Jenness Walker is a romantic suspense author for Steeple Hill. She also co-authors light-hearted stories with Tracy Bowen. Jenness lives in Florida with Jason, her beloved website-designer husband, and Hyacinth, her almost-as-beloved laptop. When she’s not writing from her magic coach, she loves to decorate or plan her next roadtrip with Jason.
The Too-Much-Information Version:
I was raised in a family where dreams were encouraged. Friends might have gotten a kick out of my early attempts at writing (maybe even my current ones…), and acquaintances may have raised their eyebrows and covered a laugh when they heard that I planned to be a novelist when I grew up, but not my family. My parents gave me opportunities to learn the craft. My brothers bragged on my writing abilities before I deserved it. So later, when the rejections start pouring in, it didn’t really matter. The foundation had been laid. My family believed in me, so I did, too. So…yes, I’m a writer. In a lot of ways it’s my life–I come up with ideas at work, at church, in the car. It’s what I talk about and sometimes even dream about.
But I do other things, too. Once in a while. I love to decorate–I think if writing hadn’t been my dream, decorating would have taken it’s place. I don’t like to drive. I’m scared for everyone else’s safety. But if I crank the music and sing along, my driving skills improve. Pity the poor passenger who happens to accompany me. I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, and we love to explore historic little towns or go to see a play or watch the meerkats at the zoo. Sometimes I like to cook, although I know if my husband smiles and says, “Oh, it’s so… gourmet,” I’ve failed and need to pitch the recipe.
I love Cheesecake Factory and Taco Bell. Strawberry smoothies and root beer and Sobes. Old books and sepia-tone pictures. The Infiniti G-35 Sports Coupe with shiny chrome rims. (No, I do not own one. One of these days…) I love picking up local deli subs and eating them by the water. Fox terriers and rat terriers and Italian greyhounds and great danes and rottweilers–okay, most dogs. As long as they’re not sissy dogs. And, of course, I love to read. Imagine that. I’ve listed some of my favorites here.
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