Guest Author Showcase: Jennifer Bohnet

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today's Guest Author Showcase features Carina author Jennifer Bohnet. Welcome, Jennifer, and thanks for joining me today!


Please tell me about yourself and your book(s).

I’m English and live with my husband Richard, one collie dog, two cats, half a dozen chickens and three ducks in the wilds of rural Brittany, France. My latest book ‘A FRENCH PIROUETTE’ is set in the countryside of Finistere with brief forays down to Monaco and across to Paris. I’ve been described as being allergic to housework and gardening but I do like cooking and having friends around for a meal. Currently I’ve written eight books - 5 set in the South of France and 3 set in Devon.

Please describe your daily writing habits.

We’re not terribly early risers so by the time we’ve had breakfast and various routine jobs have been done and I’ve got my first cup of coffee it’s usually around ten o’clock when I switch on my computer and get to work. If I’m working on a novel I read through the previous days work, do a bit of editing and then start writing. We usually have lunch sometime between 12 and 2 (very French I can hear you saying!) and then I disappear back into the office for a couple of hours. About 4 o’clock the dog and I get dragged out for a walk. Evenings usually find me catching up with e-mails, Twitter and FB and the various writing groups and forums I belong to.

What tips would you give to a writer who is just starting out?

Never give up in the face of rejection. It’s hard but you’ve just got to keep going. Not sure who said it. but a successful writer is one who didn’t give up.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge as an author?

The amount of social networking that is is now required whether you’re traditionally published in print or digital or self-published. Every author has to have their ‘platform’ these days and its jolly difficult to start and to keep up the momentum - especially when you personally fall into the introvert camp rather than the extrovert one and hate drawing attention to yourself.

What would you say has been your biggest success as an author?

Still waiting for that one Katlyn!

What genre would you like to write for that you’ve not tried yet?

I quite fancy writing a romantic suspense based on the Cote d’Azur in the 1920/30s when the jazz age was in full swing down there.

If you could have written any bestselling book today, which would it be?

I think it would have to be JoJo Myles ‘Me Before You’. I loved that book. Am so thrilled to see there’s a sequel coming this autumn.

Do you plan your books out from start to finish in advance or do you let the story and characters take you where it will?

I have to admit to being more of a panster than a plotter but my next book for Carina - provisional title ‘The Kiosk on the Quay’ - has quite a few characters whose lives all intertwine and after I got in a terrible muddle about a third of the way through I had to sit down, sort everyone out and plot my way forward. I think I may have learnt my lesson and will turn into a bit more of a planner from now!

Music or no music when writing?

Definitely no music - a completely silent house if possible.

Favorite snacks/drinks while writing?

Black coffee and a slice of my husbands chocolate flapjack

Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I love physical books and a large bookshelf stuffed with them dominates the sitting room of our small cottage but being able to buy e-books at the click of a button is wonderful - expensive but wonderful.

What are your thoughts on the current trend of making books into movies?

Wish they’d use mine! Lots of people have said both ‘Rendezvous in Cannes’ and ‘A French Pirouette’ would make good films. I can but dream!

Favorite genre that you like to read?

The genre I write in - women’s contemporary

Who is your all time favorite book character?

Not sure I have one

What three things must you have with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

My husband would have to be number one! He’s extremely practical, always good in an emergency and would quickly sort out a shelter and food for us.
A big box of flares so we could show people we were in trouble and could be rescued quickly - I am so not a desert island type person.
A large notebook and lots of pens so I could spend the days writing.

Thank you for inviting me on your blog Katlyn.

About A French Pirouette:

 Au revoir old life, Bonjour Brittany!

Parisian prima ballerina Suzette knows it’s time to hang up her pointe shoes before her next injury ruins her ankles for good. But dancing is all she’s ever known and she’s terrified of who she’ll be after that final curtain falls.

Meanwhile, lonely Londoner Libby is pouring her life savings into buying an auberge that she and her late husband had loved visiting on holiday. It’s a huge risk that could leave her broke…as well as broken-hearted.

And then there’s Brigitte who’s retired to the village for a slower pace of life, but who dreads seeing someone else run her beloved auberge.

Three fresh starts…one unforgettable summer!

About the Author:

I'm originally from the West Country but have somehow ended up in the wilds of rural Brittany, France. The saying 'Life is what happens while you're deciding what to do' is certainly true in my case. I've always written alongside having various jobs: playgroup leader, bookseller, landlady, restauranteur, journalist, farmer's wife, secretary/p,a - the list is endless but it does provide a rich vein of inspiration for my stories.

I've had hundreds of short stories and several serials published internationally as well as my novellas and novels. Eleven years of living down in the South of France when my husband was a guardian for a villa certainly helped with researching the setting for several of my novels. If you like stories set down on the French Riviera, Antibes, Cannes and Monaco, then do take a look at Follow Your Star and Rendezvous in Cannes.

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