the same connection to the characters and their story.
Do book reviews have an influence on your writing?
I’d be lying if I said bad reviews don’t disappoint me. The worst kind are those one star reviews in which reviewers admit they didn’t finish the book. That’s like reviewing a hotel when you only saw the lobby.
But I wouldn’t let any sort of review influence my writing. Reviews are one person’s opinion and readers are a diverse group…thank goodness! Life would be boring if we all enjoyed the same things.
What advice did you receive that was most beneficial to you?
About writing? It would be to write the books I want to read. It’s easy to try and please other people, but you end up pleasing no one. Write the book of your heart. 
About life in general? That would be my own piece of advice. I have a brain tumor that was diagnosed while I was writing Otherworld Protector, the first of my Harlequin Nocturne titles. I’m one of the lucky ones. My tumor is low grade and slow growing. I was determined to finish that book and keep writing. I did, and I’ve since written twelve books with several more to come. I tell people about my brain tumor to give the message that everyone should go for their goals, no matter what life throws your way. Climb the mountain, run the marathon, paint the picture…write the book.  




Title: SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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She’s alive! Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.
Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.

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