Interview with Jenny Schwartz, Author of Hero Duty


[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Jenny!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Jenny Schwartz] Magpie curious. Read-aholic.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hero Duty?

[Jenny Schwartz] “Hero Duty” is about two people trying to build new lives. Brodie is an ex-soldier who never thought he’d leave the Australian army. Jessica is insanely wealthy, but devastated by family secrets and trauma. She needs someone on her side and sets out to hire an emotional bodyguard – I think we all wish we had one of those sometimes.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?

[Jenny Schwartz] I love the scenes where Brodie is being tough-guy sweet, but one of the most fun is when he decides tackling an assault course will help Jessica:

‘And that’s why we’re heading out,’ Brodie said. ‘You need some time outside your own head. Less thinking, more doing.’

‘Doing what?’

‘An assault course.’

She choked on her pastry.


‘I really don’t think this is a good idea,’ Jessica said as Brodie rolled up the cuffs on her camouflage gear.

He wore his like a natural. She felt as if she were on her way to a costume party. A costume party with mud. She eyed the assault course dubiously. Then she turned to look at her fellow weekend warriors.

‘It’s only two kilometres,’ Brodie said. ‘A doddle.’

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?

[Jenny Schwartz] One of my favourite fairy tales is Cinderella; not because she gets her prince, but because her prince (like anyone who loves us) shows her that she’s valued and in doing so, helps her recognise her own strength. That’s what Brodie does for Jessica, but the challenge for me as an author was to ensure that as readers we could empathise with a billionaire heroine. So often we think (and too often it is really true) that more money would solve our problems. With Jessica I had to be convincing that money caused her problems and it’s love that will solve them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Jenny Schwartz] Comfy shoes. Seriously, I just bought my first pair of Skechers and I’m a fan. Probably also an unfashionable dweeb, but I can live with that ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Jenny Schwartz] Laptop, pen and paper. I don’t know about you, but To Do Lists are my salvation. Pen and paper take the chaos from my brain and put it down in colourful ink.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?

[Jenny Schwartz] I’m trying not to be a sugar addict, so I won’t say chocolate. Vegemite on toast – and if you’re not an Aussie, you’re undoubtedly making “eww” faces reading that. It’s an acquired taste.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Jenny Schwartz] Barak Obama. That’s the closest to being Empress (or Emperor, in his case) of the World, which is my destiny. I’m kidding! But I’m a novelist because I’m a control freak and think reality generally gets things wrong. For a day, I could do better ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?

[Jenny Schwartz] A superpower? Well, I was just complaining the other day that I’d like to be able to step outside time and get a few things done. Then I might actually catch up with 2013. What do you mean it’s 2014??? Yeah, I need that time suspension superpower!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Jenny Schwartz] I’ve been on a Shelly Laurenston re-reading kick. I adore her shifters. They’re sexy and funny and loving. Michelle Diener’s Regency London series has lured me back into reading historical romance. She’s a friend and her books are as clever as she is. Plus I’m hanging out for Ilona Andrews’ new series, A Hidden Legacy. Finally, my critique partner, Eliza Redgold, has a new contemporary romance out, set in Broome (which is a gorgeous tropical holiday resort town in Western Australia), Hide and Seek. Birds, waterfalls and a sexy American hotel developer — irresistible!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jenny Schwartz] My website, is a great place to start since I have all my links there and I blog. I also love chatting to people on:





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LOL with all that chatting, it’s a wonder I find time to write! Thanks, Julie, for the chance to chat at Manga Maniac Café.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks so much for stopping by!

She can buy anything she wants, except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in.

Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do – she just needs to find the courage to do it.

That’s where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She’s going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can’t refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she’ll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts?

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One thought on “Interview with Jenny Schwartz, Author of Hero Duty

  • June 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Julie, thanks so much for the chance to visit MMC. Although I probably shouldn’t have confessed to the skechers — no street cred now. Although I guess I could have said I wear crocs! [I do 🙂 ]

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