Today Jessica Hart is visiting the virtual offices to talk about her latest release, Hitched! This is one of the Harlequin KISS launch titles, and I’m thrilled to have Jessica here. On Friday, I will be giving away one complete set of the KISS launch titles, so make sure to stop back to enter for your chance to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jessica Hart] Loves history, lists & wide horizons. Loathes litter, lies & misused apostrophes. Hopeless at being concise.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What makes Harlequin’s Kiss line unique from their other series romance?
[Jessica Hart] A sharp contemporary edge and a sense of fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you enjoy best about writing for Harlequin?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hitched?
[Jessica Hart] Engineer Frith is a woman with a plan, and it doesn’t include weddings of any kind. But when she’s roped into organizing a hen party for her spoilt half-sister, she ends up relying more than she wants on her annoying neighbour George … and before long a wedding doesn’t seem quite such a terrible idea after all.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jessica Hart] A glossy magazine leapt into my hands one day, the way they do, and it seemed rude not to glance through it. There was a story in it about a billionaire’s younger daughter who was having some extraordinarily ostentatious wedding. She was described as the apple of her father’s eye and almost as an aside the article mentioned that her older sister was going to be a bridesmaid. I couldn’t help wondering what it would be like to be that sister who was clearly not the apple of her father’s eye, and so Frith started to come to life. I wanted her to be someone who didn’t belong in her family, so I made her a half-sister and gave her a fraught relationship with her father and a determination to prove that she could manage by herself. And then I thought about the kind of man who would challenge everything Frith thought she wanted, and along came George …
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Frith?
[Jessica Hart] Loyal. Prickly. Honest.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing George won’t leave the house without.
[Jessica Hart] Treats for his horses.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in George’s pockets?
[Jessica Hart] A list. An electronic organizer. A mirror.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Frith’s greatest regret?
[Jessica Hart] Letting grief and loneliness make her vulnerable to humiliation.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jessica Hart] Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Loretta Chase, Nora Roberts, Jenny Crusie, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jessica Hart] My iMac. No distractions. A looming deadline.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jessica Hart] The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jessica Hart] Honestly? About Teddy Robinson by Joan G. Robinson. This was my favourite book when I was four. I used to scream with laughter, and insist that not a single page was missed. A perfect lesson in how a well-written story can make you believe utterly in the characters – and it still makes me laugh! After that, it would probably be Anne of Green Gables.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jessica Hart] It sounds boring, but I’m transcribing some 16th-century court records that are fascinating. That’s my labour of love. Otherwise, I like to cook and eat and plan holidays, and I spend far too much time sloping out for coffee or a drink even when I’m supposed to be writing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jessica Hart] Come find me on Facebook, or through my website – I’d love to hear from you!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Have a wonderful day!
[Jessica Hart] You too, and many thanks for the invitation to the Manga Maniac Café!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
You can purchase Hitched! from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below. Be sure to check back at the end of the week for your chance to win a set of the first four KISS titles!
About the book
About the author:
Jessica’s earlier career was a haphazard one, including stints as foreign newsdesk secretary in London, cook on an Australian outback cattle station, TEFL teacher in Jakarta and interpreter on expedition in Cameroon. She first stumbled into writing as a way of funding a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, and since then she has written 59 books for Harlequin Mills & Boon’s Romance/RIVA series. A multiple finalist and past winner of both a RITA (Christmas Eve Marriage, Best Traditional Romance 2005) and the UK’s coveted Romance Prize (now the RoNA Rose Award), Jessica was awarded the National Readers’ Choice Award (Traditional category) for her 50th book, Last-Minute Proposal, in 2009 and again in 2010 for Cinderella’s Wedding Wish.
Jessica lives in York, a historic city in the north of England, and also writes ‘time slip’ novels as Pamela Hartshorne.
To find out more about Jessica, visit her website, www.jessicahart.co.uk, or find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Hart/197786216977996