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Author Interview with Jennifer Seasons

Mayfair Misfits comes out tomorrow! Jennifer was kind enough to answer some questions for us.

You can get your copy of this exciting historical romance HERE!

Did you always know you wanted to be an author? What is the first story you remember writing? How did you get from there to where you are today?    

What fun questions! I’ll jump right in and get started.  I remember deciding to be a writer when I was in sixth grade.  It was the winter holidays and I’d read everything in the house (including all my mom’s Harlequins), and I was bored, so I sat down and penned my own story that I titled Forest Friends.  It was about a group of animals who lived in the forest and had to band together when their home was threatened.  I fell in love with the process of writing and decided it was for me.  That story, however, was not the first I remember penning.  My first was a book written in third grade about a girl who wished for nothing more than to ride a horse.  I illustrated it and everything.  Ponies galore.

Getting from there to where I am now, with over twenty published novels and more on the way, was a long and winding road.  I wrote my first historical romance when I was twenty-three, got an agent at twenty-five.  But my life took a major detour then, and I didn’t pursue publication again for several years.  In 2012 I signed a three-book deal with Avon for a contemporary baseball romance series that became my Diamonds and Dugouts series.  I published my first novel Stealing Home in 2013 and wrote six books with Avon before life took another detour.  From there I took a writing break before coming back to write historical romance.  Now I’ve got this new five-book The Castleburys series coming out this year with Dragonblade.  2024 will certainly be the year of Castleburys and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

What drew you to the era you write in? Is there something about the time period you think most people don’t know about? What do you think would be the most difficult part about living in that period? 

Okay, I have a confession.  I write most of my historical romances during the 1830s because it’s during King William IV’s reign and I’m a direct descendant of his and his longstanding mistress, famous stage actress Dorothea Jordan.  Seriously, how cool is that?  I’m such a nerd that I totally put my ancestors into The Castleburys series in small ways that made me squeal with happiness.  So, I think it’s safe to say I’m drawn to the time period because I feel close to my family history that way.  And I think it’s a neat fact that Dorothea was such a famous actress during her day that Jane Austen (they lived contemporaneously) proclaimed that Dorothea was her very favorite actor.

Living in the 1830s would be difficult, if we’re honest and practical, for myriad reasons. Social and gender inequality, lack of modern medicine and transportation infrastructure, the horrid “rights” that husbands held over their wives. But for me, the lack of feminine hygiene products would be my ultimate undoing.

What are your favorite kind of characters to write? Do you have a specific trope that you’re drawn to?  

Oh, my favorite characters to write are always the flawed ones!  The ones with the tough shell built around them and who yearn for someone to reach inside and touch their carefully guarded hearts.  Those who dare to hope and persist when it’s easier to give up.  Those with grit and imperfections.  I like my characters real like I like my people.

I’d say I gravitate toward the second chance trope most often.  It gives me room to really explore and work with those mixed qualities I like so much in my characters.  When you get two people together who have a history, it brings out their worst and their best.  All their flaws and insecurities. Kind of like the enemies to lovers trope that I also tend toward.

From all your books, who is your favorite hero and why? 

One fella popped instantly into my mind for exactly the reasons I stated in the other response—and that’s Damon Crowe from Mayfair Misfit.  Truly.  Though I’ve written several heroes since him, he’s stuck with me.  He’s probably the most flawed and yearning and emotionally bruised character I’ve created to date, and I adore him to no end.  An orphaned commoner from Covent Garden who grew up in a workhouse after his Spanish Gitano mother died, Damon’s carried a heavy burden.  When he meets Carenza he discovers light in his dark world.  So yeah, that guy.  He’s a doozy.

What do you like to read when you’re not reading in your genre? Did you have a favorite book or series when you were growing up?   

I adore cozy mysteries!  When I’m not reading a romance it’s a cozy mystery that I turn to first.  Especially if it has a witchy or paranormal bent to it.  Bonus points for a talking familiar.  I’ll take a regular mystery or fantasy novel too.  I read a cozy fantasy recently that was just, like, spot on for me.

Growing up I was all about The Baby-Sitters Club books.  I had a huge collection of them on my bookshelf.  I remember my favorite of the series was when they all went to summer camp and had a co-ed dance.  I think it was called Logan Likes Mary Anne or something (if I’m wrong tell me!).  Grown up me hasn’t fallen far from that tree apparently. Ha!