Friday, October 25, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: A Woman's Persuasion by Jeanette Watts @JeanetteAWatts @RABTBookTours

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Lesbian Fiction
Date Published:  October 2019

Anne Elliot broke off her relationship with Freddie Wentworth when her family didn't approve. Almost eight years later, Freddie re-materializes in her life. She's a captain in the Air Force, successful, single, and as beautiful as ever. Mortified that she doesn't have much to show for the intervening years, Anne tries to avoid her. When contact is inevitable, her life is turned upside down. Self-doubt becomes self-improvement, old wounds are reopened and then allowed to heal, and true friends and true love win in the end.

Interview with Jeanette Watts

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Well, I’ve been saying for years that in my next reincarnation I’m coming back as a river otter. Have you ever seen an animal that looks like they are having as much fun as the otters are?

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
If I were doing it right, I would have a regular schedule… I am also a dance instructor and a costumer and an actress. So some days, zero. Other days, 10 hours. When I’m on a roll, I hate to stop. I also don’t know how to count the hours when I write at the sewing machine. I will write until I need to think, then I will think while I sew. Then when I’m done thinking and I know how I want to say the next thing, I stop sewing and start writing again. This was how I wrote most of my first novel – which I did longhand, with a spiral notebook next to the sewing machine.

Do you read your book reviews?
Sometimes? I mostly forget about the existence of book reviews. I remember to get on Amazon occasionally, but to be honest, I usually get really great reviews, and I don’t want all the nice things going to my head. I don’t need to become an egomaniac or something.

I got really excited one time when I got this bad review because the reader didn’t like my main character. It was proof that I did it right. No one universally loves every single human being. If my characters are believable, and they seem like real people, there SHOULD be people out there who don’t like them.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?
I guess I would call them in jokes more than I’d call them hidden messages. In my new release, I have Walter Elliot talking about the Midwest with such horror. My friends keep commenting on that. I’m a Midwestern girl, I have lots of Midwestern friends, and this amuses all of us mightily.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Woman’s Persuasion?
This novel is a faithful retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. So all the characters are a modern translation of the characters in the original. The heroine, Anne, is overlooked and taken for granted. Wow, I just realized I have a fondness for that sort of character: that absolutely describes the hero of my first novel, Wealth and Privilege. Thank you, I just learned something about myself I didn’t know.

Anne is surrounded by family members who tend to be very self-absorbed. Her father, Walter Elliot, is particularly delicious to write about; he is sort of the man you love to hate, no matter what era the story takes place in. Her sisters obviously take after her father, and even well-meaning friends of the family are thinking more about their own priorities, and don’t give guidance to this young woman that have her best interests at heart.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
There are always so many! Just before I got the idea to write A Woman’s Persuasion, I had started writing another historic fiction novel that I really want to return to. It’s set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. I really want to get back to that. The main characters are historic figures, one well known, one almost completely lost to history. When the story is about a woman with a secret, how can I resist? But then a friend pointed out that I need to do a particular retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in junior high school. I’m being tempted.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
So, do I binge or do I keep to a steady diet? I’m definitely a binger, just because of the demands upon my time. I would write so much more every day if there wasn’t dancing in the universe. But I adore my dance students, and it’s unthinkable to give up the time I spend teaching them to dance. Writing always feels like a selfish thing to me. It’s my quality time I spend with myself. I do it when I can, for as long as I can. I will write until my eyeballs tell me it’s three in the morning, please, please can we go to sleep?

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day? 
No, I would just write the entire book without ever sleeping or eating, if only I physically could.

What inspires you to write? 
My brain hates me and sends me these ideas, and gives me no rest until I do something about it. Sometimes these ideas are dance related: “Hey, we should throw a Victorian Christmas ball!” Or “Hey, eight of us have these Renaissance costumes, let’s do a Renaissance suite of dances for the local international festival!” Other times, these ideas are books. I need to write a children’s book about the angel who lives downstairs. It will be a tribute to my old landlord when we lived in Pittsburgh. The man was my guardian angel, and he passed away recently. I also have an idea for erotic fiction. I read Fifty Shades of Gray, and thought, “If this can get published, I should be writing out my idea!” Inspiration can come from anywhere, and it always does, and I just try to keep up with it. Sadly, that’s not possible, and many inspirations get lost.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?
Non-fiction! I adore biographies. I actually read very little fiction.

Read series or stand-alone?
My favorite science fiction is a little-known Anne McCaffrey novel called Restoree, which is a stand-alone. My favorite historical fiction is Gone With the Wind. And biographies are not generally series. Although I do love Shelby Foote’s Civil War books, and there are three of them. So, mostly stand-alone books.

Read Science fiction or horror?
Science fiction, definitely. I’m not much of one for horror at all. I grew up on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and while Restoree is one of my favorite Anne McCaffrey books, I do love all the Dragonriders of Pern books.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz 

Read the book or watch the movie? 
OMG read the book! I mean, come on, have you watched the Harry Potter movies? You know, where we have dragon chases that aren’t in the books, but we can barely mention the Marauder’s Map?

Read an ebook or paperback?
I will say, I prefer a book in my hand.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only? 
Okay, that one is exactly 50-50. I would be fine with either one. If I had to read in a library for a month, that would be no hardship. If I had to surf online for a month, that would still be no hardship. It would be an excuse to get all kinds of research done! So much is available online these days that wasn’t when I was researching my first novel.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?
I’ll take the travel option, please! Besides the fact that I love to travel, and I’ve just applied for a job as a flight attendant, I also love people. So meeting readers face to face, as opposed to answering their queries online, is awesome. I’ll take face to face time with people!

About the Author:

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Jeanette Watts was happily writing historical fiction when she got the idea for her first Jane Austen-inspired novel, Jane Austen Lied to Me. Going to a JASNA event to work on selling that book, she attended a lecture that asked, "Why does everyone rewrite Pride and Prejudice so much more than her other novels? Why doesn't anyone rewrite Persuasion?"

So she had to...

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