Interview with Jenni Wilder

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I live in the same small town in southern Minnesota in which I was born and raised. Basically I have lived in this town my whole life, apart from when I went to college (in a different small town in southern Minnesota). In a small town EVERYONE knows your business and it doesn't take long for information about you to get back to your family. You could run a stop light and your dad would know about it before you even got home. Sounds rough, right? But on the bright side, it makes you incredibly close to your family, and I think that is reflected in Jillian and Lincoln's story. My sister is my best friend, just as Rebecca is to Jillian and Kennedy and Carter are to Lincoln.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in the 7th grade, I won a writing contest for our local small town paper. From then on, my family encouraged my writing, although I never thought anything was good enough to try to publish. My sister always said I had a way with words. So in January of 2014, I decided I needed to get serious. I invested in a decent laptop and spent every free minute of the next six months writing All of You.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Jillian's tragically flawed. She lets her scars and pain hold her back from living a full life, even though she tries to be happy. Lincoln just wants to find someone who is a good decent person. A woman who isn't interested in his notoriety or his money. They're perfect for each other if Jillian could learn to let him in and trust him.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted the world to hear Jillian and Lincoln's story. I've been a fan of several authors who started out indie before being discovered by agents.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Holy crud - how HASN'T it?? The Smashwords Style Guide? Ahhhmazing!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That moment when you read back over something your just wrote and you've manage to perfectly capture the emotions of a scene.

Or when someone is reading your work and they laugh out loud at something funny I wrote. That right there - I was able to create that reaction in that person, simply by putting the words in my head on paper. It's amazing.
What are you working on next?
Well...I'm not fully convinced Jillian and Lincoln's story is over. They're still so much more to tell!
Who are your favorite authors?
Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, Kimberly Knight, E.L. James, J.K. Rowling, Alice Clayton, S.C. Stephens...and of course, Louisa May Alcott.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Oooh so many wonderful blogs out there! Love those bloggers!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My parents remind me frequently of a Dr. Suess book I made them read to me several times a day. I had it memorized, even though I couldn't read yet, and I knew if they messed up the tongue twisters.
Describe your desk
Currently I don't have one! I use the dining room table and my chair in the living room! My poor sister deals with my stacks of papers laying around the house, but for now it works!
Published 2014-07-04.
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Books by This Author

All of My Soul
You set the price! Words: 89,400. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
It’s hard to keep your life together when it seems there is someone out there desperate to tear everything apart. Why Jillian? Why now? And most importantly, are Jillian and Lincoln strong enough to survive it together? Can their love overcome the external and internal attacks on their relationship?
All of You
You set the price! Words: 99,190. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Secrets and insecurities plague Jillian and Lincoln's relationship. Can the seemingly playboy hockey player and sweet, scarred, grad student find happiness?