Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jannine Gallant - Inspiration and Writing Goals

Write about what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. Jannine lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing historical, contemporary, or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories.

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

I remember foraging through stacks in libraries to find reference materials. What a pain! I love hunting through the internet for information. So much less time consuming—and not as dusty. Of course nothing beats seeing the place you’re writing about in person. Maybe we can’t go back to the past, but we can absorb the atmosphere, just the same. I spent some time in Salem and loved it!

What or who inspired you to write fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?

I’d have to say I’ve been inspired mainly by my imagination. I’ll read about a place or an event, and ideas for a story pop into my head. Once when my dog pulled an odd shaped branch out from under a downed tree, I imagined it was a human bone—and the scene became the basis for a story. I love the process of creating those stories too much to ever stop.

What helps you maintain productivity as a writer? And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?

I try to set weekly writing goals—about 5,000 words. Sometime I exceed my goal, which thrills me, but I always try my best to hold to the pace. During busy periods when life gets in the way of writing, I’ll choose a more realistic number. It really helps to have a manageable target to reach. One of my biggest challenges is promotion. I’d love to simply write, but I soon realized no one would ever discover my books that way. The time and energy involved in promo is something I have to really work to produce.

Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?

This is interesting because I’m a little of each. For full-length novels, I’m more plot driven. Plots in longer works tend to be more complicated, and I have to plan them out ahead of time so as not to trip myself up on details. My characters generally evolve to suit the circumstances. For my shorter novellas, I frequently come up with a character in a specific situation, often the opening scene. From there I let the plot unfold, guided by the quirks of my hero and heroine.

Would you like to share about what you are working on now? 

Currently I’m in edits for book one of a three book romantic suspense series contracted with Kensington due to release early in 2015. The series is called Who’s Watching Now, and my poor heroines are each the victim of a stalker connected to their pasts. I’m also in the early stages of writing the first book in a planned four book suspense series titled Born To Be Wilde, staring four danger-loving siblings in the Wilde family. Last but not least, I have a historical set during the Revolutionary War, written years ago, on the back burner. I would love to put that baby through a massive rewrite and set it on the road to publication. Too many projects. Not enough time!

Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?

Write. Butt in chair. Fingers on keyboard. Let those ideas flow. Even if you think your words sound like crap, keep writing. That’s what edits are for. Typing The End is a thrilling feeling you don’t want to miss!

Thank you, Jannine, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege to interview you.

Thanks you so much for having me and letting me share a little about my writing journey. It’s been a pleasure!

Please leave a comment by answering the question Jannine is asking below for a chance to win an ebook copy of her novel, An Uncertain Destiny. Don't forget to include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com before 8:30 a.m. ET this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing.


Jannine's question for you:
What is your favorite era in American history to read about?

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Susan P said...

Great interview. My favorite era? I love early Scottish history. Then anything early Western american history.

Jannine Gallant said...

Early Western is really interesting. Love wagon train stories.

Kathleen Rouser said...

Hi Susan P. Thanks for stopping by! Please
include your email addy, if you would
like to be entered in the drawing.

While I appreciate the hardships of the old west,
I think it's between the colonial/Revolutionary War
era and the gilded age which vie to be my favorite
time to read about in American history.

Jannine Gallant said...

Kathleen, I have a soft spot for the Revolutionary War!

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the American West

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