Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on contemporary romance author Jennifer Ryan. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ryan writes suspenseful contemporary romances about everyday people who do extraordinary things. Her deeply emotional love stories are filled with high stakes and higher drama, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.
Jennifer, where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester–though they should totally check here first!)
Everywhere books are sold!
For a list of all the books and buy links, check out my website www.jennifer-ryan.com
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
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For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from Chase Wilde Comes Home?
I write western set romances about cowboys, military men and women, and law enforcement, mostly set in Montana and Wyoming. I add a healthy dose of suspense and drama to my books, but the central story is always the romance between my two lead characters. Love, trust, and being there for each other is the most important thing.
In Chase Wilde Comes Home, Chase Wilde is returning home after being away for several years while serving in the Army. He’s determined to show the woman he had a one-night stand with and a daughter that he’s ready to be there for them – and he wants Shelby to be his. He wants them all to be a family. But he’s going to have to earn it after his life fell apart due to his PTSD and a prescription drug addiction that nearly cost him his life.
Shelby has her own past haunting her. Her biological father is back and he wants to be a part of her life. But after he destroyed her life, Shelby wants to keep him as far away from her and her daughter as possible. And she’ll need Chase’s help to do it.
What character did you love or hate the most while writing? And why?
I love writing the villains. It’s fun, and sometimes hard, to dive into the dark side of people.
In this book, the villain is Shelby’s biological father. He’s got a dark past and a twisted sense of love and family. He’s a character who is easy to hate. And in reality many people have toxic people in their lives, so they’ll be able to relate to how Shelby feels about wanting him out of her life but he keeps inserting himself into her and there’s not much she can do about it. Until he crosses a line and things turn dangerous and deadly.
What else can we expect from you in the near future?
I have a women’s fiction book coming out 7/5/22 – THE ONE YOU WANT, that I can’t for readers to enjoy. One week, two friends, secrets revealed, and a wedding gone wrong!
Also, later this summer (8/24/22), the next book in my Wyoming Wilde series comes out – SURRENDERING TO HUNT.
What do you consider the most challenging part of the writing process?
Naming all the characters. It’s like naming your children. It’s got to be right. I have to live with it forever. I want readers to like the name and believe it fits the characters personality.
I use a random name generator and movie credits to pull names from all the time. When the credits roll, I grab a notebook and start jotting down names. I mix and match first and last names for producers, grips, cinematographers, actors, characters, whoever’s worked on the movie.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned, thus far, in your writing career?
Writing a book is always hard. The first book, the tenth, the thirtieth. Some books come easier than others, but it is always work to get it just right. And I love it!
Thanks so much for taking the time out of your bust schedule to answer our questions, Jennifer!